I consider myself lucky for not having severe dark circles (I can only imagine how hard it must be to cover them) but it doesn't stop me from always being on the lookout for a good under eye brightening product. I used to think that it's an extra unnecessary step to add to my already-busy morning routine but once I saw a difference a good under eye brightener made, I became a true believer. What could be an easier way to fake a good 8-hour sleep in under a minute?! :D
Newest from Becca Cosmetics is a full-coverage, luminescent cream product specifically designed to combat darkness by “backlighting” your favorite concealer for an extra dose of brightening effect under the eye area. Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector is housed in a cute, transparent glass jar with a rose gold-colored lid. The product inside has a thick, creamy texture in a pale pink beige color with lots and lots of ultra fine light-reflecting shimmer infused throughout.
There is a learning curve to use this product to achieve good results. When I first started using it, I found it to be too thick, hard to blend, emphasize fine lines, and crease. My under eye area just didn't look good at all but I kept on using it because I really wanted it to work! ^_^” Here are a few things I learned to maximize the product's performance:
- Use only a light touch. Just touch the tip of your ring finger on the surface of the product. That's generally enough to cover both eyes. Using too much and it risks creasing.
- Warm up the product on the back of your hand first. Spread it out to the thinnest layer possible, then apply to the under eye area and blend downward in an inverted triangle shape using dabbing motions (rather than sweeping back and forth). I find warmth from the finger helps the product spread and blend much easier than a brush.
- It is likely to crease when worn by itself. And if you have medium skin tone like I do (or darker), I don't think this is a good product to wear alone. It can look a little stark against my skin so it is a must for me to follow with a concealer to tone down the shimmeriness/brightness.
- Set lightly with a loose powder to avoid product creasing later on in the day.
When applied properly, I find the product visibly helps brighten up my under eye area as seen in the After photo below. I look more awake and refreshed on the right compared to the Before half. The corrector provides a slightly tacky (in a good way), brightening base for my concealer to go on smoother and more even and it feels virtually weightless! It doesn't affect the consistency or coverage of my concealer in any way as long as I use very little amount of it. Another plus is that I can now use less amount of concealer and less amount means less heavy feel or cakey appearance afterwards.
I find the product's claim of being long-wearing and transfer- and water-resistant to be true. The coverage seems to last the entire day without creasing or fading. My concealer application always looks nice and smooth at the end of the day. :)
According to the brand, you can also use the Under Eye Brightening Corrector over your concealer for additional illuminating effect or as a base for your cheek or brow bone highlighter. It has many great uses if you're willing to work with it a little. I'm personally happy with it so far and would not hesitate to recommend you give it a try.
I'd like to know if you have tried this product and what your experience has been like. Do you have any application tips to share?