July 29, 2015

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream Review & Swatches

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream

As far as I’m concerned my eyes are an area that can never have too much moisture so I recently indulged in Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream which contains royal black honey. Royal honey is long since known for it’s hydrating properties and considering I’ve always had excellent results with the moisture benefits of Skinfood’s eye cream formulas I decided to indulge in the Royal Honey Eye Cream during a recent trip to the Skinfood Store in the Palisades Mall.

I should start out by saying that the Skinfood store was an awful experience for me. The prices are ridiculously high compared to online retailers! I also felt mildly suffocated when shopping in the store as it is a smaller location and every time I turned around a store rep was literally breathing down my neck like I was about to pocket something. I didn’t feel comfortable touching anything, reading the product labels, or even trying the samples out in stores due to the store rep following me everywhere. It was just a really bad experience and I won’t go back to that particular store again.

I did end up with the Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream during that visit. It was actually top on my list to try but I disliked the higher cost but I felt like at least I got instant gratification from the purchase versus buying online and waiting on airmail.

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream comes in a squeeze tube and contains royal jelly extracts. It’s promoted as a moisturizing eye cream with an anti wrinkle “effect” plus it’s supposed to add a “honey glow” to the delicate skin around eyes. Thankfully it does NOT contain a honey glow. Honestly, anything around eyes that is glow-y or shimmery is a bad idea in my opinion as it is like adding a spotlight to fine lines and dark circles. That’s just my opinion but personally I think “glow” anything around the eyes is a big no so thankfully this does not contain any glow that I noticed.

As with most Skinfood eye creams this is a one stop shop for moisture but not a very good treatment product. Moisture is one of the key elements, in my opinion, for making finer lines appear less prominent. There are a lot of eye creams out there that will promise to treat fine lines and wrinkles but in many cases you won’t see a decrease in finer lines unless you’re using a formula that contains solid ingredients like retinol and in most cases high end eye creams don’t have retinol just a like of lingo that says it’ll eradicate your finer lines with some fancy named ingredients like poly spheres or some such nonsense. This does have fragrance listed in the ingredients but I didn’t notice anything scent when I applied it!

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream swatches

Personally the more moisture I get under my eyes the better my fine lines look and I’ve always found that even though Skinfood doesn’t treat my finger lines they still have a hell of a moisturizing formula in the eye cream department and Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream gets that down well.

Now this isn’t the most moisturizing Skinfood formula! I’d say that award goes to their Black Raspberry Eye Cream but it still gets a very big yay for me in the moisture department. The formula is quite thin yet very creamy! It absorbs easily under my eyes and leaves a very, very nice trail of moisture behind. I’ve taken to using it as my daily AM eye cream as it wears so nicely under concealer providing plenty of moisture so my concealer applies easily and looks smooth. As I said the key to your eyes looking great is plenty of moisture and this provides a good deal of moisture!

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream isn’t going to change the way your fine lines look but it will provide moisture to drier so finer lines look better!

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream can be purchased from a variety of Asian E-bay sellers which I’ve recommended in my “Where to Buy Korean and Japanese Makeup and Skincare” guide!

Skinfood Royal Honey Eye Cream8

I purchased this item.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Katherine T.

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the store-that’s terrible! There’s a store near my house, I might try the Black Raspberry Eye cream – I use retinol every other day, and in between, I like to slather cream on my undereyes

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw don’t be sorry! It happens sadly! Don’t let it put you off maybe you’ll have a better experience -D The black raspberry is fab! Doesn’t treat but provides plenty of moisture!

  • Suri

    I was at the Palisades Skin Food yesterday and had the same experience! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. I’ve never been to one but I wasn’t expecting the prices to be so high, I’m glad it’s not the norm.

    • Isabella Muse

      great I feel a lot less weird about it Suri! I thought I was being silly. Honestly, the sales rep was breathing down my neck. I felt like I couldn’t touch anything without her explaining every single little detail about a product. I also felt like she thought I was going to steal something lol! It was just weird for me and I likely won’t ever go back. Glad I’m not alone! It’s not at all, the prices seemed really, really high compared to Korean retail! Ebay sellers sell cheaper and they have a mark up so I was shocked!

  • Adrienne

    That’s a shame that you had a bad experience.. the Skinfood stores in Seoul are fantastic and the employees are super nice. The prices are much much better. I regret not taking another suitcase. I die a little when I see the Tony Moly facemasks in Sephora for $7.50. At most, you pay $2 in Seoul, and you might as well get the buy 10 get 10. I LOVE the skinfood black sugar mask scrub. It smells fantastic, like it might taste fantastic. The best places to get face masks are in Asian stores, even the tiny local one here carries Missha makeup. Face masks are usually in the checkout line at our big Asian grocery store. We’re nowhere near a Hmart, but the one in Chicago has separate stores inside with skincare and makeup.

    • Isabella Muse

      Ah, it is what it is. When I was in Taiwan the customer service at beauty/makeup stores and drugstore was mind blowing amazing. They were super generous with samples, helpful but not following you around helpful, and they were all so sweet and kind. Maybe it was a novelty having a westerner knowing about the product and what I wanted I’m not sure but the CS was just amazing everywhere I went! Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case at many makeup counters in the US or even at Sephora for that matter. There’s a lot of smaller stores in Queens that sell masks for very little but I tend to just buy them online as prices are reasonable and I don’t have to go all the way to Flushing to get a face mask haha I’d rather just wait for the mail! A box of like 10 is $5-$8 online so that’s fine by me! HMart is absurd with the beauty prices imho! So you aren’t missing much!

      • Adrienne

        Ah yes, Sephora, where they don’t even say “Hi” and they act like your purchase is a huge burden on their time.

        Your posts really helped me make a nice shopping list when I went to Korea last fall. I annoyed my husband the entire 14 hour flight with “I really hope we can find an Etude House!” Little did I know that much like 7/11, Etude House and Nature Republic are on every block in some areas!

        We have at least 3 little Korean stores within 15 minutes of me (we may be in KS, but we’re in the diverse part!) and since my daughter is Korean, I’m at the Korean grocery store a lot, so uh, I have a shameful amount of masks at my house.

        • Isabella Muse

          exactly. Not only sephora, most stores are like that. In general, not just makeup related, but customer service sucks. I mean if you walked into a department store and ask where the elevator is people act like you’re asking them to write a check for a $100. It’s just surreal. Yay! I’m happy to hear that. haha! Yeah Etude House is literally everywhere so I’m glad it was easy to find hehe! lol…..! I have to say I have a shameful amount of masks too…don’t tell anyone but I practically use one a night 😀

  • Iris

    Very unfortunate and I’m sorry about your store experience. That would make me so uncomfortable too. 🙁

  • Miss_silk

    Dang that hella sucks! Skinfood in San Francisco is pretty chill. Not much people gravitate towards that store, and the ladies usually just stay behind the counter which is actually really small. However, they only come towards you if you look confused or having a tough choice.

    I get so happy with the free samples they give me, and they give extra because my mom is just waiting loool. Try going to skinfood towards the rainy season, I got a free umbrella from buying any item from a specific collection. They did it last year too!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ve been to the one in SF, passed by it but never went in for some reason! Probably because anytime I visited I was with friends who so aren’t patient with my beauty addiction haha. I’ll def go in next time, they sound good for me, I like chillaxed SAs 😀