November 17, 2020

Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum Review & Swatches

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4 stars out of 5

Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum ($22 for 0.5 oz) is a newish gel eye serum that contains algae and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and and plump the under area. I’ve been using this since April and it’s turned into one of my favorite ways to prep my eyes for eye cream and concealer. Sure, sure, the whale sold it to me. I mean really, he’s adorable isn’t he? But the formula is quite lovely as well.

Let’s take a look!

Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum arrives in a cute little pot sporting a little whale topper. I guess the whale is a little nod to the cooling, watery formula. As cute as it is I dislike two things about this packaging. The first one is the bottle has a rather elongated neck which makes it a little difficult to get at the gel. I’m starting to notice that it becomes harder and harder to scoop the formula out of the jar because I’m at the last bit of it now and it’s so far down into the jar! It’s annoying. I started using the NOID Stainless Steel Spoon I have to scoop the product out! I’m also annoyed that didn’t come with it’s own spatula. I have plenty of them as I bulk them in bulk for my skincare products but Korean skincare typically includes a spatula I was sort of disappointed this didn’t have one.

Hyaluronic Acid isn’t a big star in the formula and is actually near to last on the ingredients list sadly. It does contain water, glycerin, and Propanediol for the cool, moisturizing effect it provides. This isn’t a showstopper in the ingredients world but it is an effective product to add a nice bit of hydration to eyes and also, to prep eyes for eye cream. The light, gel texture has a cool, refreshing feel that absorbs easily and does leave behind a slight dewiness under the eyes. I actually love how it feels. It provides very light moisture to the eye area so following up with an eye cream is a necessary evil if you have drier eyes. I tend to apply this first and follow up with a heavier, more hydrating eye cream. This sets the way for easy absorption of my thicker eye cream! It also adds more moisture to the overall eye area which results in nice, smooth concealer coverage.

This isn’t a life changing product it is however, a very nice addition to any eye routine that needs a bit more moisture. I thought it really went a long way at prepping my eyes and providing some extra and much needed moisture when paired up with my eye cream!

I would buy Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum again when I run out!

Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum is available now at Ulta.

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Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum is a newish eye serum gel that launched a few months ago that contains algae and Hyaluronic Acid. Sadly, the main ingredients are water, glycerin and Propanediol with very little hyaluronic acid. However, this didn’t stop it from being lightly moisturizing and making it a nice little prep for eye cream. This can be used as a light moisturizing eye gel or as a serum under eye cream. I personally use it under my eye cream! It preps my eye area nicely and adds a touch more moisture allowing my eye cream to easily absorb under my eyes. The lightweight gel texture is cooling and has a slightly dewy finish.

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Parfum, Sea Water, Lauryl Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium EDTA, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Algae Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chlorella Minutissima Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Vitex Agnus-Castus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.


  • Cool, refreshing feel.
  • Absorbs easily.
  • Great prep for heavier eye cream.


  • Very little Hyaluronic Acid.


Tony Moly Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum for anyone who wears thicker eye creams which need a helping hand to absorb!

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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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  • Brandy

    The packaging is adorable, but I wish it had more beneficial ingredients especially for the price. Muse, have you tried Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask? I’ve been using it for the past 6 months as my nightly eye cream (normally I don’t use a cream specifically for my eyes) and I’m really loving it for my dry under eyes. I think you’d really like it.

    • Isabella Muse

      nope but say no more now I’m buying it! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hear dry eyes, emergency, and eye mask in the same sentence and I’m out the door to Target ;-D I’ll let ya know what I think! And yeah, I love this formula and it feels great and preps nicely for eye cream but I do wish the HA was higher on the list!

      • Brandy

        Definitely let me know how you like the eye mask. I don’t even wash it off because my dry eyes just drink it up like a refreshing glass of water.

        • Isabella Muse

          will do! I am hoping for a black friday sale but if one doesn’t pop still gonna try ;-D thanks for the rec!