Cheapie but Goodie: Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

Thursday, May 26, 2011

To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised I even purchased this product because I was so skeptical of it every time I glanced at it in my drugstore. A fun little rollerball to roll under your eyes that would eventually reduce your dark circles? As someone who has tried all sorts of ridiculous ways to get rid of her under-eye circles (methods that even sounded stupid to begin with), this seemed too gimmicky to be true. But it was on sale at my CVS about 2 months ago, so given my frugal ways, I caved.

Now this doesn't do what it claims--my circles are just as dark as they ever were--but it does make a fantastic under-eye concealer. (Seriously, Garnier, change your ad pitch please). The roller applicator is fun to use, and the product that comes out is pretty liquidy, but surprisingly light and moisturizing. This consistency happens to be perfect for me, as most concealers dry out my under-eye area, and others that are too creamy settle into my little fine lines. Best of all, there's a sort of shimmery, light-reflecting quality to this "concealer" that really does brighten that notoriously dark area. I don't think I've used anything else since buying this--it has a fairly permanent place in my morning routine.

Despite how much I love it, I know for sure that this product won't be for everyone. I would say it offers light-to-barely medium coverage which is fine for me on an everyday basis, but people with darker, purple or blue circles under their eyes will likely need something more. If it helps, though, I know some people use it before their thicker concealer as a sort of moisturizing base that helps take care of part of the problem.

And as much as I love the application, it can be a little bit messy to work with if you've been carrying it around in your purse and the product's been sloshing around the tube--not terrible but not very travel-friendly either. Apparently the Anti-Dark Circle Roller comes in two shades, but I don't think I've seen the darker one (mine is in "light). I'm assuming that Garnier thinks between those two colors, it should be appropriate for all skin tones, but I'm not sure how true that is. The concealer itself is pretty yellow so it might not work on people who have pink undertones to their skin, and that second color has to be considerably darker in order to really cover all skin tones.

Overall, this product is great (for me), but it's a bit expensive for a drugstore product. It's about $17 full price where I live, so you might want to wait until it's on sale or something.

Oh, and if you were also eyeing the other Garnier roller--the green Anti-Puff one--don't bother. Complete waste of money for some gel-like nonsense in a rollerball.

Has anyone else tried the Anti-Dark roller and liked it? Or hated it, and wonders how on earth I could possibly use it? Tell me in the comments section!

I'm really excited about the new few posts I've got planned. Hope you're all having a great weekend!

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