April 26, 2018

Wasting My Time and Money With Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil

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

Today’s review is all about Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil, an oil that promises so many things and delivers so very few. Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil is a prime example of why you can’t read or listen to reviews on sites you’re actually purchasing the product on. Yes Sephora, I’m talking to you.

It’s long since been speculated that Sephora deletes poor reviews. I cannot confirm this as truth or fact but I am starting to believe it more and more. Because this products gets some rave reviews, reviews I knew were likely too good to be true but I still got suckered into them.

“My eyes looks so much brighter after a single use!” “My finer lines looked so much better!” “This is soooooo hydrating!”

Even after all these years of blogging, reviewing, and just being a beauty junkie you’d think I wouldn’t be drawn in by comments like this but I was and I spent $38 on a mere 0.34 oz of eye oil.

Shame on me.

There is without no doubt that Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil contains some very good and beneficial ingredients however, there is nothing here that can’t be found in a larger facial oil that I already own. The fact of the matter is I already have dozens of facial oils that I do use under my eyes so Kora didn’t bring anything terribly unique to my skincare routine. I have a smaller 0.5 oz Tarte Maracuja Oil that I store with my concealer which is perfectly sized for under eyes and works a treat to prep my eyes prior to applying concealer.

Kora claims that there two mail oils that act to improve puffiness and fine lines one being kahai oil that is apparently a natural retinol that improves elasticity and smooths finer lines and crows fee. The second oil is coffee seed with acts to depuff eyes. Looking at the ingredients though shows that coffee seed oil is lower on the list, like nearly at the end, which could explain why I didn’t experience all this depuffing action. And kahai oil isn’t exactly the first oil either.

They do rely heavily on Rosehip oil which is quite beneficial to skin with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin but Kora doesn’t even mention it as a key selling point instead saying Tomato Fruit brightens skin around the eye area which again is lower on the ingredients list. Will Rosehip oil help with dark circles and puffiness? Probably not but you might experience some good hydrating benefits from it just not in this format as it seemed a lot less richer than a regular cold-pressed pure rosehip oil! It could be all the extra oils that take away from that but I’m not much of an ingredients expert and can only share my experience using the product.

The oil comes in a smaller roller which is AWFUL. The oils doesn’t flow well into the roller so you’re sitting there with a dry roller that tugs under your eyes. You’ll come across a few reviews on Sephora that mention this issue with the packaging. My solution was storing it upside down. This helped a good bit.

I thought the texture was very lightweight which is good if you have plans on wearing makeup over it. However, I have drier eyes and it wasn’t nearly rich enough for me. I applied in the AM prior to concealer and allowed it to set. When it came time to apply my concealer my eyes were just too try to get a smooth, easy glide. I felt like I was tugging my concealer on. I typically hydrate very, very well prior but this just didn’t deliver the moisture I needed under my eyes for smooth concealer application.

I decided I’d start using it after my eye cream in the evenings and this has been how I’ve used it since purchasing it (I believe I have it 2 months or more now). At this point I’m just using it out of habit so it doesn’t go to waste because it really hasn’t done much.

So, how do my eyes look after using it for several weeks? The same. It didn’t provide much moisture, my fine lines and puffiness are still there, and I don’t see any brightening or a fresher look.

My suggestion? Skip it. Use your facial oil under your eyes and call it a day! You’ll be $38 richer.

But if you are curious Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil is available at sephora.com.

Tried it?

Do share!

Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Coffee Arabica Seed Extract, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopherol, Squalene, Beta-Sitosterol, Quartz.

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

About the Muse

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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  • MJ

    I’m surprised Sephora even left up the negative reviews on the product’s packaging. I’ve received faulty/leaky packaging on a body spray from Sephora and all reviews were deleted unless I gave 2 stars or above.

    Luckily we have your blog and others to get honest reviews and learn the whole story.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think because they have four-five star and the packaging default was an afterthought in their ravings! 😛 Aw thanks <3!

  • Tay

    Awww, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you!! I’ve been using it for about a month and I’m really liking the lasting hydration that I’m getting from it. Usually with my normal eye cream, my undereye area starts to get crepe-y by noon, but the eye oil has really helped with preventing that.

    But booooo that it’s a bust for you. Fingers crossed the next product works!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad to hear it really does work as I’m highly skeptical of Sephora’s raving reviews. I wish it did the same for me but no such luck! I’m using it in the evenings after my eye cream for a little more light moisture. Oh well! ;-D

  • kjh

    I know from personal experience that S does refuse to publish certain reviews..in my case, for the touch in sol pencil eyeliners that had fab colors, but were torture and inapplicable. I wrote a ***** on OG mufe e/s at the same time. That one was up before I had signed off the computer. Literally seconds. The other never went up. U has a different twist, I think. To start with, they take, and identify, reviews from the brand’s dedicated website, but can select mid to positive reviews. There are some ‘originals’ that are made out of whole cloth. E.G. No reviews on the Pur blush palette for > 1 month, then 58 all at once, upping to high 60s that day. There were some major tells that many were fake…and you could spot the real ones interspersed…. the language usage, structure and vocabulary, as well as spelling/typing errors followed distinct patterns. You don’t need a degree in forensic linguistics to see the same author. Towns were cited that do not exist on google. Carmen from Miranda wrote one. Lolita from Moscow wrote another. Really? I get that they want to pump interest and sales by positive reviews, but faking them all at once is not the way to do it.

