“ Brand: Benefit / Type: Eye Care / What it does: Lifts, „
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I am very pale skinned and have always had dark circles under my eyes. However since having my daughter and encountering sleepless nights they have naturally got much worse. I was already a huge benefit fan, I then discovered Ooh la lift which is an eye brightening boost that I can only describe as a miracle in a bottle.
It comes in a small 7g bottle with screw lip, inside which there is an applicator. The product itself is pink and slightly runny but very easy to apply with the applicator. I put a few small dots under each eye and pat in, and instantly look much less tired and my dark circles are much less noticable. It can be wore over make up or on bare skin.
Benefit say "Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes". It can be brought at a range of shops and is on the Debenhams website for £17.50.
It is very easy to apply, and can be reapplied as necessary however I do find it lasts quite a while after application, because the bottle is small it is easy to slip in your handbag.
I have also tried the Boi-ng concealer which I love for covering spots and blemishes however I do find this too thick for my under eye area and this is where Ooh la lift comes into its own, as it is not noticeable once applied but does a great job of masking my dark circles and making me look less tired.
Also with Boi-ng you would need to put a full face of make up on as otherwise it would the concealer would be noticeable with Ooh la lift you can simply wear it on its own.
Another plus of this product is that unlike concealer you do not need to select a shade for your skin tone which can be difficult if like me you are particular pale- this product is one shade for all.
Ooh la lift is one of the latest Benefit products that I have treated myself to.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a light pink coloured box with, 'ooh la lift' in black fancy letters on the front and the words, 'instant under-eye brightening boost' in small letters underneath along with the Benefit logo.
The product itself is about 4 inches tall and comes in a slightly frosted, plastic tube. You can see the light pink liquid through the tube and it has a silver lid, which when removed reveals a sponge tip applicator. The product is a similar design to that of a lipgloss. The front of the under-eye balm has the 'ooh la lift' name across and the Benefit logo is at the bottom of the tube.
The box claims that this product, 'Looks like an instant eyelift!' and also tells us the product contains raspberry extract.
The box also has a small photo of 2 different sides of a woman's face showing the before and after or the 'now and wow!' as they seem to describe it. To me, in the now picture the woman seems to have dark make-up underneath and all around her eye and in the wow picture the make-up under her eye is minimal.
I find the box to be rather over the top with claims like this and I actually find it quite comical.
The back of the box even refers to this as magic pink balm, 'With light-reflecting pigments, this magic pink balm gives eyes an instant brightening boost. To use: Apply 3 dots under each eye & pat with fingertip.'
~ Price and availability ~
Ooh La Lift costs around £16.50 and is available with free postage from www.feelunique.com. It is also available at larger Boots stores, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges along with most other department stores.
~ Use ~
Following the directions and applying three dots of Ooh La Lift under my eye, I find that this product does make a difference and does reduce the appearance of dark circles under my eyes. The results are easier to see when I only apply it under one eye, so that I can see one eye looking natural and the other having used this brightening cream.
It has a light, almost watery consistency and a little goes a long way. It can be rubbed in as much as you like, but it still leaves a slight shine on your skin which reflects the light and reduces the appearance of dark circles even in low light situations. It can also be used as a highlighter on your skin.
It looks natural and not greasy at all, despite the shine. It is not claggy or thick like foundation can be. It is a thin liquid that feels and rubs in like an anti-aging cream. It is difficult to apply incorrectly as once rubbed in it is barely there and gives a light natural shine. It is also easy to remove, with just one swipe with your cleanser or with a wipe.
~ Overall ~
Overall, I think this is an effective under-eye cream and I really like it. A little goes a long way, but £16.50 still seems rather expensive to me, for a small 7g tube of this. I probably would buy this product again, the price being the only thing that would put me off. I would recommend it to anyone particularly looking to minimise or reduce dark circles.
