The Little Bottle That Makes A BIG Impact: Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift

For as long as I can remember I’ve been tackling dark circles and puffiness around my eyes. During my teenage years that involved a whole lot of concealer, progressing to lightweight creams and a touch of the iconic Touche Eclat in my twenties. My thirties, however, have seen a plethora of new problems pop up that only a colour correction palette, an electronic eye massager and a lot of skincare can tackle. I go through eye creams quicker than anything else – and not just because of their comparatively small size! I’m always looking for the next big thing or the product that will solve all of my under-eye dilemmas, but the majority fall short at offering anything more than a temporary moisture boost. This little bottle is a total game changer though, having been a firm favourite since I first started using it at the beginning of the year; REN have cleverly capitalised on their best selling ‘Instant Firming Beauty Shot‘ facial serum with the launch of this new ‘Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift’ – and it’s AH-MAZIN.

This light gel-like serum instantly lifts and dramatically brightens the delicate eye area, while visibly diminishing both dark circles and puffiness within the space of a few minutes. While many eye creams just hydrate or help to perk up the under-eye area, this creates a tightening effect that leaves me feeling wide awake – even when I awake more tired than when I went to sleep. It’s hard to describe the sensation (it’s not tingling or numbing, but definitely leaves skin feeling perky,) but it’s one I’ve become a little bit addicted to over the last few weeks. I’ve used this throughout my mini break to New York and a recent trip to Brussels, both of which involved incredibly early starts and overnight travel; it really did make a huge difference to both the appearance of those dreaded bags, and the way I was feeling too. The great things about the Beauty Shot Eye Lift is that it can be used under or over makeup, meaning it’s the perfect handbag or in-flight essential that will leave you feeling refreshed as soon as you need it.

If you’re interested in the science bit, then a unique Glycine Betaine complex improves the eye contour, while Hyaluronans from Yeast Biofermentation instantly firm, lift and smooth lines; Phycocolloids from Microalga plump and keep skin hydrated and comfortable, making this a hardworking formula that nourishes instantly and over time. Put simply, the science geeks over at REN have spent the last couple of years experimenting and perfecting a formula that really does improve the appearance of all those little niggles – while offering an instant brightening effect, thanks to the pearlescent fragments that help to reflect the light. I’ve been recommending this left, right and centre since I started using it, and I’m thrilled to see so many others loving the effect as much as me; this is so effective and so addictive, that they should practically be giving these out to every single person as soon as they hit the big 3-0. It may look like a teeny understated bottle, but within it there’s a formula waiting to make a big impact.

The Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift is available now, priced £28.00.



  1. Pam Scalfi
    February 29, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    i struggle with puffy eyes and dark circles too and ive never really found anything that really works! This isnt the cheapest but it does sound like it works.Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. Holly McLoughlin
    February 29, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I've heard so many great things about this product, it seems really good x

  3. Vivian Yuen
    February 29, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    It's so reasonably priced! Will have to give this a go!Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE ~

  4. La Coco Noire
    February 29, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Ooh I love the packaging of this product. You always get what you pay for and at £28 this seems like really good value! xx

  5. Dagmara K
    February 29, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    This eye cream sounds pretty impressive! I will be definitely buying it soon although I've been quite impressed with the Avene PhysioLift Eye which I'm using now. xMummy’s Beauty Corner

  6. Rebecca
    February 29, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    I have such bad dark bags under my eyes. It runs in the family unfortunutely but mine can get really bad! This seems good

  7. Leanne Page
    March 1, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    My dark circles are horrendous! I literally look like I haven't slept for a good year. I'm definitely going to pick this up. I've never been disappointed by REN skin care. Fingers crossed it works for me!

  8. MeMe Books
    March 1, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I've noticed as I'm getting older and I have been waking up very early for the past 4 years my under eye circles have been getting darker and darker, I really need to find a good serum and this isn't that bad a price and looks like you get a good sized amount.Meme

  9. Lara Downey
    March 2, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Really interested in buying this having read your review, though just to let you know the link provided takes you to the wrong Ren eye product. The eye shot costs £30 xxx

    • Hayley Carr
      March 2, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      If you're clicking on the first link then that takes you to the first face product which I'm talking about. The second is the new one!

  10. Melissa
    March 2, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    So many people struggle with under the eye puffiness! This product sounds like it would fit the needs of those people and actually show results :)Mel |

  11. Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I don't have puffy eyes but read this could also be used on the eye lids??

    • Hayley Carr
      December 21, 2016 / 10:19 am

      It can, but I wouldn't apply too much and don't get too close to the eye. It's not meant for that area, it's designed for under-eye.

  12. Prettiful Blog
    January 6, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I find that this makes my concealer patchy when I use it under makeup. How do you use it?

    • Hayley Carr
      January 7, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      You may be using too much – you need the smallest amount and pat it into the skin. Don't apply any makeup until it's totally dry; if you need to, it may also be worth applying a touch of primer over the top too.

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