Happy Wednesday! As unlike me as it is, I want to talk about a product that wasn’t initially what I had planned for today’s schedule. But I was doing a little clean through my desk drawer, and saw these and thought it was worth trying them out, so I can clean them out of the desk before the move early next month.
The products in question are Global Beauty Care Retinol Under-Eye Pads, which I picked up a while ago in TK Maxx. Sadly, this means I don’t remember how much I bought them for, and I’m fairly sure they’re meant to be in a pack of 5, not just the two you see photographed above. So bear this in mind if you’re curious to see if your local TK Maxx stocks these.
As the name probably adequately implies, these are under-eye sheet masks, designed to be placed on the under-eyes to nourish the skin and act like an anti-ageing serum. As I’m in my mid-twenties, the youthful nature of my eyes isn’t something I’m quite concerned about yet, but as far as I know, it doesn’t hurt to be ahead of schedule. The eyes naturally have lines that show up depending on how the skin tissue is moving around, so I’m slowly curbing my worries that are just natural movement of the skin, and not signs of ageing yet.
I like to address the packaging, which isn’t an exception today. The under-eye pads are contained within the thin plastic sheet, which are about half as tall as the product. In my mind, this is a waste of packaging, as half of it is empty. However, the packaging does accommodate English and French instructions, and the back of the sheet is used appropriately to have the instructions and ingredients list in both English and French.
The product does have claims on the back of the sheet, which are as follows:
“Global Beauty Care Premium Retinol Under-Eye Pads is an effective facial skincare therapy designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Our moisture rich formula contained Retinol to help minimize expression lines and wrinkles, boost cell renewal and delay the effects of skin aging. Just one treatment will help repair, revitalise and restore your skin to a healthy and young looking complexion!”
It also claims to be PH balanced, hypoallergenic, as well as not being tested on animals. This brand is certified cruelty-free according to PETA’s online list, which is a huge relief as I am testing their retinol facial oil as well. It’s really reassuring to know that if I ever see more of their products on the shelves of my local TK Maxx, I can let myself get excited about looking at them and considering them for future purchases. At the time I bought both these eye pads and the retinol facial oil, this wasn’t when I was actively cruelty-free, so when I researched into them as part of the research for this post, it gave me a spark of joy to find out that it’s a brand I can vouch for ethically.
The only thing that does both me in terms of the packaging is the single-use plastic sheets. The sheets themselves don’t contain any information about whether these plastic sleeves can be recycled, which leaves me feeling doubt. My best suggestion would be check what your local council and recycling centres accept and take it from there. In my case, they don’t mention accepting these kinds of single-use plastic, so disappointingly, I have to throw these in my general waste bin. That for me is a huge pet peeve, but wasn’t something that occurred to me at the time of buying them.
The eye pads themselves are stuck together as a pair inside the sheet, which wasn’t initially obvious to me when I pulled them out of the sheet. I was confused for a minute thinking I had missed the other sheet, but they’re pressed together with little obvious signs where they didn’t overlap. This is something worth bearing in mind so you don’t end up feeling as confused as I did.
Like a lot of cotton facial sheet masks I’ve tried, these were drenched in serum, which made it especially nourishing but also a bit messy to work with. Once you pull the individual pads apart, they’re very thin as you can see from the photograph above.
The shape of the pads is more rounded than other under-eye pads I’ve tried, where the area that goes under the inner corner of the eye is usually more tapered and thinner. Instead, it looks like these are designed to fit under the eyes regardless of which way round you apply them. This makes it faster for application, but if you have a petite face like I do, it does mean it’s going to apply product onto the nearby areas of the face. In my case, this means it fits onto areas of my cheeks and the sides of my nose.
The instructions say to leave the under-eye pads on the face for approximately 15-20 minutes. I don’t remember how long I left them on my skin, but my best guess is roughly 20-25 minutes. One of the things I noticed that a lot of other facial sheet masks don’t always do, is that as time went on, the sheet dried out as the serum absorbed into my skin. So the process of putting the eye pads on is a little messy, but taking them off is much easier.
I’ve only used one pair, hence why I’m writing this as a first impression, but I was quite impressed. I put these on my under-eyes last night while also using the Global Beauty Care Retinol Facial Oil, and I didn’t feel the need to apply my night time eye cream afterwards. Like a lot of facial sheet masks, it does leave a brightening sheen just after you take the pads off, but it does settle after the remaining serum has had time to absorb.
This is a product that is great for those nights you want to set time aside to pamper and feel pampered. I wouldn’t use these on a regular basis, as it does require setting enough time aside, as well as my gripes with the packaging, but for pamper sessions once or twice a week, these are great and do their job really nicely.
At this moment in time, I don’t plan to repurchase these until I can learn more about whether I can recycle the plastic packaging, but if you are looking for a pampering and nourishing eye serum, I think this is worth considering. The plastic sheets are thin and relatively travel-size friendly, so if you’re looking for a few sheets to take on holiday, I do suggest looking for them.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by my one-time experience with these pads last night. I plan to use the last sheet sometime before the move, and know I can expect a good experience when I do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.