Eye Creams : Kate Somerville Goat Milk Eye Balm Vs M-61 Hydraboost Eye Serum

I wasn’t a big fan of eye creams earlier. I always thought that my face serums and oils are enough for my under eye area and I was fine with it until one day I saw dark circles and  fine lines creeping in. I think I’m kind of okay with fine lines but panda eyes?! those I can’t stand. My job profile keeps me up at odd hours and a good night’s sleep is a luxury for me, so on most days you can find puffy clouds floating under my eyes.

Well,my main concerns are under eye darkness, fine lines, and puffiness. I have used lots of eye creams in past 5-6 months to tackle these problems. Some kind of worked and some didn’t work at all. I’ll review each one of them but I’m reviewing these two together because I started with them almost at the same time and I have been using them alternately for little over a month now.

M-61 Hydraboost Eye Serum

About the company : M-61 is a technical skincare product line from Bluemercury co-founder Marla Malcolm Beck. M-61 combines the best of technical skin science and power-packed naturals while stripping out undesirable ingredients. Marla took Bluemercury’s thirteen years of experience of performing nearly 100,000 spa treatments every year and blended that with input from more than 300 makeup artists and estheticians in Bluemercury stores.

There are 3 eye treatments in the m-61 skincare range :

  1. Hydraboost eye serum which I’m reviewing
  2. Hydraboost eye cream
  3. Vitablast A&C eye cream

Image source : http://www.bluemercury.com

Key Ingredients

Centella Asiatica: is known to increase blood supply to wounds and boost antioxidant activity within the wound.

Aloe: Soothing and anti- inflammatory

Tamarind: increases hydration and smoothness

Licorice Extract: promotes elasticity , reduces redness, irritation , swelling and itching and has lightening properties.


  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19 behave like Botox, blocking nerve signals sent to facial muscles. They are able to smooth the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing tense muscles that cause crow’s feet, smile lines and frown lines by having the effect of blocking nerve signals sent to facial muscles . Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 consists of a chain of four amino acids coupled with a fatty acid to allow the peptide penetrate the skin. This peptide is also used to fight inflammation. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-1) stimulates collagen building by absorbing deeply into the skin, drastically improving the skin’s cell production, thickening the skin and plumping wrinkles from within.

Vitamin B5

  • Vitamin B5 is known for its ability to function as a humectant—a water-binding substance is ideal for the treatment of dry, scaly or rough skin.

Hyaluronic Acid:

  •  helps the skin to retain moisture and counter the signs of aging caused by water loss by helping to hydrate, plump and firm the skin.

100% paraben-free,100% synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist tested, allergy tested, gluten-free,vegan





IMG_20160528_121026-01Packaging :comes in a pump bottle. The cap is sturdy and it’s travel friendly.

Consistency : Fast absorbing , thicker than water but not sticky like a gel.

Fragrance : none

My experience: It comes out as a very lightweight serum and it absorbs completely almost immediately (as seen in pics above). There is no tackiness or stickiness. I apply with my finger tips in a patting motion gently around my eyes. I layer it under my facial oil or balms in the night or wear it alone. On mornings, when my eyes look like fifty shades of black 😉 I use a concealer on the top and it definitely helps it to stay longer. When I use it in the nights , I wake up with my eyes looking more refreshed , hydrated and brighter. For puffiness,  I believe the only thing which helps me the most, is the under eye massage with my Jade roller which I keep in my fridge all the time. It helps me to achieve that well rested look even on the days when I haven’t slept well. It doesn’t irritate or sting my eye area, probably because it absorbs completely and doesn’t travel if that makes any sense. I absolutely adore this eye serum. I probably would have never bought it on my own and I’m so glad that this was sent to me for review. Thanks Jaime@jaimemaser for this. I will definitely repurchase and recommend this eye serum with any doubt in my mind.

Price : 72$ for 15 ml/ 0.5 oz ( 4.8$ / ml)- Definitely not very affordable but you just need teeny tiny amount and I have used it over a month but hardly made any dent. It will last for months.

Recommend and repurchase : yes and yes !!

Kate Somerville Depuffing Goat Milk Eye balm


A new addition in kate Somerville goat milk range , this Sephora exclusive eye balm promises to reduce puffiness, hydrate, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles.

Ingredients :

Water, Propanediol(solvent), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane( emollient), Glycerin, Sodium Stearate(surfactant), Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate(emollient), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite( to increase viscosity), Goat Milk Powder, Lactose, Milk Protein, Manuka (Leptospermum) Honey Extract, Jojoba Oil PEG-150 Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Polianthes Tuberosa Callus Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Menthoxypropanediol, Phenoxyethanol( preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid.

