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I bought this eye cream because it claimed not only to have skincare ingredient in it which reduced the appearance of dark circles but also covered them up too. I found that the roll on worked well in treating and cooling the under eye area but not in covering up dark circles.
I liked the actual packaging of the roll on, which is sleek and eye catching enough to find in a filled makeup bag like mine, but I didn't like the cardboard box it came in because I thought it wasn't really necessary and could be sold without the box, but I hate superfluous packaging!
As I said, this worked well on treating my under eye area as I did feel that it tightened and cooled the area. As for concealing, I found this concealer to be a light coverage at most. I have very prominent dark circles and need a heavy duty concealer though.
This normally retails around the £9-10, which I feel is far too expensive for such a product, especially seeing that it didn't live up to its claims. I feel £5-6 would be more appropriate for such a product as Garnier is not a high end brand.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this as I think you are better off with a separate eye cream and concealer.
I suffer with dark circles under my eyes - I always have done, as I've never really been able to get into a regular sleep pattern. Lack of sleep coupled with naturally very pale skin elsewhere didn't make for a good look for me. I can (and do) use concealers and highlighters to conceal those dark circles, but I wanted something that would stop them from appearing in the first place.
I'd seen the Garnier Eye Roll On advertised before, but I'd always been a little reluctant to part with the £10.50 to buy it in case it didn't work. However, when I saw these in Boots for just £2 (for some reason they'd received a batch labelled in Japanese!) I decided to give it a go.
Essentially, it's a plastic tube with slight curves in it making it easy to grip, and a small metallic roll-on ball, similar to that you might find on deodorants at the top, capped with clear plastic. My tube wasn't green as pictured above (thats the caffeine eye roll on, which I've not tried) but a pale beige coloured, as I had purchased the 2-in-1 roll on, which not only contains the caffeine element to hydrate and brighten the under eye area, but also contains a tint that conceals dark under eye circles. It's available in 4 skin tones, ranging from very fair to dark. I opted for very fair.
To use this, you simply roll over your under eye area, and then use fingers to blend in a little. I have to say, I found the metal applicator instantly cooling on my eyes when I applied it. This dispenses a thin later of the lightly tinted concealer, which is very light in texture and quite thin, but easy to blend in. It feels quite soothing and moisturising. Once blended, the effect is quite natural - I could easily just conceal my under eye area and not apply any other make up. Applying makeup over the top is easy, and I don't find this interferes with applying foundation or eye shadow, although I do have to be careful to apply this under my primer otherwise the caffeine and lemon can't get to work. I do also find that if the dark circles are particularly bad, I might want to apply more than one layer to fully cover them.
So, it certainly covers up those dark circles, and makes me look less tired and more energetic, but does it prevent them? I've been using this a little over a month now, and I can't really say I've noticed any real difference. I still have large, very visible dark circles under my eyes, and if there has been any visible change, it's been so subtle as not to be noticeable.
So, sadly, although I'm happy with the concealing side of this product, and will certainly carry on using it until I finish the tube, I don't think its really doing the trick on getting rid of the dark circles, and I would prefer to get rid of them rather than cover them up. Therefore, I won't be buying this again, and certainly not at £10.50 which is expensive enough for a specialised eye product, but even worse when the product only works as a concealer.
3 stars - I did like the concealer aspect, but didn't live up to the other part of it's promise.
My eyes have been looking a bit tired recently so I am in the process of trying a number of different eye creams and lotions and potions to see if I can pep them up a bit. They are not too bad, they just look a bit tired and don't really have their old sparkle so I was willing to try a few things. I tried the Garnier Eye roll on a few years ago and liked it so I thought I would try it again. I purchased what I thought was the regular eye roll on but when I got home and tried it for the first time ahh, I was really shocked to see that foundation came out of the roller ball and when I actually looked at the packet I saw that I had bought the roll on with caffeine and tinted concealer.
At first I didn't really like that but I persevered for a few days and now I use it every morning at the beginning of my make up routine and really like what it does to my undereyes.
