Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

After turning 28, under eye concealing concerns peaked my interest because I’ve been noticing some changes in my skin. While under eye concerns haven’t really been an issue for me, brightening the area and keeping my eye area hydrated are important to me. In the mornings, I don’t like to mess around with too many products and prefer a quick and easy routine. More importantly, I try to avoid caking on products on the face because I want to minimize oiliness and other issues related to heavily applying products.

As a brief under-eye-product experiment, I decided to start with the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller to see if something from the drugstore would suffice. Although I don’t suffer from pigmented under eye circles, I was hoping that a product like this would help with the shadows and brighten the area up a bit.

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The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller is a “caffeine gel + rollerball [that] energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Lemon Essence brightens, [and] tinted mineral pigments instantly corrects dark circles.” The packaging is convenient and dispense the product directly from the rollerball. I swipe along the under eye area and blend the product with my finger. The product absorbs quickly and thoroughly, and doesn’t seem to make my eye makeup smudge or transfer throughout the day. Supposedly, “over time, lack of sleep and daily fatigue make eyes look tired. Microcirculation slows and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more translucent [allowing] dark circles and shadows appear.”

The Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller can be used to instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes. Using this product is very easy; and, the formula combined with the rollerball applies the product in a cooling way — which is quite refreshing in the morning. The color is a peachy-salmon color that is designed to cancel out pigmentation from dark circles. For me, however, the color wasn’t pink enough so it took a bit of effort to blend out and disguise well on my skin tone.

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Along with the color match issues, I noticed that it didn’t make my eye area appear brightened or concealed. But, to be fair, this may because the color match was off. The formula itself is nice and feels cooling on the skin. While the feeling is temporary, it felt nice even though it didn’t ultimately correct anything for me. I suppose to some extent this kind of product can help those with mild under eye circles, but this product didn’t work for me and I don’t care to keep it around.

For now, I may stick with something more powdery like the bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener or the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. How did you feel about this product and what would you recommend?

Retails for $12.99 USD.