Product Review - Illuminating under eye hydrogel mask by Simple £1.75 single use

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

This product claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles in 5 mins

Trying out the Product

I tried this product out this week and found that after 5 minutes as directed for the leave on time for this mask, my under eye area definitely seemed brighter although I felt it accentuated my eye bags. After removing the mask, there is liquid which is absorbed by the under eye area so it is also a leave on product although the amounts are very small.

Beware Green labelling

Any product with fermented filtrates sounds trendy and attractive but not all filtrates have a skincare application or they are so far down the ingredient list they just aren’t effective. The labels mention that there are no harsh chemicals which is true.

Ingredients List

Aqua, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Chondus Crispus Powder, Adenosine, Cellulose Gum, Ceratonia Silqua Gum, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis Peel Extract, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Glucomannan, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum

Lets go through the ingredients:

Aqua – Water is the main ingredient in this product

Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture into the skin and also is used to solubilise other ingredients into the formulation.

Dipropylene Glycol is a solvent for the other ingredients in this product

Chondrus crispus powder - obtained from dried ground alga and used as an exfoliating agent. I must say I didn’t notice any effect.

Adenosine – an amino acid which enhances collagen production and skin elasticity – I would expect this to make a difference over 2-3 weeks, not in 5 minutes

Cellulose Gum – a gelling agent

Ceratonia Siliqua Gum – made from vegetable origins and with xanthan gum makes a transparent elastic gel

Chlorella vulgaris extract – extract from a green microalga -acts a skin firming agent and perhaps has skin regenerating properties. This is one of the actives in this product.

Citrus limon Fruit extract – skin conditioning agent. This is one of the actives in this product

Citrus Nobilis Peel Extract - moisturising and tonic properties. This is one of the ctives in this product.

Dextrin - a glucose polymer that boosts protective properties of skin

Disodium EDTA - a chelating agent which removes unwanted metal ions from the ingredients and a preservative.

Glucomannan – a moisturising film former which aims to protect the skin.

Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract – made from fermented pomegranate fruit – has anti aging, anti oxidant and anti wrinkle properties. I think that this would have to be used over time to have any impact at all in this product. This is the prebiotic but certainly not a main active ingredient.

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate – a preservative derived from lactic acid bacteria

Niacinamide – vitamin B3 – anti aging and can protect from UV skin damage. As this is far down the list of ingredients I would not be sure that enough was present in the product to have any effect. In this product it is likely to be used as a UV protector.

Phenoxyethanol – the preservative in this product necessary as it contains water

Potassium Chloride – part of a blended ingredient with Chondrus cripus powder and probably acts a solubiliser

Xanthan Gum - a natural gelling agent


Fine for a cheap try out of Korean inspired skin care – not as effective if you don’t have noticeable dark under eye circles.

Colourful pouch packaging for the product


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