So, what exactly is an eye roll on? Well, its basically a wand with a roll on which combines a caring formula with natural ingredients and a long lasting tinted concealer as effective as make up. The tip of this roll consists of a metal roller ball which is really cooling when you first apply it to your under eyes and I feel like it gives them a bit of a boost and a lift and cools them down at the same time as waking them up. The roll on contains caffeine which is known for its stimulating action and so this also helps to reduce the look of fatigue which is definitely what I need.
The tinted concealer is a really interesting addition to the roll on in my opinion. It comes out rather quickly and a lot is applied to the undereyes when you roll it under there but actually it is not runny at all and just sort of stays on the dark circles. Then I find it really easy to rub in and blend and almost as soon as I rub it in it just disappears and brightens up my under eyes so much but you can't actually tell that you have added any type of product to your under eyes, its quite amazing actually. According to the box the texture of this concealer is concentrated in mineral pigments and it camouflages dark circle and bags through its subtle shade which compliments the skin tone.
Once I have applied this to my under eyes I then just apply my make up as normal and you can't see that I have a different concealer on or any product under my eyes, it's great.
The formula also contains lemon extracts known for its clarifying properties and a UV filter to help protect the eye contour in the sun. I would definitely recommend this product if you have tired eyes or dark circles as it has really worked for me.
I have what I would describe as 'problem' skin so I struggle at times to find the right cosmetics and make-up products that are best suited to dealing with my troublesome skin. Spot outbreaks, dry skin and an oily t-zone are among the issues I have, but I also suffer with unsightly dark patches under my eyes as a result of numerous health complaints as well as insomnia and fatigue. I have found that finding products to help cover and disguise the dark circles around the eye area adequately can be something of a battle which I have not yet won.
I was intrigued when I noticed a new product aimed at combating such problems in a local branch of Superdrug recently, namely the "Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinted Eye Roll-on." I was intrigued enough to scan the box and inspect the details closely and in the end I decided to try out the product for myself. I paid around £6 for the product but I believe this was an introductory price. As @ the time of writing (July 2012) the Garnier Roll-on is available in branches of Boots (or online at www.boots.com) for around the £10 mark.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, comprising of an oblong cardboard box containing the product. Full information and instructions are provided on the box so we are in no doubt as to how the product should be used.
The product provides a sort of 'double action' affect towards combating unsightly "dark circles and bags under the eyes." The idea is that the product contains ingredients aimed at combating the problem which are Caffeine "Known for its stimulating action" and Lemon Extract "known for its clarifying properties", whilst the "hydrating formula with roll-on massage reduces the appearance of fatigue.." The quoted claims certainly sound impressive, but I was further impressed to note that the product contains a "long lasting tinted concealer, as effective as make-up" and it is this tinted camouflage that made the product appeal to me so much. I loved the idea of actually TREATING the unsightly discolouration whilst smothering it in a product to try and conceal or disguise it. I couldn't wait to try out the product for myself to see how it fared.
As a side note, I believe that Garnier actually produce a near-identical product that is not tinted should you prefer. It may be the case that you suffer with light discolouration or have already found a product that offers ample coverage to troublesome darkness around the eyes. For myself however, the added 'tint' in the product was what made it so appealing. It is worth noting too that there different 'shades' of the tinted Roll-on available so you can purchase the one that best matches your skin tone and colouring. I have VERY pale skin, so I selected the palest option available, which is "01 - Very Fair."
The Roll-on is a similar length to your average mascara, quite long and with a rounded shape. The main difference however is that the plastic Roll-on has much more 'weight' to it, so manoeuvring it and applying it took a little practice at first. There is a 'curve' near the tip of the body of the thin Roll-on that allows an easy grip to be maintained and this definitely makes application easier. A white plastic lid at the end can be unscrewed easily and underneath this lid is the Roll-on applicator.
The roll-on applicator is quite small being slightly bigger than a cotton bud tip. I find this petite size is ideal however, as anything bigger would perhaps feel more cumbersome and 'fiddly' when applying the product around the eyes. The applicator 'rolls' as you move it across the surface of the skin and this produces a light covering of the tinted product across the skin's surface. The petite size and rolling applicator allow for excellent coverage over any awkward areas, for example around the corners of the eyes. Additionally, I find that I am able to easily control the product application process perfectly, as the roll-on dispenses just enough product over the skin's surface at any one time. I have never found that any excess product is 'dispensed' so there is no wastage.
