Dark circle has been the biggest problem for me since I was a baby, it is indeed a natural born family signature as my dad also has horrible dark circles. I did not care until I was a teenage, then friends around me asked me to try using concealer to cover up the horrible natural born “issue”. Concealer is considered to be the driest “coverage” foundation, it has to contain a certain level and amount of “thickness” in order to make sure it can cover up dark skin/color tone. It indeed has an immediate awesome results and cover up dark skin tone around eye area for possibly 3 to 4 hours maximum. Immediately after usage, appearance of obvious lines around eye area was the consequences I had to take and became my long lasting problem.
I started very early on trying many different kinds of concealer and tried to find the most suitable kind for the best coverage. Years of using different kinds of concealer not only made me look funny on photos (with white powder under my eyes), it also created the biggest problem of my life earlier then expected – lines & wrinkles around eye area. From experience, Laura Mercier Sercret Concealer was best of the best! Try this if you want to have the best coverage with highest moisturizing level. One other product, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Highlighter was also a very good choice but this one does not have a good coverage.
I did not realize the huge problem until late 20’s when my sister was surprised to see my obvious lines at such an early age!!! She then suggested and helped me to find some good eye creams to pamper nutrition to my eyes; also taught me to use better eye cream and mix it up with concealer to moisturize eye area more often. The intention was trying to fade out those obvious lines. The era of expensive eye cream, eye patch and eye mask began. I tried and used many different brands, usually the most expensive kinds of eye cream, this period of time lasted for another 10+ years.
To be honest, i was addicted to concealer and could not stop using it because it gave me an immediate result and i did not have enough patience for eye cream nutrition pampering. I felt strange by looking at the mirror with a me “without concealer”during the time… At the end of my concealer life, I mixed my concealer with different kinds of eye cream which was a solution suggested from my sister and it worked!! By using eye cream more, the wrinkles and lines around eye area started to improve!! I went through the following process by using a gradually changing pattern:
- 80% concealer + 20% eye cream
- 60% concealer + 40% eye cream
- 40% concealer + 60% eye cream
- 20% concealer + 80% eye cream
- 0% concealer + 100% eye cream
Believe it or not, after years of eye cream treatment, i DO NOT use concealer anymore and i just look as same as before. (or even younger without lines)
From experience, here is a list of eye cream brands i used and liked in the pasted includes but not limited to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream, Forever Flawless Diamond Infused Eye Cream, Nu Skin Intensive Eye Complex, L’occitane Immortelle Divine Eyes Ultimate Youth Eye Treatment, Laura Mercier Eyedration Moisture Eye Crème, Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum, La Mer The Eye Concentrate, L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye, Innisfree Eco Science Wrinkle Spot Essence, TonyMoly Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Cream, The Face Shop Myeonghan Miindo Yul Sibigyeongrak Eyecream, ShiSeido BENEFIANCE WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream (I purchased and liked this because of ShiSeido BIO-PERFORMANCE Advanced Super Restoring Cream which is a MUST TRY), etc. I had also tried many “many” other brands and above items are those i think that worked best for me from memory.
Obviously i was a VIB at sephora but i currently changed my eye cream / treatment to Korean Brands and they are working just fine. Other than eye cream, i also started using those amazing eye patches a minimum of 3-4 times a week. Instead of concealer, i use White Cat Super Berry Silky Eye Balm from Korean Skincare now – TRY IT, they are AMAZING!
I honestly suggest many of you to consider pampering nutrition by using eye cream, eye patches, eye balm or eye mask instead of covering with thick foundation or concealer; i hope my detail sharing can inspirit you.
At last, here are some blog posts from Skin18.com:
- Product review of Miskin DiaForce Gold & Diamond Hydrogel Eye Patch / Mask
- Do we need Eye Cream? Why?