Monday, March 03, 2008

Product Review: Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener

Hey guys and dolls! Sorry I've been so MIA recently... it's been an unholy convergence of marking, course work, and a whole lot of birthdays (What happened 9 months ago? Gotta love that festive season baby-makin' spirit!)

If you've been similarly busy and the activity of sleeping has become "optional" in your ever growing list of priorities, you might be tempted to try Smashbox's new Photo Op Under Eye Brightener.




Smashbox make up artists have apparently raved about this... saying that it's a photoshoot staple, and that it almost eliminates the need for concealer. And given Smashbox's primo status as the Reigning Producer Of All Things Primer, I couldn't resist buying the little tube.

Sadly, my sleep-deprived friends, Photo Op was a total bust. If this eliminates the need for concealer for you, then you probably didn't need much concealing in the first place.

This slightly shimmery apricot-tinged liquid is far too thin and non-pigmented to do any good. It does add a slight gleam or reflectiveness to the under-eye area, but it doesn't really aid in the concealing. I've used this both under and over concealer, and still... nada.


The only thing Photo Op does well is make the undereye area feel nice and smooth. So, if you have a great concealer that just doesn't blend well enough, you might find this product helpful. But if you're looking to actually conceal/brighten, just go pick up Maybelline's Age Rewind from the drugstore. It's got both a concealing end and a highlighting end. And while Age Rewind doesn't feel quite as nice, it at least does something. Oh, and it's also less than half the price!

If, like me, you are now stuck with this stuff, one thing I have found that helps it go on more potently is to use the slightly dried product that collects in the threads of the screw-on top.(Helpfully, the tube gets a bit messy/leaky over time.) The drier product gives a bit more coverage. Still not anywhere near sufficient to conceal circles, but it helps a bit. You can also dot it on your undereye area and let it sit for a bit before you start blending for a similar effect.

Or you could just use it as a nice highlighter. A nice, tiny, $20 tube of highlighter.

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9 Comments:

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

So true, so true. I thought it was just me as all I heard was great things...
Save your money

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate it when things don't work like they should. I have terrible under eye circles and the only thing that has ever gotten them under control is www.talika.com Instant beauty.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger beautyaddict1one1 said...

Oh thanks 4 the review i was about to get this products i just save a $20 Thanks

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger linawtf said...

Gosh, I wish I'd found this before, I just bought this and tried it on & everything you girls said is true. Bummer

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YMMV? I tried this at Ulta and was surprised to find it did anything more than make my face sparkle a little. Concealer? Definitely not, but it worked great as a brightener. I could see a huge difference between the two eyes when I just put it under one--purple circles were still mostly there, but the area looked less sunken in, more lively. Coupled with a concealer, it was the best my under eye area has looked since childhood. The glittery factor wasn't too bad either.

Possibly any highlighter could do this--I've never used one under my eyes--but since this one worked just fine, I decided to give it a whirl. I just received a tube off eBay ($9 with shipping) and tried it again to the same results.

So to anyone reading this in the future I'd say it's definitely worth a try--at the counter or in the store first though.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hi Anon, I'm so glad this worked out for you! I'd actually thought about writing a "redemption" post to follow this one... some days, the product does seem to help, but other days, it just doesn't. Might have to do with skintone? My circles are more on the brown/grey side, rather than blue or purple, which might be another factor.

I guess I've had good enough results w/ Maybelline's Age Rewind that I haven't bothered much with the Smashbox one anymore, even though the Smashbox feels nicer.

Yes, I definitely agree that it's at least worth a try at the counter, and it's good to know one can get it on Ebay so much cheaper!

 
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At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Faye - Boutique Bag Lady said...

This can really get rid of unwanted dark circles.

 

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