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Benefit Eye Bright is a pink brightening pencil to help absorb dark shadows in the inner and outer corners of the eye, making the eyes look wide awake. It costs £15.50.
This eye brightener comes in the form of a chubby pencil. The design is quite basic but it still looks good and quite expensive. I find that although it is a chunky pencil, it doesn't make it any less easy to hold onto or make applying more difficult than a normal sized pencil.
The brightener is a pale pink colour and it's quite soft. It applies really smoothly because of the creamy texture of the pencil, and it's also very easy to blend. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin and honestly once I've applied it I don't notice it on my skin any more.
I think this does work really well at brightening the eyes and making them look wide awake. I only really use it on the inner corner of my eyes, where I just do a couple of strokes and then blend it, and it really opens up my eyes and draws attention away from the dark circles. I don't use it on the outer corner of my eyes because I haven't managed to get the application right and so it just doesn't have the desired effect for me when using it there.
I like to use this when I do a natural makeup look, or on days when I'm not really wearing any other makeup, just to brighten up my eyes and give them a more fresh and bright appearance. Idon't think it works as well if you're wearing loads of other makeup though, especially if you're wearing heavy eyeliner or eyeshadow, as it kind of gets lost within the look and doesn't really have the same effect in my opinion.
It lasts well and I've never felt like I've needed to touch it up throughout the day, but if I use it under my eyes it does settle in the creases after a while, so anyone with fine lines might find it looks a little unnatural on them.
Yes, I would recommend this as a nice product to brighten up your eyes and make you look more awake. I've been using mine for months and haven't even had to sharpen it yet so it will be forever before the pencil needs replacing, making it great value too!
This is a really great product, it really does brighten your eyes. the usual brighteners bought previosly leave a very white line under your eyes. The benefit eye brightener has a natural pink colour,but still brightens your eyes without, it being too noticeable that you have it on..
Benefit Eye Bright Instant Eye Brightener Pencil 1.4g -
currently £14 available from a range of places including Boots
This wonderful eye pencil is lovely and wide with a creamy filling. The pencil is very pale pink, and it will help you to appear as though you have brighter eyes.
The eye bright pencil will help to eradicate shadows in the inside corner of you eye, and according to the information on the Benefit website using it on the outside corner of your eyes will make you look wide awake, and radiant.
The eye bright should be applied after applying all of your other make up, and for best results it should not be blended in completely - it's the little bit that linger that helps you appear brighter eyed. Around the inner corner of you eye it can take a few strokes to lighten the shadows, and a light line over the outside corner of your eye is usually sufficient to make you appear more awake (or less hung over)...
I'm a massive fan of this product - it works wonders, and is a really quick fix when you are feeling less than great in the morning. It does perk up your eye area, and does make me appear less tired. It does need to be reapplied every few hours or so. When applying it to your eye area it is important to not get it on your eyelashes as it looks a bit gunky, and it can be a pain to get rid of (especially if your not at home with cotton buds handy)...
The product is wider than a 'normal' eye pencil, and it can be difficult to find a pencil sharpener for it - so when you do keep it safe. I'm always a fan of keeping my eye pencils sharp, as I used to have terrible vision and sharpness made eye liner easier - this is a habit I feel to be best practice with this pencil as it helps avoid eye lash gunking.
The product is £14 but it does last for a very long time (if you find it cheaper elsewhere let me know!!!!) It really does do what you expect of it, and I highly recommend it to all.
It's difficult to find a sharpener for it
I really needed an eye pencil that would brighten up my eye area not long ago and after using many benefit cosmetic products i thought that would be the best brand to go with.
It comes in a 14g black pencil with the words 'eye bright' wrote over it and the nib of the pencil is a light pink colour so the colour is very natural which i thought was better then white as white can look very unnatural when brightening up the inners of the eye.
To apply the 'eye bright' pencil i put it in the inner of my eyes after i had applied all my makeup to my face to make my eyes look brighter and wider and then i blended it in with my finger you can also use a cotton bud to do this too which gives the same effect and blends in really nicely to make it look more natural and another advantage is that the pencil will last along time because you dont need to use much each application.