It is true to say that the product feels quite 'wet' when it is first applied and the tinted product looks quite like liquid rather than being a cream. This also makes it feel quite cold, especially when applied around tired eyes first thing in the morning! I do find that applying the product can feel quite 'cooling' around tired, gritty eyes so perhaps this is intentional feature designed to deliver something of a 'revitalising' feeling to tired, weary eyes?! Either way, it does feel as though the product is pleasant to use, although I am not sure that applying a cold, wet liquid to the sensitive, tired eye are would be particularly welcome first thing in the morning during the cold winter months!
I have noticed that there is quite a strong smell from the product that is surprisingly chemical-like. There is certainly no hint or whisper of the lemon extract and nothing about the scent is remotely natural or fruit-based as far as I can tell. Whilst it is not overly pleasant, the scent dies down after a short while, and cannot be detected at all once the product has 'dried' on the skin.
I find the application process is rather straight-forward, certainly more so than I thought it would be. I will admit to being slightly intimidated by the product when I first purchased it as I had never used anything similar in the past so I wasn't sure what to expect. I needn't have worried as I have found using the roll-on has become second nature after a little practice.
Rolling the product underneath my eyes is always my first priority and so I always start there, rolling a decent amount of the product over the top of the skin. It goes on wet as I mentioned earlier, but doesn't 'run' or drip at all. I find that a little gentle blending goes a long way with this particular product, but usually the tip of my index finger will suffice. After a little dabbing, the product sits neatly over the discoloured skin and it already looks brighter and less noticeable. I then usually roll the product over the top of my cheeks, where they meet my under-eye area to allow for a little more in the way of disguise. I find that by doing this, there is no noticeable mark as to where the concealer stops and starts and it gives a more 'continuous' camouflaged look. This is of course down to personal choice, not to mention different skin tones and shades, but I find this practice works well on my own near-porcelain skin.
I will then cover the troublesome areas with some concealer or powder (or both, in some cases) or foundation, depending on the occasion or what other make-up I wish to apply at the time. Again, this will vary from person to person and will probably depend on how troublesome the dark circles around your eyes actually are.
The Garnier Roll-on is suitable for use on other areas of the skin too, but I tend to find that it works best at covering the dark circles around my eyes. That is not to say that I have used it from time to time to cover spot break outs or blemishes, but these tend to need something a little thicker or more 'paste' like to cover them completely. The roll-on product seems to be best suited at 'neutralising' dark discoloured patches and making them appear lighter.
The end result is very good, and I am pleased enough to repurchase the roll-on when my current one eventually dries up. I would say that there has been the odd time where the odd dark patch is just too stubborn and refuses to be muted by this or any other camouflage product, but on the whole, the roll-on has generally helped to alleviate the problem of dark circles around my eyes most of the time it has been applied. It is true that I usually prefer to dab a little concealer on top of the tinted roll-on, just to add a little extra 'oomph' to the end result, but this isn't always required. I would say that the end result is similar to that achieved from an expensive and good-quality concealer product.
There are one or two small niggles to be found with using the product in my experience. Firstly, I have noticed NO overall improvement to the discolouration or appearance of the dark circles around my eyes, even though I have been using the Garnier Eye Roll-on for over a month now. Admittedly, it has not been used every day, but I will admit to feeling slightly disappointed as the claims on the product's packaging had led me to believe that the product would actually TREAT the discolouration, rather than just covering it adequately each time it was applied.
Secondly, I have found that the littler 'roller' will occasionally become stuck whilst it is being rolled across the skin. This is something of a minor niggle, but it is something that I have noticed is happening more and more in recent times, so I have come to the conclusion that the liquid contained inside the roller 'pen' is drying up or is running out. It is a bit annoying to be half way through the application process when the 'roller' suddenly stops dispensing its liquid cover-up. I then usually need to 'agitate' the little roller ball with the tip of my finger to get it going again, although it usually takes only a moment or two to get it covered in enough product to effectively carry on its task. I wouldn't have mentioned this point if it had ONLY started doing this recently after using it so often, but I have to be honest and say that on most occasions that the Roll-on has been used, there has been at least one instance of me needing to stop and correct the roller before I can continue with the task in hand. This is very annoying, and I will be deducting one star from the overall product rating to reflect this inconvenience.
