Have you ever wondered what pandas dream about all day as they lazily lounge about on the grassy forest floor munching on bamboo?
They fantasize about being white bears.
Pandas are as cute as buttons. But they don’t see it that way. They have the worst dark circles in the animal world and long for the white, flawless complexion of the white bears.
At least, that’s why Korean brands keep using pandas in their marketing for eye care products. One of the cutest is Tony Moly Brightening Eye Base, a portable brightening cream stick for the undereye area that can be used alone or under concealer (because, you know, the Koreans love coming up with extra steps for their skincare routine…).
Anyway, let’s start with what this cute panda stick is NOT.
It’s not a serum or eye cream. The stiff, but easy to blend, texture provides no hydration at all. But it’s not drying either, so we’re sort of good there.
It’s definitely not a concealer. It offers no coverage whatsoever. That’s good too. This eye base is white, so we’d look pretty odd if it had any. But, if you’re looking for something to cover your dark circles, this ain’t it.
It’s also not an effective treatment for dark circles. Although it contains haloxyl, a peptide the manufacturer claims can reduce the appearance of dark circles caused by blood pooling underneath the skin, there isn’t enough of it here to make a big difference.
(By the way, you won’t find haloxyl in the ingredient list. This peptide is made up of glycerin, hydroxysuccinimide, palmitoyl oligopeptide, steareth-20, chrysin and pamitoyl tetrapeptide-7, and they’re all listed separately).
So, what the heck does this cute panda do then?
It brightens the eye area. Basically, it’s a highlighter. The cutest highlighter ever made.
The formula is infused with a generous amount of mica, a sheer and translucent shimmering mineral that reflects light from the face, creating the illusion of smoother, softer, and more radiant skin.
If you have some serious panda-like dark circles and were going to use this alone, it wouldn’t end up well. All that luminosity would just attract attention to those pesky dark circles and make you look washed out and tired.
But underneath a concealer that can completely hide your dark circles? That’s when this panda shines, giving your skin that fresh and awake look we all crave.
Having said that, I think this is something that works best for young eyes. And even though the white colour does blend out well on my skin, I’m pretty fair myself. I can’t promise it’ll work so well on darker skin tones too. But if you wear it with a concealer, you shouldn’t have any problems.
If you’re a young pale princess who doesn’t mind adding an extra step to her beauty routine and is in love with all things panda (and how can you not be?), then I think you will like this.