Bobbi Brown Springs Into Action with a New Tinted Eye Brightener

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Bobbi Brown, Queen of Neutrals, wants to help us look a little less tired with her new spring collection. Called Makeup Face Lift (Hey, BB! My sleep-deprived self is totally down for that!), the eight-piece collection’s mix of new and re-promoted products from the permanent line are supposed to be able to help create a fresh face in five minutes or less.


First, what do you think of the Tinted Eye Brightener ($38, comes in eight shades)? It’s basically Bobbi’s famous potted Tinted Eye Brightener repackaged as a convenient click pen.

I’d heard about it before but hadn’t given it a try until today. Now I see why so many women like it! 🙂

Talk about creeeeamy. Like hot butter — hot butter that doesn’t settle into little lines and creases, so it’s like *magic* hot butter if you’re 30-something (like me).

Wearing Tinted Eye Brightener in Light-to-Medium Peach

Coverage-wise, it’s pretty sheer, but can build up to semi-opaque. For minor-to-moderate under-eye discoloration (not severe darkening like after I’ve pulled an all-nighter with Bejeweled 2 on my iPhone), Tinted Eye Brightener should work like a dream.

When my dark circles are really bad, I’ll use it more as a color corrector, layering it beneath something with better coverage like The Balm’s Time Balm Concealer ($18).

As for the price, Tinted Eye Brightener will set you back a hefty $38, and the .05-oz pen does seem kinda small for what you get.


LOVE how flexible it is, but I’d be feeling it more at $15.

If you’ve been out prowling for a light-to-medium coverage concealer that doesn’t accentuate those pesky fine lines (trust me, concealers that do this are hard to find), you might want to give it a go. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. SS says:

    I do love Bobbi’s stuff, but some of it seems stupid expensive for what you get. I mean, come on! Anyways, I am waiting until that final free moment where I can sneak out and grab myself some goodies, including that pretty eyeshadow quad from Chanel and that Bobbi Pen, and those pretty new Lillyland Bronzer/blush flower powder. Yum! Wouldn’t it be awesome if Nordstrom/sephora had a program where every morning you could go to their store and use all the new products? Not take them home, but try ANYTHING You like?!? Endless supply of beauty…..heaven!!!!

  2. Stef says:

    I don’t know Karen, I’d pay $38 for even a one-time use of Magic Hot Butter! Sounds sexy.

    You look rather fresh, I’m thinking I may need to get some of this. And you are SO right, us 30 somethings have a hard time with undereye coverage.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… e.l.f. smudge brush – the best $3 you’ll ever spend! =-.

    • Karen says:

      True, true. Ugh, the search for concealer definitely got harder in my 30s. If it wasn’t settling into fine lines it was disappearing, or looking all cakey and sketchy…

  3. Tuhina says:

    Is this comparable to Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat – which is a cult classic?

  4. Smiley says:

    Haha half price would definitely be better. I never really needed under eye concealers, but with all this stress and testing I think I might need this!
    .-= Smiley’s last blog post… Leftovers =-.

  5. Jen says:

    why does everything you post about make me WANT to run to the store and get it… i NEED this…. well my horrible dark circles NEED this!
    .-= Jen’s last blog post… The Monday Blues! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen,

      If yours are really dark this might work better as a color corrector layered beneath a more heavy duty concealer. Have you tried The Balm’s Time Balm? It’s so great!

  6. marisol says:

    Dude you and my mom should hang. She stays up late playing Bejeweled. I bought her the game for her ipod but she didnt like it. She said it isn’t the same because it doesnt connect to her FB account.

    .-= marisol’s last blog post… 2010 Resolution Suggestions =-.

  7. Shao says:

    Just so you know, a lot of people compare this to Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, and while the Touche Eclat may seem just a bit more expensive, you actually get twice the amount of product for that little extra!

  8. bomi says:

    very similar to a concealer stick or just even concealer in general…… right?
    i guess this is more to-go….

  9. I have to say the convenience of a click pen applicator would be really nice on the go. A few sweeps around 3pm when my makeup isn’t holding up as well as I’d like! But the price tag just doesn’t do it for me! Esp if it only has light to medium coverage… My circles need way more fire power than that!
    .-= Khalia Bentson’s last blog post… TGIF!!!! =-.