Admittedly, none of these annoyances are enough to prevent me from repurchasing the Garnier 2 in Roll-on again in all honesty, although I would be inclined to hang off until I noticed a promotional offer or discounted price. I am not sure that the product is deserving of a £10 price tag in my opinion, but I was happy with the end results achieved. I think the Garnier 2 in 1 Roll-on is deserving of a four star rating, and in truth, I would probably buy it again.
Although I'm young and don't really get bad dark circles under my eyes, I love make-up and I really wanted to give this a go - now I use it every day! It costs about £6 but the first time I bought it, I bought it on offer. The reason I decided to try it, other than the price, is because it claims to be cool and refreshing. I was not disappointed - it feels really nice when you've just woken up! It applies really smoothly and just makes your eyes feel fresh before applying make-up. The concealer is also really good and comes in 2 shades so it suits different skin tones. Although I don't really have dark circles, it does make a difference and brightens up my face. I also use it on my lids as well as under-eye because it works well as a primer for eye shadow, by evening the skin tone and giving something for the shadow to stick to. This is one of the main reasons I have continued buying it, because not only did it make a difference to my under-eyes which I didn't really expect, it also double's up as a primer, saving me money buying more products. So whether you have dark under-eye circles or not, I would recommend this product!
Dark eyes circles, can't really avoid it unless you are born with super skin that no matter what you do, you don't end up with panda eyes. Unfortunately, that does not apply to most people.
I have previously review on the Garnier BB Cream. Now I am going to review on the Garnier eye roll. I actually know about this product through watching a popular Taiwanese beauty program.
I have mentioned on my previous review on the Garnier BB cream, majority of Asians like natural 'no makeup look' meaning, you have make up on but it doesn't look like you have. In my opinion, this eye roll works well with the BB cream for such effect.
So here goes my review. The product comes in a pen like tube with a metal ball at the end and the cap is a screw on so it's really secure without it opening and spilling. I really like the design as it's light weight and compact so it's easy to carry around. Additionally, it is really easy to use. All you have to do is to roll the metal ball on your contour area and then gently pat to even the coverage. Normally, I only need to roll it back and forth once and then pat it gently with my index finger to spread it evenly. Just need to reapply if more is required. I try to do a very thin coat each time so that I don't have too much product on my contour area. The texture is quite thin and watery so it's easy to spread evenly or for second coating. Please note that due to the light texture, this will probably not working on very dark circles.
Overall, I really like this product. When I wake up in the morning and have a slight puffy eyes, I find that the cool metal ball is very soothing. It gives an immediate effect of relieved on the tired, swelling eyes contour. I think the caffeine contains on the product actually helps in reducing the puffiness.
Hope my experience here help to give you more insight on this product.
Having a skin condition called rosacea I suffer from quite bad under the skin acne and so like to think that the rest of my face is the best it can be! I hate when I'm tired and have dark circles under my eyes, but being a mother of two, working part time and just completing a degree, you can imagine that more often than not, I do have dark circles! Being very pale it sticks out like a sore thumb and eager (like every other woman on the planet!) to find that miracle cure, I thought I'd try the latest in a long line of 'miracle cure' beauty treatments (99% of which have ended up in the bottom of a drawer never to be used again) and so I bought the Garnier Caffeine Eye Roll On.
Being a Garnier product, I can't say I was blown away by its claims to reduce puffiness and give a bright eyed effect, as I often think that the higher end products have more of a chance of working (probably a stupid thing to think I know), but I thought I would give it a try anyway as it was fairly cheap.
By pure coincidence, the first day I decided to use this product I had had a horrendous night's sleep and woke up looking like I had been given a set of black eyes. My eyes were puffy and I just looked pretty rough in general. Unfortunately for the product, despite having the ability to make even the slightest improvement make me look better, it did absolutely nothing apart from cooling my eye area down and making me feel fresher. While this was good in itself, I hadn't bought the product for this reason; I could have gained the same effect from sitting with cucumber over my eyes for 5 minutes. I continued to use the product for about 2 weeks and still didn't notice any difference around the eye area but I used it anyway (I had after all paid £5 for it) as a cooling treatment.
