Morning lovelies, how is your week going? This weekend consisted of pure wedding organisation for me, from deciding colour themes to chair covers. I walked around in the super cold February weather over the weekend looking at bridal dresses and bridesmaid gowns. Before you have a double take and wonder if I’m omitted from telling a huge secret – like I’m getting married – no, my someone in my family is and it’s all hands on deck. And you know what busy periods like this do my face? They bring out the most horrid dark circles, which is what today’s post is about!
I suffer from dark under eye circles and have accepted the reality that really there isn’t anything in the market that will cure them. Really, no eye cream seems to exist for my problem and if you do know of one PLEASE tell me. It’s a genetic thing, a lot of Asians suffer from it and I’m used to it. In pictures I almost always notice my under eye circles even if no one else does, I guess that’s just how it is. I’m quite new to concealing, make up bases like foundations, concealers used to be a foreign concept to me however when I am making an effort I like to go that extra step and try to conceal my under eye circles, so today I’ll be sharing the products I use.
When I’ve complained of dark circles, I’ve had lots of recommendations to try colour correctors to balance out the discolouration, and this one was pretty much the most popular corrector in the market. This is the Bobbi Brown Corrector and is peach based to help cancel out the darkness and discolouration. I use the colour Dark Peach. Your meant to wear in under your concealer, and it helps brighten up under the eyes. I would say this works of me, however it is a step I only turn to when I really want to make an effort – I guess I’m just lazy and can’t be bothered to conceal on a daily basis! As long as your under eye is hydrated, it blends out really well and is easily to work with so I apply this after I’ve applied eye cream. Otherwise it can tend to be a bit stiff but as long as you warm it up under your finger tips, it’s fine. I apply it with my fingers and blend out with a brush. This retails for £18.00 and you can find it here. I would definitely recommend it and it has great reviews so it’s not just me loving it! You can find it here
P.S Colour swatches are at the bottom of the post.
Over the Corrector, I always use this little kit. Sometimes for a quick under eye conceal I use it by itself too without the Corrector. This is the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit which consists of Creamy Concealer in Honey and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow. The creamy concealer is really good really popular, and has actually won lots of awards. Once I pack it on and blend it, it really does a good job of eliminating dark circles, especially with the Corrector applied underneath. Again I would suggest applying eye cream first so it doesn’t sink in and settle in to the lines under your eyes every time you smile. I apply this again with my fingertips, warming it so it spreads and blends smoothly and then blend and buff it out with a brush. I would recommend using the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush if your unsure on what to use. I make sure I set it with a powder, whether it’s the powder in this kit or my translucent powders (more on that here). This duo retails for £24.00 and you can find it here
Overall I would say I’m more than happy with the two products and I’m happy to have them in my collection. I would say for me the coverage is medium-ish probably because I’m not great at packing lots on without it looking over the top but I guess I am new to this and practise will make perfect. Like I said, if I’m making an effort for an event or meal I definitely reach for these products and make myself feel camera ready as possible! That being said I THINK I have found a product that gives me the airbrushed erased under eye darkness look that I crave for especially for special events like weddings and celebrations. That comes in the form of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer which I tried on at Space NK and fell in love with. It is pricey at £36.00 but it does look like it will probably last forever (I’m not kidding) as you need the tiniest bit. It is a bit much for every day occasions (even for a nice meal out), the Bobbi Brown Duo is much better for that, but with already 3/4 close family & friend weddings this year I’m talking myself into making the splurge. I’ll let you know if I do!
I hope you liked today’s post, as you can probably tell from the pictures I’ve really been trialling these products out and thought I should share my thoughts with you all. I picked these up in September and I haven’t regretted purchasing these for even a day. If you have any solutions, concealers, miracle creams to battle dark circles please do let me know! Until next time lovely, take care x