I've briefly toyed with the idea of scrapping eye cream entirely out of my skincare routine, but truth is, I'm way too chicken to patiently wait for any first signs of aging to start creeping in - if there's something I can do to prevent or at least slow down their unavoidable advance, I'm going to do it. Which is why I sprang for Hylamide SubQ Eyes ($35 for 0.5 fl oz/ 15ml) from Deciem, a new Canadian science-driven skincare brand that has been on my radar for a couple months now, mostly thanks to the raving reviews from my good blogging pals Tracy (Beauty Reflections) and Rae (theNotice).
Hylamide SubQ Eyes comes in a cardboard box displaying the key active ingredients AND a full ingredients' list, with the product nestled inside. My bottle came loose inside the box and rattled a bit, but nothing happened to it during shipment. SubQ Eyes, like most Deciem's products, is packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. I've read a lot of complaints about this application method from Deciem's customers, but to be perfectly honest, I personally haven't experienced any issues. Deciem has also gone into detail explaining the reasoning behind this packaging choice - you can read it on Caroline Hirons' blog here if you wish.
The texture of this eye serum is quite thin and liquidy. I follow Tracy's advice and instead of squeezing the pipette to dispense some product onto my fingertip, I just wait patiently for one drop to drip down. I then press two fingers together and pat under my eyes, blending the remainder onto the brow bone as well. I sometimes experience very mild tingling, which goes away in a couple minutes. Because the product is so thin, it absorbs into the skin very quickly, but it does leave a layer of moisture behind - when I touch the skin under my eyes, I can feel a slight tackiness, and it feels nourished. Deciem formulates their products purposefully to penetrate deep into the skin instead of sitting on its surface, but if you prefer the thicker texture of a cream or balm, I would simply suggest patting a little of your facial moisturizer around your eyes over the SubQ Eyes. For me, it's enough on its own, and I find that my under eye concealer sits well over it during the day and doesn't look dry or cakey.
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with Hylamide SubQ Eyes, and it has definitely left me wanting to try more products from the brand in the near future. I think their Flash-happy website can be a bit hard to navigate and the choice of products, especially serums, seems a little overwhelming at first, but I applaud Deciem for bringing innovative, high quality skincare products at an affordable price point to our market. I can't wait to see what else they have in store for us! Have you tried any products from Deciem? Which ones are your favorite? I'm making a wishlist here :)