Applying a swipe or two of under eye concealer each morning has got to be one of my favourite steps in my routine. I find that correcting and brightening my under eye area brings so much life to my face, making me look like I got much more sleep than I actually did. So it’s no surprise that I have a handy little arsenal in my drawers that can work wonders on even my sleepiest of mornings. Some have been favourites for a while and others are relatively new additions but after a decent little trial period, it’s time for a quick comparison and roundup.
One of my original favourites in the peachy, under eye brightening category and one that still gets pulled out of the drawers quite a bit. It’s an incredibly creamy formula but never feels heavy – it blends out under the eyes very easily but can crease easily if you leave it too long before setting it down. When done right, this works as a beautiful first step. Covered with a touch of concealer and set down with a bit of loose powder and this will always be one of my favourite combos.
I was raving about this one very recently but it deserves a second mention. It’s a similar creamy consistency to the Becca corrector but it’s slightly stiffer in the pan. It still warms up easily when applied with the finger, though. With this one, the tiniest bit goes a long way and it’s important not to go overboard as it can feel quite heavy when you get a little too excited with the application. I lightly pat it in with my finger before going over with a bit of concealer and love the results. The Becca offering has a slight edge over this one on days when my under eye is feeling a little dry and crepe-y because the formula can be just that little bit more forgiving.
Another recent obsession has been this simple tube from Bare Minerals, in fact, this is even a repurchase. The shade of this one makes it the perfect product in between corrector and concealer so on my pale skin, I find it actually works beautifully alone when I don’t need a lot of coverage and instead, just need a bit of a brightening effect. It’s very lightweight and liquid-y so it works beautifully when built up in light layers. For an all-rounder favourite that would work for just about anyone, this is definitely one of my top picks.
When I picked this one up, I was expecting great things, because I was already such a fan of the original concealer formula and I wasn’t disappointed. As you can tell from the swatch, this stuff is intensely pigmented so I apply only the teeniest bit before blending it out. It’s quite a bit thicker than the others in my stash so I prefer to reach for this when I’m using a BeautyBlender as I find it blends out just a little easier that way than with fingers. Although I love the thickness and pigmentation of the original concealer formula, I find that pairing it with another thicker product such as this can make things feel a little too heavy and crease-y. But it’s worth noting that by itself, this one packs a serious punch – still a favourite if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands to blend it in.
This purchase was a similar deal to the UD corrector – I’d tried the original concealer formula and was interested in trying the corrector. The formula of this is noticeably thinner and less pigmented so can’t quite be used on it’s own on good skin days like some of the others but because it’s much thinner, it feels super comfortable on the under-eye and provides a lovely brightening effect without creasing or caking up. It doesn’t pack the same punch but I still love this one all the same, especially with the very agreeable price point.
It’s a little cruel for me to add this one in here because I get the feeling it’s been discontinued, at least from Australian stores, but the Fair shade in the range also does a great job of brightening up the under-eye. The Brightener shade is just a little more peachy to cancel out the blue tones. Personally, I love the sponge applicator on these products to spread the product over the under-eye area before patting it in with a finger. Again, the formula is very thin and lightweight but truly gets the job done. It also layers beautifully if one layer doesn’t provide quite enough brightness.
L to R: Becca, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Bare Minerals, Sephora Collection, Maybelline.
My top recommendations would be the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, if your under-eye area has a tendency of feeling quite dry, the Bobbi Brown Corrector, if you want something quick and effective but don’t struggle so much with dryness, or the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light if you want a bit of everything in one. As you can see, I do love my little collection of brightening wonders but there are definitely still others hanging out on my wishlist.
What are your favourite products for a bright under eye area?
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