Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream
Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream is one of Glossier’s stronger skin care entries, with realistic claims and a complement of ingredients that will improve the look and feel of both the eye area and lips.
The first thing Glossier gets right is the packaging; this comes in an aluminum bottle with a pump dispenser, which protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients from both elements. The lightweight lotion texture absorbs quickly into skin and works well under makeup as claimed.
Around the eyes, this has an immediate hydrating effect, and it also works well both over and under other skin care products. On lips, just a small amount of this lotion is needed to provide moisture, since it’s very spreadable (you don’t need to slather a ton on) and not at all sticky or tacky feeling.
We appreciate that this fragrance-free cream avoids the overinflated claims of many other eye creams and includes a number of ingredients that research shows can improve the look and feel of skin. They include a skin-replenishing peptide, antioxidants (among them blueberry extract, which can help mitigate factors related to sun damage), hydrating and conditioning squalane and avocado oil, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate.
The result is a product that makes both the area around eyes and lips look hydrated, plumped and rejuvenated. Though eye creams aren’t necessary for everyone (see More Info for details), if you choose to use one, we doubt you’ll be disappointed.
- Lightweight lotion texture absorbs quickly and works well with other skin care products.
- Includes antioxidant, hydrating, and skin-plumping ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There’s much you can do to address signs of aging around your eyes, but it’s not mandatory to use a product that claims to be special for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will also work well in the eye area. Those ingredients don’t have to come in a product labeled eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most of the products designated as exclusively for the eye area are not really necessary because they contain nothing special for the eye area, they come in packaging that will not maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients, and/or they are poorly formulated.
Just because a product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment does not mean it’s good for the eye area, or for any part of the face; in fact, many can make matters worse.
It’s staggering how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don’t contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine. If you opt to apply an eye cream without sunscreen during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater over it.
Any product you use in the eye area must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You might prefer to use a product specially labeled as an eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes. Experiment to see what combination of products gives you the best results.
Bubblewrap’s power comes from a combination of some of nature’s strongest hydrators (hyaluronic acid, squalane, avocado oil), antioxidant-rich blueberry extract, and a unique, featherweight texture that delivers these key ingredients where and when you need them the most. The result? Undereyes and lips appear fresh, smooth, and hydrated: today, and over time. Plus, the light-as-silk, water-in-oil emulsion doesn’t feel sticky or pill under makeup.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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