Finishing out the Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under eye Patches

After over a month of use, the Depology container is looking just a little bit worse for wear. In case you are wondering the blueish splotches are splashes from when I washed of my face mask on Friday. I wiped down the sink but missed the container.

The container seals really well though so nothing got into the jar. Actually the fact that the container seals really well helped out quite a bit over the course of the past month or so. To remember to use these, I kept them on my sink. While the blue splotches are face mask I believe the dirtier spots are from the fact that I am currently using a charcoal infused cleanser. There were lots of drips on the box, and none of them got into the container at all.

This Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under eye mask container started out with thirty sets of eye masks. The recommended use was once per day. I have to be honest, I didn’t use them every day. It is why the month long supply lasted longer than a month. I was good using them once a day during the weekdays. I could put them on and sit at my desk with them on really well. I just forgot to use them on weekends when I wasn’t sitting and working on a set list of tasks in one position like i was when working at the desk.

When I wore them for five days in a row, I could really see a reduction in the puffiness and in the fine lines around my eyes. Each day they would get a little better. And then I’d forget to wear them for a few days and the puffiness and fine lines would creep back. Then I’d remember i was suppose to be using them everyday and I would go back to using them with the fine lines and puffiness once again retreating with each use.

If nothing else it was a lesson in the need for skincare to be used routinely and consistently.

The serum was fantastic and my skin always felt nice after the masks were removed and the excess patted in. This, the last set of the eye masks was a bit juicier than the rest as there was still serum in the bottom of the container when I pulled them out. It meant that the eye masks didn’t dry out at all, even though I took more than a month to go through them. It also meant I allowed the excess serum to drip off into the container before I applied them. I will be dabbing the remaining serum onto the skin under my eyes each night until it is gone.

It is just a really good serum.

If I had one complaint about these eye masks it would be that the curve that goes under the eye is a little too sharp. It did mean that I had to position them a certain way to that I didn’t blink and shift the eye mask. It wasn’t a major concern it just meant that I couldn’t apply them as quickly as other eye masks and actually had to think a little more about the positioning. Which isn’t that big a complaint when you get right down to it.

And it certainly wouldn’t stop[ me from picking these Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Masks up again. I very much enjoyed using these eye masks and with consistent everyday use I saw results. It is just a matter of reminding myself to use them everyday where I fell down. And really, I can’t blame the product for that.

First use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology recently sent a box of products to me to try out for the purpose of review including Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum. while these were gifted to me, as always my opinion is my own. As Depology is a brand that focuses on anti aging skincare I am thrilled to be able to test out some of their products. They are a Korean Skincare brand and according to their mission statement…

Years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry has made us highly ambitious to be as innovative as possible and continuously discover new ways to contribute to the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare. Our hope is that we can help people feel comfortable and confident in their skin using effective and non-invasive skincare solutions.

I am all for non-invasive treatments. And since I just finished the serum I was trying, it seemed like the perfect time to roll in the serum they sent me to begin it’s trial. *I’ll be adding in some of the other products as we go on so that I can not only try out the products, but get a feel for the brand itself as these are the first items I have tried from them.

While this is a first use post, it is mostly to record my first impressions and a little bit about the brand. The biggest benefit to the first use posts, especially with things like an anti-aging serum, is that I can put up the photos of my skin before I start testing the product. I find it much easier to not lose the before pictures if they are posted with the first use. I also know that no matter where I save them by the time the month long trial has gone through I will have forgotten where I actually put the photos if I don’t.

So let’s first look at what I should be expecting from the Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting serum, shall we?

A supercharged serum formulated to hydrate the skin, counter the visible signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply after cleansing and toning the skin every morning and night. Optimal to use before the application of micro-dart patches, to boost effects of the patches.​

Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum

Now Depology did send over some of the Mirco Dart Patches which I am very much looking forward to trying, but I want to get a feel for the serum on it’s own before I start having it work in conjunction with something else. That way I know what item did what and if they have some sort of Wonder Twins Activate kind of powers.

my bare skin before the start of this trial

As you can see from the photo, the serum is clear. It is slightly thicker than water. It has a certain viscosity to it when dispensed from the dropper. I worried that the viscosity might cause it to be a little sticky. When applied there is a slight stickiness, but as soon as it dries down and is absorbed the stickiness is gone and the skin just feels smooth.

The absorption takes about thirty seconds. So it is really quick. Which I appreciate especially in the morning. This is a twice a day serum, and while I don’t mind taking more time in the evenings, the mornings can get pretty rushed. So no delays to wait while serum absorbs is a good thing.

the lines at the side of my eyes

There is no scent to the serum. I don’t know why I expected there to be, but there isn’t. Which means it doesn’t compete with any of the other products in the skincare line up. Many of which do have scents at this time. In general I don’t mind scent in my skin care, but I prefer to keep them light. Having no scent is actually a bonus sometimes.

the line on my forehead that helps me measure efficacy

So as I move forward with this serum the things I will be looking out for are a reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles. As you can see, there are many on which this serum can work. I will also look at an over all reduction of the signs of aging. For me that means better skin tone, plumper firmer skin and that sort of thing. some of that may show on the photos. I am guessing that a lot of it is going to be something that is more noticeable by touch but there could be some in the photos, which is why I have taken both over all pictures as well as close ups.

The products themselves look really interesting and I can hardly wait to give them a try. While thee is the newness aspect of course, I am really hoping that they show some effect. I always root for any kind of skincare to be effective actually. I hate to see them fail. And this serum has a pretty good ingredients list to get it started.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

Matrixyl 3000 is a considered a “synthetic peptide.” that basically tells the skin to start replacing collagen that is lost. For a more detailed and scientific version this article from MiamiMD can break down all of the details for you in a much more concise way. I just know it is used in some anti-aging skincare items. I came across it with Timeless Skincare a while back and my skin really responded well to it. Thee are some other favorites for me in the ingredient list as well. Aloe is always my friend and you know I love hyaluronic acid. Grapefruit seen extract tends to help brighten the skin and fade age spots so I am pleased to see it here.

I can’t say that I’ve ever had cactus extract in my skincare so i will have to take a deeper look into that as well as see how it works with my skin. Most of what I have found about cactus extract involves preventing hair loss and reducing sebum. I’m guessing it is for it’s sebum reduction properties it is used here. But I suppose if I start sporting a full beard we will know why. I am also pleased to see coconut oil, rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil, all of which my skin has responded to positively in the past.

Over all it is is an ingredients list i can get behind and I can’t wait to see what a month of solid use of Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum looks like. And once I get a feel for it on my skin, I will start to incorporate the micro dart patches to see how the products work together. So stay tuned and let the testing of the Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum begin.