I was reacquainted with this product recently when I saw one of the camera crew (from the magazine tv show MARS) whip this out from his bag and started applying it to his under eyes. I observed him with astonishment. Yes, he was male. Yes, men are equally as vain as women. And yes, the desire to have healthier and lighter looking under eyes is universal.
The next day was grocery day. I made my usual rounds at Shopwise Sucat; got all that I need for the house and perused the cosmetics/personal care area. I picked up Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on and headed for the cashier. Time to put it to the test; on my self.
I do like the ergonomic design of the roller pen. It fits perfectly on the hand, making it easy to handle.
Upon contact, the gel like formula feels cool on the skin. The roller ball tip heightens the feeling + it’s like giving my under eyes a massage. Which is great by the way. It helps drain excess fluids from the area, de-puffing it.
The gel like formula dried in less than a couple minutes. I felt a slight tightening in my under eye area.
I do not have dark under eye circles, so I can’t really say anything in that department BUT I did notice a sheen on my under eyes that reflects the light. I quickly got the box and went to the ingredients list. It’s the Mica that’s doing this. I ended up using this to highlight the area under my brows and on the high points of my cheeks.
After a few days of using this, I didn’t feel any adverse effect like itching nor did I develop any skin disorders such as milia. This looks promising.
Decided to place this on my kit and bring it on a test run.
Suzi was on leave from the show (MARS) and I had a number of guest c0-hosts sitting on my chair for the past two weeks. These were women of different skin types and skin issues. They were relaxed enough to let me try this on them.
In general, the initial reaction is always how “cool” it felt on the under eye area. It did help them relax a bit on my chair. The slight light reflecting qualities and the “tightening” feeling was noticed from the get-go. The makeup I placed on the under eye area held up and didn’t lead to more than the usual “breakdown”.
They also liked the size of the roller pen. It fits easily in any vanity kit or a small pocket in your purse. Very convenient.
So far so good.
According to the packaging, the main ingredient of Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on is Caffeine and it’s pro-vitamin B5 properties acts as a stimulant. This energizes your under eyes and makes it look less tired.
You are advised to use this continually. You’ll see results such as brighter looking and radiant skin in 14 days. Bags and dark circles in the under eye area are reduced after 28 days. So, be religious.
The ingredients listed are:
Aqua /water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Biosaccharide gum-1, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Escin, Guanosine, Hydroxyproline, Imidazolidinylurea, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Mica, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum (F.I.L. B32720/1).
The ingredient that tightens your under eye area is Guanosine. The light reflecting property of this product, as I stated above, is Mica.
You should know, as stated on the box (verbatim), Garnier Products are dermatologically tested for tolerance and designed for Asian skin. This is something that you should consider before buying this product as well. For me, this reads as “it’s is only available for the Asian market”.
Now before using this, always do a patch test on an area on your arm to see if you are reactive to this product. You might be allergic to some of the ingredients listed.
Take note that this product brightens dark under eyes circles and decreases puffiness only. If you are looking for an anti aging under eye treatment and willing to splurge to a certain degree, you can try L’Oreal‘s Revitalift Magic Blur Eye or Revitalift Lazer X3 Anti Aging Transforming Eye Cream.
Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on retails for Php 249 in leading supermarkets and drugstores nation wide. Quite affordable for it’s promised performance.
To know more about this product you can visit www.garnier.com.ph
For the rest of the world, visit dispatch.garnier.com make sure to select the country where you reside to see if this is available or there’s a similar product you can choose from.