After using this eye pencil for a few days i did think wouldnt it be a good idea to use the pencil to highlight underneath my eyebrow and i tried this by colouring in the pencil onto my first finger so it was already blended and then lightly rubbing that finger underneath the eyebrow and it really made a difference it made my eye are look really nice and bright and wide awake and my eyes looked bigger.
I purchased this eye pencil from the benefit cosmetics website which cost me a whopping £14 which was extremely expensive but next time i purchase it i will be buying it from somewhere like ebay so it will save me some pennies.
Yet again, this was another one of my magazine freebies! I picked this up for £2 compared to the RRP of £14 for a 1.4g pencil.
The pale pink pencil aims to brightens tired eyes for a wide-awake look. It is supposed to help conceal and brighten the shadows in the corners of your eyes while lifting the outer corners of the eye, helping you look wide-awake and more radiant around the eye area.
Like other benefit pencils, this is chunky and crayon-like, it is easy to hold in the hand and it's neat little size is ideal to fit in the make-up bag. The product has a smooth, creamy texture and is easily transferred onto the eye area.
Application and results
Benefit recommend applying this to the inner and outer corners of the eye. I tried this and found the product to gather in my eye lashes and clump up. I've tried several different ways of applying this - applying sparingly, blending, applying make-up over the top - but each time it sticks in my lashes and gathers in the corner of my eye. As a result I look a bit daft!
Colourwise, it is a versatile shade and will brighten most skin tones, light and dark, it's just a shame it wont stay on my eyes.
Most of the reviews on this product are positive, so it's likely that I am doing something wrong! However, I can't be the only person who is not applying it properly/successfully - most of the time I have no problems applying make-up. If anyone could give me some tips I would appreciate it! :)
For the results I have achieved under Benefit's guidance, I personally wouldn't recommend this, so I will only give it 2 stars (as the colour is nice!) I was really disappointed with this as I had high hopes for it.
Thanks for reading x
I first used this product in a smokey eye palette that I bought from a Benefit counter. There was a small little tray of this and instructions on how to apply it. I loved the product so much I went out and bought the pencil soon after as I wanted to see if the pencil form was better.
I have had mixed results with benefit products but continuously return to their counters as I am drawn in by the bright colours and the promise of amazing products. There are a few firm favourites that I have found to be great quality and value for money as they are so long lasting. These are the products I return time and time again to buy from them but I am always really tempted when new things come out because I want to see if they are a new and undiscovered firm favourite. I was pleased to be able to test out this product before hand in a mixed palette of their products because it meant when I shelled out for the full sized thing I already knew I really liked it. My advice would be to test as much in store as possible as the sales assistants do tend to be very accommodating with the samples - or buy the palette like I did and test a few different products at once.
The eye bright pencil comes in a cardboard box which is black with pink writing. I love the designs that benefit use on their products, they always look very luxurious but manage to stay young and fresh at the same time. This is no exception, the pencil is black with a black plastic end and lid. The pencil itself is quite thick and can be sharpened to ensure continuous use of it. The design of the pencil is really great, attractive and functional. It is easy to hold and apply. My only criticism would be that the thickness of the pencil means a standard sized pencil sharpener can't be used - you need a large one or a double one. This isn't too much of an issue for me as I own one already but perhaps a little irritating if you don't. That said the size of the pencil actually makes it easier to apply so I would rather it was this thick than a thinner standard eye liner pencil.
Applying the pencil is really easy to do and it can be used for a couple of different purposes. I love to find a product that is versatile as you feel as though you get more for your money. It always saves space when travelling if you have a product that can perform multiple make up tricks. The eye bright formula is similar to a soft eye liner in consistency and is really easy to apply. I tend to use it on the inner rim of my eye and in the corner to achieve a really lovely bright look to your eyes. It makes the colour of your iris really pop and just helps to accentuate your eye make up. The effect really is instant and lasts for ages, as does the pencil. You barely apply any and the look is instant. This means that the pencils lasts for absolutely ages - I can't see myself having to replace it for a couple of years to be honest. You can also use this product to help highlight certain areas e.g under your eyebrow or around your eyes. All you do is apply it and then blend it in with a fingertip. The pale pink colour blends well with flesh tones and gives and instantly brighter look to any area of skin.
