Save vs Splurge: Under-eye Illuminators

Under-eye dark circles and bags – the bane of many women’s beauty routine. How many products and remedies have you tried, let alone heard about? As a naturally dark-circled girl, I take great excitement in these two products, either of which I use every single day and which most importantly work. I can’t be bothered with thick and heavy concealers, I want to pat something on and go – which is why I love these two so much. Now, the only thing left to do is choose which one is best for you!



Garnier Roll-On Anti-dark Circles Light ($18.95)

  • There’s a lot of product (15mL) for the price – I can’t see this one running out any time soon!
  • While Garnier claim the metal roller ball will cool and de-puff your eyes, I think it’s a bit unrealistic. To effectively cool and de-puff, the roller ball would need to roll over your socket more than once – which would leave a huge and unworkable amount of product on your skin! One roll delivers the right amount of product, so that claim can be debunked.
  • The product effectively covers dark circles with a radiant finish, lightening the under-eye area.
  • It is easily worked into the skin – what you want when working around the delicate eye area.




Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector ($59.00)

  • Love the sleek, luxe gold packaging. This is an item you’ll definitely want to whip out in front of others in the bathroom.
  • Blends easily into the skin, no need for rough rubbing or pulling of the under-eye area.
  • I love the brush tip applicator as it allows for more precise application; I can get it right into the corners of my eyes.
  • The brush tip allows for more versatile use; apply a line down the bridge of your nose for a slimming illusion, or my favourite, trace a line across the top of your lips and lightly blend for Angelina lips in a second!
  • One click delivers enough product, which helps eliminate wastage.
  • Effective coverage of dark circles with fantastic illumination and brightening of the under-eye area.


So, what do you think? Would you dish out a little more cash for some versatility and the luxe golden outer that is Clarins? Or would you rather stick to your budget and go the Garnier? I would love to know!




6 Responses to “Save vs Splurge: Under-eye Illuminators”

  1. 1 Jade January 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I recently had a lil splurge on an under eye illuminator/concealer, waiting on it to arrive. I guess the luxe feel and look sometimes manages to suck me in haha

  2. 2 hollyjcurtis January 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Oo they do, don’t they Jade! Which one did you buy? x

  3. 3 Jade January 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

    By Terry Touche Veloutee I think it’s called, might pop up a review next week🙂

  4. 4 Tine January 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve not tried the Clarins one you mentioned, but I did splurge on the YSL Touche Eclat even though I had a Bourjois one which does exactly the same thing. I can’t help it; I’m just a sucker for luxe packaging😛

  5. 5 Jessica January 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve heard many good things about the Garnier roll on so I’m really interested to try it out for myself!

  6. 6 Nadia January 29, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I’m a sucker for luxe products but this year I am trying hard to stick to my monthly beauty budget. So, guess there won’t be too much of luxe products for me then.

    On another note, I do love that Garnier roll on as well. The Clarins one sounds intriguing. Might try it next time

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