The product has caffeine as its main ingredient and also pro-vitamin B5, and has no smell. I quite liked this as the eye area is extremely delicate as we all know and so I knew that the ingredients were quite natural. The wand is used by gently rubbing around the eye area while a roller ball gently applies the gel product. I found that it did initially make my eye area feel quite moisturised but when it started to dry it became quite sticky and I didn't like the feel of this on my skin. The wand itself is easy enough to use and fits in the hand like a pen would. This 15ml sized product would last quite a while, and I still have mine even though I only use it occasionally to cool the eye area down. Its twisty cap is handy as it allows the lid to stay secure keeping the product from drying out.
For anyone thinking of buying this product, I would suggest buying yourself some concealer instead and applying cucumber to the eyes to reduce puffiness, and the effects would be far greater than what you would gain from this product.
The product retails at around £9 although I only paid about £5 for it as it was on a promotional offer.
OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION: 'Instantly roll away dark circles. Caffeine Gel + Rollerball energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Lemon Essence brightens. Tinted mineral pigments instantly corrects dark circles. Over time, lack of sleep and daily fatigue make eyes look tired. Microcirculation slows and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more translucent. Dark circles and shadows appear. Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller is right for you if you want to instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes. Clinically tested and reviewed by dermatologists and ophthamologists. In 1 week: eyes look bright. Dermatologist tested for safety. Ophthalmologist tested. Gentle to skin. Allergy tested. Non-greasy.'
PRICE: £5.08 (Superdrug)
PACKAGING: A smart-looking 'hourglass' shaped tube which is really comfortable to hold! Rollerball applicator.
MY VIEW: I love this product. I reviewed Touch Eclat on here earlier and mentioned that, despite the price and hype surrounding it, I actually think this Garnier offering is better.
To apply, you can either use it direct from the rollerball or (as I do) dab it onto your finger first. Either way, the product glides on like a dream with a lovely cooling sensation. What I love about this product, apart from the fact that it really does work - dark lines are reduced and it's moisturising enough to cover fine lines without caking into them - is that it FEELS great. Whereas some under eye concealers can feel heavy or cakey (making me feel as bad as I sometimes look!), this product has a wonderful lightness and coolness to it. The eye area is a tough one to treat correctly - it's often the one area that needs the most transformation (after all, it's not easy to make dark circles or fine lines disappear), yet anything too heavy duty is going to end up looking worse in the long run. Especially after a day at work! This product, however, seems to strike the perfect balance - it makes a visible difference without aggravating the skin or putting anything too heavy on the delicate eye area. And it's great for touch-ups during the day too, if needed.
One last thing - this product lasts ages! I've had mine for 18 months now and it's still dispensing smoothly (not clogged as you might expect). I will probably buy a new one soon, for hygiene reasons - but there's a lot to be said for something that costs £5-odd and lasts that long. Well done Garnier!
CONCLUSION: If you're looking for a bit of help in the eye-area, it's worth giving this a go before you try other, more expensive products. After all, even if you don't like it, a fiver down the drain isn't the same as the £25 it costs to buy Touch Eclat or similar!
I am always on the look out for a really good under eye concealer, being a busy single mum of two children and full time career means i rarely get time to look after myself as i should and for the past few years i have adapted to surviving on up to 3 hours sleep a night, unfortunately this has resulted in me developing heavy dark circles under my eyes which sometimes become puffy and also having a pale complexion makes the dark circles more prominent.
I always look washed out, tired and frankly quite poorly without the daily use of a good under eye product, and i consider it as an essential personal item that i definitely could not live without.
Garnier caffeine Anti-dark circles 2 in 1 formula roll-on is available in four different shades, very fair, fair, medium, and dark, and comes in a 15ml roll-on styled pen with a small screw on lid.
The product comes in a good quality stylish small cardboard box which has information on it that claims the product to be innovative, gives instant coverage and an instant refreshing effect, the box states the product is an anti dark circle hydrating concealer with caffeine and lemon extract.