In terms of price you will find yourself paying around £14.00 for a 1.4g pencil. I think this is an absolutely bargain because I've been using mine for well over a year and barely had to sharpen it. It really does last for ages and therefore certainly offer value for money. I tend to use it mainly when I am going out in the evening so if you use it everyday you might find it runs out slightly more quickly. However, I still think it will last you at least a years worth of use which is great for any product.
Overall, this is an absolutely make up staple for me and I not hesitate in recommending it. I've never found a cheaper version that lives up to this one.
- Why I bought -
I bought my first Benefit Eye Bright pencil about two years ago and I have recently just started using my third. I first bought this pencil when I had a John Lewis voucher to use and had already picked out another Benefit product and had a small amount left to spend. I chose this product simply because it was one of their cheaper items.
- Packaging -
Eye Bright is nicely presented in a black box with pink writing that has all the usual Benefit charm. The pencil has the same design and has a black plastic lid. It is very simple in design and looks very much like a normal eye liner pencil. I like that this comes in an easy to use pencil form, although I am constantly searching for a fat pencil sharpener! The pencil is compact and fits neatly into a makeup bag or handbag.
- Applying the Pencil -
To apply you run the tip of the pencil along the inner and outer corners of your eye and gently blend. You can also apply it to your brow bone for an extra lift. It is very easy to apply and there are quite a few uses for it. I usually apply it all the way along the top of my lower lashes, just above eye liner. This gives a dramatic look because of the contrast of the pale pink Eye Bright and black eye liner. Benefit recommends applying eyebright as the last step in your make up application but I usually apply it before eye liner, eye shadow and mascara because I found otherwise I would get specs of pale pink over the black.
- The Results -
The idea is that it will give you a wide awake look even when you are tired and run down by making your eyes look brighter and the whites of your eyes whiter. I think this is a great product. I wouldn't say it works miracles, if I am really tired I probably still look tired but it certainly does help brighten and widen your eyes. I really like the contrast of the pale pink against my black eye liner. In the past I have found benefit products to be a bit mixed. Some I think have been amazing, well worth the price and I continue to buy while with others I feel I have paid for the packaging and a product that is nothing special. With Eye bright it is definitely the former rather than the latter. The colour is suitable for all skin tones and I have never had any reaction when using this product.
- Price and Availability -
This pencil currently retails at £14 for 14g and is available in most department stores. If you buy it from John Lewis or Debenhams the Benefit make up girls are usually really helpful and I have occasionally been given a free make over or sample which is a nice bonus. I think it is also good value for money as the 14g pencil usually lasts me around a year, although I don't wear make up every day but usually a few times a week.
- Would I Recommend? -
Overall I think this is a great little pencil that really brightens up my eyes and has become a permanent fixture in my make up bag. I use it whenever I wear makeup and I think I would feel lost without it now. Luckily as it is good value for money I can afford to replace it. I would definitely recommend this.
I don't usually buy from Benefit but I recieved this with GLAMOUR last year and I love it.
This retails fro £14 from Benefit counters in most department stores,boots or benefit.co.uk.
"Benefit eye bright is a miraculous pink pencil that brightens tired eyes for that young, wide-awake look. With a smooth, creamy texture and its perfect shade of brightening pink, Benefit eye bright helps conceal and brighten the shadows in the corners of your eyes while lifting the outer corners of the eye, making you look wide-awake and radiant! "
This lives up to what it claims. It makes your eyes look brighter and wider and the whites of your eyes looking whiter. The creamy texture of the pencil makes for easy application and blends effortlessly.
You are advised by Benefit not to over blend and leave some of the pink colour visible to keep your eyes looking bright. If you do over blend the product doesn't reach it's full potential and is wasted.
This product looks great and lives to the claims but I do feel that I do not use this enough to call it an essential or that a lower priced product, or white eyeliner, cannot do better than this.
I aren't usually a big Benefit buyer, I've got a few bits and pieces which I've received as presents but I never actively go to buy from their counter. A few months ago though Glamour were doing an offer of a free Benefit product inside their magazine, I do buy Glamour occasionally anyway and I was aware that Benefit products weren't cheap so I decided to buy the magazine. I think there was a choice of a couple of different products to try but the only thing available was Benefit Eye Bright, it would have probably been what I would have opted for anyway.
