In Asia, it is said that the eyes are as eloquent as the mouth: an intense gaze or a quick glance can convey a thousand words without you having to utter a word. Unfortunately, the eyes are also the first part of your body to show the tell-tale signs of aging, with unsightly crow’s feet creeping up around their edges often before we hit 30. Banishing their appearance, or preventing them in the first place, is challenging because the eye area is extremely delicate and easily irritated.
This is why I swear by Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask. The famous Korean spa brand is well-known for its award-winning anti-aging treatments that are as effective as they are soothing, so I know that my eyes are in good hands. I am particularly fond of these eye masks, which come in the shape of concave hydrogel patches, because they go the extra mile, delivering an intense bout of hydration to boot.
When I first opened the jar, I couldn’t help but notice these eye patches are as pleasant to the eyes as they are nourishing to the skin: the black hydrogel texture is infused with sparkling golden particles all over, which makes them shine and shimmer when the light hits them. I pick them up with the spatula provided inside the jar and gently apply them under my eye area, making sure I place their thinnest side right under the corner of my eyes. Because the essence they’re soaked in is so rich, they tend to slip away during application but, once put in their right place, they stay firmly there for the 20 or so minutes I leave them on.
I believe the richness of their texture is partly due to snail extract, a key ingredient in plenty of Korean skincare products. Snail extract is so popular because it deeply hydrates the skin, speeds up wound healing and helps treat wrinkles and troubled skin. The eye patches also contain hyaluronic acid, a humectant that attracts, and binds, up to 1000 times its weight in water to the skin. No wonder the eye patches feel so hydrating on my skin!
Their anti-aging properties, instead, come from gold and black pearl. The sparkling metal is well-known for boosting the production of skin-firming collagen and soothing chronic inflammation, which, if left unchecked, can completely ravage the skin, causing both premature wrinkles and dark spots. The little black pearls that make such eye-catching jewellery, on the other hand, provide brightness to the complexion. Black pearls are rich in pearl proteins and amino acids, a powerful cocktail that boost skin’s radiance, reducing the heavy shadows of dark circles.
After I take the eye masks off, a generous amount of essence is still left on my skin, so I gently pat it in before sealing it in with my favourite moisturizer. After the treatment, I’ve noticed that my under-eye area looks plumper, which makes my crow’s feet look a lot less visible. My skin tone also looked a bit brighter and was very soft to the touch. If these are the results it provides in the short term, I can only image what they will do with regular use!
Summary: Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask deeply hydrate, brighten and soothe the delicate eye area while helping to fight the appearance of the premature signs of aging.
Claims: The anti-ageing formula contains black pearl and gold to accelerate the rejuvenation process and help fight f signs of ageing, while brightening skin tone.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (carrageenan), Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acer Saccharum (sugar Maple) Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Fruit Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (lemon) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Caffeine, Pearl Extract (0.001), Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butylene Glycol, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (guar) Gum, Gold (0.0001), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Calcium Chloride, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Mica, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (cl 77492), Titanium Dioxide, Titanium/titanium Dioxide
Where to buy: Harrods