I swear I'm low-maintenance: dark circles

Today on the low-maintenance woman, we’re talking about undereye circles. And we’re talking about them from the perspective of someone who is practically see-through, and thus has them basically all the time. It doesn’t matter how well-rested I am, they’re never fully gone. When I’m tired or not feeling well, they’re really bad.

A couple of years ago, I went makeup shopping with Abby, my personal stylist. This was mainly because I was going to be a bridesmaid in my friend Jill’s wedding, and didn’t want to look like an idiot. One of the things I purchased that day was a tube of Pixi Undercover concealer. This stuff is fantastic, and believe it or not I am still using the same one now, and there’s still some left. (Yes, I know by the Laws of Makeup I should have tossed it long ago because there is probably some bacteria growing in it, but you know what? It’s bacteria that got on there because it was on my face to begin with, so I’m OK with it.) Until recently, they only sold in the US through Sephora, and not every Sephora seemed to carry them (as I was very snootily informed when I inquired at one in Philadelphia), and Sephora’s online store didn’t carry it either. Now they have a US website, and they are also selling some part or spinoff of their line at Target. Yay and yay!

Anyway, I use that almost every day (sometimes even on days when I’m not planning to put on any other makeup). It really does make a difference, which continues to surprise me.

This summer, after paging through Benefit’s catalog a couple of times, I got it into my head that using eye cream would also help to reduce my dark circles. I picked up a bottle of Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Brightening Cream (links to drugstore.com — the Aveeno website doesn’t seem to have this posted). I would have gotten something from Oil of Olay, since that’s what I use for facial wash & daytime moisturizer, but theirs were mostly twice the price of Aveeno’s line. Sorry, but I’m just not willing to pay upwards of $30 for half an ounce of lotion. (Apparently I will pay $15, though.)

In theory this is supposed to reduce dark circles and puffiness. I’ve been using it twice a day since I got it in August, and to that claim I say “bah!” I have seen zero difference. The cream itself is a little sparkly, which might help refract some light away from the dark circles, but I see no noticeable difference. So I’ll use this up, but I won’t bother trying anything else, at least not for the next decade or so.