The Gaston Shooting Star Eye Gel Patches are said to moisturise the sensitive area around the eyes as well as provide a brightening effect (crystal) and soothe and nourish (black).
The first 5 ingredients of the two versions are identical, made up of Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Betaine and Allantoin. Carrageenan (sometimes called Irish Moss), is extracted from red seaweed. As well as displaying water binding ability, it helps to keep oil and water soluble ingredients together for a more stable product. Humectants are well represented in the formula with Glycerin and Betaine appearing at significant concentrations. Complementing their ability to draw moisture into the skin, Allantoin exhibits water-retention capacity, resulting in skin replenishing and restoring benefits.
There are many other common, less concentrated ingredients in both formulations. These include moisturising and hydrating Coconut Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose and Licorice while Propanediol and Carob Gum have an emollient effect to keep moisture locked in. Pine Leaf Extract is a common antioxidant.
However, there are also a few inclusions that drive both products into moderate CosDNA and EWG categories. Colours (Titanium Dioxide and Carbon Black) and Fragrance are common albeit undesirable inclusions that we know can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. Both employ Polyethylene Terephthalate in the eye patch to achieve a glitter effect which is there purely for aesthetics, delivering no benefit to the skin. They also share the same preservatives and texture enhancers.
Now, to the differences. The Crystal version focuses on brightening and includes Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), a logical choice since it is able to brighten skin by inhibiting melanin production. A superstar ingredient, it also acts as a restorative agent which can improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness plus strengthen the skin surface. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a stable form of Vitamin C which as well as offering antioxidant protection, is known to help even skin tone.
The crystal formula also includes additional hydrators to complement prominent humectants, namely Calcium Pantothenate and Sodium Hyaluronate. There are some antioxidants including Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6) to protect against free radical damage and ageing.
Soothing ingredients are best represented by Hyacinth Flower Extract which has antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties making it the perfect choice for treating skin disorders including acne. Furthermore, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is vital to oil control. It has been shown to improve large pores, acne and blackheads by controlling the amount of sebum produced. It can also have a mild brightening effect.
The primary difference with the Black version is the inclusion of more botanical extracts which address its objective to soothe and nourish.
As well as being a great moisturiser, Soybean Seed Powder contains amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals thus delivering good skin nutrition. Vitamin E is a proven antioxidant that protects against premature ageing by neutralising free radicals while stimulating collagen production. Green Tea and Acai Fruit Extracts are renowned antioxidants that further enhance this protective behaviour.
Similar properties are observed in Rice Extract since it too is a good amino acid and Vitmain E source. Rice extract as well as Aloe Vera Leaf additionally provide anti-inflammatory and hydrating effects, calming properties also boosted by Pepper Seed, Cocoa, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark and Morus Alba Fruit Extracts plus superstar soother Centella Asiatica (Cica). Sesame Seed Extract contains several B group vitamins as well as minerals. Another strong antioxidant, it’s a great anti-ageing ingredient.
Ingredients for both versions follow:
Crystal Eye Gel Patches
Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Betaine, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCL, Maltodextrin, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Sucrose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Lactate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum, Titanium Dioxide, Polyurethane-11, Carbon Black, Polyethylene Terephthalate (Glitter), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance
Black Eye Gel Patches
Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Methylpropanediol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Sucrose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Titanium/Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Lactate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum, Polyurethane-11, Carbon Black, Polyethylene Terephthalate (Glitter), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance
Both the Gaston Eye Gel Patches are presented in a plastic tub with screw top lid, spatula and protective inner cap.
Assessments returned from both the CosDNA and EWG resources, rate the Gaston Crystal Eye Gel Patches a moderate warning.
Similar assessments are returned from CosDNA and EWG for the Gaston Black Eye Gel Patches.
Apply under the eyes or wherever extra care is required on the face.
There is a scent associated with these eye gel patches.
The tub of 30 pairs (60) costs around AUD$30.00.
The hydrogel patches have a two year shelf life.
This product is presented in the orthodox way for eye gel patches, individual pieces placed in a yin and yang arrangement within a round screw top hard plastic tub. The clear spatula is also typical, allowing the patches to be individually separated for dispensing. It’s stored nicely between the lid and the inner protective cap so it doesn’t swim in the patches themselves or need to be separately kept. The hydrogels retain a light floral scent which smells synthetic but is not offensive. Nonetheless, I prefer fragrance free as always.
The added fragrance and colour doesn’t cause me any irritation. I found them gentle on the skin. In fact, it’s barely noticeable once they are attached to the face, a lot more obvious when you smell the essence soaked jar. As they are placed above the nostrils, I personally don’t detect their scent at all during wear time but those with sensitive skin would be wise to patch test before placing them on the delicate eye region.
The patches are thinner than most of the gel eye masks I have used in the past. They have the characteristic glitter through them, spots and stars to reflect the space theme of the product. They also have added colour to give them their resultant clear and black hue.
They adhere very well to a dry face and stay in place throughout the 20+ minutes that I keep them on. They can slide around if you adjust them too often or they have too much essence on them to begin with. Both varieties feel exactly the same on the skin. They’re very comfortable to wear because they are extremely lightweight. Even my young daughters love to use these as a special treat. They don’t irritate their sensitive young skin, rather delivering them some pampering too!
As to the results… I am writing this report after using approximately 15 pairs of each set (around 60 patches in total, 30 crystal, 30 black). When applied, they have an immediate cooling effect which lasts throughout the wear time. As such, they can soothe and calm to help those suffering redness. They’re versatile enough to apply comfortably to any part of the face that might suffer this condition. Both also give a lovely short term boost of hydration to the under eye area. The skin looks plump and dewy immediately after removal.
In order to detect any difference in performance between the two varieties, I often simultaneously wore a different patch under each eye. The crystal ones are meant to deliver a brightening effect with the assistance of a good amount of Niacinamide, however, I didn’t really notice much tone change. The black ones are said to soothe and nourish. Black and crystal varieties nourish because skin is instantly more hydrated. Furthermore, both soothe since they have a long lasting cooling effect during wear time. Personally, I saw no difference in the effects of these patches. They delivered a good burst of hydration while also providing a calming sensation. As with all eye patches I have tried, the effects are short lived, in this case, lasting no more than a couple of hours.
These eye gel patches are great. They adhere really well, have a fun glitter look and hydrate the delicate under eye area. As with all such products, their effects are fleeting but nonetheless, the entire experience is a small luxury within the skincare routine.
|Great adherence||Limited online availability|
|Cooling effect throughout wear time||Added fragrance and colours|
|Deliver a good burst of hydration||No noticeable brightening|
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Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by Gaston for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Gaston, any of its representatives or any other third party.