I think dark circles under your eyes is something that effects most people at some point in their life time. Partying and working hard when I was younger was a huge factor, then came children and sleepless nights… Now I think its more of an age thing. I’ve always used under eye concealer and have tried a few of those but found many too thick or too heavy. For a while I also favoured the illuminating pens and was obsessed with my YSL Touche Eclat which was good, but still make me look like the circles were there. I either find the product is too heavy and makes the skin there (I also have eczema under my eyes which dramatises the dark circles and baggage) look almost caked or too light and they don’t hide the dark circles.

A while back I saw a few reviews on the Garnier Caffine Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Roll On and was curious as to how it would fair with my skin. Many younger skinned people commented on how good it was, but with my eyes showing my age (Or starting too) would it work as well? Here are my thoughts…

Here is some information about the Garnier Caffine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On….

Featuring naturally-derived ingredients to take care of your skin.

To fight dark circles and bags, Garnier specially selected caffeine known for its stimulating action and lemon extract known for its clarifying properties.

Garnier creates Caffine anti-dark Circles. It is our first roll-on massage which combines a caring formula with natural ingredients and a long lasting tinted concealer as effective as make-up. The formula, along with the massaging ball, offers a complete solution to tired eyes and dark circles and bags.

The roll-on has a refreshing effect which delivers a double effect on dark circles and bags:

  • Immediate coverage: The texture is concentrated in mineral pigments. Long lasting, it camouflages dark circles and bags through its subtle shade which complements the skin tone.
  • Reduces the look of fatigue: Enriched with caffine, known for its stimulating action, and lemon extract, known for its clarifying properties; the hydrating formula with roll-on massage reduces the appearance of fatigue. The formula also contains a UV filter to help protect the eye contour in the sun.

I liked the packaging of this product once it was out of the box, the fact it was a roll on meant it applied to just where I needed it. However, what I don’t like is that you can’t tell exactly how much product you have left in there. Chances are you are going to run out without knowing you are due for a new one. The screw top cap was quite secure which is something that narks me with many beauty products when they come loose easily (I bet you all think I am obsessed with packaging, but from a  design point of view its something that interests me).

The feel of the product as it glides across your skin is quite cooling, refreshing even. Its a great product for first thing in the morning when you are half asleep and definitely perks your eyes up just from the cold shot of the roller ball. It could also be due to the active properties in the formula but I’m not a technical person so will just say it makes me feel brighter when I apply it!

Garnier Caffine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On in Medium Swatched

Garnier Caffine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On in medium blended out

I chose the shade medium namely as I have been fake tanning and find the lighter shades can look a little too fair on my skin. It was a pretty good match I felt especially when I couldn’t test the product. So if you wear around a MAC NW25 (If you search my other posts for different foundations I wear you should get a better idea as to whether the shade will match your skin tone)medium would be good for you.

But the proof really is in the pudding I feel so I have taken 3 images for you of me applying the Garnier Caffine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On in the morning. I am wearing foundation under this which is Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Shade 55 Dark Beige.

Before Application

Before Blending

After application and blended

When I blend it in I tend to use a patting motion with my fingers. I have tried blending with a variety of brushes, but I find the finger motion probably the most gently and accurate.

So do I think it works?

Hmm, yes and no. I don’t think the images are very clear as the lighting kept changing as you can see. As a rule I don’t photoshop my images to alter lighting or tones etc as I feel it can be ‘cheating’ somewhat. I trained in photoshop years ago and am very good with airbrushing and re touching photos. You’d be surprised at what I can do. However, all images I use on here are not altered (Just cropped to size as you can see).

I think on more mature skin this product works but not brilliantly. Its ok. Due to the formula being ‘lighter’ in texture than a normal concealer (Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection as an example) it means you don’t get as much ‘creasing’ and it can look more natural. But with regards to coverage I would have liked more. As I do suffer with eczema and psoriasis under my eyes and have some skin scaring there which can look more like bags and is actually just my bad skin this doesn’t help matters. So if you want a light coverage concealer for under your eyes and your face is showing some signs of age then this will be ok for you – more coverage than light and I would look else where.

I do feel that this product would be great for younger skin. I don’t think you can really build it up or layer it like you can with some concealers which is a shame.

From a sensitive skin point of view, this product was going onto one of my most sore troubled areas on my face directly. I had no reaction to it at all and my skin felt fine. So I feel it would be ok with more fragile skin.

At £9.99 (When I bought mine it was on offer in Superdrug for £6.99) I feel its ok but I won’t be rushing to buy it again. Formula/texture wise I really liked it, I’d have just liked to see more coverage with it too. This product in my opinion is definitely more suited to younger skin. I will continue to use this till its finished, but will no doubt continue my search for a light feeling concealer with medium/heavy coverage.

Have you tried Garnier Caffine Anti-dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll-On? Do you know of any concealers that may suit what I am looking for?

Lots of Love,

Mel xxxx