I’m not really one for eye creams – partly because of my olive skin tone and partly because I don’t sleep nearly enough I do have dark circles under my eyes, but I’ve learned to live with them rather than obsessing about them. In fact, whenever people say to me that they’ve got dreadful dark circles, I never really think they look all that noticable. When you’re up close and personal with your own mirror things always look far worse than they actually do in reality.

But, I have to admit that this is a stroke of sheer genius from Lauder. The Illuminator has a cooling ceramic applicator that really is stone cold to the touch – I can almost feel any puffiness shrinking away from the chill when I rub it around the eye area. Added to that, the formula is beautiful. Of course, the blurb talks about ‘Triple Optic Technology’, but when you cut to the chase, it is a very fine blend of illuminating pigments that both brighten and neutralize discolouration. It is a very, very good product indeed and does what it says on the tin.

Over time (and I haven’t used it long enough to vouch for this), it is said that dark circles will ‘dramatically’ decrease because the formula uses Pinoxide (no idea, sorry) and Magnolia extracts to boost circulation, while Vitamin C and (unspecified) botanical extracts reduce the appearance of darkness. Consumer testing saw 90% of women reporting an improvement in their dark circles and puffiness.


It’s out in June for £34.

Cooling Eye Illuminator really is a step-up in terms of under-eye radiance and easily the best in its field to date. 

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