Due to the recent upping of the ante regarding my allergies and the swirling pit of stress we are currently being sucked into my under eye area has started to look like something from a Sam Raimi horror film. So I've started paying more attention to the under eye products I've accumulated, most have been part of a larger 'kit' and previously been little used. One of these is Benefit's 'Ooh la lift', I've been giving it a bit of a workout of late.
It has the usual kitsch Benefit packaging, a little pink and black box containing a 7g product inside. The tube looks like a lip gloss, or small mascara and is translucent so you can see the colour of the product through it. The English text which I have squint quite severely to read, (not helping the rapidly disintegrating under eye skin) reads "Under eye de-puffer. To use apply lightly and blend into the under eye area" the website says "Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes"
The product itself is a very pale lilacy pink, almost white. There isn't any discernable scent, and it has a lightweight formulation, almost like an eye cream. I have seen it referred to (technically incorrectly) as an eye balm and it does have that kind of feel on application. It looks opaque, but certainly doesn't remain that way as you blend it into the skin.
I am very pale skinned so am not sure how this would work on darker skin tones, but as it leaves no dense pigment on the skin, more of a glow I'm fairly sure that it would be suitable for most if not all skin colours. If you know different I'd be glad of the input.
You apply this product to the under eye area by dotting it on with the wand applicator and tap it into the skin. Don't rub it in or you'll rub it off. It appears to sink into the skin more than an under eye concealer would, though it does leave a bit of a glow to the surface of the skin provided by the light reflecting pigments, it is after all an eye brightener. This product is not a concealer, and is meant to counteract rather than cover, so it doesn't blot out dark eye circles.
A lot is made of how 'the botanicals' in the produce make this cool and refreshing on application, it is a little but I really didn't notice it strongly at all. Benefit does say that for 'extra' cooling you can keep it in the fridge.
What I like about this product is that it doesn't look cakey it seems to disappear into the skin, and doesn't accentuate any fine lines or crepiness you may have in this area. It feels quite moisturising, though it isn't meant for this purpose.
It gives a very subtle look, so subtle that for a while I really didn't think it did anything and stopped using it. However when I tried it again more recently I noticed that although the blurb says the effect is instant that the best effect for me becomes more marked a few minutes and as long as 20 minutes after application. This may be why I thought it wasn't working, as I only really look in a mirror when applying make up, and wouldn't bother looking at myself again until much much later in the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that It really does give a slightly fresher look to my under eye area with a slight de-puffing and tightening effect, and although it doesn't cover up any darkness it certainly does reduce it. I don't suffer from very puffy eyes so I don't know how well it would cope with fuller bags. It may be my imagination but I think the raspberry extract (known for helping circulation) may help to dissipate the dark circles as well as help to brighten the look, it may be another ingredient rather than the raspberry leaf, but I do think the product helps a little in this way.
You can use it on the upper lid if there is any puffiness; I have seen no problem using it here. It also does well as a subtle highlighter on the brow bone.
It can be used under or over make up; I tend to use it on bare skin first as I feel the cooling properties work better that way, used either alone or before a fuller make up. It doesn't tighten skin enough to create a physical 'lift' effect that some products do such as eyesential, but enough to make skin look a little bit smoother, without leaving a thin layer over the skin that can 'roll' off when you apply make up over it.
If the darkness and puffiness is pronounced this product even with concealer won't knock it out as thoroughly as some other products, what it will do is give a more natural fresh look than most high pigment concealers, an improved appearance without any chalkiness.
Whilst making the under eye look a little fresher, a little tighter, and brighter it also acts as a good base for actual concealer if you feel you need more coverage (which I usually do these days). I found my concealer went on much more smoothly, looked more natural in situ, and lasted longer. I also needed an awful lot less of it! I plopped on my usually (actually quite small amount) and had to dab most of it off or risk looking like a clown.
Although I have found myself more enamoured of this product on re-discovery than I was when I first tried it. I wouldn't pay £16.50 for it at the moment, as for me it's not really a make up bag essential. Although I would baulk at paying so much it really does last a long time as you only need a few little dots for each eye. I've had mine for a year. If I ever spot it as part of an offer when I am replacing some items that I consider more essential I would certainly buy it then. Of course no make up is truly essential but I sure like having it around.