    • Isabella Muse

      Interesting….! I noticed when UD Backtalk first launched within a two days the reviews were mediocre but by the end of day 3 the palette was getting 4 to 5 stars! However, I will say something people obviously liked it because I talked to Christine (temptalia) a few days after the launch and we were comparing the press sample we got to the palettes we purchased at Sephora and had vastly different experiences with it. We typically agree on formulas but this one I hated but and where as she didn’t love it she still said it the quality/performance wasn’t as bad as I had described. So I do question to this day if it was me or if others did think it was bad as I thought it was! It’s sad I can’t rely on reviews from Sephora or amazon anymore. Everything seems fake or paid!

      • Violetsrblu

        I wasn’t impressed with the Kora eye oil either and had the same problems with application. I’m getting rid of it by applying all over my face and décolletage.
        I stopped trusting Amazon reviews many years ago and if I spot an item with a lot of fake reviews, I’ll submit a one star rated warning that details why the reviews are untrustworthy. Heh heh, I get many people clicking “helpful” or thanking me for the catch.

        • Isabella Muse

          good idea lol! I’m trying to use it up myself. I hate amazon lately! I can’t spot a good book from a bad one and even goodreads is becoming the same! All paid reviews! :-/

  • Chelsea

    Curious: have you ever left a negative review on Sephora and gone to look for it later? I think I may do this for something I didn’t like and go back to check for it later.

    • Isabella Muse

      I have not ever written a review on their website! I’m a bad makeup addict 😀

  • Annie

    Thank you for your always honest reviews, Muse! I was seriously tempted to buy this and now I will save my money.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure Annie! Believe me a few drops of argan oil will do a better job!

  • Faye

    I totally agree with you that this product was a dud. Glad I didn’t spend money to get it as Sephora was giving deluxe size with delivery purchase. Tried it and I chucked it in the trash 😛

  • Sheree

    I know, right! It’s either Sephora and their fake reviews or Ulta and their possibly used products. I guess I’d rather have something turn out to be shite and be able to return it than take a chance on catching something from a used product.

  • Tippy6

    I can’t speak regarding this particular eye oil but I can speak to the integrity of reviews on retail on-line sites and your suspicions are correct. They are screened and often negative reviews are never posted because it doesn’t support their agenda. They are looking to sell product to maximize profits and honest reviews do not fit with that goal. It’s all about the almighty dollar – $$$$$$!!

  • Brandy

    I had a hunch that Sephora does that to their negative reviews so I go by your reviews. My fav (and only oil) I use right now is Cerave gel oil. I’ve had the oil for nearly a year now and it’s still not close to being empty. If I wear makeup, I just put some Clinique moisture surge concentrate under my eyes.

    Seems like $38 is really steep for this when you can get similar facial oils in a larger amount for much cheaper. I don’t see anything unique about the ingredients to warrant the price tag.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thank you! I am very flattered! I love the Cerave gel oil! Great stuff and so hydrating! There really isn’t anything amazing here that justifies near $40 bucks!

  • Sian

    I received a sample but couldn’t get the roller to work at all. I’ll try that upside down trick, ty. I can’t find anything that works as well as the missha time revolution eye sticks. Ugh.

    • Isabella Muse

      try rolling it on your arm once or twice and proceed to store it upside down. See if that helps!

  • Cristina

    How amazing; just read your review and got the oil in the mail this morning. Oh joy. 😉 . Anyway, i also have extremely dry skin around my eye area (and it gets easily irritated). You mention an eye cream you use under it. Might i ask what you use ? Thank you 🙂

  • Roseanna

    You didn’t mention that there is also Macadamia Nut oil, Avocado oil & Jojoba Oil included in this product, which are excellent oils for the face & eye area & give gr8 hydration! And the Squalene is an added bonus! I think I will try this Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil. 🙂

  • Roseanna

    Oh & I did leave a negative review at Sephora for a very, very highly fragranced item & Sephora Did publish it!

  • Angela

    Thanks for your review. I have the Kona Noni face oil and I love it, so I was thinking about trying the eye oil, too.

    Not sure about the reviews, but sure have noticed that it’s a problem with Amazon. However, Sephora has such a great, no questions asked return policy, that I don’t worry about trying new stuff.

  • Ellie

    Thank you, really, honest reviews are rare. You saved me 38 euros today.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw I’m glad I could help! I’ve actually used it all up since writing this review and rest assured you aren’t missing anything! I didn’t feel it made any difference under my eyes at all!

  • Mariam

    I use it every day and I love it. I love everything about it. I notice a huge difference. I dont think you should call the applicator AWFUL. With these tipes of applicators you need to hold them upside down you dont want the product to leak out easily. You should have mentioned that the applicator is real pearl that makes product more expensive. And the texture is wonderful sinks i to the skin nicely. It really made my under-eye areas brighter and smoother.