The Claim: Benefit eye bright is a miraculous pink pencil that brightens tired eyes for that young, wide-awake look. With a smooth, creamy texture and its perfect shade of brightening pink, Benefit eye bright helps conceal and brighten the shadows in the corners of your eyes while lifting the outer corners of the eye, making you look wide-awake and radiant!
Benefit Eye Bright is usually £14 in the shops; this is a common price and is the same in both Debenhams and Boots. Personally I think this is very expensive and before I had Eye Bright I often did the same sort of thing with a light powder or eye shadow to brighten up my eyes anyway. Most people have got a white or very pale pink eye shadow hanging around as they're often in makeup sets and for me this is a cheaper option that works in pretty much the same way.
To use it's very simple; the pencil is just like a normal eye pencil, you simple draw a little bit into the corner of your eye and the bridge of your nose after applying makeup. Benefit also recommends doing the same on the other side between the corner of your eye and your brow however I never do this as I think it looks a bit silly. It's recommended that you don't blend the light pink too much so that the brightness stays visible.
I've found the pencil to be a great tool when trying to make yourself look a lot more awake and just generally make your eyes look brighter. I often get quite dark circles under my eyes as I tend to go to bed quite late even if I have to be up early the next day and Eye Bright does do the trick. I have found though that the pencil isn't a standard size and as mine is gradually wearing down I know I will have to buy a new sharpener to enable me to keep using the pencil. To be honest I don't think I will bother I'll just go back to my old trick of using eye shadow. If I'd paid for the pencil I would go out and buy a new sharpener as not using the pencil is a waste but as it was free and I don't intend to buying another I would be wasting my money by buying the sharpener just for this.
Although I've been pleased with Benefit Eye Bright I do this it is expensive for what it does. It's very easy to achieve the same results with what most of us girls have hanging around in our makeup draw anyway. It does help with the appearance of bags and dark circles but it isn't so amazing that it's worth the £14 price tag.
Benefit 'Eye Bright' is a pink pencil that is designed to brighten tired eyes for that wide-awake look. I often have tired looking eyes and so I am always willing to try products out that will remove bags and make my eyes appear brighter.
Some time last year Glamour magazine was offering a free Benefit product free with the magazine. There was the concealer, bad gal eyeliner and this eye bright stick to choose from. I already owned the bad gal eyeliner and loved it so really wanted another, but there was only the eye bright or concealer stick to choose from in the shop I was in, and as I already have Benefit erase paste, which is just like concealer, I opted for the eye bright, although I wasn't entirely sure what it was meant to do at the time.
I received the full sized item for free, which usually costs £12.50, and the magazine was only £2, so I wouldn't have been too bothered if I wasn't impressed by the product. I would never have paid £12.50 for it though, at least not without trying it out at first. I should point out that if after reading this review you are still not convinced or want to try the product out yourself before purchasing it, you can do so at all Benefit counters. They have tester products for everything they sell, out for you to try. Most of the time the shop assistant will offer to apply it for you or give you a Benefit make-over for free. I always tend to say no to these as they do try to sell you everything they apply on your face, especially if you so much as hint that you like it after. I like to shop myself without being fussed around or being offered help all the time.
To apply the pencil you do so after you have applied all your other make-up. Draw three to four short strokes in the area between the bridge of your nose and the inner corner of your eye where dark shadows linger. Then draw a light line from the outer corner of your eye and up toward the end of your brow. It also states in the directions not to blend in too much and to keep it bright, be sure to let some pink tint linger. I always rub mine in too much as I don't like the look of the pink tint still there, it just doesn't look right! Even thought I have rubbed it in more than advised to, I still get the look of bright eyes, and it covers up all my dark shadows. I sometimes apply a little underneath the bottom eyelids too and rib it in, but only when I have really bad bags. If I do apply under the eye, then I won't apply as much on the other parts as it would look too bright that it really wouldn't look natural, which is what you would want.
I only apply this on the morning and my eyes won't look so bright as the day goes on, but as I would usually be more awake then, I don't need it so much anyway. Therefore I don't carry this around with me for top-ups during the day, and the pencil is lasting me forever! I still haven't used half of the pencil and I have had it for around a year. I can only remember sharpening it a few times. So £12.50 may seem expensive, but it is going to last a long time so would be worth it. I think this is going to last me another couple of years yet.