Key Ingredients:Plant Stem Cell Complex (Tuberose, Alfalfa Seed Extract, and White Lupine Protein): Reduces the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles.,

Plant Stem Cell Complex (Tuberose, Alfalfa Seed Extract, and White Lupine Protein): Reduces the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles.
-Lactose from Goat’s Milk: Soothes and moisturizes dry, damaged skin.
-Biologically-Active Milk Polypeptides: Help to support a naturally balanced lipid barrier.
-Manuka Honey: Provides natural minerals, vitamins, and proteins.


Consistency : goes on smoothly with no tugging.

Fragrance : None

My experience: The first thing I liked about it was the packaging, easy to roll on tube packaging which is very travel-friendly. Second, though this looks like a thick balm it melts very easily when it touches the eye area. You just need to swipe it under the eye and as soon it touches the eye area it gives a very cooling sensation. It really wakes me up in the morning and I extensively used it in my morning routine. The reason for this is the presence of Menthoxypropanediol which is stronger than the menthol and is commonly used in the lip plumpers. This acts by irritating the area and increasing the blood supply. The concerns on how safe it is to use under the eye got me nothing much. The compound has EWG rating of 1 and is FDA approved. Some can get irritations with it but it played safe with my eyes which are very sensitive. It was addicting like those menthol lip balms which you love to reapply again and again as it instantly refreshes my tired eyes. It’s definitely not greasy or oily.It hydrates well and depuffs my eyes slightly when I apply it and I find it very soothing but other than that it does nothing. No effect on under eye darkness and fine lines.  You can always use an eye serum and a light layer of facial balm over it and get better results than this. I love using May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon and Maya Chia wonder balm over my eye serum. Overall, I don’t find anything extraordinary with this eye balm other than its cooling effect.

Repurchase and recommend: This is a good eye balm if you don’t have any particular concerns and just need an eye cream to refresh your tired and fatigued eyes  but I’ll not repurchase nor recommend if you want something really effective.

Price: 38$ for 0.3 oz (8.8 ml)

Why M-61 hydraboost eye serum work better than Kate Somerville depuffing goat milk eye balm?

Peptides, protein, and amino acids are so frequently used in marketing jargon these days, that they all look similar. But each one of them is entirely different in composition and action, the scope of which is beyond this post.But to tell you a little bit more about the milk proteins – they are a rich source of biologically active peptides such as exorphins (casomorphins), phosphopeptides and immunopeptides. For the purpose of being effective milk proteins need to be activated enzymatically / food processing / microbial fermentation. The peptides are effective even in micro concentrations but they need to be stabilized and bioavailable. The packaging and formulation of Kate Somerville don’t make the peptides very stable and  hence it’s an uneffective eye cream when it comes to wrinkles.

The m-61 hydraboost eye serum comes in airless pump packaging along with the lactobacillus ferment to keep the peptides stable, they also contain palmitoyl peptides which have the proven anti-wrinkle benefits over milk peptides. In general, I prefer serum textures for my under eye area and use my facial oil or balms to seal them. The under eye area is very thin so over treating them may cause more harm than good. So a light serum like texture is all you need along with any good oil/balm over it to maximize its benefits.

Thank you so much if you have made it so far 😉

What’s your favorite eye serum / cream? Do let me know .






6 Comments Add yours

  1. skinlit says:

    The m61 eye serum has peeked my interest in eye treatments/moisturizers. As I get older they definitely have more appeal.


    1. Hi there,
      It definitely is a good serum and works very well with other products. I definitely see a difference.
      Thanks for stopping by , I really appreciate it.

      Molly xx


  2. The m61 seems to be my kind of eye cream perfect consistency, only because when I use thicker eye creams I wake up with puff eyes. And I feel u, about lack of sleep the life of a clinician is no easy task.
    You are doing great running this blog alongside your day Job too 👏, great review on these eye products, but I have come to expect it with you Molly. x


    1. Esnath, that’s so sweet of you to say that. I love your blog so much as well and you are one of my favourite bloggers out there.
      I have the same problem with thick creams, they just sit there and I definitely enjoy the serums more than the creams and m-61 is definitely one of them. I can notice a difference in my under eye darkness. It’s definitely a must buy for me.

      Molly xx


  3. Kelly says:

    I love to hear what eye creams others are using as I think its a product that is good to change up and experiment with to suit our eye needs. These are two that are new to me and the M-61 Hydraboost serum sounds fabulous! I currently am using Elemis Advanced eye treatment which is a light gel serum and great for all eye concerns! Great review! 😉 Kelly xxx


    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thank you so much for your feedback. I love your blog so much and you are my biggest enabler. I have added Elemis eye treatment on my wishlist, if it’s recommended by you then I’m sure it must be good.



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