What is it? Primer made specifically for the delicate under eye area
What does it do? Hydrates. Creates a smooth canvas for concealer application as well as helps prevent concealer from creasing, caking, and/or settling.
Use one if… You’re prone to creasing, want extended wear, and/or don’t want to wear a full face of makeup
How to use? Apply a pea size amount (that’s enough for both eyes) to clean skin. Pat it in gently. Follow with concealer if desired
Tula Glow Hour Brightening & Neutralizing Eye Balm
Claims—Diminish the look of dark circles :: protection from blue light :: each swipe cools, moisturizes, brightens and glowsPrice—$32at Ulta, tula.com, Amazon, Nordstrom
Shade Range—3 (pink, orange, blue)
Pros—Sleek packaging :: love the cooling effect :: orange shade helps tone down darkness :: hydrating :: works great under concealer
Cons—Expensive :: too dark for me to wear alone
Final Thoughts—Helps correct dark circles :: provides smooth canvas for concealer application :: so expensive for tiny amount :: like that but I don’t know that I’d buy again.
Ulta Under Eye Brightener
Claims—Smooth, conceal, and brighten in one swipe :: wear alone or under makeup
Price—$10 at Ulta
My Shade—Light to Medium
Pros—Affordable :: brightens :: hydrates :: light enough that I can wear alone :: great base for concealer :: cruelty free :: works well with other under eye products
Cons—Very tiny, don’t get a lot of product :: Availability
Final Thoughts—I bought this to see if it would be a dupe for the Tula. They definitely do the same thing, the Ulta product is just smaller and cheaper. I was very surprised at how dang small the tube it, but I think the price is off for the amount. Smooths and brightens my dull, dark under eye area.
Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For Darkness-Reducing Under-Eye Treatment Primer
Claims—Helps reduce the look of darkness, puffiness, and signs of aging :: minimize the appearance of under-eye bags :: primes for makeup application :: smooth, soft-focus finish
Price—$32 at Ulta, Sephora, peterthomasroth.com
Pros—Only need a tiny amount :: smooths over fine lines :: creates flawless, smooth base for corrector/concealer/powder application :: can wear alone or under makeup
Cons—Expensive :: not cruelty free :: doesn’t correct/cover darkness
Final Thoughts—This was the first under eye primer that I tried and it’s the most expensive one on this list. –Smooths my under-eye area and makes the fine lines disappear –Doesn’t do much to depuff, but that’s not a big deal for me –I like this but it’s so expensive that I won’t repurchase.
Milani Supercharged Brightening Under-Eye Tint
Claims—Illuminates :: makeup + skincare :: smooth canvas for concealer application :: color corrects dark circles and makes under eyes appear brightener :: can be worn alone or under concealer
Price–$8.99 at Ulta, milanicosmetics.com
My Shade—110 Pink Rose
Pros—Affordable :: vegan :: cruelty free :: shade options :: ingredients—hyaluronic acid, collagen, niacinamide, & caffeine :: only need a tiny amount :: corrects/diminishes darkness :: brightens :: shade 110 is PERFECT for me :: can wear alone or under concealer :: can skip additional corrector with this :: hydrating :: agree with all claims :: works great with concealer and powder
Final Thoughts—New favorite under eye product & primer :: love using this to brighten and smooth and to prep for concealer :: works well with my other tried & true under eye products (corrector & powder) :: does what is says :: new must have product for me
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