Every week, fashion and beauty editor Jolene Khor, makeup artist Fiona Bennett, hair guru Christian Maranion, and beauty connoisseur Monica Saranya Selva De Roy — collectively known as The Clubbers — test drive the latest (and with hopes, the greatest) makeup, skincare, hair care, fragrance, bath and body drops to land in Singapore. Tools and brushes too. You get the idea. To buy in bulk or to take a hard pass? We give you the 411 so you never have to second-guess again.
In the spotlight this week: Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes

To say that the beauty industry is thriving would be an understatement of epic proportions. According to retail analytics firm, Edited, the market is on a rapid upward trajectory, currently worth about $532 billion. In this instance 'what's next?' is literally the billion dollar question. Some would argue that the future lies in bespoke formulations, others in streamlined solutions. At Buro. Singapore, we have reason to believe it's in technology. Precisely, in beauty devices that guide the future of technology. Think nifty gadgets, tools, and everything else in between to grant close-to-instantaneous results once thought only possible under the knife of surgeons or at the very least, close guidance of professionals. Skin Inc's Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes is the latest to emerge from the production line. It features LED light treatment in three different modes (red, yellow, and orange) to eradicate dark circles, puffy eye bags, and crows feet; 10 minutes is supposedly all you need to reverse-engineer said signs of ageing. Total bust or totally brilliant? The Buro. Beauty Club straps these (supposed) skin-saving glasses on to give you the lowdown..
Buying Time
It took years of nagging from my parents, but I finally purchased health insurance. It's official — I am covered for the future, come what may. It's a very simple concept, taking small steps to care for yourself now to prevent bigger problems in the future. Yet, it's a commitment most 20-somethings find hard to stick to. Even me. I, who began using eye creams during college in fear of premature ageing.

Six-and-a-half years later, I graduated from mere creams to swanky tech. I have resting snugly on my face as I type this, the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes. It's a mouthful, so when my dad asked me what "that alien monster thing" is on my face, I said it's insurance for my eyes.

It is, in many ways. LED light therapy is proven to do all the things these glasses say they would do: depuff, reduce wrinkles, and brighten the area around my eyes. They would just take a while (like a few years kind of a while) and they're better as a preventative method, rather than a diagnostic care. Mean time, I'll bide my time wearing futuristic eyewear beaming healthy light on me 10 minutes a day, eyes wide open, since the lights aren't nearly as harsh as those shining from the very expensive LG Pra.L Derma LED Mask. Due to the design of the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses, I just can't really lie down comfortably with it on. It's a good thing these feel and fit like regular spectacles. My laundry can't wait.

Jolene Khor

Welcome to the Future
Wow, guys. LED glasses that you can wear to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines around the eyes? Yes please, because having to hold a device to your face is so 2018. Hands-free means you can do important things with your hands while you let your skincare device work on you. After taking the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes out of its box and charging it, it's really easy to use. There's one button to control three lights — the red helps with fine lines and wrinkles, the yellow lightens dark circles, while the orange is meant to do both simultaneously. Orange all the way for me!

Now, it took a minute or so to get used to the orange light; my eyes needed to adjust. I tried to relax but I can't say it's a very relaxing device. You can't take a nap with the glasses on and definitely don't think you're going to wake up a decade younger either. The light isn't warm, so there's no need to worry about it getting too hot and causing third degree burns.

After 10 minutes, was I left with less wrinkles? Were my dark circles gone? No. It would be unfair to expect that to happen straight away. I tried it for a week, and it's still too soon to say. I think if I were to use it every day for a month, I might see a change. DM me on Instagram later and I'll be more than happy to share.

Fiona Bennett

Nothing but Goodness
We've come a long way since the days of having to go to a specialist or clinic to have light emitting diodes as part of our dermatological treatment. I wondered what sort of results I would notice from using the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes, seeing as I neither have under-eye discolouration issues nor eyebags… yet. Records, however, have shown that LED therapy is able to break down scar tissue in wounds to regenerate skin.

I first fell in love with the convenience of this device. I can wear the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses just about anytime while going about my chores. I personally wouldn't use it while trying to relax, however, because there is literally a beam of light surrounding your skin around the orbital bone. It is fuss free — it automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of use and only one button is required to operate it.

