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I bought these from the Montagne Jeunesse website when I was looking through their product range. I have not seen these anywhere else so I thought they would be worth trying out. I work until 10pm so it takes a while for my brain to shut down enough for me to be able to sleep and have to get up again at 7.15 to deal with my horses. This tends to lead to puffy eyes from lack of sleep. These patches say they will help with this.
The eye patches come in a re sealable foil sachet with a plastic compartment inside which holds the eye patches. You get 4 patches in the sachet so two uses. I paid £1.99 for them which I didn't think was a bad price for two sets. They contain plant collagen, liquorice and pumpkin to help calm swelling and irritation, revitalise circulation, make the under eye appear tighter and firmer and reduce visible signs of aging. The eye patches are suitable for vegans and are BUAV approved. They are also dairy, gluten and nut derivative free.
The pouches need to be put in the fridge for at least an hour before you use them. I ended up putting mine in the fridge and forgetting to use them so they were in there for a few days. The directions then say to remove one set of eye patches (why do I feel like I am writing about a pirate set?) and apply one eye patch under each eye and press down firmly to ensure contact. Put the unused patches back in the fridge and leave the ones you have on for 30-50 minutes for best results. They are suitable for daily use.
Trying to get the patches out of the sachet is a bit of a nightmare as they are covered in a sticky liquid. When I managed to get them out eventually, I did find them quite easy to separate but I couldn't work out which bit stuck to my face. This is not clear on the packaging but after trial and error for a few minutes, I worked out that the patches themselves have a protective covering on each side. They are made of a rubber gauze material so they do stick to your skin easily but they are easy to remove and re stick if you put them on in slightly the wrong place. I was quite surprised that the patches were not cold at all even though they had been in the fridge for 2 or 3 days. You do have to wash your hands after apply the patches to get rid of the nasty sticky liquid.
Once the patches are on, they are not uncomfortable but they do feel a bit strange. You can see them when you look down which I found a bit disconcerting at first. I managed to do some college work with them on and was looking down typing and the patches didn't move at all so they do stick well. I didn't feel that the patches were doing anything while they were on. I didn't find them refreshing or cooling on my skin so I found it really hard to leave them on for the recommended time. Although these patches are suitable for daily use, how many people have 30-50 mins free each day in their hectic schedules to put eye patches on? I just kept hoping the results were worth it.
I managed to leave the patches on for 30 minutes, just. I got so bored of having them on that I was tempted to take them off earlier but refrained. They were easy to remove and all the liquid had dried on the outside of the patches. I did rinse my eye area to get rid of the last bits of residue. At first look I could see no difference at all on my under eye area. I had to look really closely to notice that the puffiness had reduced very slightly but my under eye was still a bit puffy and the small lines that have been beginning to appear not that I am getting a bit older were still there. My skin under my eyes was smoothe and soft to the touch like I had just applied moisturiser but apart from that I can't say there was any real difference.
I won't be buying these again and if I hadn't paid for them, I wouldn't bother using the other set of patches that came in the sachet. I was disappointed with these. If your eyes are really puffy, not just slightly like mine were, then they may have a bigger effect but I won't be bothering to find out.