This review of Psalmonica Eye Cream is a bit of a rollercoaster ride, so hold onto your seat.
I bought the retinol product based on UK reviews. ‘Would buy again’, ‘does what it says’ and ‘best choice ever’ spring to mind. After reading comments like that on leading platforms, I had high hopes.
Although the product description has all the off-putting hallmarks of being written by someone whose first language is not English, it strongly suggests the cream will:
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet
- Tackle dark circles
- Eliminate puffiness
- Hydrate and firm delicate under-eye skin
- Wake up the eye area and make it more radiant
- Offer ‘results in hours’
The attractive packaging further implies ‘instant’ results. And the online product description says this will happen if you ‘stay still for two minutes’ (a bit gimmicky) after application. However, if you keep reading the product description, it states you have to use the eye cream morning and night (or ‘up to 3 times a day’) for four weeks to benefit from visible results. Mmm… So, what is it then?
Ever Had That Sinking Feeling?
My hopes came crashing down to zero when the product arrived (very quickly, by the way). I seriously struggled to prise the cream out of its box. In fact, I had to use scissors and a knife (dangerous stuff) merely to get access to the bottle. The lid and pump dispenser came off in the tussle to finally free it from the packaging. And why?
Tightly wedged inside was a laminated voucher, offering me £15 (more than the £13-odd cost of the product) in exchange for a review. Presumably a good one. The review needed to be posted on a specific platform. I was livid. Not only was I exhausted from the struggle to get the cream in my actual hands, I was presented with something that meant I could no longer believe a single review I had read. The very reviews that prompted me to buy the eye cream in the first place!
It crossed my mind that this could be a brand so confident in its product’s ability to deliver on its promises that it merely wanted to encourage more people to share their experience. At the same time, it dawned on me that this was a good way to manipulate the review process. How many of those 5 star reviews would have been 1 or 2 stars without the gift of fifteen quid? And is this incentive a violation of Amazon rules?
After discovering the voucher, I immediately amended some social media posts in which I recommended the cream based on users’ reviews. I then trawled the web looking for a truly unbiased review. I couldn’t find one! The product is featured on some spammy, monetised review-based / comparison websites, but nothing of great repute. I was looking for a mention in something like Good Housekeeping or Cosmopolitan. Nothing. All I gleaned was that this product is sold in Walmart in the US and is available in a couple of other countries.
So, it looks like it’s down to me to write an honest review…
Review Psalmonica Eye Cream
I have been using Psalmonica Eye Cream day and night for 10 days. I accept this is short of the 4-week milestone for maximum results. However, with the promise of some ‘instant’ benefits, I think I’ve given the cream a fair crack of the whip.
- Texture: The cream is light to medium weight with a tangible serum quality
- Absorption: Absorbs quickly
- Sensation: Cooling and refreshing, but no tightening
- Hydration: Deeply hydrates. The under-eye area is still hydrated in the morning after an evening application
The most significant thing about this product is that is does deliver very long-lasting hydration. I cannot quibble about that. I have noticed a very slight firming of the skin under the eye. I suspect, a more noticeable, but not dramatic, difference could be achieved with long-term use of the product.
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Retinol, Retinyl Propionate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).
Would I buy it again? No.
Why? Because I can achieve an instant eyelift with products that cost just a few pounds more, such as Beverly Hills Eye Tuck. Or I could achieve a similar or better result with well-known and cheaper eye products, i.e. L’Oreal Revitalift, NIVEA Q10 and Sanctuary Spa. The crux of this is… Is it worth £13.99? No, not in my opinion.
I was put off this product the moment I discovered that voucher. I felt conned. Duped. There is no getting over that feeling, is there?
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