The pricing is included below; I have failed to find it cheaper than £16.50 anywhere reliable currently. I'm sure ebay will offer it now and then at a knock down price, but ebay apparently is flooded with Benefit fakes in particular for some reason so buyer beware.
£16.50 at feelunique
Same price at Boots with 64 advantage points
Amazon ('other sellers') for £9.99+£3.99 delivery seller has only 87% positive feeback
Benefit is one of my favourite makeup brands. It was founded in San Francisco in 1976 by Jean and Jane Ford and is now a famous global brand mixing quality makeup with whimsical retro branding. I love the packaging for Benefit products, but more importantly, the majority are high quality although they are rather expensive. I requested, and was lucky to receive, one of their mini kits for my last birthday called Realness of Concealness. This kit contained a number of products, one being Ooh La Lift. This product is described as an "under-eye de-puffer" and it contains raspberry and chamomile extracts to help de-puff and firm the eye area.
Ooh La Lift normally retails for £16 and is available from Boots, ASOS, Debenhams, individual boutiques and the website, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. It comes in a clear tube showcasing the pale pink product inside, with a black lid and black writing. The tube I got in my kit is very similar, although obviously a lot smaller.
Instructions for using this product state that you should apply the product lightly and blend to help to de-puff and firm the under eye area. I use the sponge applicator (similar to a lip gloss applicator) to dab a couple of dots under my eyes. The light pink liquid has a nice consistency, similar to the High Beam highlighter: it's neither too runny nor too thick. The liquid does feel lovely on my skin, giving a gentle cooling sensation. I use my little finger to gently blend the product, and it sinks in really easily without leaving any residue.
I don't normally have puffy eyes, except when I've had little sleep or had a little too much to drink the night before. Therefore there's no point in me using this product every day: I keep it for the occasions mentioned above. I do find that the product makes my eyes look more refreshed and a little brighter. The effect is quite subtle but I can see that my eyes aren't so puffy as before, and I don't look so tired!
I'm not so sure about the claim that the product firms the undereye area. Being relatively young, it feels fairly firm to me anyway, and I don't use this product often enough to know if the skin would feel firmer with repeated use of the product.
Though the product does brighten eyes, it doesn't actually hide or get rid of dark circles, so I need to use another product for that. I got some Boi-ing concealer included in my kit so I tend to dab a little on top once Ooh La Lift has sunk in. Using both products together my undereye circles disappear and there is no puffiness. Sometimes I even dab the concealer on first and follow up with Ooh La Lift, which allows the brightening effect to remain on top.
I do enjoy using this product and find it to be reasonably effective. However, undereye puffiness is far less of a problem for me than undereye circles and in everyday life I just need to use a concealer under my eyes. I'm not sure if I'd buy Ooh La Lift separately, particularly as it is so pricey (though it does last a long time as you only need a tiny amount per use). I don't really need this kind of product and I could easily live without it - it's hardly a makeup bag essential as far as I'm concerned.
Nevertheless, it seems to be a good product and might benefit (excuse the pun!) someone who does suffer from puffy eyes. Three stars from me.
When people told me working some very odd shifts would play havoc with my sleeping pattern and health I just laughed it off - it couldnt possibly make me that tired and ill could it? How wrong I was, Ive only been working now for around a month and in the first few weeks I started to look awful - kind of like a walking zombie so something had to be done! Luckily Id recently bought a shed load of Benefit sets one of which was the 'Realness of Concealness' which at the time was just the thing I needed so I had a little look in that set for the [hopefully!] answer to my tiredness problems - on the outside anyway. And during my little search I came across this 'Benefit Ooh La La Lift' which seemed like just the thing I needed for tired looking eyes - but I have to say I wasnt expecting it to be any good. Id used an eye lift cream by this brand before and it was rubbish so I assumed this one would be just as bad. Thankfully this one has proven me wrong because it is miles better than the other - Eyecon if your interested!
