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In my world, eye creams are either hit or miss. I do not care for the "so-so" eye products (and considering their astronomical price tags – they better not be a one-trick-pony). In this post we are going to chat about Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask. This product has glowing reviews online and after more than a month of using it, I am here to let the [avocado] cat out of the bag.
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My Skin: dry, sensitive, hereditary dark circles
About The Product
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask (42 USD; Made in USA) – claims to brighten, de-puff and treat the appearance of dark circles, all while nourishing and soothing the under-eye area.
Clean🤍 Cruelty-free🐇 Vegan🍃 Recyclable Packaging ♻️
Packaging: you’ve got to admire Glow Recipe for creating this unique and eye-catching design. All of their products are housed in these cutesy [weighty] glass jars, that you can easily recycle or re-purpose afterwards. Thankfully, the eye mask/cream comes with a mini spoon-spatula, which makes it easy to scoop the product out of [quite a petite] jar with even smaller mouth (which otherwise would be nearly impossible to do). You get 0.5 fl.oz/ 15 ml of product here, which is a standard amount you normally get from most brands.
Formula: Glow Recipe highlight three key ingredients in this water-based eye mask/cream – Encapsulated Retinol (gently improves the look of uneven skin tone), Avocado (antioxidant and nutrient-rich that should fight wrinkles and protect from environmental aggressors), Coffeeberry (revitalize, soothe). You also see Niacinamide, Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate being listed here. Glycerin is literally the second ingredient (which means its content is high), making Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask that extra bit hydrating.
Texture: this eye mask/cream has the most delicious, whipped consistency that reminds me a lot of an actual [really well] mashed avocado. It is richer than most eye creams, but still feels very lightweight and sets to a natural skin finish.
Scent: I detect no scent whatsoever, however, “parfum” is listed at the very end of the ingredients list.
Application: Glow Recipe suggest that you can use this eye mask/cream strictly at night, without any other eye products. I would also recommend saving this guy for your PM routine only, because you know… Retinol! You seriously need the smallest amount (less than a pea size). Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask spreads out like butter instantly soothing and hydrating the delicate skin around eyes.
Results: now, I am a natural born panda, so I do not expect an eye cream to miraculously cure my dark circles. Frankly, I do not think any product can do that. However, if you occasionally experience a mild discoloration of your under-eye area due to stress or lack of sleep, a product like this might help.
From my experience Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask is amazing in terms of hydration and keeping your under-eye mega smooth. Anything else? Not so sure.
I have been using it nightly for well over a month and have not noticed any massive changes as far texture goes. I have read reviews where people were saying that this formula minimized the appearance of their sebaceous glands (aka those tiny bumps under the eyes; not to be confused with milia). With my rather thin skin, I have not noticed any improvement. I see my little glands just fine (which is totally OK! as all people have them, they are completely natural and not something you should worry about anyway). I think that the Retinol used in this product is uber mild, which is why there is little to no visual "before and after" difference.
Although I do not have any fine lines or noticeable signs of aging yet (I am in my 20s), I can’t say that Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask transformed my under-eye into a plump baby skin (I wish!), so I am not sure how helpful it would be for someone with mature skin.
No adverse reaction, yet no WOW factor either. If you are looking for a very basic (yet clean, vegan) eye cream, you might actually like Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask. As for people, who expect more than just hydration (i.e. lift, firming, wrinkles and texture improvement etc.), you can give this one a pass. I do think that for what it actually is, this Glow Recipe product is overpriced, overhyped. So, if you really want to try it – wait for the sales to get it at a discounted price. As for me, I will continue to use it and although I truly wanted to love it, I will most likely not repurchase it as there are much more efficient eye creams on the market that I would rather try next.
What do you guys think about this product? Let's chat some more in the comments!
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