I fell into being pigheaded about applying eye cream again…as usual, it’s how a lot of us feel for example about flossing. I was using this non-greasy wonder by Shiseido Ibuki, but not everyday only because I’m bad with eye creams like that. In my thoughts about how to get around this bad habit I made an awesome discovery…and it may not apply to all eye creams on the face of the earth but in my case this one does the job! Provided you have an oil-free, non-greasy, hydrating eye cream, have you ever wrapped your head around the idea of using it as an eyeshadow primer? Hear that? DING!
“A cooling eye cream that addresses dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Eyes become instantly more vibrant. Helps the appearance of eye area achieve resistance to stress factors resulting from the lack of sleep.” PRICE: Php1800.00
I’m actually not 100% sure if this eye cream is oil-free, but whatever…IT WORKS! What gave me this “eureka” was when I was applying NARS Pro Prime eye primer over a friend’s eyelids, and mine…and that gave the similar sort of feel over the lid to this eye cream…a quickly absorbed, slightly tacky, but not too sticky finish. I thought “Hey, this texture reminds me a lot of…my eye cream…” and I thought let’s give this baby a test using an Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow I have called “Loaded” which is a vibrant metallic peacock turquoise. Although Urban Decay’s LOADED is a great shade it is still quite dusty even if it is a reformulated eyeshadow of Urban Decay. I’ve also always felt that LOADED could have more “bang” to it when applied over the lid and it would only work with a primed eye. Check out this comparison. Can you imagine how much more OFTEN you’d be applying eye cream without being too conscious about it if it worked this way for any eyeshadow…even dusty ones?
I have a bare face (no foundation or concealer) and I applied the same amount of eyeshadow on both lids, but one lid is lightly primed with the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream (given a minute or 2 to absorb) and the other a bare lid. I even tried to add more eyeshadow over the bare lid to match the payoff on the primed eye and it still, of course, couldn’t match up. Please note that not all eye creams may work this way…especially if they aren’t oil free. The eyeshadow didn’t ball up and so far after about an hour and a half it’s not creasing on me. If you have extremely oily eyelids this eye cream as primer workaround may not have the same effect on you and you may need to use a specific eye primer or tone your lids beforehand. However for normal to dry eyelids I believe the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream is a winner not just because it’s an excellent, non-irritating type but because I discovered its second purpose for me, and now I’ll be using this way more often because of what it can do.
I’ve been using this for over a year and as I said have never given it the spotlight ’till today. People often ask what i use to achieve a practically perfect and graphic kitty flick despite my hooded eye folds. This one by K-Palette is the one. I needn’t go on and on about it to show how easy it is to use…the results speak for themselves.
What I loved about the original formula is even though it wasn’t marked “waterproof” yet, this black liquid liner was already resistant to smudging even in humid conditions (as long as you didn’t rub violently).
The pointed brush tip pen which reminds me of the ones used for calligraphy helps in creating perfect smooth lines and points.This new formula is special because it’s more water resistant but NOW (ironically) using warm enough water it’s easier to wash off at the end of the day without all the bad rubbing. It also (after several seconds), won’t easily transfer to your upper lid later in the day if you’ve got hooded or oriental eyes.
I tried wearing this last week at the LTO while getting my driver’s license. I was there for at least 5-6 hours from morning till afternoon sweating…it didn’t fail me. I do honestly suggest using this directly on the lid without foundation or moist primer underneath because it won’t go on as well. It’s better directly on skin or over lids that have eyeshadow already. My only con is this pen runs out hmmm, I’d say kind of surprisingly quickly. If I thickly line my eyes daily or almost daily I’ll run out of it in about 18-20 days I’d say. However in the end…overall, no other liquid liner pen helps me make thick or thin perfect liner looks as K-Palette’s 1Day Tattoo Eyeliner pen…always a keeper. Umm…I recall purchasing my first one from Beauty Bar awhile back for about Php800++? This improved one was supplied by K-Palette Philippines for review.
I wasn’t very dedicated in using my last eye cream which was the L’oreal Youth Code Eye Cream. I used it frequently but only for a few months and not as often as I should have. However I did use it long enough to notice that I wasn’t feeling any specific benefits and that I needed more hydration around the eyes. So, when a blogger friend asked me if I’d like to participate in a House of Obagi product trial I hopped right aboard and asked if I could try their eye cream. Who wouldn’t want to try an eye cream from a brand as prestigious and trusted for Asian skin as Obagi?
“Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream is a one of a kind topical eye treatment that works to bring back lift, snap and resilience to the delicate skin around the eyes. Using a proprietary Restorative Elasticity Complex , it’s clinically proven to help replenish elasticity and build the collagen necessary to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks. For normal to dry skin.” Made in the U.S.
- Bi-mineral complex: Includes zinc and copper to help restore elasticity and build collagen
- Malonic acid: Patent-pending Obagi formulation that helps stimulate the production of skin cells
- Blueberry extract: Provides antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
- Penetrating Therapeutics™: An Obagi technology that helps drive the ingredients deep into the skin
The plastic pot comes with 15 grams of product which is a mint-tinted, smooth and creamy souffle texture. I partly wish the pot was a glass pot so it feels a little more weighty and expensive in hand, but then again it’s better that it’s light for travel purposes. The pot itself is nothing fancy but I like how you know…MEDICAL… it looks if you know what I mean. It reminds me of dermatologist packaging. I’ve received pre-mixed creams from my dermatologist before and pots like this remind me of those, nothing fancy but you know for sure because of the source, Obagi Medical, that it’s gotta be good stuff that works well. The formulation contains good ingredients like Vitamin E, Algae, Licorice, and Blueberry, note though it isn’t paraben-free.
Steps to Seeing Results
For best results, ELASTIderm should be applied twice daily, in the morning and at night. So you’re reducing visible fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day and throughout your beauty sleep.
How to Apply
In order to achieve the best results in the reduction of visible fine lines and wrinkles, ELASTIderm should be applied to the entire periorbital area, including the eyelid, inside corner, and outer corner.
The order of application recommended when using ELASTIderm with your current skin care regimen is as follows:
STEP 1: Cleanse face
STEP 2: Apply toner
STEP 3: Apply prescription skin products (if applicable)
STEP 4: Apply ELASTIderm Eye Cream or Eye Gel
STEP 5: Apply face/eye moisturizer
STEP 6: Apply sunscreen
So far I really like the hydrated feel I get around the eyes. What I didn’t like so much about the L’oreal Youth Code eye cream was I didn’t get a soft “comforting” feeling after application, not to say it was “discomforting” but on occasion I got the eye itch and found myself rubbing my eyes on days when I’d have eye cream on. With this ELASTIderm Eye Cream, so far I don’t get that it leaves my eyes soft, supple, and hydrated and I initially am loving that very much so far. It’s my 3rd or 4th day now using it and of course I will have to get back to you guys with a conclusive post when over a month has passed. ELASTIderm Eye Cream 15mg costs Php5200.00 and is available with Obagi affiliated dermatologists and at all House of Obagi branches. For more information check out House of Obagi’s local Facebook Page.