The product is produced is by a well known and trusted brand "Garnier" which prides itself on manufacturing products inspired by nature and with naturally sourced ingredients, garnier considers itself as a company which is friendly to the environment.
Available to buy in most of the well known high street stores and beauty suppliers, the price varies from £4.99 - £10.99 depending on where bought and is often found as part of a special offer, especially in the supermarket chains.
--HOW TO APPLY--
This product is very easy to use and apply, the shape of the pen and the roller ball makes it glide on easily, quickly and effortlessly. You simply give the pen a good shake then apply directly to you're under eye area and where ever you need coverage.
The key to using this product is to tap it lightly with a finger until blended to suit your needs and matches your skin tone, once applied you will immediately notice it has a cooling, smoothing effect you can actually feel, it feels nice and refreshing, you will also notice the product has a pleasant but strong smell and a tightening effect as it dries, this is subtle but effective.
The tone and shade of this product is quite yellow but not to worry as this is good for maximum results in reducing dark under eyes as the yellow pigment counteracts the dark pigments in dark circles and therefore will lighten the area more effectively.
--MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS--
I did not have any high expectations from this product as i had tried so many which all claimed to do the same things and failed to deliver, but i was pleasantly surprised with this one, after the very first application i knew this was a good product because for once i had found something which actually did what it said it would do......WOW!
I am so far very pleased, satisfied and impressed with this product, i bought it in the shade fair for very pale skin which blends in perfectly and easy with my natural skin tone, i use this product daily without foundation and sometimes with foundation for evening wear, it gives a very good coverage and does a good job at disguising my dark circles and opening my eyes so they appear brighter, i have had many compliments on looking so much better since i started using this product, my skin looks sheer, flawless and glowing when i use this and i love the fact that it does not look or feel like i am wearing it, there is no "caked on" look, it does not crease or sit in any wrinkles, and does not turn flaky after a few hours either.
It leaves an even and radiant matt finish, and lasts roll on after roll on after roll on......
It took a few experiments to get the right application technique perfect for me due to the consistency being slightly watery but i find this is the same for most beauty products so this is not unusual, i have accidentally got this product in my eyes on a few occasions which did really sting like crazy and made my eyes water for quite a while afterwards.
This is a great product for use as a primer too, on an evening i often use the product on my upper eye lids as a base or primer which helps my eye make up to stick and stay in place for much longer than without, and i have also noticed that with continued use my eyes are less puffy than they were before which is another bonus.
* It works and does what it says it will
* Affordable price
* Versatile Multi-use product
* Is a quick fix and easy to apply
* Product lasts a very long time
* Container is non-transparent (not able to see how much product is left)
* Consistency is slightly watery
* Stings like crazy if you get it in your eyes
* Has a strong smell
--HINTS & TIPS--
If wearing this product under foundation i have found that leaving the product to sit for a minute or two before blending helps allow it to thicken up and somehow this helps it to blend well with the foundation.
This product has multi uses and is great at concealing and reducing redness and small blemishes with just a small dab of product and using the finger to tap blend.
Can be a brilliant primer or base used on the upper eye lids to hold eye make up better and longer.
People without dark circles can use this to perk up or brighten tired or hung over looking eyes giving amazing results on the morning of the night before.
--WOULD I RECOMMEND?--
WHY?/ WHY NOT?
I would definitely recommend this product as an essential addition to anyone's make-up bag as it has many uses and is handy enough to carry around in a small handbag, it has it's con's so there is room for improvement, it is not perfect but it is the best product i have tried so far and i think the pro's definitely out weigh the con's.
It is affordable and is good value for money as the product seems to last forever, i am still using the same pen i bought four months ago and with daily use it is showing no signs of running out yet.
I have rated this product 4 stars out of 5 as there is room for improvement but overall a great product which does what it says it will do at an affordable value for money price.
Thank you for reading.
(Review also posted on ciao under mojo-mojo)
Like most people, I bought this product expecting it to totally eliminate the heavy black circles under my eyes. I have used the green Garnier stick which is similar in the past but was not impressed, so when I saw that this product was a 2 in 1 roll on I thought that they had improved it. I was wrong.
