Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

Describe the brand in five words.
Clinical. Desert Island Products. Results.

What is it?
An eye balm suited to de-puffing and cooling.

Who is it for?
Everyone, but you may find it particularly helpful if you're in a hot, airless environment - i.e. offices, teachers, nurses, doctors etc - and obviously airplanes! 

What’s in it?
Water, Propanediol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Goat Milk Powder, Lactose, Milk Protein, Manuka (Leptospermum) Honey Extract, Jojoba Oil PEG-150 Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa Callus Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Menthoxypropanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid

What's not in it?

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
milk, lactic acid

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
man-made and natural

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Fresh - not overpowering of milk!

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Extremely light, hydrating, but not 'liquidy', so doesn't interrupt makeup.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Literally apply straight from the bullet on to the area. Either as your eye product or on its own throughout the day.

How long before you should see results?
It will depend entirely on how bad your eyes are/feel. Puffiness will go down over the day but they will feel energized immediately.

How long did I test it for?
I've had this since January.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
0.3 ozs/8.5grams. I honestly couldn't tell you how long it will last. I still have mine, it doesn't appear to have gone down massively but I only use it sporadically. I would imagine it lasting at least 2 months if used regularly.

What’s good about it?
I would say this is for you if you suffer from tired eyes, or have really oily eyes and don't want to use a traditional 'cream' textured product. The concealer stick applicator style is conducive to great application and it stays moist and doesn't dry out. 

What’s not so good about it?
If you have genetically puffy eyes, this will not be enough. If you are temporarily puffy it should work quite well. It's helpful for me when I'm travelling.
Eyes are the most individual part of the face to treat - and therefore the hardest. What works for some, may have zero effect on others. Everything from bags, to discolouration, to fine lines and 'crinkles' - those particularly enjoyable creased wrinkles that you get in the eye area, can show up based on a multitude of reasons, be it genetic, environmental, lifestyle or hormones. For that reason it is hard to give a sweeping 'one size fits all' recommendation.
If you can test this, I would do so. If you know that Somerville products suit you, you should be able to buy untested.

Works well with?
This can be used with any other products, including makeup, which sits happily underneath it without shifting.

What’s the website like?
I've raved about the website before. It's fantastic. Full of information and lists ingredients:

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. I travel a lot. And it doesn't count as a liquid. HURRAH!

Similar products?
Not really. If you can think of any let me know in the comments.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm is $38.00 and available and

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  1. Because I'm in my early twenties, I don't have a lot of experience with eye creams, serums... yet I do really like using some, it just feels right! I tend to prefer light, cooling formulations so, even though I don't particularly suffers from puffy eyes, I might enjoy this one, plus it seems adapted to my sensitive skin! Thank you for the review!

  2. Would Deciem's Hylamide SubQ eye serum compare?
    Sounds similar.

  3. Embryolisse has something similar to this.

  4. Well here I am in an aircon hotel room with, as a result, puffy eyes so I will purchase this for my next trip! BTW....all liquids and pastes are supposed to go into that too small plastic bag in your hand luggage on flights. Unless this stuff is totally solid? Just saying to save disappointment!

    1. By coincidence so happens I bought this a few days ago and like it. No clue if it's good enough to replace my eye serum or is even meant to replace it but it's great stuff under makeup. Can vouch for that. Not runny. Just as you'd expect a stick to behave. Amazing really. You won't regret buying it.

    2. It looks like a stick-type balm. Like a deodorant or chapstick, it doesn't need to go in your liquids bag!

    3. Tried this product for two weeks and feel I could just have used Chapstick. No results at all. Total waste of money.

    4. Oh that sucks. I'm sorry. :( How are you? Long time no speak. :)

  5. As I am about to get back to working after having my son I know I will need something to combat tired eyes...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  6. Love a refreshing eye de-puffer - this one sounds great for the weekdays when I only get about 5 hours of sleep.

  7. Have you tried the goat milk moisturiser since it's reformulation? Is it still in the hall of fame?

  8. Does the sweeping action cause more wrinkles?

  9. Kiehl's have something in their men's Facial Fuel range that looks similar. It is the Facial Fuel Eye Depuffer, it has caffeine in it but is the same bullet type applicator and similar in texture.

  10. For some reason Sephora won't ship this product to UK, so although this sounds amazing will have to wait until someone in London stocks this :(

  11. For some reason Sephora won't ship this product to UK, so although this sounds amazing will have to wait until someone in London stocks this :(

    1. Sephora doesn't ship any KS stuff to the UK. You can buy it direct from the KS site though.

  12. Hi,

    This is unrelated to this post but where can i find the cheat sheets column that used to be on the right pane.
    I am 28yo from India and have just started taking my skincare regime seriously. Can you please tell me from where a novice like me should start? Example- (1) what are the different ingredients that I should look for and their benefits (2) what ingredients to avoid (3) products for- bright/radiant, youthful, even tone skin with smaller pores and vibrant eyes.


    1. Hi. Don't know why the column of cheat sheets is gone :( . But you can still find the posts by clicking the "cheat sheet" label/keyword/search-word on the right------------>
      This post about where to spend money in your routine at your age is what you are looking for
      and this post about the ingredients that really work

  13. Hi, Caroline,

    Have been following (and loving!) your blog for about 18 mo. and have found so much help here. Thank you! A couple questions I've been having are: How to distinguish a harmful foaming cleanser from one that foams only because of a mechanical pump (In other words, what are the foaming ingredients to stay away from)? Also, was wondering if you had any advice on caring for lips during dry winter months?



    1. SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) is the ingredient to avoid. That is what makes your dish washing liquid foam - and your skin go squeeeeeek! :O

    2. Oh, and take your acid toner to the lips (might sting a little and doesn't taste nice) and use Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm or Lanolips.

  14. I've always wanted to have a good eye-depuffer. Working a lot and not having enough rest does make me guilty of it. Too much being in air conditioned and dry environment in aircraft is putting a told on my skinand especially my eye. Will try this. Thanks for sharing. Sharon Elsie |

  15. I really need a goodday eye depuffer more so when I'm always in dry air conditioned environment. Would love to try Kates Somerville Goat Milk de puffer Balm. Will get in directly from KS. Thanks for sharing. Sharon Elsie |

  16. Funny I just got this as a point perk from Sephora -- part of a larger kit. First time using the Goat Milk range so curious to see how it performs!