December 15, 2017

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel Review & Swatches

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5 stars out of 5

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel ($52) is an eye gel that preps for concealer and makeup while promoting healthy looking eyes with a formula rich in collagen, elastin, and glycolic acid. I actually purchased this after seeing an ad for it on Instagram. I know, I know I shouldn’t give in the silly advertisement but the video they showed was rather intriguing which left to my purchase.

I’m probably as obsessed with eye cream as I am with concealer and I have several different ones in constant rotation as I’m of the firm belief that you can make your aging eyes look years and years younger so long as you have a good hydrating eye cream. I’m not under not illusion that an expensive eye cream is going to banish my dark circles, finer lines, and puffiness. I am however, a strong believer that moisture is the key to fixing many of these issues.

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel is actually very, very similiar to Dr. Denese Med MD 33 Clinical Eye Treatment Gel. Both products rely heavily on cyclopentasiloxane which is a form of silicone that acts as a primer of sorts to fill and plump finer lines. This is also gives both of these eye creams their gel-like consistency that applies, spreads, and absorbs easily which in turn makes it a very good texture for use under eyes.

Dr. Denese version has a good deal of better anti-aging ingredients compared to Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel and is also cheaper by around $3-$5 however, this doesn’t mean you should right off Volition Beauty’s formula since it contains a Snail Secretion which is an excellent hydrating ingredient. None the less, I think Dr. Denese’s version is worth mentioning here since her version is the superior of the two formulas.

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel’s formula came as a surprise for me as the way it was promoted it seemed unique and innovative. Imagine my surprise when I realized I had already tried something almost identical to it in Dr. Denese’s formula. As a HUGE, massive, die hard fan of Dr. Denese’s excellent skincare I was quite intrigued that no one had mentioned the similarities between Voilition’s and Dr. Denese’s formula.

But I digress, let me tell you my thoughts on the Helix AM/PM Eye Gel formula.

Not everyone is going to love this formula! I would recommend it for those with aging eyes, dryness, or finer lines but not anyone who has younger or oily eyes or even anyone that dislikes silicone or may be allergic to it.

The brand promotes it as a cooling, anti-aging eye gel but I actually didn’t experience any cooling when using it and I’m fine with that because I’ve never really felt that “cooling” really adds anything beneficial to a skincare’s formula aside from feeling nice. This is an eye gel but the texture is quite thick. When I think of gel I automatically think of a water-based formula that absorbs quickly. This is not that formula. It’s quite thick and has a gelatin-like consistency but still manages to absorb fairly well if you take time out to gently pat it into place or even smooth it delicately under your eyes. I apply a little dot under my eyes and I gently smooth it on with my ring finger and proceed to pat it into place. It remains quite “wet” for a minute or so after application which means I wait a few minutes before applying my makeup but this isn’t a problem as I typically apply my skincare after I shower so, I get dressed and proceed to do my makeup which gives it plenty of time to set.

Apparently, it addresses puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dryness. It excels at addressing dryness since it contains a healthy amount of snail secretion (no snails were harmed in the making of this product) however, I wouldn’t say puffiness was diminished after using it for several weeks. I don’t think it does much in the way of treating wrinkles or finer lines but it will make them look better. It acts as a filler or primer of sorts so finer lines appear smoother and it also, plumps up skin under the eyes as well as adds plenty of moisture to the area. I am of the firm belief that finer lines will ALWAYS look better when you’re hydrating the area enough and this delivers plenty of moisture to address such issues.

It works very well under concealer and allows my concealer to apply easier. Not to mention it seems to extend the wear of my concealer so my eyes look brighter, fresher, and well hydrated throughout the day and m dark circles, puffiness, and finer lines aren’t showing through because my concealer wore away.

It does contain fragrance in the ingredients but a very small amount which my nose didn’t detect or pick up during application or after. I think if you’re looking for more of a way to treat finer lines you might want to go with Dr. Denese Med MD 33 Clinical Eye Treatment Gel since it has better anti-aging ingredients. But if its moisture you seek and something that will aid application of concealer while plumping eyes and smoothing finer lines so they visibly appear better this might be a great pick up. I liked it a lot even though I’m a fan of Dr Denese’s version. I’d definitely re-purchase it as it works great as an AM eye cream where as I can use Dr Denese’s in the evenings.

I’d highly recommend checking it out especially if you suffer from drier eyes.

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel gets a Muse Approval. It’s available now at

Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Limonene.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Dawn

    Just exactly how are they getting enough snail secretions in mass amounts without squishing them? Anyone know?

    • Isabella Muse

      according to Cosrx’s they use giant African snails and they place them over a mesh for 30 minutes a day to freely roam across it and this is how the secretion is collected which is than filtered and used in their beauty products. I do not know how Volition collects it but I imagine it is a similar technique as they say no snails are harmed in the making of the eye gel.

      • Kish

        This makes me nervous. I used to work for USDA and Giant African Snails are bad news. They are highly invasive, they’ll even eat the stucco off of houses if they run out of plant life! But worst of all, they can transmit meningitis to humans. I’m sure the ones Cosrx uses are farm raised and healthy. But I’ll pass anyway. *twitches*

        • Isabella Muse

          honestly, I know nothing about snails but the good news is they do farm raise their snails. They aren’t snails caught out in the wild 🙂

  • Dee

    Better give it a try. I think I am as obsessed with eye cream as you are! Always on the hunt for something to hydrate especially this time of year.

  • Kim Harte

    Dear Muse,
    Keep on piling on that eye cream! I’ve been using eye cream and sunblock since my early 20’s and at 60 I hardly have any wrinkles. So you go girl!!!!!

  • Christina

    Wow, that is a steep price to pay for snail secretions! LOL! I don’t balk at skincare prices (usually), but I can’t figure out why this costs so much when other brands have the same active ingredients at a better price.

    I was curious about this brand as well, but I probably won’t like this particular product because I’m not a fan of the way dimethicone feels on my skin.

    • Isabella Muse

      agreed! There are so many cheaper alternatives if snail secretion is what you are after which happens to be the main dominate ingred here. Still love this though ;-D Don’t get it, it def has that cone feel on skin if you know what I mean!