I rarely get enough rest these days due to my bad sleeping habits, and over the past few months I’ve noticed my dark circles getting worse. Luckily, I am genetically blessed so I’ve never had huge issues with dark circles or eye bags, but nevertheless I was curious about hydrogel eye patches and decided to pick some up for myself to check out!
Petitfée Gold & EGF Premium Eye Patch, 60 count, ~$10
*Description: These gold-tinted patches help firm up the sensitive skin under eyes, and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles. Containing gold and EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor), the patches come in a half-circle shape and can be placed underneath eyes or over brows. Apply after cleansing and toning face, and use the accompanying spatula to lift the patches from the container. Let it soak the skin under the eyes for 30 minutes and pat in any remaining essence.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Calcium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Xanthan Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Acacia Seyal Gum Extract, Caviar Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Caffeoyl Tripeptide-1, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Monarda Ddyma Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Freesia Alba Flower Extract, Chamomailla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, RH-Oligopeptide-1 (1ppm, 0.01%), Gold (0.0003%), Disodium EDTA, Mineral Oil, Triethanolamine.
*Note: I couldn’t find a better source, so the description listed here from YesStyle is actually for the “Eye and Spot” version of the hydrogels, which have a different shape for the eye patches and include additional circular hydrogels for spot treatment. However as far as I can tell, these two products contain the same ingredients. Also, I did not buy the “Eye and Spot” version because the shape of those eye patches looked extremely uncomfortable.
I’ll be upfront- I’m not too familiar with EGF as a beneficial ingredient in skincare. I’ve heard it’s supposed to stimulate cell growth and potentially even collagen production, but I’m not sure how much research has been conducted on it and I didn’t purchase this product with the expectation that EGF would be a miracle ingredient regardless.
Anyway, per CosDNA, there are some potential acne triggers: butylene glycol (1), chondrus crispus (5, also known as carrageenan), and triethanol amine (2). Carrageenan is also listed as a potential irritant (2). Additionally, these eye patches have a relatively strong, perfumey fragrance that lingers after application, so please keep that in mind if you are sensitive.
According to Memebox (again, this is for the “Eye and Spot” version but I believe the only difference is the shape of the patches), beneficial ingredients include: Grapefruit, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Aloe Vera, Ginseng Root, Caviar Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavender, and Peppermint. I’m eyeing some of these for reasons I’ll discuss below.
As mentioned above, this product comes with 60 eye patches, i.e. 30 pairs. There is also a small spatula included, which is very helpful for lifting hydrogels out of the container, as they can be a little bit slippery to take out using your fingers alone. I do find it a little bit of a hassle having to store the spatula separately and clean it each time I use it, but it’s not a big deal for me. I’ve had this product opened for around two months and I’ve seen no issues with the hydrogels drying up.
Look at how pretty they are in the light! (Yes, I also bought them for this reason.) The hydrogels are of a reasonable thickness and don’t feel too flimsy or too heavy. They also stay on my face really nicely, with no sliding. I do feel that the fit is not perfect for my eye shape, but it works well enough. I usually leave these on for around 30-40 minutes, at which point I find they’ll be somewhat dried up.
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting this product to deliver on much besides hydration. In that sense… the product lived up to my expectations. I don’t feel like this did much to lighten my undereye circles, although admittedly they were never that horrible to begin with. I also can’t speak to wrinkles or eye bags as those are not really an issue for me. I think I may have noticed some very minor firming in my undereye area when using the patches on a regular basis, but it was pretty difficult to tell.
Lastly, I did want to mention that I experienced some very minor irritation a few times while using these. It was so subtle that I wasn’t positive, and it was hard to distinguish it from the hydrogel’s cooling sensation, but I believe that I did feel a very, very mild burning sensation. As listed above, the ingredients do include lavender and peppermint, so I’m wondering if one of those is the culprit.
Rating: 3/5 – These were fun to use and pretty cheap, but I won’t be repurchasing this for the reasons listed above. I’m still interested in eye hydrogels though, so I’ll probably be exploring other options from Petitfée or other brands once I use these up.
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