The phrase “prevention is better than cure” is something that holds true when it comes to skincare, especially eye care. Looking back, I’m grateful that I started with an eye care routine early. Since my early 20s, I’ve incorporated an anti-ageing eye cream in my daily skincare routine, and I really think that it has made all the difference. 

But of course, that doesn’t mean that my eye area is perfect. In spite of my eye care routine and using an anti-ageing eye cream regularly, I still get fine lines due to dryness, which happens when allergies strike. I also can’t leave the house without applying a concealer to hide my dark circles, which have gotten steadily more prominent due to my night-owl tendencies – I know I shouldn’t, but I go to bed after 1am on most nights.

Naturally, I’m a big fan of eye creams and am always on the lookout for new formulations to add to my eye care routine. Can you tell that I’m a little obsessed with keeping my eyes looking bright and well-rested?

So when I found out that Rihanna was adding a new eye product to her recently launched Fenty Skin line, with the promise of an “easy-to-use packaging, [and] a formula that would tackle puffiness and dark circles and work really well with makeup to look fresh all day”, I knew I had to try it. 

Here’s how it went down:

Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream, $48 / $62 (with Eye Massage Tool)

Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream, $48 / $62 (with Eye Massage Tool)

What it is

An eye cream that promises to instantly relieve tired eyes while reducing the appearance of puffiness and lightening dark circles. In addition, it can also be used as a concealer primer before makeup application to give you the illusion of looking well-rested – even if, like me, you didn’t clock in enough hours of sleep the night before. 

It comes in two options, as a standalone eye product or with an added eye massage tool. 

Key ingredients 

Horse chestnut to reduce puffiness, hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, Persian silk tree extract to target signs of fatigue and ageing, and antioxidant-rich green tea to protect against environmental stressors. 

The texture 

A light gel-cream, it absorbs easily into the delicate eye area, but not so quickly that you end up having to apply more so that the massage tool has the slip it needs to glide around the eyes. 

It doesn’t feel heavy, which is great because I worry about getting milia seeds from an overly rich eye product. So this is definitely a good option. 

There seems to be an ever-so-subtle fresh floral scent too, though I wonder if I’m imagining it as most eye products tend to be fragrance-free. But it doesn’t irritate my senses and actually makes using the Flash Nap really pleasant.  

The results

To be thorough with this review, I decided to try the Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream with and without the Eye Massage Tool. And yes, I did find that there was a difference, somewhat.

For my nighttime routine, I opted not to use the massage tool as I didn’t want to accidentally “wake” my senses with the cold metal roller. So I used my good ol’ ring fingertips to manually massage the gel-cream in. Even with my fingertips, the gel-cream glided on well and absorbed quickly, leaving no tackiness behind. 

In the mornings, I loved using the eye gel-cream with the Eye Massage Tool. The cool metal roller was like an instant wake-me-up when sleep was still calling me back to bed. The touch of coldness was so refreshing and the massage tool glided really well around the eye contours. Most importantly, it didn’t drag on delicate skin, which could potentially contribute to more lines and wrinkles. 

But the great thing about using the massage tool in the mornings is that it immediately reduces the appearance of puffiness by draining away excess fluid that has pooled around the eyes.

I’ve noticed that in the last couple of months of, since late 2020, my eyes seem to look puffier each morning. Perhaps it’s age or maybe it’s because I find myself waking up with my face in my pillow, even though I distinctly remember falling asleep facing up. Whatever the reason might be, the puffiness is always there in the mornings. Fortunately, there’s this massage tool to the rescue. 

The eye gel-cream is also said to double as a concealer primer, which helps blur the look of fine lines while brightening the eye area. With mask-wear these days, I try to apply minimal makeup, using only concealer on blemishes and dark circles (the telltale signs of my late-night Netflix and YouTube bingeing). The double-duty concealer primer means the product goes on better and lasts longer too. So I really do look well-rested, when in reality, I’m not.

I have to admit that I’m impressed with the massage tool, small as it is. After two decades as a beauty journalist, I’ve seen my share of eye massage tools, and some have been quite elaborate too. 

But this one is really straightforward – a metal roller with a handle that you glide around the eye area – but it does the job so well. That said, I wish the handle was just a little longer or larger, as I felt like a giant at times, trying to hold onto its teeny handle. 

At the same time, it would have been handy if the tool came with a holder of sorts. Currently I’ve placed it on a tissue after wiping it clean after use, so that it doesn’t get dirty sitting on my dresser.

The verdict

Fenty Skin Eye

It’s been a week since I started using Fenty Skin Flash Nap and I’m really liking it. The lightweight texture is good enough for my eye area concerns, although if you are suffering from advanced signs of skin ageing, like pronounced wrinkles, sagging and extremely dark undereye circles, then this eye cream might not be as suitable.

But if you’re concerned with early signs of ageing around the eyes, need a hydration boost to combat dryness, or want to commit to an eye care routine, this is something you can consider.

In addition, I also like that the Flash Nap comes in a tube and not a jar, because it makes it more hygienic to use. It’s also a nice handy size so it won’t take up much space in your skincare and toiletries bag when you’re off on a staycation. 

Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream is available at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg

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