I received many inquiries and updates about Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on ever since I posted it on my Instagram during my Japan trip. Even though I’ve only used it for just two months, I’m eager to say a thing or two about it!
It’s uncalled for. If you know me, I don’t make a review on any skincare that quickly, usually just first impressions. But this is a once-in-a-blue-moon situation we’ve got here.
Let me backtrack the story a little bit. I was browsing in a store and then I saw this brand Country & Stream being put on the front display alongside with a few of the products. I noticed the eye product and played with the tester for a bit. Instantly, I was attracted by how well-made the rollerball and overall packaging is (for the price) and the consistency. It’s said to have Royal Jelly extract, Honey, and Chamomile Essence.
Now when I saw this, it instantly reminded me of Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye Sculpt Serum (reviewed) that I adore so much. It shares similar key ingredients – but not the same quality and the price reflects that. As a note, Country & Stream is ¥ 1080 (after tax) and Guerlain is USD 130 (sold for around IDR 2.000.000 in Indonesia). Coincidentally, I carried the eye serum with me knowing that I don’t have a lot left in it. But I intended to finish it and keep the massager to be used with other eye treatment products.
The funniest thing is, that very same night, the Guerlain Eye Serum decided to actually run out. Well not completely. There’s still some left but I had to place it standing up all the time for the liquid to pool on the tip of the tube. With us traveling to different cities, that wouldn’t have been possible. So, what I did I do? I have a reason to buy Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on *wink*
The first thing that I love about Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on is the rollerball mechanism. I’d always thought that rollerballs were created the same, more or less. Apparently, they’re not. Before this, I was using PIXI 24k Eye Elixir and gosh, I quite often had issues with it. The rollerball didn’t dispense the liquid evenly and I had to sort of run it down on my hand first making sure the product comes out. Then, the most irksome part is it tends to snag the delicate skin under the eye area. When it happened, it felt like a small pinch, not that painful but enough to shocked and annoyed me.
With Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on, none of this issues appeared. The rollerball dispenses and distributes the liquid fluidly. Not too much or too little. Just right. There’s no need for that trial run first. It works from day one. It never pinches or tugs my under eye area either, not even once.
I actually like the way it’s shaped too. The curve on the tube (slimmer in the middle) and the weight give an ergonomic experience. It feels more balanced when I hold it and easier to apply. Easy here means it provides a more comfortable motion during application.
Yes, it has a honey scent. The kind of scent that makes me want to lick it. But no, I didn’t try it in case you’re wondering 😝 I wouldn’t say the scent is that strong, but it’s definitely noticeable. Thankfully, it doesn’t creep up and stings my eyes.
The product itself is clear. The consistency is more like a runny lotion, rather than an emulsion or a cream. I usually do about 2 rounds (or 3 max) around the eyes (eyelids included) and just gently blend and tap into the skin with my ring fingers. Then I go ahead doing some massaging motions. I may or may not use a separate eye massager tool (I use The Body Shop Precision Eye Massager and the Guerlain Eye Serum applicator). On me, this can be used in the daytime too and it doesn’t shift my concealer underneath.
For quite a while now, I’d been incorporating NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC) as my eye serum first before topping it off with something more occlusive on top. Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on’s texture sits in between. It’s not as runny as NIOD FECC but it offers a moisturizing quality. I don’t want to risk growing milia under the eye by applying another product on top so I use it on its own. And it works great, in my opinion. Cuts down time too, heh.
While it says it can be used for normal and dry skin, I think this can work on all skin types. The lightweight formula can be beneficial to those who don’t want a heavy product on the eye area. If you’re prone to milia, this worth to look at. But don’t apply too much either even though it’s tempting due to the thin and refreshing consistency.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d probably seen me making statements about being realistic in OTC eye treatment products (or any skincare for that matter). Many people expected too much in it. Dark circles are tough matter. Many products claim to be able to lighten (or diminish, even) dark circles but many don’t deliver that promise. If you have hereditary dark circles, or they really bother you that much, then maybe your chance is to go to qualified aestheticians and see what your options are. Other than that, having a healthy lifestyle will probably help the most to reduce the appearance – apart from skincare. Of course, you can always resort to makeup, that is corrector + concealer.
I love massaging to release tension and improve the blood circulation – which in my opinion, can help reduce the look of fatigued eyes. In my case, my dark circles seem to look less pronounced over time. Less puffy too. I know it may not work on you, but give it a shot. I think massaging is the one technique that we can all do, regardless of which products we use. Look for YouTube videos that provide eye massaging techniques.
I, for one, aim more on moisture and depuffing in terms of eye treatment. I’m okay with having wrinkles on the outer side of my eyes because hey, I smile and I laugh, naturally. Lines and wrinkles can be softened by using the right type of products. Consistency is key too, so it’s not about finishing one product and that’s it. Puffiness is something that I experienced from time to time, usually when I’m tired or unwell. Covering dark circles with makeup is quite easy, but hiding puffiness is an entirely different level. So to have eye treatment that can help to depuff the bags, I’m all for it.
With those aforementioned aspects in mind, Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on fits my bill. Check and check. It moisturizes my eye area and keeps the puffiness far and away. Well, maybe except when I’m really tired (there’s only so much skincare can do). It doesn’t feel sticky. It’s not greasy. The rollerball and the liquid are cooling on the skin. Refreshing. It really is that simple, just go around the eyes a couple of times, tap it in and do a little bit of massage.
If you had to ask which is better between Country & Stream and Guerlain, on me, let me repeat, ON ME, Guerlain. I saw a noticeable difference when I was using it. But for that price, I know for sure it’s out of my budget. That being said, I haven’t had many issues with my eye are lately so I don’t necessarily have the urgency to find ground-breaking or state-of-the-art eye treatments. Which is why Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on is doing more than enough for my current needs.
For the affordable price, Country & Stream Honey Eye Roll-on is worth every money and there’s nothing I could fault about it. I absolutely LOVE IT! I’m so glad I came across this product and was able to purchase it. It’s definitely one of that satisfaction buying a product blindly and having it working out. I’m also happy that I got the chance to bring a few pieces of the product for my followers to buy. It was a quick impulsive decision to offer a last minute pre-order and I received over 200 DMs!
OK, the only drawback is that it’s hard to get. It’s not available locally here unless through online shops (but this might make the price is a lot less affordable). If you happen to travel to Japan, yeah, definitely look for this! It’s available in drugstores, though not all of them carry it. You gotta scour for it.
Lucky for me, I do have a backup 😉