It wasn't great at doing either of the 2 things it promises. It doesn't shrink eye bags at all in my experience, and as someone with severe dark circles I can honestly say that they didn't look any different after weeks of trying this product. The concealer is a bizarre shade that looked totally unnatural and had the consistency of a cheap, watery liquid that somehow managed to dry with that awful cakey texture that make up often gives. I hadn't even used lots of layers on top of each other so I don't know why this happened.
The mix of concealer and a liquid caffeine mixture proved to be a bad one as it just looked wet and even when it dried it looked odd, not like a good under eye concealer should. It wasn't thick enough to provide even the slightest coverage and I had to put a different concealer on top which looked awful. People that are interested in this roll on are probably feeling insecure about their under eye circles and I can honestly say that this product didn't help at all. If anything, it drew more attention to the problem area and made me even more conscious of it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is searching for a solution to under eye bags or to someone looking for concealer. Sometimes it's better to keep the two aims separate when it comes to products like this.
I have suffered from dark circles for a few years now and in the past just tended to use normal concealers to try and hide my dark circle problem, my dark circles were still always quite visable and I was dertimined to find a product to try and solve this. I first purchased Garnier Anti Dark Circle Roll On Concealer about a year ago and have to admit this is the best product I have found for my dark circles yet. I noticed a difference after a few months of using this product every day as part of my daily make up routine that my dark circles seemed to not be quite as severe or noticable, I have quite fair untanned skin and use the fair Garnier concealer and it suits me just fine. It is easy to apply and great value for money for the job that it does, one stick lasts for weeks and weeks even when using generously every day.
This product has not solved my dark circle problem as I do still suffer from them but has definatly helped to reduce it slightly which no other product has done before and it makes a great concealer too almost hiding my circles completley. I suppose it all depends on how dark your circles are weather this product is right for you. I have to say though I would be lost without it now.
This product will do for me for now untill something else comes out that is even better.
Now of an age where under eye circles seem to be the norm rather than occasionally making an appearance after a late time - I was hunting on the market for a product that could reduce the appearance of these and perhaps eradicate them altogether. I chanced upon this product whilst browsing the aisles of Boots.
- The Product -
The product looked the bizz - nice packaging, good claims (dark circles.. what dark circles?) a good well-known brand and reasonable price - for the magic that it would do - (£10.20 ). So I picked one up and off I trotted to the counter full of hopes this little wand of magic would bring to making my dark dark circles disappear once and for all....
The product itself claims to rid you of dark circles and also cover them up at the same time, so hence they are calling it a 2 in 1 product. It comes in 4 shades; fair, medium, dark or very fair. I opted for the fair version.
- Application -
The instructions just state to massage under the eye area whenever you have dark circles (hhmm that would mean morning, noon and night for me.. ho hum oh well). Then as you put it on it also acts like a makeup and covers them pesky circles up at the same time. It comes in a tube with a roller ball on the top like the old Constance Carroll lip glosses you used to get (although they were glass) this one is cool metal when you apply it; it feels nice and refreshing and incredibly easy to apply. Just sweep under the eye area.
- Results -
Result being be gone dark rings of mine! Alas I realised the claims were slightly exaggerated; sadly I feel I have wasted £10.20 on this product not to mention the time factor and been let down by it. It did nothing to eradicate my dark circles and the coverage I got from the roller ball pen was watery and too light so it did not adequately cover the circles also added to this my eyes and skin just felt irritated by it; possibly it could be by the caffeine that is in the said product.
- Conclusion -
Would I recommend ? - not going on my experience. I would have to give it 0/5. Oh well on to trying the next 'miraculous' product on the market.
Thanks for reading hope this has proved helpful to you.
The item comes in a box which is simple packaging. The stick itself has a lid which you remove to find a round silver ball at the end which as it rolls across the skin leaves the liquid which is very similar to foundations i have seen used. You can roll this straight onto the skin below the eye and then blend in using finger tips. There are different shades so use testers to make sure you get the right shade for your skin tone. The effect is it covers over the dark circles under your eyes. It gives the appearance that the skin is lighter and of normal tone and takes the attention away from how tired or worn out you look but if your circles are reasonable dark they will still show through slightly (the result is still worth while even if the dark circles are still there they will be barely visible and nowhere near how they would look normally.) My personal opinion of this item to every woman or girl who has dark circles GET THIS ITEM. It doesnt feel sticky or gloopy when applied, feels very soothing while being put on and doesn't dry the skin once its on. I would not be without this item now i have tried it.
