Review: Good Molecules – Yerba Mate Wake up Eye Gel

Where to purchase: Available on the Good Molecules Website HERE

Price: £4.33

Volume: 15ml

Made in: South Korea (Interesting! Is this a K-beauty product then?)

What is it?: An Hydrating Eye Gel containing Caffeiene + Yerba Mate to soothe + Wake up the eyes.

Brand Description: This eye gel is meant to energise tired and puffy eyes (give you that awake feeling) and also soothe the eye area. Yerba Mate extract is loaded with antioxidants + polyphenols which help protect the skin from oxidative damage and therefore also help reduce darkening of the skin around the eyes. So it’s basically a good companion in the AM under an SPF To wake up the eyes and reduce bags and protect the skin from photodamage caused by the sun.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: Agreed. It’s not a thick formula and isn’t so lightweight that is simply disappears (although I do think those with very dry eyes would require an additional eye cream or eye serum under this).


Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Metal Tube with a plastic cap (not the most luxurious, but it gets the job done!)

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Directions: ”The Wake up Eye gel can be applied morning or night. It can also be layered with makeup or used as an eye cream at night.” (From the Good Molecules Website).

How I use it: I use this both in the AM and PM. I like to use this in the PM, UNDER My Hylamide Eye Serum (or any serum).

Key Ingredients: Yerba Mate (contains antioxidants and polyphenols to prevent oxidative damage). Caffeine (Helps reduce puffiness) and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 (A polypeptide) helps with under-eye bag puffiness + is also hydrating. So as you can see, this can be a nice AM eye cream to help especially with puffiness, and acts as a good accompaniment under SPF.

Panthenol + Allantoin (Soothing), Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate + Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid (3 forms of HA) – to help with the hydration of the skin around the eyes.

Full Ingredients: Water – 74.15% / Propanediol – 9.94% / Butylene Glycol – 4.5% / Glycerin – 4% / 1,2-hexanediol – 2.03% / Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate – 2% / Cetyl Ethylhexanoate – 2% / Corn Starch Modified – 0.6% / Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract – 0.4% / Cetearyl Olivate – 0.3% / Sorbitan Olivate – 0.2%
Panthenol – 0.1% / Allantoin – 0.1% / Tocopherol – 0.07% / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – 0.03%
Hyaluronic Acid – 0.02% (200 ppm) / Sodium Hyaluronate – 0.02% (200 ppm)
Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid – 0.02% (200 ppm) / Caffeine – 0.01% (100 ppm) / Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 – 0.01% (100 ppm) / Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract – 0.004% (40 ppm)

NOTE: The Incidecoder / Skincarisma have a full ingredient breakdown HERE


Texture: This defintely has a gel-like texture. I thought it would be sticky/tacky when applying, but this does not! It actually really reminds me of that discontinued product from Deciem’s Abnomaly – the Lip balm they used to sell that didn’t contain Petroleum. It’s a non-sticky, lightweight and almost watery gel.

AND when this is rubbed in, it does bring a soothing and refreshing effect to the skin (a sort of ”wake up” feeling). But it’s not an irritating effect e.g. it’s not a tingling or reddening effect on the skin. It simply feels like a nice cooling feeling.

This almost feels like a cream, it’s such a unique texture and I like that it has viscosity to it (doesn’t just disappear). It has a nice smoothening effect on the skin.

As you can see, this has a yellowish tint to it.




As you can see, this is a gel. It’s not sticky or tacky and is definitely smooth on the skin.


Swatching the Eye Gel on Youtube

Fragrance?: No added fragrance – I’m not sure if it’s the Yerba Mate I’m smelling, a sort of ”plant” smell. But it’s not a strong fragrance to me!

Good Under Makeup?: Yes!

How long have I been using this?: Daily for nearly 2 months ( I will use until completion)

The Effect?: Soothed + Hydrated eyes (not insanely moisturising). And does help with puffiness (dark circles not so much).

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What I like:

  • I like the addition of more than 1 Hyaluronic Acid Form in here (the more hydrating, the better!)
  • Hydrating
  • Lightweight
  • Does help de-puff the eyes
  • No added fragrance or essential oils
  • Soothing / Cooling effect around the eyes
  • Didn’t irritate me

What I don’t like:

  • Not that moisturising i.e. I do have to use my more emollient Hyalmide Eye serum under this, to get some more of that moisturising feeling around the eyes.
  • Doesn’t do much for dark circles (but I know it’s very hard to get a cream to do that).

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – Genuinely a nice Eye Gel/Cream. I find this hydrating, I think the texture is rather unique, and I like the effect it brings to my eyes. I didn’t get any irritation, and this layers nicely under makeup and SPF and on top of my eye serum. I do think the addition of Vitamin C would have been nice, but I like that there are ingredients in here to try and do more than just hydrate the eyes i.e. it does try to tackle puffiness and protect the skin against oxidative damage.

Would I purchase?: Yes.

Dupe?: I don’t think I’ve tried an eye cream that’s similar in texture to this. I think the Skinceuticals AOX Eye Gel is rather similar and that DOES contain Vitamin C.

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.

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