  10. snoopysteph says:

    Clinique makes a concealer/brightener in a click pen and I’ve been using it for years! It’s called Airbrush Concealer (I think) and comes in 3 shades and it’s only $19.50! (Also .05oz) It’s great for brightening up the under eye area but if I’m having a super duper dark circle kinda day I layer it underneath a heavier concealer too (I like Clinique’s All About Eyes concealer or Prescriptives Camoflauge concealer).

    You’re right – the older we get the harder it is to find a good concealer! What’s up with that?

  11. Hafsa says:

    I actually use something pretty similar from Clinique, its called the Airbrush Concealer, its also sheer and it illuminates and “perfects” as the website puts it. Better yet, its only $19 compared to this Bobbi Brown.

    I hear ya, I have dark circles too, but sometimes I like embracing my dark circles, and just touching them up a bit, and this works perfect for that as well. It lightens up the area, and I can build up the coverage if I want to 🙂
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Gray snow =-.

  12. amy says:

    Sounds like something I would like to try because I hate it when my concealer settles into my fine lines.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Sula Beauty Roll on Perfume Collection =-.

  13. diane says:

    You’re 30 something? Wow!…Didn’t thought of that….

    You look great!
    .-= diane’s last blog post… A Twiggy inspired make up for daily look =-.

  14. Tavia says:

    I’ve never tried BB products, I can’t say I’m really into them. I really don’t use any tinted eye brightener but I like how this one looks on you, the difference is pretty noticeable 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Chic Giveaway! Enter to win a Chic Bracelet, Vichy Thermal Mask, Nivea Styling Mousee and L’Oreal Cashmere Perfect foundation =-.

  15. Nika says:

    I LOVE Bobbi Brown! This one really does liven up the eyes. But I’m thinking of going for the Time Balm concealer like you said. Is that cream-based? I actually have no idea what the pros and cons are for using cream, liquid, powder, or stick concealers :/

  16. Jenny says:

    I’d really love to give this a try.. I think we have the same skin color and this looks beautiful on you! However, the hefty price is a turn-off . Gosh, 0.05 oz is about 1.5 mL which is equivalent to a little over 22 drops. But it looks so good on you, especially around the inner corners! I’m going to shimmy my butt over to nordies this weekend and go have a look. Hopefully I don’t fall in love with it.. I just might end up bringing it home!

  17. NINA says:

    From one 30sumthin to another – that product is magic! I want, I want!!!! 😀

  18. Megan says:

    So Karen I was already thinking I needed to e-mail you. You see I was a devoted fan of Prescriptives Site Unseen brightening undereye concealer. I was sad to hear the brand was going, but the concealer was the only product I used. I am by no means out yet, but I feel I need to start looking for the next one. The issue is that I typically don’t wear foundation on most days – I wear Stila’s illuminating tinted moisturizer. The Site Unseen was good because it provided coverage, without being heavy so that I could just wear the moisturizer and it blended well – plus it was super easy to apply. So do you think this would be a replacement? I tired BB concealers before and found them heavy – too heavy to wear with just tinted moisturizer. And I’m with you on the $38 price tag – that’s high for just concealer. I would love any recommendations you might have.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Megan, I think this could work for you. In the pics above I’m wearing two layers. If you do one you could have light coverage that should work with tinted moisturizer.

      You might also want to check out Givency’s Mister Light. It has similar light coverage, with a lil’ bit more pearl though. And, it’s cheaper:

      Givenchy Mister Light

  19. I agree Karen, the price is too hefty. Sometimes I think eye brighteners draw MORE attn to the bags under my eyes–I just want them to blend in–not stick out!

  20. Sarah says:

    Impressive results! I like
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Beauty Review: AVON nailwear pro in Golden Wine =-.

  21. julie says:

    thanks for the review! i’m not 30-something but 40-something and i’m finding i need a little help! i’ve used dior’s stick called something-flash and it was fine but also pricey. i’m now using the time balm that you mention and it find it’s ok but do you have a review of it? how do you like it? is there something better?

    • Karen says:

      I actually LOVE TIme Balm. Like, OHMIGAWD-if-they-ever-discontinued-it-I’d-die, LOVE IT.

      I haven’t reviewed it yet but that’s essentially it in a nutshell, LOL!

  22. Michelle says:

    Hey Karen! I’m in my teens – 16, and i just want something to cover those eye-bags & dark-eye circles of mine. Something sheer – as given my age – as they aren’t THAT prominent or severe. And also relatively affordable/cheap but good? Do you have anything in mind for me? Thank you!

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