Whenever I do a Q&A, I get asked about Tula… whether I use their products, what I’ve tried from the line, etc etc. Tula is a very popular brand within the influencer set. I first tried them back in 2015 before the hype really set in. (A lot of former BaubleBar girls work/worked there, so they sent me a bunch of stuff!) When I tried the line I was just medium on most of the products – they were good but not great. I loved the probiotic mask (which I really loved – it’s great for exfoliating and detoxifying; I featured it here), and I really liked the cleanser (featured here)… but everything else (for me!) was just medium. Nothing I tried ever did anything BAD but it didn’t turn me into a glowing and beautiful angel, does that make sense?
My net opinion of the brand is that I think the products are good; but I think they are probably better for someone younger.
I want really high-tech anti-aging products. They’re reasonably priced, no-frills, won’t make you break out, but they aren’t going to change your world. If you are in your twenties and less concerned with aging I think this line could be a great fit. (I also think – based on reviews I’ve read from other bloggers – that the line may be really great for both sensitive skin and acne prone skin.)
More recently, I saw the eye sticks literally EVERYWHERE on my Instagram stories and I got really curious. I wanted them! My eye area is probably my biggest concern; especially with puffiness and dark circles (and fine lines UGH) and I will do anything to brighten and tighten up that area. So I ordered both of the Tula Eye Balm Stick and have been playing with them for the past couple weeks.
Tula Eye Balm Stick Review
First of all, you definitely don’t need both. I wanted to try both to see if I had a favorite. They are essentially the same exact product with the same exact benefits but the blue one has a slightly blue cast and the pink one is (in my opinion) a little prettier. That being said, the blue cast isn’t very noticeable.
Both products work really well with concealer. You can use them under makeup and your concealer won’t get funky or pill, and if you apply over makeup it won’t mess with it. That’s a big perk to me as (at least in my experience) you can not put eye cream over concealer, ever, without looking like a hot mess. So that makes them really fantastic for that. The main benefits I saw from using these is a) brightening (you could use them as a highlighter if you wanted!) and b) cooling. The cooling sensation is really nice – it feels amazing and it’s really refreshing. I also saw a reduction in puffiness. The formula contains caffeine which is great for dark circles and puffiness.
My net takeaway:
I like these sticks a lot. They feel amazing on your skin and are super refreshing. Again, you definitely don’t need both of them; they’re basically the same product. I’d recommend the rose stick over the blue one because of the color, and that it contains rosehip oil (I still am not really sold on rosehip oil as an alternative to retinol – I wish they put Bakuchiol in it instead). I will say, and this is important: I don’t think that this product is a good alternative to eye cream. It’s more of an extra step that you can do before your makeup or over your concealer throughout the day. It definitely gives skin a boost. I’m still loyal to my banana bright eye cream in the morning and then I’ll use the eye stick throughout the day as a pick-me-up!
Edited to add: It’s GREAT for travel. It creates a nice moisture barrier around the eye area which can get so dry. For my trip to SF I applied it to my eye area before take-off and it was still super hydrated upon landing.
Have you tried these!? I’d love to hear what you think!
photography by Carter Fish.