Review: Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Time Reverse Eye Cream

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Price: £30

Volume: 25ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A fragrance-free eye cream (but contains Mugwort which contains EO).

What does it do?: This Eye cream contains fermented black tea (kombuchka) + mulberry extracts which are meant to improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes by improving the look of fine lines + moisturises + hydrates around the eye.

Brand Description: This is further ‘enriched’ (and also made thicker by) Shea Butter + Macadamia Seed Oil + Ceramide NP to moisturise the skin.

Supposedly Good for: A particular skin type isn’t defined. But Pyunkang Yul market this as an eye cream meant to brighten + reduce the look of lines + wrinkles.

What I think: I think this is better for dry skins as it’s quite thick.


Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Plastic tube with a twist cap – squeeze to get the product you want out. Because the product is quite thick, it’s easy to squeeze the amount you want out, without making a mess and it squirting everywhere.

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Directions: Smooth onto the eye area or the areas of concern, and gently tap with fingertips to aid absorption.

How I use it: As this is a thicker eye cream – I apply this in the PM, after using my Niod FECC (Review HERE)

Key Ingredients: Fermented black tea + Paper mulberry extracts + Hyaluronic Acid + Macademia Seed oil.

Full Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Saccharomyces/​Xylinum/​Black Tea Ferment, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Stearate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Adenosine, Ceramide NP, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Myrtus Communis Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Extract, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodecanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, this is Argeriline (like in the Ordinary’s Argireline solution – Review HERE). Copper Tripeptide-1, this is anti-inflammatory + an antioxidant. I like the addition of sodium hyaluronate + Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid (humectant). Also, Black Tea Ferment is another name for Kombuchka! This is Skin Conditioning. This also contains CICA + Adenosine – Soothing.

Texture: This is a ceramide loaded, fatty cream. It reminds me of the Cica Sleeping Mask by Laneige in terms of texture (review HERE). I find it quite thick, thicker than the COSRX Snail Eye Cream (Review HERE) and the Glossier Bubble Wrap Eye Cream (Review HERE). It has that kind of effect that when I rub it in/massage it in, I can see the cream visibly being moved around on the skin. When I stop rubbing and look; I can see all the streaks etc, of where the product has been moved around. I have to wait a few minutes for this effect to go/for the product to absorb. So I do guess that less may be more with this product i.e. try to use as little as you can in order to spread this and not be able to visibly see it.

It is creamy, this doesn’t seem to ball up or pill up either. It definitely feels moisturising. ALSO what I really appreciate is that this didn’t give me any styes (like the Mad Hippie Eye Cream did – Review HERE. And this does eventually absorb.


It’s very creamlike. It’s an emollient cream and is less water-based/watery compared to more lightweight creams.


Youtube Video: LIVE SWATCHING the eye cream – so you can see the texture!

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Fragrance?: No added Fragrance (but it does contain Myrtle Extract which contains EO) . However to me, this doesn’t have a strong smell to it.

Good Under Makeup?: It seems to be fine as it’s quite creamlike. I think also because of the thickness, it fills in those lines, making concealer / foundation sink into fine lines less.

How long have I been using this?: For a month

The Effect?: Moisturised eyes! Nothing more and nothing less. because this is moisturising, it does help with fine lines by keeping the skin moisturised.

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What I like:

  • (The packaging is gorgeous I must say)
  • No added fragrance
  • No essential oils
  • Moisturising
  • No irritation
  • Didn’t give me a sty
  • I found it good as an eye primer for makeup (due to its thickness – it can fill in fine lines)

What I don’t like:

  • I find it slightly too thick for me (didn’t use in the AM)
  • Because it is slightly too thick, it takes longer for this to be absorbed into the skin and sort of doesn’t feel like it’s absorbing when spreading, but that I’m simply spreading the product further and further around the face till it’s on my cheeks :/ This does eventually absorb, it just takes longer than a more gel-like/watery eye cream.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.5/5 – Not my favourite eye cream and I don’t think I will use it till completion – it’s because I prefer lighter creams. Therefore I think someone who likes thicker creams should have no problem with this. I like the ingredients, I love that it didn’t irritate my eyes / give me a sty.

Would I repurchase?: No I would not – just because I prefer a lighter cream.

Dupe?: I found that the Wonjin eye cream is a lighter version of this product and still has some beneficial ingredients. Review HERE

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.


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