Do be aware though that the pencil will need sharpening and as it is a fat pencil, you will need a bigger sharpener for it. I luckily already had one for my bad gal eyeliner. I got Benefit's dual sharpener which cost me £4, but only because I couldn't find any cheaper at the time. I have since seen some in Superdrug for only a couple of pounds.
This eye bright pencil really does make you look more awake than what you are. I would never have considered buying this if I didn't get it free with a magazine as I always used concealer around my eyes. This is better than any concealer I have tried though for covering up those dark shadows and making you look more radiant.
These can be purchased from any Benefit counters which can be found in Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser, and also online directly from the Benefit website. You can also find them on Amazon and eBay where I have often seen it for less than £12.50.
I've had Benefit Eyebright for a while now; I bought it as part of a set with the Big Beautiful Eyes compact. The eyebright was the reason I bought the set, as at the time I was looking for a replacement for my wonderful Talika flesh coloured eyeliner, but hadn't been able to find anything close. I've since learnt that they eyebright is meant to be primarily an inner and outer corner of eye product to freshen and brighten and help diminish the look of darkness at the inner corner of the eye, generally giving you a wide awake sparkle. So while I was using it for its intended purposes too this particular idiot has been using it primarily incorrectly on the 'water line' for some time. Doh!
As with all Benefit products this comes nicely packaged in a black box with pink script; I believe mine came packaged in bubble wrap sans box as part of the offer/set, which I presume would have contained instructions for use and is why I didn't see the recommended usage. I was so jealous to read some months ago that this had been on offer free with £2.00 glamour magazine, as it costs £14 on the high street, the cheapest I have seen it has been online at Assos for £11.20 (£10.99 on ebay, but with £1.25 postage, and ebay is rife with fakes).
The pencil itself is an attractive semi matte colour the writing on the stick matches the colour of the product somewhat and is thick and easy to hold, (and weighs 1.4gms net). As with all Benefit products it is something that looks nice as well as works well.
For ages I didn't have a sharpener that fit this pencil. I have a friend who bought the benefit one, and took it back as it didn't work with the Eyebright but she may have just been unlucky and got a dud. I have now stolen one from my daughters pencil case (so I'm sorry I can't recommend a make, I think we bought it in WH Smiths) which seems a perfect fit and sharpens the pencil at a suitably shallow angle, so you don't lose to much of the product with each sharpen. If you are not using this product on the inner water line (why would you be you're not 'challenged' like me) then you won't need to sharpen it that often as you don't need a slim tip or point to use it.
This is a very anal thing to do, but being on a budget and sharpening it more often for use on the inner eye I disengage the soft concealer that comes away with each shaving and pop it into a tiny empty disinfected lip balm pot. When the pencil runs out, I will be glad of the several extra uses in its intended function this will give me. If you use this pencil a lot it will obviously run out more quickly than firmer textured pencils.
Benefit recommends that you apply this as a last step to your make up after all other products are in place, and not to over blend as you risk rubbing it off, or in too much and losing that surface illumination. You can even get away right in the inner corner of your eye with no blending for an evening out if you are light handed in application.
The colour is a lovely pearly light almost dusky pink with a tiny smidge of lilac undertone. The consistency is beautifully creamy, and glides on with the lightest of touches. Some creamy sticks I have owned break up a little as they are drawn across the skin, leaving a little ball of product in inappropriate places, this has never happened with Eyebright. It leaves a sheer line of product which is easily lightly blended with a light tap of the fingers. There is'luminosity' to this product, a subtle shimmer, not something you can put your finger on exactly, there are no discernable 'shiny' particles. It kind of looks like the shimmer of young skin in sunlight, consequently the finish is very natural and youthfully dewy.
The Eyebright does work surprisingly well on the inner water line of the eye, doesn't cause irritation and helps to emphasise the wide awake look. If you have redness in your eyes then perhaps the pink may accentuate it a little, but the pink of the pencil is very very subtle when on the skin and works as an inner lid liner both in texture and colour.
When used as intended on the eye 'corners' it really does give a lovely bright eyed and bushy tailed look, fresh and youthful. I'm finding it very useful on the outer corners right now as my eyes have been a little sore with hayfever and the outer corners have been irritated and minging. Using Eyebright on the outer portion from corner up towards eyebrow it can give a subtle lifted look. Also using a highlighter on the inner corners, as I'm sure you know, helps give close set eyes the subtle illusion of being more wide set.
