Hello beautiful ones,
if you've followed us on Instagram, you'd have anticipated this review coming up. We tried this product out when we were applying the "Million Dollar Eye" look at the Benefit workshop (I will be doing an entire post on this wonderful concoction soon after I review their Fake Up Concealer) and I KNEW I had to have it.
Look at the box! It's so pretty and girly, there's just nothing not to love! It's been nicknamed an "Eyelift in a bottle!", and such a name can never go unnoticed. I put it to the test in this post so all of you can find out just how well it fares!
(Before I start this post, I apologize for the blue-ness of these photos. I was rushing to take them in the morning before heading out. But do not worry, it doesn't affect anything because this product doesn't have any color!)
photo and information credits: Benefit website
This legendary under-eye brightening boost looks like an instant eyelift! Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This delicate pink balm can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.
Well it's like a mascara tube basically - you twist the cap and pull it out to reveal a doe-foot applicator.
There's nothing difficult about it and nothing too fancy. I suppose though, if you have OCD (like me, just a little), you might be disturbed that the silver portion of the tube can get marred by fingerprints or some residual makeup from your hands. In that case, simply use a tissue to open it or just wipe the marks off.
The texture is resplendent and so smooth. It blends like an eye cream would and sets in quite nicely. It is so moisturizing, as it should be. Do not mistake it as an eye cream though, because you still have to use one. When used on top of it, this one further softens whatever you eye cream couldn't, and adds that extra glow.
I know this is such a bad line, but it really is "up to you". The box recommends you to dot three dots below each eye and blend, though you could do any other method you're comfortable with.
When we attended the Benefit workshop, they told us we could put it on the back of our hands and blend it with other products and pat it onto our eye area with a brush or our fingers. I like this concept better because it does "soften" any drier concealers you might use and makes it easier to apply onto your undereye. This also prevents tugging which leads to fine lines.
For myself, I gauge the situation as and when I wake up to be horrified by my own eyes. When I am less horrified, I just mix this with some concealer and slap it on. When I am horror-movie, iphone-emoticon, crying-woman kind of horrified, I put this below my eyes in three dots/smears first as a base. When that is set, I pile on my concealer on top (without blending first!) and layer some more Ooh La Lift on top. Then I blend both together at the same time.
(PS - I know that the dark rings are still visible... so I shall sing 'It's a sad sad situation' to myself..)
I've gone and read some reviews online where people complain about how it doesn't do it's job in the concealing department. Now, not to be rude, but I found that quite stupid. It ISN'T a concealer, and I don't think it takes a genius to know that. It has never claimed to be a concealer or corrector of ANY sort on the label (despite the somewhat untrue advertising on the picture.)
(for example purposes, I created a very cakey undereye for you to refer to)
On another handdddddd, I do not find it particularly brightening either. I just use it to moisturize my concealer(s) because I do use about 6 layers of concealer everyday (*deng deng deng* + a remix of "it's a sad sad situation"). What it does is ensure less creasing and dryness of the different colored concealers/correctors/highlighters I pile on. So that at the end of the day, though I am using a crazy truckload on my eye area, you'd never be able to detect that.
I know what you're thinking - "What!? I could use just a good eye cream to do that!" Yes.. true, you might when you've found that wonderful eye cream, it's just that I haven't found one that's been able to do that for the layers of concealers I use. I've got moisturizing yes, velvety smooth yes, but nothing that's been able to lessen the creasing by 98% as this one does.
At the end of the day, it really depends. If your dark rings are as bad as mine and you need to create a better canvas and blendability of your concealers, this could be your holy grail. If your dark rings are so minimal (lucky you!), this might not even be necessary at all. A little illuminator and concealer should do the trick.
Overall Rating: 8/10
(because I hate cakey undereyes with a vengeance)
Stockist: Any Benefit Counter - I got this at Ion's Sephora but any other Sephora or Tangs should be fine.
Dark Rings be GONE!