Today I want to share with you yet another product that I’ve tried out for the first time by the brand Faith in Face. This product is an itsy bitsy under-eye mask designed to reduce the appearance of tired eyes. Sounds like a dream come true! Before I get started, I’d like to introduce the brand to those of you that might not have heard about them before.
Faith in Face’s philosophy (try saying that fast) is to focus on the quality of products in the aim to reveal each individuals natural beauty, not alter it! To me, this sounds pretty great already. The core founders of the company come from the U.S, UK and South Korea and are very passionate about their brand and think that value for money is imperative (they also don’t agree on spending more on the packaging than the actual product, as they suggest many other companies do!). Now let’s get on with the testing!
“True beauty comes from confidence” – Faith in Face
The ingredients in this product are a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion, with approximately 80% being low risk – perhaps a touch too low by my standards. I use two online ingredient analysis sites to help me to identify some of the core ingredients, but these aren’t 100% reliable in my experience so I take them with a pinch of salt and do a bit of further research as well. However, this lower score is most likely down to a some controversial ingredients:
- Chondrus Crispus
– Potentially positive: It is a seaweed with hydrating and moisturising properties and so add to the hydrating effects of the product (along with butylene glycol and glycerin). Additionally, due to the nature of seaweeds, it is likely that this plant possesses many nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial to the skin, although I would need to do a lot more research in order to validate this.
– Potentially negative: For some people, this seaweed can be a mild irritant and is not suitable for types of acne. However, this may not be too concerning for most because it is intended to be used specifically in the under-eye region. One of the key reasons this material was used in the product could be due to its ability to help control the viscosity of product.
– It is a preservative in skincare products and is considered to be a ‘natural’ replacement for parabens. It also has a secondary purpose of adding fragrance. This chemical is potentially harmful as it is known to cause irritation to the skin (and lungs)… now my eyes feel itchy and I’m hoping its just paranoia.
– Potentially positive: It doesn’t release formaldehyde (I sincerely hope not).
- FUCKING FRAGRANCE
– I agree, its always a bonus when your skincare lotions and potions smell good, but seriously? WHY does everything seem to contain fragrance? They can potentially be very irritating and harmful to the skin but with no additional details I can’t know for sure.
On a more positive note, this product appears to be paraben and sulfate free!
The final verdict
I think it’s hydrating but I don’t think, at least for me, it’s the kind of product I’d buy again because it isn’t as specialised for the under eye area as I expected. Except from the hydrating part, this product doesn’t appear to do a lot. Oh and it turns out that the itching wasn’t paranoia so I had to wash off the rest of the product *mourns under-eye area*. For this reason I would not recommend this product for sensitive skin, or particularly recommend it otherwise. However, I would still like to try some of their other products and hope to be able to give a better review next time!
I’d be interested to know if anyone else has had a better or worse experience than me, so drop a comment if you fancy sharing your opinion! If anybody would like to try these for themselves, you can purchase them here At the time of writing, they are currently on sale for around £5, usually around £7 for a box of 4.
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