For the last six or eight months I have heard people raving about Tula Skincare’s products. Everyone seems to love them. I received a sample of a Tula Cleanser (I believe it was in an IPSY Box) a while back and as everyone was raving about it I was super excited to try it.
I hated it.
And not just in an ‘I don’t think this cleanser is right for my skin type’ kind of way. It was intensely perfumed and did not leave my skin feeling clean. It was a hard pass for me.
And to be honest, I don’t like giving a lot of negative reviews. Most of the time the products I try are good products. If they don’t work for me I can usually see that they are either designed for a different skin type or to combat a problem i don’t have. I’ve also learned to pay more attention to ingredients lists and can avoid some products that I know are going to give me issues. After all why put my skin through the trauma I know would be coming, when I can just pass a product unopened to someone who will enjoy using it.
When the Tula Skin Care Glow and Get It Calming and Brightening Eye Balm arrived in a subscription box I was on the fence about it. The only product I’d tried from Tula was the cleanser, but that didn’t mean I would hate the entire brand. There are many brands where I love some products and don’t like others. In fact most brands are like that. There are very few brands where every product is a hit for me. Admittedly, I get very excited when those brands do come up with something new, but that is another topic.
And I do love a good eye cream. The older I get, the more I find myself loving eye creams. Between the general aging process and my frequent bouts of insomnia, it is now a very important tool.
So I looked up what to expect from the product and decided to give it a try while keeping an open mind. According to the product page…
The game-changing, hyaluronic acid eye balm that started it all. Provides a lit-from-within glow while hydrating, cooling plus helping to reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles around the eyes. Delivers an instant pick-me-up so you look refreshed, feel energized & can glow & get it!Deeply hydrates
- Deeply hydrates
- Firm & tighten the appearance of skin
- Helps reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles
- Instantly brightens around & under the eyes
- Provides immediate cooling
- Leaves a dewy glow
- Improve skin smoothness
- Can help with the look of dark circles & puffiness around eyes
- Use on cheekbones, cupid’s bow, nose & anywhere else you want a highlighting effect
I have recently found from my trials with Timeless skincare that I really like Hyaluronic acid. I am beginning to think my forehead stress crack wrinkle has started absorbing all of it like some sort of Acid-aholic. So the fact that it was in this eye balm was encouraging. So I set my current eye cream to the side and began trying this out.
I like that it is in a stick format. Maybe it is because I like both Milk and Trestique products. However, the format made it easy and quick to apply. One swoop and the product was on my face. But you know me. The first thing I did when opening it and taking off the plastic protector cap was to sniff it. As I had many issues with the scent of the last Tula product I was hesitant.
This does not smell like perfume.
It does smell kind of like you put almond oil in an all natural kitchen cleaning spray. There is something antiseptic almost about the smell. It isn’t sweet, but nutty in an almond kind of way and antiseptic. It isn’t my favorite scent but the scent does fade.
So to the swoop around the eyes. On first application, it is silvery blue, and looks a bit like a cream highlighter. As you can see it better on my hand, I took the pictures there so it is more evident and there are fewer facial shadows. Clearly I wasn’t going around with this ringing around my eyes so I rubbed it in. And then it just looked greasy. I thought it might absorb, but it didn’t. Since I put the eye balm under makeup I didn’t worry too much, figuring powder would soon cover it up if nothing else.
But something interesting happened. If you read the description, you see that it is supposed to have a cooling effect. And it did. I felt a cooling sensation under my eyes and I did feel more awake because of it. As I often use a refrigerated stone roller under my eyes when I am tired in the afternoons, it isn’t surprising. So I put powder over the greasy looking spots and went about my day.
The powder stuck to the spots where the eye balm was placed like cotton batting velcro. It wasn’t going anywhere and as a consequence, the under eye area did look brighter.
However with each application, the cooling sensation faded so that by the fifth day of use there was no noticeable cooling effect from the eye balm. So that benefit was gone. I don’t know if my skin just got used to it and stopped reacting or what, but it was no longer there, and I kind of missed it.
Now those of you who frequently read my posts you know that under my eyes I am prone to getting clogged pores. They are often the bane of my skincare. The masks weren’t helping, but I found some masks that were cut just slightly lower so they land slightly below my trouble spots but still protect my mouth and nose. with that and my current skin care regimen, my clogged pores have been greatly reduced.
After about a week of using this product, they began to multiply again. I tried varying placement of the product but given the size of the stick and the amount it had to be rubbed in to make it no ,onger look like highlighter, avoiding the area completely was impossible. I started applying it with a cotton swab (as in rubbing the cotton swab on the stick and then applying the swab to my skin. It sort of defeated the purpose of the stick, but it let me avoid the problem areas.
The issue is that there weren’t really any benefits. The cooling sensation faded, my skin felt greasy, my pores were clogged and I really didn’t see a difference in the fine lines around my eyes. Put quite simply, I’ve had way better results with other products that didn’t cause me issues.
Now I’m not saying the entire brand is bad, mostly because I haven’t tried the entire brand and can’t judge a product until I try it. But I can honestly say that this product is not for me. I like the idea of it, but it just didn’t work. I won’t be buying this again and I won’t be picking it up to add to any skin care themed family member’s baskets for my upcoming christmas and birthday gift buying extravaganza either.