Review: Vichy – Minéral 89 Eyes (Eye Gel) Eyes Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier

Where to purchase: From the Vichy Website: LINK / Look Fantastic: LINK / Skin Store: LINK

Price: £20

Volume: 15ml

Made in: France

What is it?: An Eye Gel/Cream meant to Hydrate + Moisturise the eye area.

Meant to Tackle: Fine Lines, Dryness + Dullness + Under-eye Puffiness – I would agree this helps with Fine Lines + Dryness due to Hydrating/Moisturising the Skin.

Brand Description: ”Containing 89% of Vichy’s signature Volcanic Mineralizing Thermal Water” (BTW thermal Water contains more minerals/vitamins than regular tap water) – ”This Caffeine and Hyaluronic acid-containing Eye Gel/Cream helps de-puff the under eyes. After 4 weeks of use, there should be a reduction of dark circles, eyebags and hydrated skin (reduced fine lines).”

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types.

What I think: I would agree this can suit all skin types – especially those with dehydrated eyes (as this is more on the gel-side and this is more hydrating than it is moisturising). I think those prone to styes could also enjoy this as it’s quite thin. I would also say this suits those in hot and humid weathers more than dry areas.

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Vegan?: No

Cruelty Free?: Vichy state they are Cruelty Free but they sell in China.

Packaging: Glass Bottle with a pump. 1 pump is enough to cover both eyes easily. The packaging is VERY nice – it makes me enjoy using this product. I also like how it comes with a cap.

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Directions: ”For AM and/or PM use. Apply 1 drop onto the fingertip and apply onto the skin around the eyes.” – From the Vichy Website.

How I use it: I apply in the AM and/or PM as this is a lightweight Gel and I want to use the Caffeine to help de-puff and reduce dark circles in the morning. In the evening I often apply another, more emollient eye cream on top to provide some moisture. I think it’s a good effect. This definitely suits AM use > PM use due to how lightweight it is, but it doesn’t provide enough moisture and emollients in cold, dry evenings.

Key Ingredients: Caffeine – Caffeine is a stimulant and an antioxidant: it has decent skin-penetrating abilities and helps neutralise free-radicals. The main job of caffeine, especially in eye creams is to increase vasodilation/microcirculation of blood vessels. Therefore it helps reduce the look of puffy under eyes and reduce the look of dark under-eye circles (Will not permanently get red of them).

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid): Hydrating Humectant (Draws water into the skin). Biosaccharide Gum-1 (Soothing). Adenosine – Wound Healing + Anti-inflammatory. Shea Butter (Emollient).

Chlorella Vulgaris Extract – It’s Green Algae (From the Sea) that is meant to be Moisturising, helps regenerate the skin and also helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Full Ingredients: AQUA / WATER/ EAU • PROPANEDIOL • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER • GLYCERIN • CARBOMER • CAFFEINE • SODIUM HYALURONATE • ADENOSINE • PHENOXYETHANOL • CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT • CITRIC ACID • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Now usually I’m not a fan of Shea butter in eye creams due to being prone to styes. However there must be very little in here because the texture is a lot more wet than it is emollient. And it’s lightweight.

Texture: Gel Texture. It’s lovely and lightweight, sinks in and absorbs fast. Does not have a sticky or tacky + greasy finish. It feels like applying water onto the skin. It’s easy to rub/tap in. Also when it touches the skin, it feels cooling and refreshing.

At first, this is a Transluscent Gel.

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Looks very refreshing!

Does this sting if the Skin is Irritated/Sensitised By Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Due to the Hyaluronic Acid, it may sting a little.

Summer or Winter?: Due to the lightweight gel-texture, I think this works better in the Summer.

Layerable?: Yes, doesn’t ball or pill up.

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Video Swatch:

I hope you can see how lightweight this product is.

Fragrance?: No added Fragrance or EO (This also doesn’t smell of anything).

Good Under Makeup?: Yes.

How long have I been using this?: 3-4 Months.

The Effect?: Hydrated eyes (without irritating or aggrevating the eyes). The company stated that after 4 weeks of use, there should be a reduction of dark circles, eyebags and hydrated skin – Would I agree? Well If one hasn’t use any eye products before then yes, I’m sure all these things do occur; but I’ve been using both the Indeed Labs and Cosrx Eye Cream Prior (Review HERE), so I would agree that this has definitely helped with puffiness and dark circles in the morning (great AM Gel), but mostly; it has helped hydrate and refresh/ temporarily de-puff the eye area, therefore reducing the look of fine lines.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes, as this is a simple hydrating gel and hasn’t irritated my eyes or given me styes. I also like the hydration of this so its good to layer under an eye cream to give my skin both hydration and moisture.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Didn’t give me styes
  • Hydrating
  • Layerable
  • Great packaging (Easy to use + feels luxurious)
  • Didn’t sting or irritate
  • Provides a nice cooling sensation to the eye area (Refreshing)

What I don’t like:

  • A little too lightweight i.e. I feel like I need a bit more Moisture + Moisture retention – especially in the PM and during Cold Weather (so I have to apply an eye cream on top).
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9 (almost a 4)/5 – A Nice, lightweight Gel. It definitely hydrates and I would recommend it to those in hot and humid weather. It definitely provides a ”refreshed” feeling to the eye area, doesn’t give me styes and does help with de-puffing the eyes in the morning. I like the packaging and how it makes this easy to use. Personally I don’t find it moisturising enough for the eye area, I prefer just a little bit more emollients/oils in there (but not too heavy), so that’s why the Indeed Labs Eye Cream has been pretty good, or of course the COSRX Snail Eye Cream. It’s not the most exciting ingredients list for an eye product (i.e no Niacinamide or Peptides etc), but it is great to simply invigorate the eyes.

Would I purchase?: I don’t think I would purchase as I think there are better eye creams I’ve tried – however I wouldn’t say this is a bad product. I think those who are prone to styes would really enjoy this due to its lightweight formula and I also think this is an excellent AM (not PM) Eye product, due to its thinness and the inclusion of caffeine.

Dupe?: In terms of texture, the Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask is a good dupe (also comes with a massage ball eye roller) – Review HERE. Or the New L’Oreal Hyaluronic Acid Eye Serum (also contains Niacinamide).

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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