Back on the grind to find the dream eye patch (just kidding). Honestly, there is nothing in this world that can make any dark circles disappear. But I love using eye patches for some reason because they really help de-puff my eyes in the morning. There are cost-friendly ways to do this too like using cold water.. but I like the added benefit of the off-chance that the eye patches would ever so slightly brighten up my eyes. The eye patches in question are RE:CIPE’s Special Eye Patch Black Bean. I ordered them from Memebox last year, when they still had an online store selling other brands besides their in-house.
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid nor sponsored to write this. My review, photos, 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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Even though I add up the scores individually, the total equals to 3/5, I’m changing it to 1/5 because it just fails at doing what it promises.
- Great shape and fits well under the eyes
- Cooling effect
- Makes skin under the eyes look smoother
- Doesn’t stick super well and slides around a teeny bit
- Nothing noticeably different with my dark circles (ie not much brightening)
- Not much tightening effect
- Doesn’t deliver on most of its claims
Will I buy this again
No. Price is alright; however it claims that it can do a lot of things, but doesn’t deliver the results. Only noticeable difference was smoother under eyes.
Tighten skin, improve wrinkles, and brighten the under eyes.
The eye patches are packed in it’s own plastic container. Similar to the Nature Republic ones. This is nice because it’s hygienic, and once you’re done with it you can just dispose of the entire thing. Whereas the SNP eye patches, you have to be diligent with using the spatula (instead of your fingers) and you have to keep the container until you’ve emptied it out.
The actual patches are sandwiched between two protective sheets. One of them is a thin transparent plastic sheet, and the other one is a white plastic cover.
The patches are pre-soaked in an essence, which is to be expected of eye patches. The essence was clear, and there weren’t any leftover in the plastic case.
Purified water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, grapefruit extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Carrageenan, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sucrose stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cellulose Gum, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Charcoal powder, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Blackberry extract, Blueberry extract, Caviar extract, Laminaria extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit extract, Grape extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
The ingredient that I would watch out for would be Carrageenan – it can cause irritation and potentially trigger acne. If you’d like a bit more info, I thought this website was good at explaining the potential negative side effects of this ingredients.
Slimy! But smooth and a little be like hard jello. One side looks like it has a bumpy texture (it’s the side that’s covered by the white plastic sheet.
With the entire eye patches coming in a package that is entirely in Korean except for the name of the product, it can be a little confusing on figuring out how to apply these eye patches. The first thing I did was remove the thin plastic sheet/film from the eye patch and stuck those on my eyes. The side with the film is the smooth side.
After applying the smooth side to the eyes, I removed the white plastic cover, and adjust the eye patches to fit my eye shape. I like sticking it close to my lash line. I found that these eye patches were a pretty good fit for my eyes. Since it’s round on both ends it made it easy to adjust the angle and place the patches where I wanted them.
Here is a super close-up to give you a better idea of the shape of the eye patches. The eye patches are also thinner than the SNP and Nature Republic ones, which makes it easy to adjust and move around.
I left my eye patches on my eyes for around 30 minutes, which is what the packaging suggested (I can’t read Korean but I saw the number 30 hehe). You can tell in the picture below that the eye patches are starting to dry up. Although it didn’t feel dry on my eyes.
I wouldn’t go past 30 minutes, but if I ever got these again I would probably use them just under 30 minutes (20-25 minutes). Just to avoid the having the eye patch being more sticky to my skin (if that makes any sense). Having it stick less to my skin when I take them off? Kind of like taking a mask off that’s almost dry (and it can sometimes get a bit uncomfortable)
The lighting in the photo below looks a little off for the before and after pictures :(. It’s okay though. My skin looked smoother after using the eye patches. The little texture bits that I had under my eyes were smoothed out.
Eye patches can’t get rid of dark circles, but they could at best lighten them a bit. I didn’t see too much, if at all any, a lighting effect under my eyes. There also wasn’t much of a tightening effect for me, but my fine lines were smoothed out. I’d say it didn’t really deliver on other 2/3 of its claims (tightening & brightening), but it did help with ‘wrinkles’ in that it smooths out the skin in that area.
If you want to give this a try, go for it. Although if I could turn back time, I would’ve stopped myself from buying these because it just doesn’t do what it promises to do. I didn’t see any brightening, or feel any tightening around my eyes which is disappointing. Even though I really like the shape and fit of these eye patches, I’d rather have eye patches with a bad fit but it really DELIVER on its claims.
**Note: I’ve only used this once, as it was a bit pricey for me to purchase multiple ones to try.