Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (+ giveaway)

I was fortunate enough to receive a package of these as part of the Bloom Ambassador's program. The Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels come in a package of 8 and is from a brand that hopes to calm stressed skin. I know my skin wigs out on more than one occasion so I was intrigued by these little, albeit pricey, eye gel pads.

If you've heard my moaning on twitter, you should know that I have horrible allergies. I have persistent dry eyes and when you combine that with allergies, it's not a pleasant picture. After an exceptionally long Monday back at the office, these seemed like the perfect item to test.

The pads are long adhesive strips that contain various ingredients to de-puff including good 'ol H2, antioxidants, seed oils and a bunch of ingredients that claim to tighten and soothe the eye area. My first reaction when sticking these on my eyes? "Ohhh, that's nice" which I said out loud in my small yet spa-like (in my head) bathroom.
They are a little bigger than I think is needed which would suggest that you could cut one pad in half and make them last a bit longer with the addition of a zip lock baggy.
While I didn't notice any real de-puffing, the gels are deliciously cool and retain their iciness for long past the 10 minutes they recommend keeping them on. My under eye also felt more firm and softer to the touch. They didn't appear to really help with dark circles and I wouldn't expect a 10 minute treatment to work miracles but it's definitely something to keep in mind.

I enjoyed these little gel pads and will keep them around when I'm feeling like I need some TLC. Given the price ($30 for 8 packs) they are a lot more than I would spend on an eye treatment though they do have the convenience - unlike some of the eye masks - of allowing you to see and move around while you have them on.

A last minute thought, these would be exceptional on long flights but we rarely travel far enough distances to do so by plane.

Thankfully, my Beauty Army subscription also allowed me to sample these so I have an extra  new pair of eye gels (note, this is one pair and not an entire bag) to give away to one lucky reader. Please enter using widget below!

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Disclosure: Skyn Iceland eye gels provided by Bloom for review consideration. The pair of eye gels was part of the Beauty Army subscription program which I pay for with my own cash.