Strangely, when I’ve literally just answered an email asking for eye cream recommends and responded saying that I don’t really use eye creams often, the REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift pops along for me to try. I love the idea of anything instant – I’m suspicious of creams that ask you to take a 3 month leap of faith because I think you forget what you looked like in the first place over than period of time so I’ve happily given this a go this morning.

Firstly, although REN is easily a favourite brand of mine (their One Minute Facial goes down as an all time star), I don’t like the Keep Young & Beautiful header – as we all know, youth and beauty aren’t mutually exclusive. What’s wrong with just Keep Beautiful? The REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift promises to brighten and ‘lift’ the eye area instantly. I quite often find that products like this make things worse, not better, and although it has a slightly ‘stiff’ feel once its on the skin, it certainly didn’t make under eye creasing worse. I felt that I did see some brightening and smoothing action, although ‘lift’ might be a bit optimistic on the REN side. More importantly, when I put make up over it, it didn’t shift or move into those little squirls that can happen.

The key ingredient that REN is utilising is something new – Tuberose Active Shells which is the integration of tuberose cells and trimethylglycine, an amino acid that, in theory, should work well on dark circles and puffiness as well as any creasing. I can definitely say that the slight eye puffing that I had has gone, but I don’t really think it made any inroads into creases. So, I think that REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift gives best results on soothing puffs and adding a bit of brightness to the under eye area. I have quite deep dark circles but I’m at peace with them so personally, I’d keep this in my stash for mornings when puffiness or swelling is an issue.

REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift launches in February of next year so we have a little while to wait. I’ll flag up when it hits the shelves, but if puffs are your problem, it’s well worth snapping up.


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