Price: Starting from just £3 on amazon - but prices on Benefit make-up vary greatly depending on where you buy them from!
Stockists: Amazon, Debenhams, the Benefit website, Boots etc...
Other Info: This pink eye balm is said to instantly lift your eyes while helping to disguise dark circles & fine lines. Helps to hide the effects of late nights and early mornings - 2 things I have had a lot of recently!!
As I mentioned at the start of this review I got this as part of a set so the design of my tube might be slightly different to what you would get if you bought the full sized version. However in this case it looks exactly the same to me just a more scaled down version - I could be wrong though LOL. So this cream comes in a small transparent tube through which you can clearly see the white/light pink cream inside so you will be able to see exactly how much you have left after each time you use this. The brand and product name is written on the front of the tube and there is some minimal information on the back of the tube - ingredients, shelf life - if you get the full sized product though Im guessing you will have much more information on the product than that but I dont really need anything else. At the top of the tube is the twist off lid which has the applicator wand and brush attached but that sits inside the tube so it isnt visible when your just carrying this around. The applicator is a small, angled brush to make it easier when your applying this as it fits under the shape of my eyes really well so application is made easier by the shape of the applicator.
To apply this is very simple - think of it like lipgloss for underneath your eyes because thats exactly how I apply it. You simply take the applicator out of the tube - usually there is more than enough cream already on there and then swipe it underneath each eye and rub in. Couldnt be more simple - so simple in fact that I can apply this without a mirror or on the go because it takes about 2 seconds to apply and rubs in really quickly and then totally disappears so you dont have to worry about patches under your eyes as even though this does have a pink tinge to it that colour doesnt transfer onto your skin so its brilliant in my opinion - quick and simple always best when it comes to make-up.
The texture of this cream is quite thick but it rubs in very easily and doesnt weigh down your eyes at all or leave any kind of residue on your skin so this has the perfect consistency in my opinion. It makes me feel like my skin is a bit plumed and more filled without feeling like Im wearing loads of make-up - thats the opposite intention of this cream I reckon. So as with most make-up products of any kind less is more - using too much will weigh your eyes down and make you look even more tired which is the total opposite look of what your going for so if you only use a small amount you will get the optimum results and the tube will last much longer so that makes this worth the money in the long run. This is so lightweight it can be used alone of alongside other make-up the results are brilliant either way so this is perfect if your going for a more natural look - which I tend to go for in the day. I would say this definitely makes my eyes look more awake and refreshed - after applying this I dont look anywhere near as tired as I feel so it certainly does everything it promises on my eyes. My eyes look more pumped up and I look much more alive after applying this - I might not feel more awake but as long as my skin looks better Im a happy bunny.
Now the big question is whether or not Id go out and buy this product again and in this case I have to say I would. This makes me look much more awake and refreshed even after a alte night and an even earlier morning so it must work pretty well. This isnt a miricle cure for tired looking eyes or dark circles but it certainly goes a long way to help making them look much less noticable. I definitely recommend this - especially for shift workers!!!
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Nothing makes your weariness more obvious than tired looking eyes. Black circles and puffiness under the eyes make it evident to everyone around you that you didn't get enough sleep last night or that you are burning the candle at both ends.
There are many products on the market that promise to help us to cover up this problem. One of these products is Ooh La Lift by Benefit.
Benefit promises that this product will act like an instant eye life by immediately brightening the area and making you appear fresh faced and wide awake. They claim that this magical pink balm will knock the years off you in a flash by firming up the skin around the eye.
How does it work? Ooh La Lift contains a special combination of botanicals and light reflecting pigments which make your eye area appear more radiant. It has a cooling action on the eye area and reduces the puffiness that causes you to appear tired. If you are able to store this cream in the fridge then it will work even better.
The product contains raspberry extract which has a tightening action on the top layer of the skin allowing your eye area to appear more toned and youthful. The product can also double up as a brow bone highlighter to open the eyes further.
