To sleep, perchance to dream of disappearing dark circles with the new Lancôme Teint Miracle Instant Retouch Pen ($29.50).
Lancôme calls this illuminating instrument a multipurpose foundation in a pen. Micro-fluorescent particles in the formula supposedly mimic a surge of natural light to illuminate and smooth the skin while reducing the appearance of imperfections on the face.
Brilliant! So does it work?
Well, I think that depends.
Do you adore YSL’s Touche Éclat? It looks like Lancôme does. The similarities between YSL’s award winner and the Teint Miracle Instant Retouch Pen are recognizable from a mile away — the pen packaging, the brush tip, the whole illuminating angle. It’s Touche Éclat déjà vu in a less expensive ensemble ($29.50 vs. $40 for Touche Éclat).
YSL Touche Éclat garners a huge following, and I have friends who swear by the stuff. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t do much for me. I’ve tried using it as a highlighter, as well as a concealer, but I think my under-eye circles are like Touche Éclat kryptonite. They’re too dark for it to completely cover.
The same goes for Lancôme Instant Retouch. I’ve been wearing shade No. 3 at the inner corners of my eyes to brighten, beneath my eyes to conceal dark circles and on my lids as a base, but I haven’t really seen a significant improvement in any of its core claims, from illuminating, to smoothing, to concealing imperfections. With or without Instant Retouch, I still look exhausted.
I do really like one thing about it — it doesn’t settle into my fine lines, but it’s not enough to make me an overall fan. That said, if you’re a fan of Touche Éclat, you may have just found a less expensive option.
PRICE: $29.50 (available in six shades)
AVAILABILITY: At Lancôme stores, counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,