Why did i try it in the first place?
I never have and i doubt ever will be a make up person. I tried for years as a youngster to perfect the made up look and nearly always ended up looking worse than when i started. for about 6 years now i have not worn any make up unless it was a special occasion ( i am in my early thirties). Generally i dont have any issue with how i look without make up on i quite like my natural face but there is one big thing that ive always been conscious of. Those HUGE bags under my eyes.
I do a lot of shift work and i'm always looking tired. A friend of mine was laughing at me one day saying she would make me a "proper" girl when i'd let her have the chance. You can imagine how long i've avoided that for. In the end she gave up trying to convince me but asked me to try at least one item of make up just to see if it makes a difference.
Reluctantly i took her up on her suggestion and after seeing the television advert for the garnier anti dark circle 2 in 1 caffeine roll on thought why not give it a go then i can tell my friend i had at least tried. I bought the stick which i might add seemed to me very expensive at around £10 but my friends assure me this is not.
So i took the stick out of the box and followed the instructions which are as simple as you can get. Take off the lid, roll onto the skin beneath your eye where the bags form, and blend in as required. I was so surprised.
First thing i noticed was how cool it felt against my skin. It actually felt very pleasant and soothing. Then i noticed that it was actually covering the bags under my eyes. I couldn't believe it. I used my finger to gently blend the liquid around the skin where my dark circles had been and the result was remarkable.
I wouldn't say it got rid of the dark circles completely but it did make me look less like a zombie. The skin felt softer and soothed and the resulting look was that it lightened my skin from the dark colouration of overtiredness and made me look healthier and not as though i'd just finished a 14 day long shift rotation.
Is it worth it?
YES. I would recommend this to anyone feeling the effects of dark bags under their eyes. I am still using the original stick it still hasnt run out yet after 3 months and i use it nearly every day (there are still days where i forget but these are always the days i get comments that i look tired by colleagues).
Things to be careful of?
There are different shades so use a tester to check the colour that matches your skin tone before you buy. Most high street shops have testers to try. I am very pale in skin colour and the lightest one worked perfectly for me. It says the shade colour on the box. I bought the same one for my friend before realising there were different variations and it looked very obvious she was wearing what looked like bad concealer.
It has definitely given me my confidence back in how i see myself. Strange for something so small and simple that it makes such a difference to me and my friends views when they see me.
The only down side to this item was having to admit to my friends that i used and still use what i see as make up item and like it.
Garnier skin naturals roll-on anti-dark circles concealer is a very nice under eye concealer, it feels nice and cooling on the eye when you roll it on straight from the bottle it easy to apply too much but once you get used to how it comes out you no how many times to roll it, or you could do what I sometimes do and roll it a few times over your ring finger then massage your two ring fingers together and then pat it on your under eyes.
It gives a nice coverage and I find that it's a nice colour for my skin tone,
It comes in a 15 ml pale gold coloured bottle with a white screw cap and the roller ball is metal which aids the cooling sensation while rolling it under your eyes. The consistency is thin yet it doesn't take ages to dry in, its comfortable non greasy and non drying to the skin and does not settle into creases, I myself have oily skin and find this nice for my skin and I could well imagine it being just a lovely for dry skin too, I know the skin is different under the eyes!
I have had mine for ages about 6 months and there is still loads in on the bottle it does say once opened use within 6 months but I'm not going to chuck it yet as there is nothing wrong with it lol,
It £10.20 at boots.com at the minute and its on 3 for 2!
I recently bought this after trying different concealers for years and not being overly impressed, I saw this on offer in Wilkinsons and decided to give it a try.It is fantastic! I do suffer from puffy eyes and this works a treat, goes on nice and cold to give you a quick wake up call and you can layer the concealer on as much as you wish by keeping to roll it.I cannot believe I spent so much money over the years on expensive concealers and after using this I will not be going back, I have even introduced it to my friends and family.