How do you use it? This product comes in a tube that is similar to a lip gloss tube. Inside the lid is the wand that you use to apply the product and it has a sponge applicator on the end. In order to apply the product, you are instructed to dab three dots of the baby pink liquid on to your under eye area. Next, you pat in the liquid until it has disappeared. Remember to do this gently as the skin around the eye area is incredibly delicate. Benefit say that you can apply this product both over and underneath your make up.
I was impressed with this product the first time that I used it. The pink balm visibly tightened the skin under my eyes and made my fine lines disappear although the fine lines were incredibly fine to begin with. It only hid my dark circles a tiny bit but it did make the area appear brighter and fresher. The effects are instantaneous.
After paying this product a compliment, my mother tried mine and it did nothing to tighten her skin at all. I think this product is better suited to younger, fresher skins that do not need so much of a lift.
The product is not glittery or shimmering at all so it's perfect for the day time. You don't actually see the product on the skin, you just notice its effects. Benefit say that this can be worn over make up but because it's a liquid, it can wipe off the work that you've already done or smudge your make up. I tend to wear mine alone or under make up. I also need to use concealer under my eyes along side the product to hide the dark circles under my eyes but this makes my skin brighter.
The product is fairly pricey and will cost you around £15. It is fairly long lasting but there is not a lot in the bottle to begin will and it dries up with time. Mine lasts around four months a time. You can find them at the Benefit counter of most department stores such as Boots and it is also available online.
Benefit Ooh La Lift is one of my secret weapons in the battle against tiredness....at least in as much as it stops me looking tired and haggard when I've been burning the candle at both ends. When I wake up with bags under my eyes and I'm looking like I've got black eyes not dissimilar to that of a panda, this little bottle of genius is what helps me to look a little bit more human and a little less scary - and like I'm sort of ready to fact the world!
It is made by Benefit - and as such you can buy it at most good outlets that sell mid - high range cosmetics brands. A bottle containing 7g of the Oh La Lift solution costs £15.50 from Boots, which I concede is fairly expensive, but in all fairness it does last for absolutely ages. I know when I was in the US I did pick up a bottle of this for just $13 (the equivalent of about £8.50) and so I'm not sure why its so expensive in the UK, but maybe you can get it a little cheaper than £15.50 if you look around.
I'm not completely sure how to describe what Benefit Ooh La Lift is. The packaging describes it as a "magic wand" which is not too far from the truth really. It's a solution which is a very very pale pink / white in colour and contains light reflecting particles that you can actually see when you pump a small amount into your hand. The consistency is very thin in consistency - almost watery. The idea is to put 3 dabs under each eye and then pat these spots in so that it is absorbed into the skin. This creates a reflecting illuminating lightness under my eyes - and gives my eyes a lift, erasing tiredness and replacing it with a look of radiance and health.
As a benefit, as well as improving my look, it also feels really nice on my face and appears to moisturise my skin. You only need a tiny little bit as this is one of those products where less is more. If you put too much on then it becomes visible as a lotion, but if you just put on a tiny three dabs and gently rub then, although subtle, the effects make a huge difference. And if I put it on in the morning, I don't need to reapply it for the rest of the day.
Overall, I would very much recommend this product. Its certainly a product I use frequently and feel it can transform my look when I'm not feeling my best.
I generally am a big fan of benefit products and this is no exception. This eye care wand is applied to the under eye area resulting in your skin feeling revitalised and plump. I usually use this product once I have cleansed, toned and moisturised. I tend to use this product before bed or in the morning times to give my eyes a chance to wake up and appear more firm and alive. I have reccomended this product to my mum and she also loves this product, allowing it to be used amongst a variety of different ages for different uses. I like to use it to cool or soothe my eye area, where as my mum uses it to plump up her under eyes. Overall the product is versatile and applys really creamy to the under eye area. Would be a great gift for mothers day or christmas as a stocking filler.
