29 Nov 2017

Review: Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask


I always enjoy eye cream with cooling ball applicator. It is cool to have massager attached to your eye cream as it can relax, soothe and depuff at once. That's also why I bought the Methode Swiss Eye Cream many years ago despite its high price tag, which turned out to be a complete gimmick. I had the courage to venture into eye product with roller once again when Laneige launched its new Eye Sleeping Mask several months ago, and here are my thoughts after using the product for a few months now.


Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask was a love at first sight. I spotted it at Laneige Mega Road Show at Midvalley and was deeply attracted by its enticing lavender scent and lightweight texture. It also comes with a roller that feels cool to touch. I just finished using my Belif Eye Mask so I think it is time I got myself another sleeping mask for the eye area.

Turned out, I was less impressed than I should! Read on to find out why below:-


Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask comes in a bottle with a cap and a separate ceramic ball applicator. You can either throw away the cap and use the ceramic ball applicator, or keep the applicator separated for hygienic purpose. I normally keep the applicator separated, only take it out when needed.


There are many ways you can use the ceramic ball applicator. You can also use it with different products for different purposes. For instance, you can use it as an acupressure tool to massage the meridians on your face when you are sheetmasking. You can refer to my previous review to learn more about acupressure points and their respective beauty purposes.

Laneige recommends that you wipe the applicator with a cotton pad every time after using. But since I keep the applicator exposed to open air, I wipe it with a cotton pad before using. Alternatively, you can also use an alcohol swab if that is not too costly for you.

The ceramic ball applicator is the key here. It is called "Laneige Sleep Circular™", something like SK-II magic wand with synergy effect that helps to push useful ingredients (e.g. caffeine, vitamin P, oligosaccharides etc.) into your eyes at sleep. This will help to depuff and relieve swelling around your eyes when you wake up the next morning.


Next, we also have the "Eye Moisture Wrap" technology, which is in the mask itself to moisturize, soften, and hydrate the skin around your eyes. It provides a breathable moisture film around your eyes. Substances like hydro ion mineral water and other active ingredients get absorbed into the skin thorough the night to make those area appears clear and revitalized.

HOW TO USE


step 1 - apply the sleeping mask in dots motion, as shown in the picture above
step 2 - massage your eyes area in a circular motion with your ring finger (repeat 3 times)
step 3 - lightly press the skin around your eyes to help the product to absorb
step 4 - wipe off excess product before using; or before for hygienic purpose

INGREDIENTS



Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Hesperidin, Caffein, Beta-Glucan, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Adenosine, Triethylhexanoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alky L Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Met Hacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-14m, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


This eye mask features several key ingredients like hesperidin, caffeine, yeast extract, vitamin C and some mineral components. While mineral component is a common feature in most Laneige products, the rest are quite new. Hesperidin is a flavonoid compound known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation therefore can improve dark circles around the eyes. Not to mention caffeine, an antioxidant that has been long known for its use in skincare products that target dark circles problem and puffiness due to its diuretic properties. It is also used to enhance the appearance of flakiness and dryness of the skin by restoring suppleness. Yeast extract is a skin soothing and anti-oxidizing ingredient used to protect and soothe the skin whereas vitamin C is added to reduce melanin synthesis and revitalize the skin. I also want to mention quinoa extract, which with its high level of magnesium content, can help to promote skin elasticity, repair and regenerate skin cells, making it a wonderful anti-aging ingredient.

Apparently, this eye mask contains sufficient active ingredients to make it a good product for anti-aging, hydrating, depuffing, and anti-dark-circles purposes. However, whether or not they are good really depends on the formulation and the science behind it so let's take a look at its performance below.

PERFORMANCE


There are things that I like and dislike about this Eye Sleeping Mask, which I will discussion in this performance section.

First of all, it stings my eyes. I am not sure is it dermatologically tested. Nothing on its official description page states dermatologically tested, and even if it is, what are the test results? Apparently not only me, my mom also suffers the same irritation. An eye mask is not supposed to sting your eyes, especially that I have pretty resistance skin (and eyes) so I am rather disappointed.

Next, it does nothing at all for my eyes. To be fair, I don't use it everyday to judge its performance, but on days that I use it, I really did not notice any improvement to my puffiness, dark circles and moisture retention level. It is even worst than the very "meh" Belif Hungarian Watery Essence, that one doesn't cause irritation to my eyes you see.

The only thing I like about it should be the ceramic ball applicator. It feels cool to touch even if you put it under room temperature. It is a good massager where you can use it for some nice acupressure massage.

CONCLUSION


I was quite excited when this was first launched. I needed a new eye mask with a massager and I appreciated anything lightweight and watery. This happened to fulfill every criteria I am looking for in an eye cream (eye mask). However, it turns out to be quite disappointing in the sense that it is not very gentle nor is it effective as a depuffing and hydrating weapon for your eye area. I don't enjoy using the eye mask at all, although I sometimes love massaging my eyes with the ceramic ball applicator when I am sheet-masking. Not THAT bad, but definitely much below expectation!

Pros
- watery, lightweight texture that doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin
- has an enticing lavender scent to it
- the ceramic ball massager has skin cooling and massaging properties

Cons
- results aren't significant
- hassleness: need to clean the ceramic ball everytime before/after using
- low CP value


Overall impression: ★★☆
Repurchasing: ☆
You can get this from: Laneige Malaysia @ RM 145 | Althea Korea | Hermo etc.
claimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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