Product Review: SkinFood Avocado Rich Eye Balm

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I have dry eyes, and no matter what I use, I wake up with dry eyes. When I saw this on eBay for US$10, I couldn’t resist. SkinFood and a rich eye balm? Sounds good to me! Well, I should have read reviews before I purchased this, even though it was only $10!

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Originally I was going to buy Kiehl’s version of an avocado eye cream, which cost three times as much. I am currently using Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Brightening Eye Gel (to be reviewed separately), and it is not the least bit hydrating, so I needed something to go on top of the eye gel to seal in the moisture at night. I already spent US$34.00 on the eye gel, so I thought, US$10 is a pretty good deal…well, here’s my review:

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The texture of this eye balm is very rich, more like a thick chunk of butter or guacamole. It is thick and oily, and has a slight herbal scent. Compared to other Korean products I don’t find the scent to be overpowering (the face powder from Skinfood was a whole lot worse), and while I have sensitive eyes the scent didn’t irritate them. The one thing that really bothers me is how this cream actually migrates into my eyes. I have tried to leave enough space, only using it under my eyes and not too close to the rims, and also just under the brow bones without using on the eyelids; but somehow, this migrates into my eyes, causing great irritation. So I have only used this a few times, and I have tried to use very sparingly but the result is the same – major eye irritation.

This isn’t an anti-aging eye cream, by the way, so it’s only good for moisture, so don’t expect any major difference…but for me, I can’t really use this anymore because of the irritation. A real pity, really, because for US$10 you get 30g of eye cream!

15 comments on Product Review: SkinFood Avocado Rich Eye Balm

  1. ihkb
    January 4, 2013 at 9:51 am (4 years ago)

    Love the new site πŸ™‚ I find Skin Food pretty rich too πŸ™‚ Oh and the verification device is too cute!

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    • Joseibi
      January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  2. Kevin J.
    January 9, 2013 at 1:57 am (4 years ago)

    It’s such a pity! Skinfood creams, whether for the eye or face, often last a long time, and a little goes a long way. Personally, I know that feeling of having to use it as quickly as possible when I used to have the Skinfood Avocado Rich face cream with me during the winters in Calgary. You cannot over-apply too much even if the weather reaches something as cold as minus 20 and below(which is sadly quite often in Calgary). Did you find any creative means to recycle the cream for the eye area skin, or to re-use it?

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  3. Kevin J.
    January 9, 2013 at 2:01 am (4 years ago)

    I noticed somehow that Skinfood creams–some of them–do not work on my skin, except for the Royal Black Honey cream(in samples) and the Avocado Rich cream, maybe because of the same problem that you highlighted, that is, skin irritation. This is not to say that their products are bad, but simply that my skin is reactive. I react even to Kiehl’s creams which are supposed to be tested for allergenic reactions. Heavy fragrances in eye creams is a big no-no and it surprises me that Skinfood did that in their Potiron Au Lait pumpkin milk eye cream, and the Avocado eye balm.

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    • Joseibi
      January 9, 2013 at 9:30 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Kevin! Welcome back! πŸ™‚

      I tried to use this eye balm not too close to the eyes but it will still irritate my eyes, so I end up using it on my lips. It’s very rich so it works ok on the lips. I prefer eye creams to be completely colorant and fragrance free – I even hate it when they put mica in eye creams, a cheap trick that the eye cream is ‘brightening up’ the eye area!

      It really is a pity because it is so cheap and if not for the irritation it would have been a cheap way to moisturize the eye contours…

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      • Kevin J.
        January 9, 2013 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

        Not withstanding the scent, I would say that the other products in this Avocado Rich line, including the essences, the cream, and the lotion/emulsion, are really underrated and high-performing on the hydration front for dehydrated skin. I am not sure if they phased out the eye balm yet, since I have not seen it anymore in most stores in Seoul,and I saw the Oil Balm and the other products inside this line at the most. If so, the oil balm can virtually be used for every dry part of the body and face, and even hair as well!

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        • Joseibi
          January 17, 2013 at 10:01 am (4 years ago)

          Somehow the comments got filtered as Spam…sorry for the delay in approving some of the comments!

          Hydration wise I like the Avocado product, but I just wish they didn’t add the fragrance…this works pretty good as a lip balm and I even use it on my neck! πŸ˜‰

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          • Kevin J.
            January 17, 2013 at 10:20 am (4 years ago)

            Lol, we seem to have the same knack to recycle skincare products which do not suit our facial skin for some reason or another. I use some of the residual bits of skincare cream which are not easily absorbed into the skin or might be too sensitising for facial skin(upon trial) as cuticle cream or if not, hand and body lotion or cream :p It’s a good thing they are cheap!

          • Joseibi
            January 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm (4 years ago)

            πŸ™‚ so true! Sometimes the best creams for my body were not even meant for the body! πŸ˜›

  4. Kevin J.
    January 9, 2013 at 2:17 am (4 years ago)

    By the way, I forgot to say this, Happy New Year 2013 to you, Joseibi!

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    • Joseibi
      January 9, 2013 at 9:34 am (4 years ago)

      Happy New Year to you as well! πŸ™‚

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  5. Kat
    January 12, 2013 at 10:45 am (4 years ago)

    Have you tried their Salmon Brightening line? I’m currently using their under eye concealer, but I’ve heard good things about the eye cream. Thanks for pointing out the irritation with this one. Better to avoid this then. 😑 I’m currently on the lookout for a new eye cream since I see no improvement with the one I’m using (Mizon snail eye cream) for around 3 months now.

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    • Joseibi
      January 17, 2013 at 10:04 am (4 years ago)

      No, I haven’t tried their Salmon Brightening line yet…I almost bought the eye cream and serum but I was afraid they will irritate my sensitive eyes. This Avocado Rich Eye Balm was only $10 so I was willing to take the risk, but after this, I am hesitant to use anything with fragrance near my eyes…(the Salmon Dark Circle Powder didn’t, ironically, even though it is obviously fragranced)

      Eye creams are always a miss for me. I have literally tried hundreds but still haven’t found ‘the one’ that actually does what it claims besides hydration. I am also on the lookout for a good eye cream too! πŸ˜‰

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      • Kevin J.
        January 17, 2013 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

        @Joseibi and Kat, I am actually using the Salmon Brightening eye cream now! I used the serum version before and it probably works out better for those who tend to have combination skin, but I would say that the line definitely lightens dark eye circles. There is not so much of a fragrance compared to the avocado line. The cream is heavier and more emollient, although my excuse for using the cream version now is that it is winter and we all get away with cream instead of serum during winters!

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        • Joseibi
          January 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm (4 years ago)

          Wow that’s great to hear because it’s inexpensive! Definitely have to try it out!!!! Thanks!

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