Tried and tested: Stick-on patches for wrinkles

Can stick-on patches smooth out wrinkles as effectively as Botox? Sarah Marshall finds out...
Tried and tested: Stick-on patches for wrinkles

“Designed to rapidly iron out fine lines, Realine patches claim to act like Botox, but without the needles — or the hefty price tag. There are three types (sold separately), targeting forehead frown lines; under-eye and smile lines; and crow’s feet (my personal bugbear).

"You pop a patch (or two) on and leave it to work its magic. The frown line patch, which is worn overnight, sticks on easily like Sellotape, but I found the other patches, which were very moist, a bit tricker to keep in place, even for the requisite half an hour.

"When I peeled them off, though, I was amazed to see instant results, with smooth skin where once there were wrinkles, but the effect was rather short-lived.

"In the run up to a big event, or if you’re planning a ‘no filter’ selfie binge, it’s worth whacking on a couple of patches, but for long-term results, they’re no match for actual Botox.

* €33


Aiming to demystify skincare, the new Skin Matters app has entries for more than 2,000 common skincare ingredients and, crucially, the 20 nasties that you should be avoiding at all costs. Find it in the App store, 99c.


Hair scarves are a fun way to inject colour into your summer look — and label.m has collaborated with catwalk favourite Mary Katrantzou to create a bold, graphic print scarf.

Better yet, the jazzy label.m x Mary Katrantzou summer scarf is free when you buy any three full-size products (excluding minis and accessories).

Available online from May 2 at


Natural beauty lovers rejoice... To mark the brand’s 50th birthday, the entire Dr Hauschka make-up range has been reformulated and revamped.

Five years in the making, the latest products in the collection have been designed to deliver strong colour payoff while maintaining an all-natural ingredients list – and they don’t disappoint. Available from June 1.

* Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Trio in Sunstone, €29.95; Defining Mascara in Black, €24.95

More in this section


The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up
Cookie Policy Privacy Policy FAQ Help Contact Us Terms and Conditions

© Irish Examiner Ltd