You know me. I don’t believe in eye creams. But I do like to keep eye patches at hand. You know, for those mornings when you need to wake up early after a sleepless night – and don’t want to show it.
I don’t have a fave pair of patches. I like to try new ones all the time. But I’ll tell you which ones I won’t be buying again. Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches didn’t impress me that much…
What’s In Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches?
COLLAGEN TO… BOOST COLLAGEN?
Collagen in skincare doesn’t work. Not like brands imply anyway. Here’s what I mean…
Collagen is the protein that keeps skin firm. But, from the day you turn 21 (21, ladies!), your body loses 1% a year. At first, you don’t even notice it’s happening. But once collagen hits a critical level, wrinkles start to appear. Ugh.
But, wait! If you use products with collagen, you can replenish your skin’s reserves and get back your wrinkles-free skin, right?
Not so fast. That’s what brands want you to believe. The truth is different. Collagen is a big molecule. Too big to penetrate skin. If it can’t penetrate it, it can’t replenish the collagen you’ve lost and firm your skin.
That doesn’t mean collagen in skincare is useless. It just sits on top of your skin and moisturises it. Better than nothing, right?
Related: 4 Antiaging Ingredients That DON’T Work
SODIUM HYALURONATE TO HYDRATE SKIN
Don’t get scared of its name. Sodium hyaluronate is another form of hyaluronic acid. It does the same thing.
Sodium hyaluronate is a moisture magnet. It attracts moisture from the air into the skin (up to 1000 times its weight in water!) and binds it in.
Skin loves the extra moisture. It’s what makes it so soft, plumps it up so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller, and gives it a beautiful glow.
Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine
ALOE VERA TO SOOTHE SKIN
Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches also contains a big dollop of aloe vera juice.
I bet you already know that aloe vera is very soothing and can calm down redness and irritations.
But did you know it’s super hydrating, too? It works like sodium hyaluronate: it draws water from the air into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated for hours.
Related: 9 Ingredients That Soothe Irritated Skin
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These patches are soaked in a thickish, yet fast-absorbing lotion.
Floral and subtle.
How To Use It
- After cleansing, apply these patches under your eyes.
- Wait 20 minutes.
- Remove the patches and pat the remaining essence in gently with your ring finger.
- Do the rest of your skincare routine as normal.
Performance & Personal Opinion
I always knew Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches weren’t going to do anything for my dark circles or get rid of my wrinkles.
I just expected them to reduce puffiness and hydrate my skin. And they totally rocked there. The essence these patches are soaked in delivers a powerful hydrating punch that makes me instantly look awake, plumps up my fine lines and helps the puffiness go away faster.
If that’s all you’re looking for, cool. Just prepare to curse when you put them on. These things just won’t stay put.
I’m not joking. They’re so soaked in essence, they keep sliding down your face. I don’t recommend you keeping them put with your fingers – these patches need to stay on for at least 20 minutes. Your best bet is to put them on in bed and lie down. Yeah.
If there’s a thing I hate is fussy skincare. Especially when the results are NOT freaking mind-blowing. Just saying.
Who Is This For?
- Reducing puffy eyes
- Hydrating skin
Who Is This NOT For?
- Sensitive skin
- If you’re looking for something to reduce dark circles or crows feet, this isn’t it
These patches come in individual sachets. You can buy them individually or a box of 5.
Does Magicstripes Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches Live Up To Its Claims?
|These concentrated cooling eyepatches reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and eye bags and revive tired eyes even with just one application.||They reduce eye bags and revive tired eyes, but they do nothing for dark circles and wrinkles.|
|The cooling effect of the patches lessens swellings and thus helps to moderate dark circles and eye bags.||True, but it only works for eye bags. I didn’t see any difference with dark circles.|
|Hyaluronic acid provide the skin with an extra portion of moisture and reduces immediately small wrinkles, fine lines and signs of dryness.||It makes wrinkles LOOK smaller, but it doesn’t make them smaller. When the hydrating effect evaporates, your wrinkles are still there, as deep as before.|
|Collagen increases the skin elasticity.||Notice how they say collagen does this, not that these patches do this. Collagen can increase skin elasticity – but NOT when topically applied on the skin.|
Price & Availability
£6.00 x1 or £28.00 x5 at Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Selfridges
Do You Need Them?
Dupes & Alternatives
Aqua, Algin, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Collagen, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum,Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Serine,Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol.