Three Eye Patches for Tired and Puffy Eyes

Eye masks are excellent in the morning when you’re busy, tired and needing some TLC. I keep them in the fridge for extra soothing and de-puffing effect. Wearing the under eye patches for 5-10 minutes while brushing your teeth or making coffee is enough for some hydration and helps makeup apply smoother. Today I’m reviewing three patches I’ve tried recently. Enjoy!

*Products kindly gifted for consideration. Opinions are my own!

Best Eye Patches for Tired and Puffy Eyes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Eye Patches for Tired and Puffy Eyes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

LUMENE BRIGHT EYES AWAKENING PATCHES

€24.9 for six pairs.

Lumene’s new eye patches are thick hydrogels that come in a packet of six. I’m not a fan of individually packed eye patches, but they are convenient and this is the first time I’ve seen biodegradable hydrogels.

Lumene Bright Eyes Awakening Patches would adhere better than other eye masks I’ve tried, but there’s something odd with the design. The sides are not identical and one patch needs to be applied ‘backwards’, making it feel more slippery and less secure.

The ingredient list is fairly simple: hydrating glycerine and sodium hyaluronate, a couple of brightening ingredients and antioxidant cloudberry extract. I don’t believe that the cloudberry extract makes much difference in this INCI, but the patches do give a rested feel and hydration to the sensitive under eye area. And they are fragrance free! Rating: 4/5

Best Eye Patches for Tired and Puffy Eyes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

KOCOSTAR PRINCESS EYE PATCH GOLD

€24.90 for 30 pairs

Kocostar has a variety of eye patch sets and even single packed ones, which may be wasteful but convenient for travel. The outer lid has a beautiful water drop embossing which makes me happy every time I touch the jar. The inner lid keeps serum from spilling and stores a spoon for picking up the patches. I find Kocostar hydrogel patches somewhat flimsy and slippery, but they mostly stay on the skin without a problem.

The ingredients include niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid), which are great humectants with skin hydrating and plumping properties. There’s also some questionable ingredients such as lavender oil, lavender extract and peppermint leaf extracts. I haven’t had any problems with Kocostar Princess Eye Patches, but lavender and peppermint are potential irritant fragrant components and it feels weird they are used so close to the immediate eye area.

I don’t think I will be purchasing Kocostar eye patches once I run out. They are nice when chilled in refrigerator, but there are more comfortable hydrogels on the market without possible irritants. Rating: 3/5

Best Eye Patches for Tired and Puffy Eyes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

KICKS FIRMING AND PLUMPING HYDROGEL EYE PATCHES

€19.90 for 20 pairs, made in Korea

While Kocostar has some Sodium Hyaluronate, KICKS house brand eye patches have it as the 4th ingredient. There is also soothing aloe leaf extract, peptides and various botanical extracts that act as antioxidants. Plumping and soothing properties are the highlight of these eye patches. I reach for them when my under eye area feels dry and makeup starts to look patchy. These are also excellent if you have fine lines forming because of dehydration. KICKS hydrogel patches do have a little bit of perfume as last ingredient.

The patches are generously sized and adhere well on the skin. I feel these hydrogels are a bit firmer and better quality compared to Kocostar. KICKS jar also have a second lid for securing the serum and keeping mini tweezers so you can pick up patches hygienically. Rating: 4/5

Final Thoughts

If I had to choose a favorite it would be hands down the KICKS eye patches. The hydrogels and ingredients are good while they are on the affordable side. Lumene I would purchase as a treat or for travelling. I’m intrigued by luxury and Korean eye patches and curious to hear any recommendations! Have you tried under eye patches?

Light but Lovely - Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo Eye Cream by Mia Höytö (Review)

As someone who browses Finnish eco boutiques I knew Mia Höytö Cosmetics and Globe Hope clothing and accessories by their name, but not much else. Mia Höytö's style was always top-notch, high end and luxurious eco beauty, which I particularly like. I was in the false understanding that her line was getting discontinued, so I felt hesitant to try more products - c'mon who wants to fall in love just to get their heart broken? But on the contrary - it became a part of Globe Hope as Globe Hope Cosmetics. Today I’m talking about her Valo Eye Cream** but more reviews will come!

Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo Eye Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Background of Globe Hope Cosmetics

Globe Hope Cosmetics is an organic brand, made in Helsinki, Finland. The products are same as the original Mia Höytö line, but beautifully rebranded as a part of the Globe Hope family. Globe Hope is a sustainable Finnish accessory brand from Nummela city. They use recycled or surplus materials to create beautiful and durable bags and pouches. The cosmetics line was founded from Mia’s interested for organic food that grew into a passion for natural skincare. As many cosmetic brand creators, she found it difficult to find products that worked for her, so she took up the challenge to create her own line. The production is in Finland to guarantee excellent quality and ingredient purity.

Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo Eye Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo Eye Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Valo Eye Cream

‘Valo’ means ‘light’ in Finnish, which is a fitting name for an eye cream. The cream promises to be a light but hydrating and eliminate signs of puffiness. Other suggested uses are facial massaging or using Valo as a mask by pumping extra cream and applying on the skin. Fragrance free and certified by ECOCERT Greenlife. Valo comes in 15 ml opaque pump bottle and retails for €38.10 / ~$44.15.

Using Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo Eye Cream

I’m not a big advocate of using specific eye creams unless the eye area has specific concerns - such as puffiness. I usually apply my regular moisturizer near the eye area without suffering from puffy eyes, so I can’t really report back if Valo has helped preventing that. The darkness under my eyes is most likely genetic and gets worse from lack of sleep.. there’s nothing except makeup that can erase that.

I think Valo is a nice, solid eye cream: no fragrance, hygienic pump and elegant package design. The pump gives an adequate amount of product and it nicely gets absorbed when patted around the eyes. Despite containing some organic oils, the feel is not greasy and sits well under makeup. I even used this as a “primer” for my clients when I was doing a makeup gig.

That I like about the cream is the very clean INCI list and a reasonable price if your eyes really suffer from lack of moisture and dehydration.

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Ingredients

Aqua, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Cera Alba*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract*, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate.
*Ingredient from Organic Farming
99% of the total ingredients are from natural origins
23% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

After water, this eye cream is packed with black elder flower extract to prevent dark circles and puffiness. I couldn’t find very much scientific info on this, but at least elder flower has skin conditioning properties. Next there are emulsifiers, moisturizing glycerin, sweet almond oil, olive oil and sunflower seed oil. This formula contains shea butter, which I know some people can’t tolerate, but personally I don’t find if comedogenic on me. There’s hydrating aloe and one of my favorite ingredients - oat kernel extract, which is soothing and anti-inflammatory.

I’d like to see more antioxidant rich ingredients in this formula, perhaps more complex plant extracts in the base. Something to make it extra beneficial for mature skins to prevent signs of ageing. Right now I find the eye cream hydrating and moisturizing with many oils and humectants, but not much else.

Overall thoughts

While I enjoy Valo, it doesn’t blow my mind. Well, I don’t think there is an eye cream that would. So far January Labs’ and Exuviance’s eye creams have been excellent, but they’re both significantly more expensive. It simply isn’t possible to cancel my dark circles or totally prevent fine lines, but if I get a chance to give my eye area little TLC, I’m up for it. Globe Hope Cosmetics Valo is for someone who appreciates natural, eco certified ingredients mixed with elegance, but doesn’t want to break the bank. Perhaps most suitable for younger audience; if you don’t have very visible signs of ageing and like wearing makeup, this could be a potential eye cream for you.

Have you tried anything from Globe Hope Cosmetics?

**This product was kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts and observations are my honest & own.