The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Eye Serum

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Eye skincare is probably one of the trickiest products (for me) to review. Sometimes, we can only feel the difference and more often than not, what we feel does not translate to outward changes. That does not apply to The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Eye Serum - let me tell you why...

But first, let's talk about what's in this product. It contains 78% Harakeke extract instead of water which, is usually one of the major ingredients in lotion and cream. Harakeke is also known as New Zealand flax and is supposed to be an excellent hydrator. It can also reduce puffiness & it soothes the skin.

It is also said to contain Manuka Honey, Orange & White Tea. The last two are for brightening.


The texture is that of a thick gel and it feels like there's a good amount of silicone in the product because of its too smooth and slippery feeling. It reminds me of Whip Hand Cosmetics' Primer. And this is my main issue with this product.

I know it takes a long time to see results in eye products, so I measure short-term effectivity on how this makes my skin feel. In most cases, the products get absorbed well and my under eye area feels hydrated. After 6 months of using this eye serum, I can safely say it does not feel like it sinks in. It just sits on top of the skin. Perhaps it works at a cellular level, but I really can't tell. There weren't any changes on the appearance of my under eye area either. 


It's a shame, considering the active ingredients seem promising. 

The only pluses I can think of are the packaging and size. It comes in a tube pump with a cap, no air gets in. Hygienic in that its unlikely any bacteria gets in. It also contains a generous amount of product - 30ml for an eye product. That's a lot!

My skincare regimen consists of either homemade products or Korean brands because they work best on my skin. So its either I whip something up (that will entail a good amount of research) or I continue my search for something good. In the meantime, I have some samples (GWP) that will tide me over.

What would you recommend for dark & dry under eye circles that are developing its first few deep lines? Puffiness isn't an issue because my skin in very dehydrated. I would love to hear what your favourite eye products are! 

Til next time.. ;) 

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13 comments

  1. If it feels like it never sinks in, would it work as a sleeping pack? Just lay it on thick at night and wash it off in the morning. :) I'm in the same boat as you though, I'm still searching for my HG eye cream!

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    1. Hmmm... that's a great idea! I should try it as a mask. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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  2. Eye creams are so difficult. I have yet to find one that I would consider a necessity. I'm pretty fond of the Yes to Coconuts one. It also has a pump. It's a shame this didn't seem to benefit you.

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    1. It really is a difficult product to nail down, right? I'll check out the Yes to Coconuts one. Thanks! :)

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  3. I've tried eye creams in the past, but I didn't see any changes....I'm not sure if the changes are just so subtle that it's difficult to tell or if i'm expecting too much. So I feel you on the little sadness.

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  4. Bummer that you didn't see any real results. I won't keep an eye cream around that doesn't get the job done.

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  5. Bummer you didn't see real results after six months. Eye cream is SO important...time to find something better! ;)

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  6. Can't say you didn't give it an honest effort!

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  7. I haven't used an eye creams before but it's good to see an honest review of a product! :)

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  8. I love the packaging!!! Too bad it didn't work out. 😔

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  9. Awwww too bad it didn't work out

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  10. I'm still in search for a good eye cream, such a long difficult task.

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  11. well too bad i found this post one day after i bought it :( but, i think Kiehl's creamy under eye treatment works, they got a lot of positive comments. I wanna buy it but it's very pricey tho.

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