First, a huge thank you to Spottedswan for such a thorough review of this product. It answered some of the questions I had and also gives insight into the product performance.
For reference, I am 47, have wrinkles, crepe-y skin around my eyes and going towards my temples and hooded eyes. I have been using this product solely on these areas. So, I wasn't mislead by the marketing. Also, I'm one of those 'dive in and just do it first' then resort to instructions/warning labels later types. While I have laugh lines, I am trying to address with actives and those seem to be working well.
Based on the previous reviews and comments, I have tried this product with and without moisturizer. Hands down, def use a moisturizer with it - I use mine underneath the mask, not on top. I saw no visible difference in the performance of this mask without moisturizer, so there's really no reason not to go ahead and pair it with a good one to prevent dehydration.
My Rating Scale:
I only gave it 3 lippies, but that is the highest I can logically give any product that provides only temporary texture improvement. I would give a product like Retin-A's, retinoids 4 lippies. 5 lippies would be an aesthetic medical procedure that totally and permanently fixes the problem.
This is how I use it after trying different techniques: I apply an ample amount of moisturizer first and allow that to absorb almost fully before applying the filler mask. I do not use the brush or any brush - I use my finger to dab along my entire eye area up to my temple hairline and up to my waterline. My eyes can be sensitive, but I've had no issues with it being so close to them. I use a dry BB to press the product into my skin. You can also use your fingers and probably need less product to omit the BB, but I like the finish with it, so I use it. I allow this moisturizer/filler mask film/mixture to dry ~ 5 mins. I apply primer and concealer as usual. I have used this with a liquid type primer and a cream primer on my eyelids and by far, the best result is using a cream primer on them. Then dust that with a little powder and continue MU as usual.
The only technique I haven't tried yet, but will next, is applying a double layer of this product - allowing the first layer to dry completely before adding the 2nd. Not sure if this will double the smoothing effect or end up looking cakey, make my makeup look weird.
Finished result is visible and even dramatic for my small wrinkles and crepe-yness and moderate for the deeper wrinkles/deeper crows feet. I am very pleased with this product. My hooded eyelids are less droopy as well, about 2 lippies out of 3 for the rest of my eyes. While the difference is not enough to make me look 20 years younger (if only) I can say with confidence it knocks off at least 5.
My eyes do not become oily during the day. This means my eye MU does not smudge, travel or crease. My eye area doesn't flake or peel, become cakey nor does the effect wear off until I wash my face at night.
-Performs well with precautions/extra steps
-Does not irritate my sensitive skin, clog my acne-prone skin/cause milia, or burn with application
-It comes in a jar which is not ideal, but I get why they do it if you use the brush with the product
-Can cause dehydration if you don't pair it with a moisturizer
Will I repurchase? Definitely