Lightwand Eye Brightener

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$25 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Illuminating/Shimmer
Last Updated:
6/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Lightwand Eye Brightener is an automatic retractable pencil available in a pale yellow color that’s more flattering for undereye use (think dark circles) than you might suspect. The yellow tone goes on lighter than you would think, effectively brightening undereye shadows without looking garish or washed out.

The other end of the pencil has a slightly pointed rubber sponge that’s pre-loaded with illuminating powder. The sponge can be dabbed on the outside of the tear duct—where the eye meets the nose—to highlight this area and create a subtle brightening effect, or you can use the dabber to highlight other areas such as the browbone.

This is by no means a necessary product because you can create the same look with concealer and pale shimmer eyeshadow. But, if you don’t mind spending the money for an easy two-in-one trick to brighten the eye area, you may want to give this product a try.

Pros:

  • Yellow-toned pencil creates a subtle brightening effect.
  • Dabber pre-loaded with illuminating powder for quick highlighting.
  • Fun and easy to use; doesn’t require a brush.

Cons:

  • Pricey.

Mally Roncal is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, not to mention numerous spreads in fashion magazines. After much success as a makeup artist, Roncal launched Mally Beauty—her namesake line of makeup and limited skin-care products—with the guiding philosophy that "the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful." That’s a great philosophy, but the question is: Are these quality products with a difference that will help you look and feel more beautiful?

As might be expected, Mally Roncal's celebrity cache created buzz when her line launched, and the chatter has led to a strong following on the QVC shopping channel, which is the primary home of her products. While Roncal knows how to sell a product (She is quite the cheerleader on air!) and she has worked with celebrities, that doesn't automatically mean all the Mally Beauty products are worth buying.

Although there are some well-formulated and innovative products to be found, Mally Beauty has a few misses. The majority of Mally Beauty's eye makeup and eyebrow products perform quite well, they feature a spectacular concealer with sunscreen and there are some good lip color options as well. Mally's Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Evercolor Poreless Face Defender are top notch worthy of special mention.

On the flipside, Mally Beauty misses the mark with a few of the foundations, primers, and blushes we tried. The foundation we experimented with was especially disappointing because Mally Roncal is known for creating the illusion of perfect, dewy-looking skin, which her Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation didn't accomplish with our team.

We have to give Mally Beauty praise for including helpful application tips, demonstration videos, and full ingredient lists on the company website, and for their wonderful team who was more than helpful in sending products for The Paula's Choice Research Team to experiment with. There are some strong options to be found here, as well as others we would recommend skipping and our reviews will steer you toward what’s worth your time and money.

For more information about Mally Beauty, call 1-855-625-5948 or visit www.mallybeauty.com.

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