Annnd we’re back, with the not-so-regularly scheduled eye patch review! The eye patch I will be reviewing this time around as you can tell from the title is the SNP Bird’s Nest Aqua Eye Patch. I purchased this from MEMEBOX waay back in July, and got it late late August because shipping troubles. I also ordered the Sunday Funday Box back then, and am almost finished trying out the products in those boxes, so I will probably review the box soon hehe. (I hope). Okay, anyways I have some conflicted feelings with this product which I will go into detail later, so without further or do, let’s see how these eye patches play out in comparison to the other ones that I have tried so far.
Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, images, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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Total rating out of 5: 4.4
Price (Subject to change)
$17USD on MEMEBOX
Quickie (for people like me who look things up at the store)
– Feels cool on the skin
– Reduces fine lines, brightens eye bags a little
– Doesn’t fit my eyes well
– The ingredients
Will I buy it again
Maybe, since I’m trying to try out so many different eye patches and don’t plan on settling on one anytime soon. You also get a lot of eye patches in one container, so these can last me quite a while!
‘These eye patches are infused with 1000mg of Swiftlet Nest Extract, which give wings to the delicate skin around your eyes. Watch dark circles and saggy bags soar away as the high concentration of birds’ nest vitamins and minerals moisturizes, firms, and nourishes the under eye skin.‘
Description from Memebox
What this promises to do
Since the eye patch is supposed to be jam-packed with Swiftlet Nest Extract, it promises to help brighten eye bags, nourish and moisturise your eyes. As well as help reduce some of those fine lines, while improving the skin’s elasticity and firming. Since it is a hydrogel patch, it is also supposed to help those who have dry skin near the eye area!
These eye patches came inside a pretty pretty metallic blue container. There’s a protective sheet on top of all the eye patches that you have to peel off. But I would leave that sheet on, so that it can protect those patches. All the eye patches are stuffed in one container, and they give you a spatula to pick each one up, to make sure it stays hygienic and clean (which is nice!). I always love when my products come with a spatula.
All in all, the packaging does a good job protecting the eye patches. I did find that the way the eye patches were layered, made it a bit confusing on which side to take the eye patch from, but it didn’t bother me that much. The eye patches also have little sparkles on them – but it makes me wonder why eye patches would need sparkles in the first place.
Water, Glycerin, Calcium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Titanium, Borosilicate, Sapphire Powder, Swiftlet Nest Extract (1,000mg), Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance
Obtained from Leaders
As always I ran the ingredients through CosDNA to see which ones to look out for. While the two preservatives (Phenoxyethanol and Methylparaben) are at the bottom of the list, they still have a 4 rating on safety. Typically, I would prefer my products without these ingredients since I’m so risk-averse – this is where my teeny, tiny rant would come in (feel free to skip!).
When I was looking through eye patches on MEMEBOX, I decided to purchase this one because at that time, their ingredients list only contained 4 ingredients (which is now called “beneficial ingredients”). Maybe I should’ve been more aware back then, and that 4 ingredients was too good to be true. Well, I was naive, so I didn’t suspect anything. When I got the product and saw the list of ingredients I was really surprised at the long list! Then when I went to MEMEBOX to check, they updated that part of the website so that it now says “beneficial ingredients” and “Complete ingredient list.” It’s not a huuge deal, but seeing the low amount of ingredients was one of the main reasons why I decided to purchase this product in the first place. Can’t really do anything about it now, because I wasn’t sceptical enough to screenshot what I saw back then..
Moving on with the ingredients, one of the main ingredients in this product is the Swiftlet Nest Extract. Which is why there’s a bird on the design! Swiftlet Nest Extract is from Bird’s Nest (which is made from their saliva) so it has lots of nutrients and minerals such as protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and amino acid!
An ingredient to watch out for is Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) which comes from a type of red seaweed plant, typically used as a thickener, or to add viscosity to a product. On CosDNA, this was given a 5 in Acne, and 2 in Irritant. So if you have any allergies to seaweed type products in general, I would stay away from this product!
If you are allergic to any fruit/ plant extracts listed in the ingredients list, I would also stay away from this product because it does go really close to your eye and it’s not worth getting an allergic reaction near that area.
Hoo boy, the application. Using the spatula, you can lift out the eye patches from the container with ease – knowing that it will stay somewhat clean. The other eye patches that I’ve tried were a lot easier to fit around my eye. I found the curve in this one a little hard to manage – it took a couple tries until I found the right angle and spot to put it so it won’t bother my eyes as much. But you can kind of see how it’s just a little too small?
Here is a close-up. It narrowly makes it around my eye, but I can’t get the entire eye patch to stick to my skin -cries-. That’s really the only thing that bothered me. The fit.. The good thing about eye patches is that you can also use them for your smile lines! I left these on for 25-30 minutes, and it was still pretty moist – it didn’t really dry up that quick! Can you see the sparkles? -sparkle sparkle-
You might think – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of essence on those eye patches from my pictures above, BUT THERE IS! The essence is of a gelish-type, and sits a the bottom of the container to help keep the eye patches moist. The eye patches are pretty thin compared to the one from Nature Republic. They have a gel-type texture. These felt pretty cooling and moisturising on my skin, I heard it irritated a few people – luckily for me, it didn’t irritate my skin (phew). They’re also pretty slippery when you try to grab them from the container, but they sit nice and snug once it’s under your eyes.
I tested this multiple times, there was one test where I did to see if it would help reduce the puffiness for my eyes. I bawled tears that day, and my eyes were suuper puffed up, so it was the perfect time to see if these eye patches would help!
I do think it helped a little bit, except my eye lids were still pretty puffy since the eye patches only go under my eyes. But it did help moisturise and nourish my eyes since they were pretty dry after bawling out some tears. I wasn’t able to tell if it brightened my eye bags though, so I focused on that in another test!
In terms of brightening, there was a little bit of difference. I mean my eye bags didn’t look as dark, but they were still there – I accepted the fact that they’re hard to get rid of now matter how many eye patches I try. What I DID notice though, was that it smoothed out the skin and helped reduce those fine lines (wooooop!) Unfortunately, this only lasted until the next morning – so if fine lines are a concern, I would recommend using it in the morning so that area looks flawless before you leave the house.
So did it do it’s job and keep its promise?
I think so! I mean aside from ‘improving elasticity’ – which is always a hard effect to be able to detect and notice a difference in, it did what it promised such as reducing fine lines, somewhat brighten a bit, and moisturise.
For $17USD, you might think it’s quite pricey for a container of eye patches. I did too – but I literally just put the numbers into Google, and at this price, each pair of eye patches would be roughly $0.57 (if I did the math right)- not too shabby eh? I decided to add the price into the rating system, since I know it’s a factor that affects a lot of us when it comes to deciding what to buy. We all want to know if we’re getting the biggest bang for our buck – especially when you living that poor student life ;n;
I’m impressed by how effective this can be, but disappointed in how long the effects last. Since I use it at night mostly, I can’t really expect the effects to last that long haha. As an eye patch that moisturises dry skin, this is pretty good! If you want to use this to help reduce fine lines, I would suggest to use it in the morning as opposed to using it at night, that way the effects can be seen (as with all eye patches ; u ;). I’m lazy so I like using them at night, so I can skip eye creams and stuff. Don’t forget though – even though it worked pretty well for me, there’s a chance that it might not be the same for you because everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products. Make sure you’re not allergic to anything before purchasing them :).