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.