Probably the biggest reason I tend to be a full coverage foundation gal is because of my eyes. No matter how much kale I eat, no matter how late I sleep in, and no matter how many thick pillows I sleep on, I have dark blue under eye circles that are always there. So I am forever looking for ways to conceal them.
Mally has an interesting product called Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener ($35). It’s a jar of yellow gel-like cream that counteracts the blue of under eye circles. It’s meant to be used under or over makeup to brighten the under eye area and diminish the look of dark circles.
Mally sent us two shades to test. Deeper is definitely for medium to dark skin tones, and Lighter works for the lighter side of medium to very pale. I don’t love the jar, I really wish the cream was in a tube which is more sanitary. Plus I worry about the shelf life of any cream product that is exposed to the air. If the packaging were different, I would adore this product. As it is, I think it’s great stuff – it would just be so easy for it to reach the ‘tremendous’ level with different packaging.
The cream is actually quite forgiving. The colors look intense, but they blend right in and definitely brighten the under eye area. I like it best over my makeup. I find that the highlighting ability of the cream is delicate, and if I put regular concealer or foundation over it the effect is lost. But over my makeup? Love it. This is also a great product to use on any area you would like to highlight, like above your top lip or to highlight your brow. Another tip – pat, pat, pat this on. Don’t rub it on or it will basically disappear. Use a light touch to get the full benefit of this product.
I have much more success with my Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener than I do with my YSL Touche Eclat. The yellow color truly helps counteract the blueness and the Under Eye Brightener is thicker so it covers more. I also find it to be much longer wearing than the Touche Eclat. This is a product to have at your desk for quick touch-ups throughout the day. A few dabs of yellow cream patted on with your ring finger will make you look awake and refreshed. Now if we can just convince Mally to change the packaging…. – Lisa