Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review -- Tarte Tight & Bright Eye Perfector

I'm not a fan of gimmicky products.

I much prefer simple, no frills products that don't promise the moon and the stars and the sun.

But I'm also pretty curious by nature, so sometimes when a new product comes out that makes some lofty claims, I can't resist the urge to try it.

That's what happened with the Tarte Tight & Brighten Eye Perfector Double-Ended Priming Serum & Brightener.

Tarte does promise quite a bit with this product -- they claim the double-ended priming serum and brightener can help you fake a good night's sleep by reducing dark circles and softening the appearance of fine lines. It is also meant to enhance the wear your under eye concealer, which is something I'm always looking to do.

Tarte Tight & Bright Eye Perfector
The product consists of two parts. The pink-toned primer is meant to smooth the skin under your eyes and hide discoloration so your concealer applies more easily, looks better and wears longer.  After applying your favorite concealer, you pat the yellow-toned brightener over it to make your under eye area look fresh and radiant.

Tarte Tight & Bright Eye Perfector (l. to r.): Under Eye Priming Serum & Rejuvenating Eye Brighter

Tarte Tight & Bright Eye Perfector (l. to r.): Under Eye Priming Serum & Rejuvenating Eye Brighter
I don't know if I can honestly say that the Tarte Tight & Brighten Eye Perfector actually does *all* of that.

But I have to say that my under eye concealer has never looked as good as it has since I started using this product.


But really, I'm talking about the primer end of the Tight & Brighten.

The Tarte Rejuvenating Eye Brightener does do a bit to help brighten the under eye area, but it's not any different than other brightening products designed for that area. Specifically, it's very similar to the Mally Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener.  I like both fine, but don't feel as if either of them is that unique. (I will say that I like the consistency of the Tarte Rejuvenating Eye Brightener a little bit better, though.)

The Under Eye Priming Serum, though?

Yeah, I'm seriously in love with that.

I wish Tarte would sell it all on its own, actually.

I've experimented with a lot of primers under my eyes. Usually, I spread a little of whatever face primer I'm using that day there to serve as a base for my concealer. I've also used eye primers like the Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance under my eyes before my concealer and those have definitely helped the wear of my concealer and prevent creasing.

Still, none of them seem to compare to the way Tarte's Under Eye Priming Serum performs.

My concealer always goes on smoothly, without any cakiness or creasing, when I use it. In fact, I get all the coverage of a concealer without looking like I'm wearing any makeup under my eyes at all -- that's pretty fabulous, in my book.

I've tried the Tarte Under Eye Priming Serum with virtually every under eye concealer in my collection -- Tarte's Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye, CoverGirl Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, etc. -- and it works equally well with all of them.

I've had this product for just about three months and I can safely say that I don't ever want to be without it -- because I absolutely see a difference when I use it and when I don't.

Now, I've seen that the Tight & Brighten Eye Perfector has gotten some pretty mixed reviews on, so it may be one of those products that works well for some people and not so well for others.  If you've been curious about it, I'd give it a try and see how it performs on your skin -- you can always return it if you don't see any difference.

Because if it works for you like it works for me, you're definitely going to want this baby in your makeup bag.

Right now, the only place where  you can get the Tarte Tight & Brighten Eye Perfector is QVC.  It retails for $34.50 plus shipping & handling for .15 fl oz of the primer and .15 fl oz of the brightener. 

Are you tempted by the Tarte Tight & Brighten Eye Perfector?  Do you use a primer under your under eye concealer?

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