I wouldn't wear a lot of make up at all and especially since I had my daughter I find it hard to find the time for any touching up! I looked awful from all the long parenting nights soothing my little girl back to sleep that I decided to try to at least get rid of my bags under my eyes!
I love Benefit and my sister always swore by them so having a look at thier products this caught my eye as it claimed to rid me of the dark circles that had become resident under my eyes.
The packaging as always with benefit was very cute in a pink colour itv the words Oh La La Life across the front. The tube itself it the size of a lip gloss which I found really good for sticking in my purse on long days to freshen up. You would definitely need to reapply after a few hours because it doesn't last all day.
The method of application as instructed it to dot three blobs of the liquid under your eyes and then swipe to the outside of your eye blending them in. I was really surprised by how transformed I looked by doing this.
I will definitely be purchasing this again when it runs out which looks like a long time! Even though I use it everyday barely any has been used in the tube. I got it online for about £15.
I bought this product a few months ago and whilst it is good it doesn't do the job of eradicating dark circles on it's own I don't feel.
I am a huge fan of Benefit Bo-ing concealer (see my other review on this!) which to be honest does a damned good job of sorting out my eyes on it's own so I'm not sure why I ended up buying this!
Anyway, the product certainly helps on those days where concealer just isn't enough, you know the days when you've not had a lot of sleep / are hungover / are just feeling that you look horrid! It is too light on it's own for my skin so I wouldn't use it alone or put it on over make-up as it suggests. I find that a couple of dots of it under each eye, gently patted in and then having some concealer patted on top does the trick.
It feels nice & is very easy to blend, though my only criticism here is that it is slightly too runny. As with all Benefit products it lasts a long time which justifies the price tag.
My major beauty problems are dark circles underneath my eyes that have plagued me for years now. So when I saw this I thought I have solved all my problems in one wand!
In 1976 the Ford twins created a san Francisco beauty boutique. The shope offered quick fixes to those in need and quickly became a sucess.
Now has over 2000 counters in over 30 countries.
This comes in a cute and kitch cardboard box. It reminds me of something from the 20's or 30's with its baby pink and black colourings and the elegant writing on the front. The actual product is made off plastic, again with the writing on the front, and a screw top for the wand.
****Price & Size
7.0 g Net wt. 0.25 oz. It is around £9.00 on sites like Ebay or Amazon. Boots charge an outstanding £15.50 so I would probably go elsewhere (even if you do get advantage points!!)
Application & Benefits*****
Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.
I reccommend applying two small dots underneath your eyes and pat to soak in. Apply when you need a lift.
A great tip I was told...Put your Ooh La Lift in the fridge so when you need a cooling and soothing lift just dab on.
I found this is my miricle in a tube. I have used this for mornings when I have had a little too much the night before and need a little brightening up! I have taken this on holiday and used it everday underneath sun lotion and underneath sheer tinted moisteriser.
I was concerned that the pink colour was going to look strange but it blended in really well and just reflected the light so they appeared less dark.
I have found not to put it over my make up as it looked a bit too light. so I always put it under and then blend in my concealer.
The whole tube lasts ages and I have had mine for longer as I put it in the fridge to keep it cool. I have even used this on my eye lids to perk them up a bit.
Don't put too much on as it won't blend that well and also ensure you put on with clean hands. It can be a bit expensive so shop around, but this is well worth what ever you pay for it as it is one of my beauty essentials that I have hooked most my friends and family on to it!
Twins, Jean & Jane Ford have been designing fun, fresh benefit products since 1976. Their mission was to create quick fixes that would reduce every girl's frequent makeup dilemmas (Thank-you!!!). Since 1976 there are now over 1000 Benefit counters and their products are available in more than 25 countries.
I discovered this product as part of the realness of concealness set (which is a must buy for all you benefiters out there!)
The product states that due to it's pinky tones and ligh reflecting pigments it will help you look young and fresh (ie it gets rid of those bags under you eyes!). I'm not so sure... I would suggest using Benefit Lemonaid for the above effect!