You can also of course use this product to highlight the brow bone, and if you want to give a subtly fuller and/or more youthful appearance to your lips, over the 'cupids bow' (blended somewhat, not as a liner); and if you're feeling profligate even as a cheekbone brightener/highlighter.
I have heard people recommend this product as an under eye concealer on its own, I feel this would only work if you have hardly any darkness around your eye. It simply isn't pigmented enough, nor does it have the colour correction properties to deal with properly knackered dark eyes, or natural brown pigmentation, nor is it designed to. I have tried it in that way for Dooyoo purposes and for me using it as a stand alone under eye concealer did nothing; in fact it highlighted the problem. Of course if you have lovely young skin or just good skin without much darkness around the eye, then the Eyebright could then be enough just used alone to help you look generally even lovelier and more awake when you need it. The texture is soft enough to work well under eyes (as opposed to corners) and used over concealing products it works just fine, but it is definitely at its best as a freshener for the inner and outer eye areas.
I have spotted the Eyebright as part a compact kit 'Confessions of a Concealaholic' and 'Smokin' Eyes', where it is provided in a little pan and not a pencil, and recommended to be used with your finger or brush. Which to be honest is when the little light bulb finally went off in my head that this was not technically meant to also be used as an inner eye lid product.
As for animal testing this is lifted direct from Benefit's own website questions section:
"Q: Does Benefit use ingredients tested on animals?
A: Benefit Cosmetics does not perform or allow animal testing on bulk or finished products."
Which pleases me no end. Benefit does not claim its products are hypo=allergenic or non-comedegenig.
Personally even as a birthday treat I can think of other things that I would consider more 'essential' or desirable. I would still highly recommend this product though, and if I spot it as part of an offer, or at a huge reduction somewhere I would buy it again, but as I'm sure there are other products out there which give the same effect for less I won't be spending £14 or even £11 on this I'm afraid.
As many of you know, Benefit make-up is a very well known and respected brand and the majority of their make-up pieces are lovely on the face. The Eye Bright Pencil is no different. Knowing Benefit was a relatively expensive brand, seeing this offered in GLAMOUR magazine a while back for free made me know I was getting a bargain. I had already owned the Bad Girl black pencil eye liner, so I roughly know what quality I would be getting by using this.
The eye bright comes as a black pencil, with black plastic lid and base. The writing on it is baby pink and it's net weight is 1.4g. You don't run out of this pencil very quickly at all.
The actual pencil is really quite soft to apply on your skin - which means it is great to use around the eyes (which is its main purpose). It appears to be a light pink in the pencil but when it is applied it comes out silvery and shimmery.
For the best effects from this product, apply a small amount in the corner of the eyes. This gives the bright eyes effect the pencil was devised for.Sometimes for some reason, too much of the pencil applies leaving small clumps of the pencil around your eyes. This is slightly irritating because you have to then spend time sorting it out. I have tried applying this pencil under the eyes. I find with myself that my eyes end up looking smaller than without applying it. So my recommendation is to stick to the corner of the eye rather than underneath it.
You do not only have to use this on the eyes. You can also use it to highlight your cupids bow making your lips look fuller at the top. The pencil is really effective in this way as long as you make sure its not covered with black eye liner on it like mine usually does.
As a free gift, I would definitely recommend my friends to use this product. Since I have seen it retails at around £14, I find it a bit steep considering how much I personally use this product. If it was around the £5-6 region, it would be worth buying again.
Some time last year, Glamour magazine ran an offer in which it was possible to get a free Benefit product. The three products available were It Stick concealer, Eye Bright and Bad Gal eyeliner. I managed to go out and buy all three! However, it's only recently that I've been able to use them as I've had other makeup products to use up first (yes, I do have rather a lot!).
Benefit was founded in San Francisco in 1976 by Jean and Jane Ford. Over thirty years later, it is a famous global brand and mixes quality makeup with whimsical retro branding.
