A few posts back I mentioned going to Credo Beauty for an Express Facial (ORIGINAL POST) that incorporated all Indie Lee products. I’ve been using the Indie Lee toner since January and I fell in love with it along with the brand. I guess you can say the toner was the gateway product for me and has urged me to try other products from the line. A good beauty friend of mine gifted me the Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum about a month ago and I here to give you a full review on it.
The I-Waken Eye Serum is listed as being part of the Prevent Line - products under this line are aimed to provide visible results
Directions: Gently apply to the eye area
Price: $48.00 for 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
Texture: Light Weight Serum
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Levulinate, Sclerotium Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Jojoba Esters, Chondrus Crispus, Sodium Anisate, Pyrus Sorbus Bud Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Sodium Hyaluronate, Galactaric Acid, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
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The Indie Lee message is that their products are grounded in nature, supported through science, and inspired by life. This speaks volumes to me as I’m trying to incorporate more products into beauty routine and lifestyle that are made with clean ingredients.
The Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum is described as a light weight eye serum that provides moisture and nourishes the under eye area. The serum is made with standout ingredients like Squalane, Hylauranoic Acid and antioxidants. It’s designed for all skin types to help combat dark circles, puffiness and dryness. I have the slightest bit of darkness under my eyes. On most days I can go without an under eye concealer. Even with that being said, a hydrated under eye is still a must for me!
I was a bit taken back when I first applied the serum. I found the serum to be quite thin and light. I wasn’t sure how a formula with a thin consistency could provide a sufficient amount of moisture. Unlike the majority of eye creams and serums that I’ve used, I-Waken is not in a jar or container that requires you to place their fingers into it, it’s actually in a squeeze container. I like that I can control how little or how much of the product I would like to be dispensed for each application.
The serum quickly absorbed into my eye area. I’m happy to say I didn’t experience any reactions such as watery eyes or sensitivity while using the serum. I didn't find the need to apply much pressure when applying the serum with each application. Please keep in mind- a little of the product goes a long way. Immediately after applying the serum my area was moisturized to the touch and by sight. I also noticed that any puffiness that I may of had in the morning also disappeared. Being that my under eyes are not very dark, I rarely notice a dramatic brightening effect with any eye product.
Those of you that have a skincare fridge and have this serum, I would highly advise keeping it in the fridge for a nice chilled effect for each use.
Used under concealer & setting powder
First, let me start off by saying it doesn’t matter how hydrating a concealer may be, once I apply it to my under eye the area then appears dry and sometimes looks textured. It so important that I use a hydrating product prior to using concealer each and every time. I’ve noticed throughout my skin care journey that if an area of skin looks dry, then it’s probably severely dry and it need of a lot of moisture. My under eye doesn’t appear dry, but the usage of concealers and powders causes dryness along with highlighting it.
My experience using the I-Waken Eye Serum under the eye area for times that I wear concealer has been great!! I can see a difference in the look, feel and also how my make-up wears throughout the day. I absolutely love this serum for these concealer days. I’ve been using the same concealer combination (Becca Aqua luminous Concealer and Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder) for the past year. The majority of the eye creams that I would use prior to this duo would often leave my eye area looking extremely dry, often patchy and creasing.
I noticed that using the Indie Lee I-Waken Serum prior to my regular concealer and setting powder duo that my concealer applied and blended well. My concealer application with the use of this serum helped to have my under eye area NOT look patchy or dry. Overall, the serum helped to prep my under eye area and helped to provide a seamless application and overall look. After removing my make-up, I noticed that the eye area is left nourished and still hydrated - I know this is from the serum as it’s the only thing I recently added to my my routine for my eye area.
During my testing of the I-Waken Serum I tried using it multiple times and multiple ways -like during my morning and during my evening routine. Unlike most people, I rotate through several eye products. I usually prefer a light eye cream in the morning or one that specifically hydrates and helps with puffiness. For nighttime use, I usually prefer an eye product that is of a heavier cream texture.
I enjoyed using the I-Waken eye serum for both morning and night. But after testing it out I think I’m going to soley use this eye serum more for mornings and for the days that I know that I’ll be using a concealer as the serum is extremely nourishing. I’m not opposed to using the serum at night, but I usually prefer a heavier cream for night time use. Don’t be surprised if you see me using it on my Instagram stories for night time use too!
I highly recommended getting a sample and trying it out. The price of $48 may seem steep to many, but from my experience the majority of the eye creams and serums that I’ve come across is stores like Sephora usually retail around the $48-$68 price range.
what are the contributing factors that you seek out when purchasing a new eye serum/cream?
Further Reading: Express Facial at Credo Beauty with Indie Lee Products
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