I’ve run out of my #1 undereye concealer/highlighter (Dior Skinflash #002 if you’re wondering) for a little while and haven’t gotten round to buying a replacement. I’m sort of tardy that way and was recently gifted with #001 by a friend who didn’t know what to do with hers, so yay! 😉 001 is quite different from 002 though, so if anyone is seriously considering trying the Dior Skinflash, I suggest you get 002 for the undereye area.
Anyway, rambling aside, I went digging in my stash to see what I could find to replace it temporarily, and I spotted the Garnier Light BB Eye Roll-on. Ah! I remember Xin raving about it before it appeared on our shelves, so I decided to see if it would do the job.
To my surprise, it does. And seriously, for something this inexpensive, it does a very good job at that! 🙂
The product is an eye roll on, rather like the cooling eye roll ons by Garnier that promise to depuff the eyes. The difference is that this is tinted, so you can use it as a 2-in-1 product – treat your under eye area and conceal at the same time.
You dispense the product by rolling the steel ball on the under eye area. Its very cool against your skin which is quite nice in the mornings, when you may wake up with puffy eyes like I sometimes do. Its also very soothing. However, I ran into a few problems.
The product does not dispense evenly and sometimes gets stuck. Some mornings, when I unscrew the cap and try to dispense the product, it doesn’t come out. I have to sometimes shake it, and roll it on the back of my hand a few times before it dispenses properly.
This may be to do with the fact that I store it standing up, so maybe the contents take a while to reach the roller ball. If you store it lying down, you may have less problems than I did.
The other drawback is that it can get grubby looking quite quickly. As you can imagine, the product is tinted, so the ball and surrounding plastic can look a bit grubby after prolonged used. Its quite easy to wipe it down if it bugs you, and I do it.
That aside, the tint and texture is quite light, and does a fair job at concealing dark circles or redness around the eye, and in brightening the eye area. If you have fairly tanned skin it may not be a match for your skintone. Here are some really scary before and after photos to show you what I mean.
Left: Without concealer Middle: Garnier BB Eye Roll on swiped on once Right: After blending in
I just use 1 swipe of the Garnier BB Eye Roll On, once I get it going. I always roll it on the back of my hand first, because I’ve found that it can sometimes go on goopy or be stuck as I’ve pointed out above, and does not apply smoothly. So, I roll on the back of my hand until I see it applies smoothly, before applying to the under eye area.
Then, I pat it in and blend. Idon’t have chronic dark circles as you can see, so I do not know how effective it will be for those with very bad circles. For me, it does a good enough job to brighten the eye area which leaves you looking perkier even if you don’t feel that way. Sometimes, you just need to look perky to inspire confidence 😛
I also only do 1 roll because I’ve found that if you roll on too much product, it can look thick and cakey and then you’ll look old with crepey eyes – yes, looks creepy too 😛 So just one swipe, pat in and go. Its quite quick… provided its running smoothly 😛
In a nutshell
A convenient product that is a tinted eye roll on by Garnier. As an eye care product, the only nice thing is the cool steel ball which soothes the eye area and helps to marginally depuff the eye area. As a concealer, it does a fair job at concealing under eye circles or redness. It does brighten the eye area a little and provided you do not use too much (I recommend just 1 roll) it isn’t thick or cakey. Its definitely worth taking a look at.
Pros: Affordable, Does a fair job at concealing and brightening the eye area, Steel ball and formula is cooling on the skin
Cons: The product sometimes does not dispense properly, The ball area can be messy due to the tint, May not suit those with dark skintones
I’ve been using this one for a couple of months now, and honestly, I don’t quite feel the need to repurchase my Skinflash just yet 😛 Granted, this one doesn’t leave my skin looking as radiant or as highlighted as Skinflash does, it does a good enough job concealing which is my primary concern. Plus, I could buy about 4 or 5 Garnier Eye Roll Ons as opposed to one Skinflash LOL! Not to say they are interchangeable (I will still repurchase Skinflash!), but this is a nice affordable undereye concealer that does a good job 🙂
Have you tried this Garnier Light BB Eye Roll on? Do you like it or does it not work for you? I’m not sure if this is available only in Asia or if it might also be available overseas so if its available in your country, do pipe up and let us know – it could help someone 😀
Garnier Light BB Eye Roll On Price: RM24.90/15ml Availability: All Garnier counters at most major pharmacies