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Benefit Eye Bright Review

Updated on May 21, 2012
Benefit Eye Bright
Benefit Eye Bright

Benefit Eye Bright

Benefit Eye Bright is a creamy pencil in a soft pink that make your eyes pop. Benefit claims that it is an "instant eye brightener" and that it will make you look more awake. Its a great highlighter for the eye area and I find the color to be quite flattering. I also like that it reflects a lot of light without having a shimmery finish. You can pick one up at Ulta or Sephora for $20 for 1.4 grams (0.05 oz.). Its a bit of a splurge, but its a nice product. If you're on a tight budget, you can probably find cheaper products for a similar effect.

How to Use Your Benefit Eye Bright

Run this pencil along your brow bone just below your eyebrow. This will visually lift your lid area and make your eyes look more open. Also, put a little bit in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten your look. Make sure you blend the product out well with your fingers so you don't have splotchy areas of brightness. In a pinch, you can also use this as a highlighter on other parts of your face, like on top of your cheeks or nose.

This functions very much in the same way as a highlight eyeshadow color. I prefer the Eye Bright to a light-colored shadow because I feel it has better staying power. If you have a favorite highlight shadow, this may be an unnecessary product. Also, if your makeup budget is tight, look into cheaper shadows instead of the Eye Bright.

Is the Benefit Eye Bright a Highlighter or a Concealer?

Its important to emphasize that the Benefit Eye Bright is meant to be used as a highlighter, not a concealer. I've heard many people complain about this product thinking it should have solved their dark circles or blemishes. The consistency is not creamy enough to blend like a proper concealer. The pink color also catches too much light, and will just emphasize your problem areas.

I think much of the confusion stems from it being marketed much like the Benefit Ooh La Lift and YSL Touche Eclat. These two products are also brighteners for the eye area, but because they are liquids, many people also use them as concealers. I think your best strategy, however, is to get a good concealer (and not one of these) if you want to conceal.

Benefit Eye Bright Packaging

The Eye Bright Comes in a sturdy wooden pencil that can take a fair amount of abuse. You will need a special sharpener to accommodate its thick size. It can also be difficult to sharpen it to a fine point. However, I find that a thick point works just fine since I blend the product out a lot. You will also lose a fair amount of product to sharpening, but that is true of all pencils.


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