However what Ooh La Lift does do is cools and gives your eyes an instant perk me up. Amazing for a hangover! lol.
"But an eye mask does the same" I hear you say! If you are on the go with terrible looking eyes, get some of this underneath and on your eye lids and you will instantly feel refreshed giving you the strenght to take on your hangover!!
Go for it!
Although I have the smaller size as it was part of a set, you can buy 7g for £14.50 which would last a while as you really only need the tiniest amound! However if you want realness of concealness which would alos give you the lemonaid product I mentioned above then this is £22.50.
My worst beauty problem is without a doubt dark circles. I have a tendency to try to do too much and exhaust myself, often acquiring a rather nice set of, what looks like, black eyes, and at this time of year the problem tends to become even more pronounced. Dark circles and bags are one of those things that you don't really notice how bad they make you look until you get rid of them- they seem to add at least 5 years to my face and give me a kind of 'walking dead' look! I have a really good concealer, but the circles were starting to get so bad that I wanted something that was going to properly tackle the problem, not just cover it up.
After looking at the Benefit stand in Boots for about 2 seconds, I was approached by a Benefit lady who practically cooed with delight when I mentioned what I was looking for! Her eyes lit up and in a flash she was back, carrying a tiny tube of Ooh la Lift. The great thing about Benefit is that they're very big on you trying things out before you buy so you really know if something's going to work or not.
Ooh la Lift is a lotion designed to de-puff and firm up the eye area and it contains extracts of raspberry and chamomile to firm and soothe, and light-reflecting pigments to cover up any dark circles. But of course, being my cynical self (and having tried my fair share of duff Benefit products before) I was rather dubious as to how well this would work.
Appearance wise, this is pretty impressive- the overall effect is quite expensive looking and chic. It comes in a cute tube with a silver top (very classy looking!) and you can see the lotion, which is the palest pink, through the tube. It has a wand style applicator, making it very easy to use.
The best way to use this is to just gently dab a few dots of the lotion under the eye area and then dab in really lightly with a finger (be careful not to rub it in or it'll just rub off on your finger and all the light-reflecting particles will be gone!). The cream is a really nice light consistency and really easily absorbed into the skin so there's no need for heavy rubbing (which is bad for the eyes). I was rather disappointed by the fact that Ooh La Lift had no smell, but for some people that's going to be a huge bonus.
As soon as you apply this, you get a really cool, soothing sensation- very de-stressing! What makes this even better though, is if you keep it in the fridge so it's really cold! (just make sure no-one in your family decides to eat it!) I usually apply this in the morning before I put on my make-up, although it can be applied over make-up as well if you feel you need to re-touch during the day.
So, it looks good and it feels good, but does it actually make a difference to my dark circles? Well, in a word- yes! Obviously it's not a miracle worker and the circles aren't instantly gone, but the light-reflecting pigments really do immediately brighten the skin and seem to distract attention away from the dark patches and I definitely feel that my eyes are firmer. It also seems to tighten up the skin, reducing any unsightly bags that have formed under your eyes. This works so well that if I use this, I don't tend to bother with concealer! With long-term use and a conscious effort to drink more water (in my case about 2 weeks) the dark circles themselves also seem to be disappearing. I'd imagine that this would be a great product to prevent wrinkles and such around the eyes and is certainly one that I'll be using for a few years yet!
The only down side to Ooh La Lift, as with most Benefit products, is the price. At £14.50 for a tube containing 7.0g, this isn't exactly cheap. But because you only need the tiniest bit, it does tend to last me months!
This Benefit Ooh La Lift eye balm is available from Benefit counters in Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser etc. and online at benefitcosmetics.com. This currently retails for £14.50.
The product comes in a clear plastic tube and has a silver screw on lid with a sponge tip applicator attached to it. The product is a very light pink colour and feels cooling and creamy when applied to the skin under the eyes.
It's meant to give an instant tightening and brightening effect and make the eyes appear awake and years younger. I personally haven't noticed the years younger and tightening effect but that's because I haven't got that many years to take off my face. I have noticed the brightening effect and also that I lifts dark circles and makes the eyes appear fresh and awake looking.
