Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mizon Returning Starfish Eye Cream Review

I think the first place I started noticing "aging" on my skin was around my eyes. Around the age of 25, I saw a little line right across the bridge of my nose. I wouldn't say it was caused by aging directly, but more so the fact that I don't wear my glasses as often as I should, and I end up squinting all day long without even realizing it. My squinting habit got the best of me and I'm still trying to rid myself of that pesky line! Now that I'm 30, I'm starting to see some crows feet beginning to form, as well as some loose-looking skin around my eye area. I've been pretty proactive in testing out products that might help me keep the aging process around my eyes at bay. I think how the eye area looks is one of the most tell-tale signs of a person's age.

During one of my browsing sessions on Rose Rose Shop, I came across the Mizon Returning Starfish Eye Cream. The reasons I bought it admittedly didn't have much to do with what it could do for my skin. First of all, Mizon ships for free on Rose Rose Shop, which is a huge benefit for me considering I love Mizon! Secondly, the packaging is damn cute. The jar is so pretty that I cannot wait for the product to be gone so I can re-purpose it! Finally, starfish. I mean...I've already slathered snail goo, bee venom, placenta, fake snake venom and all kinds of weird ingredients on my face, so why not starfish?
Just take a look at that rose-gold beauty! They definitely sold me on the packaging!

The Returning Starfish Eye Cream contains 70% starfish extract, (I'm guessing this is a nice way of saying "ground-up starfish") which helps the skin around the eye area regenerate while working to fight fine lines and aid in moisturizing, plumping, brightening, firming and protecting.
This cream is formulated with "memory polymers" to return the cream back to it's original form. This benefits the skin by continuously energizing and working to keep it firm and plump, while rejuvenating it to it's best condition.
The eye cream also contains peptides and adenosine to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and botanical extracts work to brighten and plump the skin.

This all sounds really wonderful, but I was still confused as to why the Starfish "extract" was included in here. As many of us know, starfish are able to regenerate, regrow and heal their body parts. Apparently, they're mostly comprised of collagen and calcium, which also works to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin. For anyone who is concerned about our Starfish friends, they are apparently considered "pests" and are in great overabundance, so think of Mizon simply helping control the massive starfish population by making this cream. Or something. 

The ingredients list is pretty good, although there are a few things you might want to watch out for if you have sensitive skin. Checkout the CosDNA Ingredient Analysis for more details on ingredients and possible acne-triggers.

Water, Hydrolyzed Starfish Extract, Ulmus Davidana Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Isododecane, Triethylhexanoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclopentasilozane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bis-Peg 18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tropolone, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Adenosine, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Allantoin, Panthenol Beta Glucan, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Pca, Betain, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine Glutamic Acid, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Extension, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Amica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentian Lutea Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

I'm not entirely sure why a fragrance is needed in an eye cream, however I wasn't actually able to detect one by sniffing it; It's possible that it's simply to hide the smell of another ingredient (probably starfish. Have you ever sniffed a dried one of those things? Not pleasant.)
This eye cream has the word "Returning" in it's title because the cream returns back to it's original shape after you've messed with it- You can see the little dents I made in the cream in this picture- if I closed up the jar and put it aside for a bit, I would re-open it to find it completely smoothed out again. 
The consistency is actually kind of odd for an eye cream. It reminds me of a very thick jello/paste mixture. It's sort of similar to the pig collagen creams that are out there. I was a little concerned about how this would feel on my eye area.

It comes with a little spatula so you can grab the product without sticking your fingers into the jar, however one of my biggest pet peeves about spatula products is when there is no place to put the spatula inside the container. Because of this, I had to keep the box that the eye cream came in so I could also keep the spatula with the cream and not lose it in the abyss of my messy room.
Let me tell you, even with the spatula it is incredibly difficult to get a small amount of this product out. You really don't need a lot to fully apply around both eyes. This swatch is on the back of my hand, and even after massaging it in a bit, it was still gelatinous and thick. 

When applying this cream to my eyes, I genuinely couldn't tell how much was too much. Since it starts out so thick, it doesn't spread very easily. I like to apply my eye creams not only to my under eye area, but also to my eyelids, so it was tough to gauge how much of this I would actually need for each eye. It's also a pain to pull out of the jar with the spatula and then somehow maneuver the right amount of cream onto the eye area.

