Cheapie but Goodie: Nip + Fab Dark Circle Fix Eye Cream

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

$16 at Target
I realized I haven't done a Cheapie but Goodie post in a while, and had the perfect candidate for one sitting right by my desk. Technically, this is not as inexpensive as I like to keep features under the Cheapie but Goodie category (I like those products to be around $10), but this is very reasonably priced for what it is.

I'm a drugstore beauty junkie, and while I'm more than happy to use skincare products from the drugstore, I have always made an exception and used somewhat high-end eye cream. (We're not talking crazy expensive, but products from Kiehl's, Clinique, and Avene are what I usually stick to for the eye area. Good drugstore eye creams are very hard to come by, as most companies put out those annoying eye rollerballs which are nothing more than slightly sticky, cooling gel. Between those rather useless things (they de-puff slightly and don't hydrate) and the kind of anti-aging eye creams that burn and sting my eyes, I had kind of given up on drugstore eye creams. 

After a happy experience with the Nip + Fab Stiletto Fix (post), I decided to try some more products from the company and was in need of a new eye cream when I stumbled upon Dark Circle Fix in Target. I had low expectations for it, which is why I was extra pleased to discover that it's a really lovely product. 

Nip + Fab absolutely nails the consistency of the cream. It's hydrating but almost has something of a primer swirled into it so it sets up into a very comfortable texture. I never have to worry about it being too tacky or sliding around on my pillowcase, and even the outer corners of my under-eye area that normally peel and flake look quenched. There's also a nice amount of slip to the product that some may not like as it feels a little siliconey, but I don't mind it, and appreciate how much easier that makes application.

Best of all, this is able to double as both my morning and evening eye cream. With just the smallest pump, this delivers the perfect amount of moisture to keep my under-eye area hydrated, but it never disturbs my makeup. In fact, I actually find that my concealer of choice, Estee Lauder Double Wear, sits particularly well on top of this eye cream and holds up beautifully throughout the day without ever looking dry. At night, I apply a more generous amount to really plump the area with moisture, and I never wake up to puffy eyes that are supersaturated with product. 

Its versatility has made it the only eye cream I've been using lately, and its sanitary pump and light packaging are so easy to use that I've been chucking this into my weekend toiletry bag as well (where I would normally use eye cream samples). This is just one of those easy, no-brainer skincare products that I keep coming back to. 

While I've gone on and on about the perfect consistency this product has, it's not my usual type of eye cream. My one quibble is that it doesn't have the fabulously rich and dense texture that I typically look for in an eye cream. (To be fair, if it did have the kind of dense texture I like, it might not be nearly as versatile. Dark Circle Fix can get the hydrating job done, but there's none of the lush texture that I like for nighttime. I may switch to a richer eye cream as we head into the colder months, just for a more luxurious-feeling product, but I think Dark Circle Fix has enough moisture to see me through the winter. If you're like me and you love a rich eye cream for nighttime, you may want to consider this as an option for the daytime.

Nip + Fab calls this a Triple Action eye cream, meant to help get rid of dark circles, puffiness, and soften. I don't know that my under-eye area feels any softer after three months of exclusively using this eye cream, but I'm going to call marketing nonsense on the dark circles and puffiness part. This is just a basic, fuss-free eye cream that hydrates the under-eye area--and that's it. This won't perform any retinol anti-aging wonders, and might not be for you if you have an extremely dry under-eye area, but other than that, I can't see how you could go wrong with this. Between its price point, accessibility, and all-around pleasing formula, this would be a particularly good pick for anyone who finds eye cream intimidating, but is looking to give it a try. 

Another fantastic Nip + Fab product--clearly, I need to pick up some more of their line next time I'm at Target/Ulta!

A hefty October Favorites post will be up Thursday!

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