Benefit cosmetics can be bought in the UK from Boots, Debenhams, ASOS, individual boutiques and the website, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. They are quite pricey, with a mascara priced at around £15 and the well-known product Benetint priced at £24.50, but most of their products are great quality and last ages, or so I've found.
Eye Bright is described as an 'instant eye brightener'. It is priced at £14 which makes the £2 I spent for the Glamour magazine seem rather bargainous! It comes in a black cardboard box with the name of the product in pink and white. There is a list of ingredients on the back, which I won't repeat here as it would be far too long! Inside the box is a leaflet with instructions. It looks long, but it is actually written in several languages.
Eye Bright is described as a "pale pink, brightening stick" which is a "purse-sized pick-me-up for tired eyes". To use the product, "for an instant wide-awake look, apply a stroke to the inner and outer corners of each eye and blend".
The product itself is a black pencil with pink writing. It is quite thick and would need to be sharpened with a larger pencil sharpener. The 'lead' is a pale pink colour and the idea is you dot and blend it onto the inner and outer corners of your eye. The shape of the product makes it very easy to hold and apply. I normally do so after applying all my other eye makeup. I then blend it with my finger to leave a pale pink mark on the inner and outer corners of my eye.
When I use this product on days when I don't wear much makeup, such as Sundays and 'hangover days', I really like this product. It does help me look more alert, awake and fresh-faced. You do have to blend it properly, but once you do it does make your eyes look brighter.
I don't think it looks so good on days when I wear stronger eye makeup, such as my bright purple eyeshadow. On those days, it just looks like too much makeup.
Sometimes the pencil can dry out the skin around my eyes a little. I'm careful to dab a little moisturiser there just before I apply it.
Overall, this is a nice product that does what it says it will. I imagine it would last a very long time, as you only need a tiny amount at once. However, it's not what you would describe as a makeup essential in the way that mascara or foundation is. I don't know if I'd be willing to pay £14 for it, but for only £2 I'm very pleased.
My review over the last few weeks have certainly had a Benefit theme because a few months ago I decided to treat myself to a few of their sets as they were going cheap on amazon and as luck would have it Id recently got some vouchers from Dooyoo so I decided to try a few of them out rather than spending lots more on each individual product. The first set I decided to try out was their 'Confessions Of A Concealaholic' and this 'Benefit Eye Bright' is the final product I have left to review from the set as it was the product I didnt get around to using till last - and now I have no idea why! Eye-Bright was actually one of the Benefit products I wanted to buy full size in the first place as the claims really captured my attention and I thought if it worked it is just the kind of thing I was looking for but Im very happy I got to try it out in a set first - even though it is a brilliant product! Imagine if it had been rubbish and Id spent loads on the full sized version!
Price: [Based on Boots website] £14.30
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Other Info: This handy little pencil promises that if you apply it correctly it will make your eyes appear brighter, banish dark circles & make you look more awake yet still natural. Promises to make your eye area appear more radiant for the whole day. Thats just the kind of thing I need as Im not allowed to wear much make-up to work so I need products that make me look better but still make me look really natural.
The Benefit packaging is always the thing that attracts me to their products and I love the packaging for this one - and it will factor in my decision or whether or not to buy this again. Sadly because I got this as part of a set I dont have the eyeliner pencil that this comes in normally - I have a small square of pink cream embedded into the set which does make it harder to carry around/apply on the go - in fact I think it makes application harder full stop but more on that later. One of the main reasons I want to buy this again is to get it in eye liner form because I think it would be so much better looking and easier to apply/transport that way. In the set that I got this as part of I got a brush to apply this [which you wont need with the full sized version] with, a directions for use manual and a full list of ingredients which personally is more than enough information for me but having said that if you get the proper pencil you will have much more information on the product should you need it. I definitely want the proper pencil for this product though - I dont see why they just dont include a small one in the set rather than the cream being embedded!
*Before I start with application tips please note the way I HAVE to apply it will be different if you own or are buying the pencil version!*
So to apply this I simply get a small amount onto the brush provided and put a few dabs of the pink cream onto the inside and outside corners of my eyes - concentrating on the inside as thats where I need the most coverage as the dark circles there never seem to be covered up enough for my liking. Then you simply blend it into your skin leaving a small amount of pink tinge to the skin as you get the best results that way - according to Benefit anyway. It might be worth mentioning that you apply this AFTER any other make-up NOT before! You wont get brilliant results if you apply this and then cover it up with foundation or powder as it wont be as noticable so make sure this is the last thing you apply before you walk out the door. This seems to blend in well and as the colour never disappears totally you get a nice and different edge to your make-up that luckily doesnt look to patchy or out of place at all - it just adds to the overall look.