My first impressions of this product were not good. Once I finally applied this, I found that it just kind of...sat there. It felt heavy and actually pretty sticky. Since I applied this to my lids as well, I could feel a bit of stickiness every time I blinked. Not pleasant. Even after 20 minutes, this eye cream still hadn't absorbed. I figured that I may have put too much on, so the following evening I applied less cream. This did seem to help a bit with the stickiness, but it also felt more difficult to spread around as if I wasn't applying enough. It was a frustrating experience to say the least.
I powered through 2 weeks of using this product so I could get a good idea of results and overall thoughts and feelings. I have to tell you, it was a massive relief when the 2 weeks were over and I could go back to using my old eye cream. I do think that this did a good job of making my eye area feel more firm as well as moisturized, but I didn't notice any brightening or major anti-aging going on. Not to mention, I'm not sure if this is just a problem I have, but it really would not absorb into my skin. It's like my face was like, "Uhm... starfish, Rachel? Really? Nope, sorry...not absorbing this crap! This is where I draw the line!"
There was a point that I was so irritated with the lack of absorption that I gently wiped it off with a cotton round and warm water and applied a different cream. I don't want my eye area feeling like it's covered with a thick layer of petroleum jelly that never absorbs. 

The fact is, the moisturizing and firming benefits of this product are not enough for me to endure the uncomfortable feeling this leaves behind once applied. Not to mention the really cumbersome packaging and application process. If an eye cream is going to come in a jar, I should be able to tap my finger into it and pick up some product with ease. Using a spatula just prolongs the process. Considering I already have a long skincare routine, the last thing I want to do is spend more time applying a product.

Overall, I didn't find this cream to do anything magical. If anything, I found it to be uncomfortable on my skin, and a pain to apply. I will say that this might work for anyone that has very dry skin around their eye area, or people who are looking for firming and moisturizing attributes to their eye cream rather than de-puffing and brightening with mild anti-aging, which is what I look for. As pretty and interesting as it is, I really can't recommend this product based on my own personal experiences with it.

If you're still interesting in trying this out for yourself, You can grab it from Rose Rose Shop for just over $15 with free shipping HERE. There are some US sellers like Urban Outfitters and Peach and Lily, however their prices are more than double, so keep that in mind!
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  1. ahhh...I have this eyecream - haven't opened it yet as I am chugging thru a HUGE tube of eyecream right now.. I am glad to have read your review on this - I guess I will keep it unopened for a longer period of time! haha

    great review!

    1. forgot to add - maybe this would be better off as a night time eye cream instead....

    2. THanks Michele! :) I actually only use eye cream at night, and just use my regular moisturizer on my under eye area during the day. This one is just wayyyyy too heavy and sticky for me, even as a night cream. :(

    3. Wow. well, maybe I will use it as a foot cream! The container is so cute :) Too bad it is so heavy.

  2. I've had this in my ebay cart for a couple weeks. I'm glad I read your review before I purchased!

    1. haha I am glad to help!! Eye cream usually is something I can enjoy for one reason or another, even if it doesn't produce amazing results, but for some reason, this one just didn't work for me. At ALL. Such a shame too- I was really hoping for it to be great because of how pretty and interesting it is!

  3. I never realized before that "returning" referred specifically to creams with that gelatinous-like texture. Interesting. And also super-weird for an eye cream. It definitely seems like it would feel unpleasant in the eye area.

    1. It definitely is. It reminds me very much of the collagen face creams in consistency- it's just insanely thick for the eye area and just doesn't absorb the way I'd like it to- makes me sad though because I had high hopes for this!

  4. Silly question... If you have a fish allergy, do you think products like this would bother it?

    1. It's very possible! I'm not entirely sure as I don't have any allergies (lucky me!) so I have never had to be concerned with things like that, but I know if I had an allergy to anything fish-related I might steer clear of this...although I'm not sure if starfish counts as a fish/shellfish in regards to allergens. Might be best to avoid it though if you do have an allergy, just to be safe!

  5. Interesting - I have been eyeing a few of the Starfish products to try and this was one of them. Sadly, it doesn't sound great. Any other starfish products you recommend?
    Renee C.

    1. Hey Renee!
      I actually haven't tried any of the other Starfish products- this was my first one! I'm not totally discounting the other products though- I think my main issue with this is the consistency as an eye cream more so than the ingredients, so I am definitely going to look into more of them in the future!