Why do so many Korean cosmetics have such long names...?
I'm back with another review - this time on Tonymoly's "Fresh Aqua Cooling 24 Eyes Stick"! I purchased this at the "Debbie" store in Pacific mall. You can see it featured in my latest haul here.
[Before we get into this: I'm really sorry I haven't been posting often! I've got a deferred exam up in less than 2 weeks, so I'm pretty much trying to cram, ahahah... I'll definitely be posting a lot more after August 13th! ^___^]
When I bought it, the weather was super hot, and everyone was melting on the streets. Some of you may know that I don't have AC in the house, so at nights... it was really, really difficult to sleep. I ended up getting some serious dark circles and tired eyes!
I tried to find any way to cool off - so when I saw this, I was like "OMG. Mine. Cool eyes yes."
To top it off, I bought it on sale! It was regularly $10-13 (or something like that), but I actually bought it for $3. Debbie was having a crazy sale that day, and a lot of things were 50% off (or more).
On to the review!
"Unique eye serum in stick form that's designed to provide relief and moisture for puffy, tired eyes. When applied, the stick gives a cooling, soothing sensation to the eyes."
It comes in a "twisty stick" (what do you call those, again?) and is light blue in colour. There's a faint, pleasant smell to it and isn't sticky when applied. Smells fresh, it does.
As for the size and price - the stick comes with 9g of product. If purchased that regular price, that's pretty expensive for such a small amount.
I was super exciting having found this for only $3 (even though I would've paid full price anyways). The "cooling" claim got me really curious, and I just couldn't leave the store without it. I tried it out on my hand before buying, and did feel a cooling sensation.
It might've been a placebo effect.
It's not coloured, and will apply clear. There isn't a sticky feeling to it, but my hand did feel slightly moisturized? The difference was so small that I couldn't even tell if I had actually swatched it.
|Before (left), After (right)|
It didn't work at all.
I'm not sure why, but when I swiped it on my hand it didn't feel "sticky" or anything. But when I was applying it under and over my eyes, I felt that the stick didn't have any "moisture" properties to it and actually tugged at my skin. It was like trying to roll a slightly (very slightly) damp crayon on your skin.
The product doesn't claim that it'll "fix" under eye circles, so I didn't have a problem with that aspect. However, it doesn't reduce puffiness. It didn't even "cool" my eyes! It doesn't make my eyes less tired, or even moisturize the skin. There was no difference to my eyes - I didn't see it, nor feel it.
Where was the cooling sensation?
What's more, 15 minutes after using the product and deciding that it didn't work, I decided to give it another shot (Maybe it'll work the second time?). I pulled the cap off, and BAM.
Red exclamation mark to show my shock!
The stick broke off its "twisty" end, and stuck to the top of the cap! I didn't even twist it up that much, how can this be?!
Either way, I was slightly annoyed. I had to dig it out, and shove it back in its normal spot, huhuhu.
It didn't work the second time, either. I swiped it on each eye 3 times, and it might've been too much. The product started... clumping on my skin? It looked like dead skin cells or something (or eraser bits). I didn't take a picture of it, but you might be able to see the "clumping" on the picture below. (the left corner of the eye)
|I C U! (Ohohoh I'm so funny)|
- Smells nice ("fresh", light scent)
- Doesn't moisturize
- Doesn't relieve puffiness or tired eyes
- Doesn't cool the skin
- Starts to "clump up" if swiped 3+ times
- No cooling effect on eyes
- Expensive (for regular price)
No. I wouldn't even buy this for 50 cents.
What about you?
Have you tried this? Have you tried any other "cooling" product?