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Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel (review)

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Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel

I’m 36, you know, so I’ve realised at this point that there isn’t much I can do to turn back the clocks under my eyes. So I wasn’t that hopeful when I bought the Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel. I was just intrigued by the fact that it’s a gel (and I’d never tried that under my eyes before) (or anywhere else) and that it’s pretty affordable (more about that later). This product really took me by surprise… 

Price point, quantity and a bit of brand info

Price point: 20.75€ on Beauty Bay, but I know for a fact it’s easy to find online pretty much everywhere (e.g. on the official website). It’s just that I seem to live on Beauty Bay. I’m surprised they haven’t asked me to pay rent yet. 

Quantity: 14g, which seems pretty standard for eye creams (and gels, I guess)

What do ceramides do anyway? They replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors (such as children, workplaces, superiors, going to bed after 11 in your 30s, and pollution), and from the natural process of ageing (also caused by aforementioned factors). 

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel
Been using it for a couple of months at least, I’m touching pan!

Who’s that Mario? From what I’ve understood, he was a Romanian guy who opened a skincare salon in NY back in the 1960s and it all started from there. The American brand is well-known and loved all over the world now. 


Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Lecithin, Glycolipids, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1). See, it wasn’t that long. 

What is it supposed to do? (except make me look 23)

  • soothes and nourishes tired eyes
  • diminishes visible signs of ageing and fatigue
  • lightweight and greaseless, absorbs quickly
  • infused with softening ceramides and nourishing herbal extracts for outstanding results (makes your look radiant, youthful and fresh)
  • suitable for all skin types
Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel
Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel

What I think of the Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel

I’ve tried countless eye creams (some much more expensive than this one) and I have to say that I’m not disappointed with the Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel at all, despite my initial suspicions. 

One word of advice, though: apply sparingly because it does NOT absorb quickly at all. In my experience, it will sit on your skin all day if you apply too much product. That’s one of the main complaints that I read in the costumers’ reviews on the Beauty Bay website. If I know I’m going to wear makeup later, what I usually do is apply a very small amount and work it into the skin to make sure it doesn’t mess with the application of my concealer (I’m still madly in love with the MAC Pro Longwear concealer and the Colourpop No Filter concealer, by the way). 

At night, I will usually apply a more liberal amount to make sure it all ends up on the pillow (or washed away by my Valium-induced tears of laughter). Another piece of advice: don’t rub your eyes when the product is still kind of wet on your skin. Thank me later. 

Despite the fact that it doesn’t soak in completely, it doesn’t feel greasy. It just feels wet (and lightweight, I’ll give it that). 

One of the recommendations that I have never followed is to store it in the fridge for an even more refreshing experience. I’m just too lazy to walk to the kitchen (at least 15 steps away) when I’m doing my skincare. But if you’ve tried that, keep me posted in the comments. 

My under-eye area doesn’t look worse than it did two months ago (and that matters) and it definitely looks more hydrated than before. 

I’d totally recommend the Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel, especially if the skin under your eyes is very dry. It won’t fix fine lines or wrinkles (nothing will, get over it), but it’ll definitely make you look fresher and more awake. 

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  • Reply
    Traci Heaps
    November 18, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I have super sensitive skin, do you think this is still a good choice for me? I am desperately needing something for the crows feet and dry skin around my eyes!
    Also, if you have any good recommendations for dry skin that is prone to breakouts, please share! I have been a Rodan + Fields skincare user for some time now, and all of the sudden its not working for me.

    • Reply
      November 18, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Acne breakouts or rash breakouts?

      • Reply
        Traci Heaps
        November 18, 2018 at 11:10 pm

        Acne breakouts. It’s totally hormonal, even at my age ……. 🙂 (almost 49), but it sucks I can’t find something good that keeps breakouts under control but yet is moisturizing.

        • Reply
          November 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm

          Yup, anti aging products tend to be extremely rich because they target drier skin types. And rich creams are awful on acne prone skins. (I’ve just given you a lengthy reply on Twitter)

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        Traci Heaps
        November 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm

        Thank you for all the info on Twitter!

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    Cordelia Moor
    November 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve never tried any of Mario’s stuff, I’m always a touch on the suspicious side because I know not all of his formulas are great – but for the price point, this does sound pretty fab! And I too, live on the Beauty Bay website. We should set up camp together

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Reply
      November 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      There’s a shitload of Mario Badescu stuff on sale on BB right now!

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