I like to use this either under make up or on its own on days when I don't want to wear any make up. It just adds a pretty light reflecting effect to the skin that gives the illusion of no dark circles and it's cooling to help soothe puffy eyes.
I like this product but since it hasn't made that much of a difference to me personally, I'm not sure if I would buy it again... I get similar results from cooling eye gels and can get the brightening from other powders... Though it's meant to do more for people who need the tightening effect, I guess it would be worth it for that feature, but I don't really require that just yet.
I'm always on the look out for the next miracle cream and have spent a fortune to date. Some items being great finds others a complete waste of money so if I can try one before I buy it that's much better.
I was over at my brothers house last year and his wife, daughter and I were going off for a Boots raid after lunch. My sister-in-law began to put on her make-up and lifted out this little pink mascara type bottle and began to dot it under her eyes. I could see the name ohh la lift written along it and watched as my sis-in-law after applying the liquid began to look a lot more bright eyed and bushytailed.
As soon as she had finished I grabbed it and headed for the nearest available mirror. I withdrew the wand which looks a little like a lip gloss brush and there was a coating of a whitey\pink cream on it. I dotted it under one eye and tapped until it had disappeared. Almost instantaneously the skin under my eye began to tighten and the black circles were lightened. I was staring in the mirror and I could actually see one side of my face looked 5 years younger than the other.
I realize that I am a bit gullible when it comes to creams etc. and wondered if it had really worked, was it the lighting, or was I just determined to believe that it had. I went back in to my eighteen year old niece and stood waiting for her gasps of admiration at my newly ironed look.
She screeched, "Oh my god that really worked the big bags you have under your eyes have almost disappeared on one side, you have to buy some"
Talk about a backhanded compliment. I then checked if hubby and big brother could tell which side I had used it on and both while looking up completely disinterested from their newspapers chose the correct side. It really had worked.
Obviously I couldn't go out looking good on only one side so I did under the other eye. The effect wasn't so marked when both eyes were done. I guess because you forget how bad the original under eye area was and have nothing to compare it too..
We went off to Boots as planned and I immediately headed for the Benefit Counter to purchase my newest little miracle cream. As I had already tried the product I simply lifted a package and headed off to pay.
For anyone else who is interested in trying this product I would say that the staff on the Benefit Counters to me have always been extremely pleasant and helpful and are more than happy to cover you in their products as a free test, so please try before you buy. I always find these kind of things work for some more than others.
- - Product - -
The packaging is just gorgeous, the box itself is pale pink and black. The product inside is a snazzy looking tube with a silver top. This would not embarrass you if you wanted to get it out in posh ladies loos at any event and would not look out of place sitting out in the bathroom.
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The product contains 7.5ml of a pale pink thinnish cream which has no discernible odour. I know a lot of the girls on dooyoo (the lush ladies) love the smell of products but as this is going around the eye area I think going with no scent was more sensible.
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I gently dab a few dots of the lotion under my eye just along the black rings and then keep dabbing lightly with my finger until it disappears, don't go rubbing too hard or you'll lose the benefits. The cream is a very light consistency and gets absorbed very easily. There is no need to apply a separate concealer.
Don't worry if it feels a little cold I think that is part of the active product that tightens up the bags.
Benefit actually recommend that you keep this product in the fridge to make it even more effective. I would love to try this but really don't have the energy to run downstairs and then back up to the bathroom every morning. Wonder if hubby would buy me one of those mini fridges for the bathroom then I can keep this and my eyeliners in?????
It has been over a year and there is still some product left. I don't remember to use it every morning (although I should) but for something that works and lasts so long I don't consider the price of approx. £14.50 to be too expensive.
Go on now - everyone off down to the nearest Benefit Counter and see if it works for you.
This magic wand de-puffs and firms the eye area in minutes with cooling botanicals and light-reflecting pigments / Use it throughout the day over your makeup!