Thursday, July 16, 2015

Botanic Farm Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patches and Black Soybean Sleeping Pack Review

Memebox offered me the opportunity to review some of Botanic Farm's line of products and I said yes for one specific reason. Soybean. Yes, it makes no sense but that's why.

Botanic Farm is a Korean skincare brand that is trying to break into the US market. The Salmon Egg Eye Gels are already popular in Korea, having been spotted on several of their celebrities (both male and female). While it was not the eye patches that drew me to this brand, they are the reason I'm keeping this company on my radar.

Botanic Farm Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patch
The Botanic Farm Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patches come in a 90g matte gold tub. When you unscrew the lid, there is another plastic sealing cap with a small spatula. The spatula is to help you remove the eye patches without sticking your fingers into the jar. It's not very helpful because the eyegels are slippery. I think a set of tweezers would have been better.
Since I don't care one way or the other, I just pick these out with my fingers. Once I tried them, I knew they wouldn't be around long enough to grow anything anyway. Not that they would but if they did.

The top layer of eyegels tend to be dry as the essence sinks to the bottom of the jar so I keep mine flipped upside down. I like my gels juicy, thank you very much.
These are thinner than other eyegels I've used but I like it. These don't slide down my face on their own weight like others I've tried. While I may have to poke an end back into place within the first minute, it's not an issue after that. These stick so well, you forget you're wearing them.

I really appreciate that the gels are a golden yellow color. You'll laugh but it's nice to be able to wear these outside in my garden without wondering what the neighbors will think. The color blends into my skin from that sort of distance. Not like white ones which are pretty blaring, even across the street.

You Want De-puffing? You Got It.

The biggest benefit I found from these eyegels is the depuffing. This does wonders for settling down the eye area and infusing moisture into the fine lines. If you struggle with puffiness under your eyes, you'll love these. For an even more dramatic de-puff, keep these in the fridge. In the summer, it's like magic. Trust me. De-puffing is good because it lessens any under eye darkness caused by shadows.

These will not magic away the dark circles under your eye, what they will do is moisturize the thin skin under them. Since that smudgey, dark area is primarily caused by the appearance of blood vessels and veins visible through the thin skin, increasing the moisture levels will help plump the skin up. The hope is that the plumper skin is thicker therefore the veins will be less visible. Thus the "circles" are not as dark.

Salmon eggs are packed with vitamins and minerals, fatty acids and proteins. While studies have shown salmon egg extract has worked wonders for the skin, all of the studies I found were conducted by cosmetic companies with a vested interest in proving it. Basically everything is biased.

Tasty Ingredients!

Either way, I'm hooked. The ingredients also list snail secretion filtrate, sodium hyaluronate, aloe and niacinamide. This means you'll get hydrated undereyes and if your circles are related to overproduction of melanin, niacinamide will help you with that.

If I was going to get under-eye patches, these are definitely the ones I would get out of all that I have tried. And I've tried a lot. Half of them do literally nothing. Three quarters of them have either only one or two good ingredients or none at all. These Botanic Farm ones have everything.

These Salmon Egg Eye Gels are on sale at Memebox right now for $25.

Botanic Farm Black Soybean Sleeping Pack
After being so pleased with the Botanic Farm Hydrogel Eye Patches, I expected to be equally enamoured of the Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack. Most especially because of the black soybean ferment filtrate ingredient. I have had such wonderful results with the SoyBio+ Soy Lumpoule that I've been eager to get my hands on anything with similar ingredients.
This Black Soybean Sleeping Pack has the classic kbeauty "jello"-ish consistency. Actually, jello isn't right. It jiggles like jello but it doesn't truly act like it since after you mix it, it slowly melts back into a competely smooth surface. I took a video of its gloopy awesomeness but I never figured out how to put it in my post.
Once you glop it out with the included spatula, it basically melts into your skin. It's a little bit of a trick to get it on the face but I basically just grabbed it with my fingers, mooshed it around a little and then applied it.


I was relieved to see that the entire ingredients list is in English on the box. That is such a wonderful thing when it comes to Korean products.
Here's the thing. I love these ingredients. Niacinamide, Soybean ferment filtrate, glycerin, Sodium hyaluronate, Adenosine... but one of those other things in there is not a friend to my skin. Something, maybe the Gardenia Extract since I've never seen that before, made me break out so badly. It was hate at first application.

Seriously, two hours later, I was touching my skin and feeling bumps. This was the ONLY thing I used that was different but I decided to test it one more time. This time, I did my  normal routine but only put this on half of my face. Sure enough, that half of my face broke out.

So, that was it for this product. I want to wear a moisturizer that isn't going to clog my pores and make me break out. Not a fan.

This was a huge disappointment for me because I think the ingredients are so beneficial otherwise. I also did not like the smell. At all. There is fragrance in it but it still doesn't smell very good. It smells like it wants to be floral but it just doesn't quite make it.

So, while I can't recommend this product myself, others have loved it and there are a few reviews on it's product page at Memebox. One of the reviews is what I was hoping for when I tried this. Less redness is what I was hoping for based on my past experiences with soybean ferment filtrate. SoyBio works really well for that but it's expensive!

If you'd like to purchase either of these products from Memebox, you can find them on this page. If you make any purchase at all, don't forget to use a coupon! Here's a couple that are working right now:
Use MEME10 to get 10% off your order or get 15% off skincare products with code LOVEYOURSKIN.

If you are a first time customer, use code FRIEND10 and get $10 off your first order of $50 or get 15% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code WELCOME.

Did you try either of these products and love/hate them? Am I the only person on earth that had issues with the Black Soybean Pudding Pack? Actually, I hope I am because it's otherwise a great product.

*These products were sent to me by Memebox for review purposes. All opinions are mine.

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