[REVIEW] Etude House Red Energy Tension Up Intense Eye Balm

Etude House Red Energy Tension Up Intense Eye Balm Review:

The eye area is so delicate and for a long time I went without an eye cream, and maybe because of that my undereye area is so dry. I keep looking for new eye creams because they always seem to irritate my eyes or aren’t moisturizing enough. I had noticed this Etude House one a while ago, but it took me a while to decide to try it out. Even though I’m not a fan of red, something about “red energy” just appealed to me, so I decided to give it a go.

I was hopeful that for once I might have found a great eye cream, after all this one contains niacinamide (good for brightening skin), lots of fruit extracts and shea butter. I hoped that it would have enough occlusive ingredients to stop the skin around my eyes from drying out. This eye cream is meant to be good for wrinkles too, and my undereye area has a few fine lines because I’m guilty of rubbing my eyes (or I used to a lot). Shall we see if this eye cream worked better than the previous ones I’ve tried?


The anti-wrinkle eye balm makes skin around the eyes smooth and elastic by filling up fine wrinkles densely


Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl -3 Methylglucose Distearate, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycoproteins, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Adenosine, Glutathione, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Palmitic Acid, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Fragrance

Etude House Red Energy Tension Up Intense Eye Balm Review

Volume: 25ml

How to use:

Apply an adequate amount on skin around the eyes and gently stroke with the fingertips to promote absorption into skin.

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea

My eye type: Dry and sensitive, easily irritated

Etude House Red Energy Tension Up Intense Eye Balm Review:

This eye balm comes in a tube, which I personally think is very handy and hygienic for an eye cream. The first thing I noticed about it was that it had an unusual metal looking cap, I wondered if it was for some purpose but I think it’s just a design feature. It is quite long so it makes the tube look longer than it is, which I find a bit odd but I do admit it does look good.

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The tube itself is a shiny, metallic looking tube and it is easy to squeeze the eye balm out of it. The cream or balm itself is quite firm at first, but when you apply it your skin it softens and spreads quite easily. Which is exactly what you want in an eye cream because you want to apply an eye cream carefully so you don’t damage your undereye skin.

Etude House Red Energy Tension Up Intense Eye Balm Review

The balm is also white as you can see in the pictures. I haven’t noticed a scent on it, but because it contains so many fruit extracts it probably would smell okay.

It has quite a long ingredient list so the fruit extracts probably are rather small amounts. But it does contain niacinamide, which is meant to be good for skin brightening and repairing the moisture barrier, which should be good for the undereye area.

It also contains shea butter which should be quite moisturizing, and good for under eyes although it can cause milia in some people. It also contains a few citrus ingredients – orange and grapefruit which might be irritating to some people. Honestly now that I looked at the ingredient list again I don’t think it’s that great really.

My undereye area does get quite dry, and sunscreen usually makes it look worse. Which is why I wanted to try another eye cream and I hoped this one would work better than the Purebess Galactomyces Eye Cream I tried previously.

I’ve been using this eye cream for almost two months now, and I planned to write a review much earlier but I couldn’t really tell if this eye cream was actually doing anything at all. Because of that I wanted to wait and try different things to see if this eye cream made a difference or not.

Since my sunscreen was drying my skin out, I tested this eye cream out with a more moisturising sunscreen and it did make a slight difference but nothing major. I also tried putting eye cream on one eye and not the other, and the eye with eye cream was more definitely more moisturised, but it still looked a bit dry if that makes sense? Like it wasn’t as dry as the other eye, but it still didn’t look that great.

Maybe it’s my fault because this eye cream didn’t say it was supposed to be super moisturizing, but rather it’s for anti-aging. But honestly, I think moisturizing would be good for anti-aging products too, and it didn’t help the fine lines around my eyes either.

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I also think if it worked well and was moisturising, it wouldn’t matter what sunscreen I used, because I shouldn’t have to change my whole routine to make the eye cream work. I don’t know if that makes sense, hopefully it does?

I guess I should have trusted my previous experience with Etude House eye creams, that they aren’t irritating around the eyes but they don’t really do much either, at least not for me.

In conclusion, I don’t find this eye cream that great, and so I won’t be repurchasing this one. It might work better in a humid or less dry climate. It might work fine for people with oil or normal skin, but it’s not heavy enough for dry skin.

It would be okay for sensitive skin, unless one of the ingredients causes a problem for you. So, I guess I’ll be looking for another eye cream to try and maybe I’ll find one that actually helps my undereye area.

Where to buy:

Amazon | eBay | Cosmetic-love | Yesstyle

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