I didn't have high expectations for this product because it looks like it will be along the lines of the iconic brighteners by Dior and YSL, which unfortunately just don't do enough for me to justify having them.
TM Instant Eye Lift is a surprisingly effective product. I have significant dark circles under my eyes now due to aging (why do we lose fat where we DON'T need to do so but keep it everywhere else?) and I need some coverage in addition to brightening. Instant Eye Lift does both.
I use foundation under my eyes to provide some minimal coverage, then put the Instant Eye Lift over the foundation in the inverted V application that TM recommends. The product is a light, creamy liquid that has some opacity but seems to blend into skin without harsh contrast. I get some illumination but I don't get the reverse raccoon look that I get with some other heavy coverage concealers that promise brightening, so my under eye area is lighter and fresher but natural looking.
I don't use TM products exclusively (I admit that I am not faithful to any brand but buy whatever works for me), but the line has some great products. This is one of them.
undereye products do a big job - they often have to deal with deep discolouration, shadows, puffiness, thin, dry skin, lines and more.
i've tried a lot of products and found that rotating my favourites on a needs basis has been the best strategy: a peach toned corrector (ben nye or bobbi brown) on the days dark circles are the biggest issue; a thick full cover concealer (mufe) when my skin is dry; a primer (mac prep and prime) if my skin looks lined; a highlighter (guerlain or clarins) when disguising shadows and puffiness is the top priority ... you get the idea.
when a friend of mine confessed she practically uses a tube of instant eye lift a week, despite my having a heap of undereye products already, i decided to give it a go, and i'm so glad i did.
putting aside the fact this could become a very expensive habit, i'm loving the results i'm getting so far. i use shade 1 (a light pink) over the top of whatever foundation (nc20) / tinted moisturiser / concealer i'm wearing and and i get a subtle but effective correcting, concealing and highlighting boost all from one product. plus it's really easy to apply and blends well. i will definitely be repurchasing ;-)
**UPDATE / reduced rating: no longer using this simply because of the frangrance; it's a nice scent, but around my eye area especially I only want calming ingrediants- so good-bye. I still like Trish's unscented Correct & Brighten for undereyes for a slim easy to pack light under-eye concealer.**
Nice concealer (it brightens too) for light to medium coverage under eyes. I sometimes use a bit on the eyelids too. I brush it on using the "triangle of light" method that Trish demos on her site- and it does what it says.
Many concealers will cover my eye circles (due to fat loss in this area from aging), but then my skin texture will look worse, more wrinkles. This product softens the circles, brightens the area and improves the look of my skin texture....for an easy natural look.
Usually, I use the LM Secret Concealer under my eyes and the LM Secret Camouflage duo around my marionette lines/nose.
However, this can be time consuming and sometimes I just want something in a wand. The problem? Most wand application concealers don't provide the heavy duty coverage I require.
Enter Instant Eye Lift. Great coverage with brightening effects in zero time. I plan on buying a few extra in case she ever discontinues it, as Trish tends to do with her best stuff.
This is amazing. I've tried so many concealers under my eyes and they all crease and/or don't cover my circles at all. I put a few dabs under each eye and blend - no circles, no creases, my undereye area is so bright without looking cakey! I truly love this it's better than anything else I've ever tried. I don't know about the color selection because I got this in a Trish kit and there is no color listed on the bottom soo maybe this is the only color. I'm fair and it works perfectly for me.