Review: Hylamide SubQ Eyes – Eye Serum

Where to purchase: Available on Asos: LINK

Price: £17

Volume: 15ml

Made in: Canada

What is it?: An eye serum meant to improve the signs of under-eye ageing, puffiness and dark circles.

Brand Description: This serum containing peptides, plant sugars and ”active technologies” work to rehydrate the eyes and improve the signs of ageing around the eyes as well as dark circles and puffiness.

Supposedly Good for: Ageing eyes.

What I think: Due to the light,creamy texture of this – I do think normal-dry skins would like this. Purely dehydrated skins or oily skins may prefer the Niod MMHC (Review HERE).

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Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?: Yes

Packaging: Glass Bottle with a dropper. Usually with products like this, I find it quite hard to pick up product using the dropper HOWEVER with this product, it was absolutely fine picking up the product.

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Directions: Apply in the eye contour AM and PM avoiding direct eye contact ideally after application of SubQ Skin. (Rest of the instructions are on the website HERE).

How I use it: I used this every night in the PM, under an eye gel, to provide some mositurisation/emollients as well as providing peptides around the eyes. I didn’t use this in the AM as I would have found it just a bit too thick/creamy for the AM if paired with an eye cream or gel in the AM as well (I used the Good Molecules Eye Gel HERE OR the Niod MMHC Instead HERE).

Key Ingredients: Contains Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-Active (e.g. Epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside HERE and Gallylc Glucoside) which are meant to help reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness (i.e. similar effect to caffeine under the eyes). Darutoside Complex (Darutoside HERE) is meant to be anti-inflammatory (and possible stimulate collagen HERE). Waglerin-1 Peptide Complex (HERE) and HERE – meant to help smooth wrinkles (however I think a 4% topical concentration is required).

Full Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin, methyl methacrylate/peg/ppg-4/3 methacrylate crosspolymer, albizia julibrissin bark extract, propanediol, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, gallyl glucoside, darutoside, aminobutyric acid, fucus vesiculosus extract, ascophyllum nodosum extract, asparagopsis armata extract, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, mangifera indica seed butter, lecithin, orbignya oleifera seed oil, squalane, sorbitol, tocopheryl acetate, propyl gallate, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, pentylene glycol, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, ceteareth-12, cetyl palmitate, gluconolactone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

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

This is an emollient/moisturising formula that’s not too greasy or too watery.

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Texture:

This has a very nice, lightweight and milky texture. It doesn’t give me styes either. It does take a minute to absorb full into the skin (if I’m applying this both on top and under the eye). But it doesn’t ball up under or on top of other skincare products. It has a nice, milky texture that isn’t too thick or thin (this doesn’t just run down the face immediately. It’s not sticky or tacky either.

This feels slightly cooling when applying around the eyes. It doesn’t weight the skin down BUT it does still have some weight, some viscosity to it. It doesn’t simply disappear into the skin but does work to subtly moisturise.

Swatch:

As you can see, this has a milky, opaque colour (due to the emollients).

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When spreading this out, it almost has a gel-like consistency. But it still has that viscous, serum feeling to it.

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Spreading this around some more, I hope you can get a sense of how milky yet not too watery this product is. It is very much still an emollient, almost like a milk. It does NOT run down the hand.

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Once the product has fully spread out, you can see there is a sheen to the skin (due to oils) – however it doesn’t mean that this is an oily or greasy product. After leaving to dry down, this simply subtly provides the skin with some moisture.

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Swatch Comparison:

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Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / Essential Oils

Good Under Makeup?: No I wouldn’t use this under, as concealer/powder may stick to it.

How long have I been using this?: Until Completion (This is also a repurchase) – so 2-3 months.

The Effect?: Quite Moisturised + relatively Hydrated eyes. This didn’t do much for my dark circles.

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What I like:

  • No added fragrance / EO
  • I like that this is moisturising (The Niod FECC wasn’t)
  • Didn’t give me a stye (thicker creams usually do)
  • Didn’t irritate my eyes
  • Helped maintain the condition of the eyes in terms of fine lines.
  • Wasn’t sticky or tacky

What I don’t like:

  • Couldn’t really use under makeup (powder/concealer would cling to it)
  • Found it a bit too moisturising for the AM (so I opted to use this in the PM and the FECC in the AM).
  • Didn’t change under-eye darkness
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – The only emollient eye serum I have enjoyed so far. I like the addition of peptides and ingredients to try and improve fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (I do think it helped). Didn’t do much for my dark circles but I do think it’s nearly impossible for topical products to do much). My favourite thing about this product is the mild moisturisation it provides me. My favourite eye serum (the niod fractionated eye contour concentrate Review HERE) and the Good Molecules Yerba Mate Wake up Eye Gel (Review HERE). both aren’t emollients/moisturising – so this Hylamide serum is nice for me to pair with those other products, to provide more of the oil/moisturisation to the eye area without giving me a stye. I did find this a little too emollient for the AM (if also using with an eye cream/gel) so did end up using this in the PM.

Would I repurchase?: I would as I find this moisturising and it doesn’t give me a stye. It didn’t make my eye condition worse either, so I think it helped simply maintain the eyes. I still wouldn’t use it in the AM though and would prefer to use the Niod FECC as it is much lighter/more like a liquid – Review HERE).

Dupe?: In terms of texture, I don’t think there is an eye serum I’ve tried yet that has this milky texture WITHOUT being too thick/giving me a stye. However, I would say another moisturising + hydrating + anti-ageing eye product is the COSRX Snail Peptide Eye Cream which I found wonderful (Review HERE). In terms of another eye serum, the Niod FECC (Review HERE) and the Good Molecules Eye Gel (Review HERE). are also some other good eye products.

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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