Lots of new products to try with this new year! The newest member of the Benefits Cosmetics line is the recently released Puff Off! eye gel “that assists with smoothing the appearance of puffy eyes.” While I fall victim to gimmicky products all the time, I find that this one is less gimmicky — and, in its defense, preps the eyes and lids well for eye makeup application as well. “This innovative undereye gel minimizes the appearance of puffiness and creases around the eye, creating a “satiny smooth” look. It’s designed with a custom “ironing” tip, which works to instantly smooth the look of puffiness and fine lines.”
Admittedly, this product is so cute with a clever name — much like all of Benefits Cosmetics’ range. While I don’t have discolored under eyes or deep bags, I like to keep my under eye area healthy and glowy so that my skin doesn’t look or feel crepey or cakey. It’s still important to use eye cream, which I reserve for night time use, so the Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off! is great for day time use underneath my makeup.
Suggested use for this product is to “squeeze once and dot under each eye…then go[ing] back and glid[ing] on with [the] ‘ironing’ tip” to blend out the product. “Puff off! works on bare skin or over makeup; when applying on top of makeup, gently pat with fingertips to blend.” For me, this goes along great with my day time routine before I apply makeup. After my skincare, I use Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off! in place of a traditional eye cream. I find that heavier eye creams are great for night time when my skin is working to recover and repair itself. I also find that using a regular eye cream during the day makes my eye makeup smudge and wear off — even with primer and setting powder.
I apply Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off! as my last step in my morning skincare routine under my eyes. I don’t see the “iron tip” doing much for me, so I like so squeeze on a few dots before blending everything in with my fingers. This absorbs and sets quickly without feeling too dry or matte. It feels slightly cooling, but most of all, it feels like my under eye area is soothed. Then, I proceed onto my makeup routine.
I can’t say that the “iron tip” makes much of a difference. Additionally, I don’t find that my under eye area looks drastically better. It feels nice and gives my under eye area a nice cushion before applying foundation or concealer. However, this alone isn’t going to perform miracles, in my opinion. I like the product and it’s fun to use, but it’s definitely not necessary. If you have under eye discoloration and bags, it’s more important to use a proper eye cream at night and follow up with a reliable color corrector and under eye concealer. Also, this product is tiny. Even though it doesn’t take much to use under the eye area, I feel that it will run out soon since you require a few squirts/dots of product under each eye.
Overall, I like the product but I wouldn’t recommend it. I didn’t real results and found the product to be somewhat gimmicky. In terms of helping with puffiness and fine lines — which is what the product is used for — it helped a little, but didn’t make a noticeable difference. For lines and creases, the skin around our eyes are the thinnest on our faces. I feel that it’s more important to use sun cream during the day and a proper eye cream at night. For $29.00, I’d find more useful Benefit products to try!
Retails for $29.00 USD.