Here it is: Yet another "BB" product to join the bandwagon (click through to find out what the BB buzz is all about).
This one is packaged as an eye roller that disperses a fluid BB cream intended to correct dark circles, minimize puffiness, awaken skin, even skin tone, and hydrate.
Sounds amazing, right? Unfortunately, this self-proclaimed "miracle" worker fails on many fronts. Let's address them one by one.
1. Corrects dark circles? BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector goes on far too sheer to camouflage under-eye dark circles. Not only that, but the Fair/Light shade is a too dark for light skin tones so unless you have closer to a medium skin tone, this will only make the under-eye area darker. That's the last thing you want to do. And ingredient-wise, this doesn't contain anything to fade dark circles.
2. Minimizes puffiness? Garnier claims the combination of their "cooling" roller-ball applicator and the trade-name ingredient Haloxyl work together to correct puffiness. Using a roller-ball applicator only redistributes the fluid around the eye. Some may find it helpful, but most won't see much improvement. And a gentle fingertip massage works just as well.
As for Haloxyl (which is a blend of synthetic peptides and moisturizing agents), there is no published research proving it can reduce puffiness (or dark circles, for that matter).
3. Awakens skin? That's open for interpretation, but we really didn't find this product brightening or "awakening" for the eye area.
4. Evens skin tone? The sheer coverage that this provides can slightly even out skin tone, but it can't do much for more noticeable imperfections--not even if you try to build coverage with the lightweight, creamy fluid formula.
5. Hydrates? To a tiny degree this claim is true but the formula isn't one we'd consider all that moisturizing for those with dry skin around the eyes.
Besides all of the above, the fragrance-free formula contains a concentrated amount of denatured alcohol which can potentially damage skin (see More Info for the full scoop). Even if all the other issues weren't present, the shade range really only works for medium-to-tan skin tones which is pretty limiting considering the vast array of skin colors out there.
All things considered, BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector is more likely to hurt than it is to help.
- Too sheer to conceal dark circles.
- Won't alleviate puffiness as claimed.
- Isn't as hydrating as it's made out to be.
- Shade range will only work for medium-to-tan skin tones.
- Contains a potentially damaging amount of denatured alcohol.
There is actually a significant amount of research showing denatured alcohol (ethanol) causes free-radical damage in skin even at low levels. Small amounts of alcohol on skin cells in lab settings (about 3%, but keep in mind skin-care products use amounts ranging from 5% to 60% or greater) over the course of two days increased cell death by 26%. It also destroyed the substances in cells that reduce inflammation and defend against free radicals—this process actually causes more free-radical damage. If this weren't bad enough, exposure to alcohol causes skin cells to self-destruct! The research also showed that these destructive, aging effects on skin cells increased the longer exposure to alcohol occurred two days of exposure was dramatically more harmful than one day and that's at only a 3% concentration (Sources: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, August 2009, pages 20–24; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; Alcohol, Volume 26, Issue 3, April 2002, pages 179–190; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, April 2001, pages 109–166; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).