LED therapy on its own is only modestly helpful, hence I incorporated an eye cream to this routine. I focused on the red light which is what penetrates deepest into the skin and has a better track record of being effective. It is also the colour which triggers natural collagen production for achieving younger-looking skin. I could use it to target my fine lines and smile lines. Frankly, I would require much more time with this device to see noticeable results but even if I have to wait for long, the fact of the matter is that this wavelength of light is proven to increase circulation and reduce oxidative stress, overall helping the body produce more core energy to power itself. So nothing but goodness is coming out of these glasses.

Christian Maranion

Shock and Awe
Skincare accompanied with gadgetry is definitely a more iconic duo than Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Skin Inc has been a massively raved skincare brand, though it's mad pricey. The number of hours I have to work to afford an eye cream from Skin Inc alone will give me eyebags. So when their Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes reached me, I was more than thrilled. I tried it at home, I tried it during a flight, and I spent two nights in Melbourne testing it out as well.

I was sleep deprived and had shocking puffy eyes when I first had this machine on me. I passed out after a quick eye treatment at night and woke up to a less puffy, tamer, under eye area. The orange setting very quickly became my go-to. I started relying a lot on this tool after long days at a desk job and long nights perfecting my henna artistry. It has practically become my best friend during my 12 to 15 hour work days. Ten mins is pretty much all the time I can dedicate to skincare at the end of a gruelling schedule and the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses fits that tight window.

The temples of the glasses protrude far from the lenses, making them uneven and hard surfaces to lean back on. So if you think you're going to be able to wear them to sleep comfortably, you thought wrong. Light is being emitted from the glasses, which means it's glaring. It hurt to open my eyes so I mostly sat upright with my eyes closed for the duration of the treatment. But for smooth and bright under eyes, it's a small sacrifice.

Monica Selva De Roy
Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes is available at the Skin Inc store, Sephora, and online.
The Clubbers
a.k.a. the people who will never lie to you, the beauty enablers you never thought you'd have, the voices of reason when logic goes out the window on payday, and when Sephora goes on sale.
Jolene Khor
Beauty Editor of Buro. Singapore
The fashion and beauty editor at Buro. Singapore swiped on her first glitter lip gloss at age 12 and have never looked back since — except the rare (only not so rare) occasions when she wants to feel better about her makeup skills as an adult. That kohl eyeliner look wasn't working out despite the fact that she was listening to The Cure and quoting Oscar Wilde. Her mother is thankful that K-beauty happened though that means her glow isn't just genetic. These days, her worst crimes are knocking out with full makeup on and forgetting to apply sunscreen on her neck. Old habits die hard.
Christian Maranion
Hair Specialist & Makeup Artist
Nine years. That's how long Christian Maranion has been in the hair game. Having honed his craft, he then began dabbling in makeup, finding equal joy in killing it at both. He has worked with the likes of Vanessa Fernandez aka Vandetta, Tabitha Nauser, and Charlie Lim. He also frequently collaborates with names such as Sephora, Elizabeth Arden, and Kat Von D to up their beauty game. Don't be fooled by appearances — though he may love dark humour and even darker outfits, he is a pocketful of sunshine.
Fiona Bennett
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist
Fiona Bennett is a makeup artist and hairstylist by profession, and a wife, mother, and part-time Kardashian expert when she's not hustling. Hailing from Australia, she reluctantly came to Singapore with her husband almost six years ago but she's grown to love it so much she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She began her journey (sometimes by force) pinning her friends down to make them up before going out — only now she gets paid for it! You might find the self-proclaimed beauty-obsessed Fiona snapping up the latest products in the department stores on weekends. You name it, she has probably tried it.
Monica Selva De Roy
Henna & Makeup Artist
Monica doesn't have enough heads for the hats she wants to wear. When the sun's out, she's selling ultra cool tech that makes logistics look sexier than ever. Then, she slaps on some face cake to moonlight as an actress on Vasantham; from nasty stepmother to varsity mean girl, she's seen them all in the realm of antagonism. Oh, her makeup and henna businesses keep her busy during the weekends too. Amidst all this, she's finding time to test and review makeup — if that's not true love, what is?