Review: Wishful Skin – Eye Lift & Contour 1% Bakuchiol & Peptide Serum

Where to purchase: Cult Beauty: LINK / Boots: LINK / Sephora: LINK

Price: £36

Volume: This incudes 2 x 6.4ml Cartridges (So overall: 12.8ml)

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: A lightweight refillable Gel-Eye Serum that aims to lift, firm and de-puff the skin around the eye.

Aims to: Tackle Eye Puffiness, Dryness and a Loss of Elasticity

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: As this is a more lightweight Gel, those who prefer lighter formulas may prefer this (i.e. Oily Skin). Sensitive Skins could use this too.

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  • Here is the box the product came in, and also the refillable cartridge, which is also recyclable.

Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 6 Months

Packaging: Plastic Tube packaging with you press at one tip which expels product from the metal tipped-nozzle (shaped to fit the eye contour and for massaging the product. The metal tip also helps with de-puffing).

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Directions: Apply in the AM (USE SPF) + PM. Pump a pea-sized amount onto the eye area. Glide the tip under the eye, on the eyelids and the brow bone. Pat excess onto the skin with your ring finger. You can refill the product by twisting left and pulling out the empty tube and doing the opposite when inserting the new cartridge into the applicator.

How I use it: I apply this in the PM as I want the Bakuchiol and the Hydrating effects of this product around my eye area. I usually apply this on top of my Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (Review HERE). But, if I desperately need Moisturisation, the layerability of this product means I can apply another layer or apply an eye cream on top (like the Paula’s Choice Firming eye Cream HERE). The metal tip itself can get messy and the product can spit out at you, so I prefer to apply it onto the back of the hand and then dab onto the eye (so I can control how much product I apply). It takes about 1 pump for both eyes and 2 if I really want to cover the whole area thoroughly (i.e. eyelids too).

Key Ingredients: Bakuchiol (An Antioxidant that helps scavenge free radicals and reduce collagen breakdown in the skin. It does not replace Retinol in terms of effectiveness, but is an addition to helping to reduce fine lines. Green Tea Extract (Antioxidant + Soothing), Caffeine (Antioxidant that immediately helps de-puff the eye area), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (called ”Syn-Coll” – a new ingredient that’s supposed to help with firmness and elasticity).

Full Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Heptyl Undecylenate, Bakuchiol, Pullulan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Crataegus Monogyna (Hawthorn) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Lightweight Gel Serum that does feel slightly cooling when in contact with the skin. It does have some moisturising/creamy effects but it is definitely more hydrating than it is moisturising.

Sticky?: No

Greasy?: No

  • As you can see, this is a translucent Gel that almost looks like a cream. It has a nude tint to it (which disappears after rubbing in).
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Comparison Swatch (No Product Left, Product on the Right)

  • As you can see, this has a lightweight gel-like consistency. It feels Hydrating and cooling on the skin and doesn’t ball up.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No

Summer or Winter?: Summer for Dry Skins and all-year round for Oily Sins

Layerable?: Yes

Does this Ball up?: No

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Video Swatch:

  • Hopefully you can see the lightweight, gel texture of this product! It doesn’t feel silicone-y and more watery

Fragrance?: No added Fragrance + EO

Good Under Makeup?: Yes

Will I use until Completion?: Yes

How Long will that take?: Another month with the current cartridge I’m using and then another 3 months with the new cartridge (note: I alternate uses with other Gels/Serums)

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months

The Effect?: Hydrated eye area that feels refreshed when adding. Do I notice a major difference in lines? Not really (but they haven’t gotten worse). Furthermore, this does help de-puff and I really appreciate the cool-massaging tip applicator (it’s so good and refreshing/relaxing to press under my brow bone) – it’s got a good shape!

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What I like:

  • No Fragrance/EO
  • Hydrating
  • Lightweight
  • Didn’t cause styes
  • Good sturdy easy to travel with packaging
  • Refillable cartridge included
  • I like the metal massaging tip a lot (my favourite)
  • Cruelty-Free

What I don’t like:

  • Didn’t do much for me except hydrate the eye area (and de-puff due to the massaging tip)
  • Not very moisturising (Dry skins would require a cream on top)
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (nearly 3.9)/5 – A nice gentle hydrating eye serum! I’m someone who prefers lightweight eye creams/serums, so it’s been comfortable for me to apply and layer. I appreciate the addition of well-ageing and de-puffing ingredients (not just a basic eye serum), and it hasn’t aggravated my eyes. Ultimately what I’ve noticed is a cooling sensation and hydration around the eye area which works for me, but I would not depend on this solely for well-ageing results and would pair this with a retinol-containing eye product (see below for Dupes). I also highly recommend this if you want something to massage your eyes with (i.e. if you carry a lot of tension under the brows etc) as I’ve found this really good to massage the muscles with.

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would as this is a hydrating and smoothing Eye serum.

Dupe?: The same Texture: The Vichy Eye Serum (Review). However the Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream is good for simply de-puffing the eye + Moisturising. The Paula’s Choice Ceramide Enriched Eye Cream is thicker but contains both Vitamin C + Retinol. OR a much thinner formulation is the Niod Fractionated Eye Contour concentrate which has so many well-ageing and brightening ingredients.

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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