A few dabs of this on the inside and outside of each eye and then blended is more than enough to get the best results in my opinion. Id say if you overuse the pink tones will be too much and will look out of place against the rest of your make-up and your face so using too much will make you look pretty silly. Thats better in my opinion though as that means the product will last you much longer and is therefore better value for money. Even though this is recommended for the corners of your eyes I see no reason why it cant be used to brighten up other areas like your brow bone as it helps be lighten up the area and make you look more awake overall - theres a friend of mine who has even used this as a lipgloss! I wouldnt go that far but it does have more uses than Benefit state in my opinion. One thing I do love about this is even though the texture of the cream feels quite thick when your blending it, it doesnt feel heavy on my skin at all which is brilliant considering Im applying this around my eyes - its very light and easy to wear which can only be a good thing.
I have to say Im glad my high hopes for this product werent in vain because this is amazing and Im not sure what I ever did without it! This genuinely makes my eyes look more awake and refreshed - even if Ive had a bad nights sleep or a really early morning. This even helps cover up the dark circles in the very corner of my eye which never normally go away no matter how many products I apply to the area so that a massive thumbs up from me. This tends to last me all day - well at least as long for me to apply this before work and for it still to be there when I finish but if you do start to get tired during the day a few dabs of this will make you appear more awake even if you dont feel it. I even wear this alone sometime because it gives me a wide awake look without the need to apply loads of other make-up so its brilliant whether you applying make-up for a night out or having a more natural day.
The big test with these sets for me is whether Id go out and buy the full sized product once it runs out and in this case I 110% will be. Sort of because I want to see if the pencil liner is easier to apply buy but mainly because the results are so fantastic for me and I hope to continue using this for as long as Benefit make it - which I hope is forever. Recommended for tired looking eyes everywhere!
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x0 Salz 0x
We all know the feeling... When the alarm clock goes off and you're thinking that it can't possibly be time to get up already. Feeling completely fatigued and exhausted, you glance in the mirror only to see that you look exactly how you feel.
Well this wonder pencil called Eyebright by Benefit claims to be your little candyfloss pink superhero, here to save your day. It claims that with one stroke of this chunky pencil, your eyes will look instantly awake. It is described as a coffee break and a nap combined altogether in a fancy stick. It seems a bit far fetched to me.
The product itself is much like an eye liner pencil but thicker and the creamy, silky product glides smoothly on to the delicate skin around the eye. The colour itself is baby pink and can look intimidating at first but once it had been blended in, it almost disappears into the skin.
Instructions come be found inside the box that the pencil comes in and you are directed to apply the product to both the inner and outer corners of the eye and blend to achieve a look that will brighten your eyes instantly. I also use mine as a highlighter underneath the eyebrow to make my eyes look wider and just inside the lower lashes to make my eyes look bigger. The product itself should be used a final touch up once all of your make up is done. It can be easily carried around to be reapplied as needed.
In my opinion, this pop of pink does make a difference to your eyes and will make them look brighter. As for looking wide awake, I'm not so sure although if it was used with other products, it could help towards achieving this.
The main problem with this chunky pencil is its size. As it's a thick pencil, it won't fit inside a normal sharpener so you'll need to buy a bigger one. Also, as it is used for around the eyes, you will need to be very careful when using it after sharpening to ensure none of the debris goes in your eye because it really hurts!! So always give it a wipe with a tissue after sharpening before you use it.
Overall, I would say that this product is worth the money. It usually cost between £13 and £15 but I've had mine for 2 years and there's still plenty left so you'll get a lot of use out of it. If you're expecting a miracle, you'll be disappointed. If you need a quick pick me up, then go for it!
Benefit Eye Bright Pencil 1.4g / This pink tinted eye pencil can be applied to the inside and outside of the eye to instantly brighten the skin / Dark circles and signs of fatigue are covered up and the eye looks refreshed / A purse-size pick me up! / All skin types.