Get instantly brighter eyes

by LIZ STOUT, femail.co.uk

As the party season approaches invest in a good under-eye concealer that will banish dark cycles, no matter how you're feeling. We put six of the best to the test.

Prescriptives Camouflage Cream, £13

They say: A lightweight cream, which blends easily and is long-wearing, without drying or caking. Use all over the eyelid to even out skin and use as a highlighter shade to make eyes brighter.

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We say: This blended into the under-eye area over foundation and hardly any blending was needed. The texture was 'dry' without being drying on the skin and so left no oily streaking. The finish was matte rather than ultra-brightening but lessened dark circles without looking caked on and felt soft and silky on the skin. The tube is compact and easy to slip into most size make-up bags

Bourjois D'un Coup de Pinceau, £6.50 - on sale from 1st Dec

They say: With light-reflecting pigments that not only cover up dark circles and slight skin flaws but also make your eyes look actually brighter. The delicate skin is further protected with added vitamin E to help mop up damaging free radicals.

We say: This thick, creamy fluid blends easily and covers up dark circles well, although our tester wasn't convinced that it brightened the eye area noticeably, so wouldn't be rushing out to buy it. However she was impressed with the eyeliner-style package with built-in brush which was easy to use - and store in her handbag.

Ultima II Brighten Up, Tighten Up, £20

They say: Ultra lightweight and non-greasy, Brighten Up, Tighten Up moisturises, brightens and firms the fragile skin around the eye area, day and night. You'll see results immediately, but the skin care benefits carry on working and working.

We say: Eyes immediately looked brighter with this sheer, light deflecting eye cream and by lunchtime our tester's morning after shadows seemed much improved. The consistency is non-greasy but quite thick, so it's very easy to apply too much at once - especially as you have to scoop the product out of the little jar it comes in. A squeezy tube or applicator pen might be more user-friendly and economical.

L'Oreal Paris Magique, £5.99

They say: Not only does L'Oreal Magique efficiently and subtly disguise dark circles, redness and shadows, it instantly brightens and lightens the skin, giving your complexion all day radiance.

We say: Our tester found this difficult to blend, although once she had applied the product evenly, the coverage was good and her eyes immediately looked brighter. The big complaint with this product was the felt tip-style applicator which felt too small and difficult to use, compared to the wide flexible brush of her regular under-eye concealer.

Molton Brown Take Cover Eyes - Morning After Concealer, £12.50

They say: A unique multi-benefit treatment concealer for eyes with micro-collagen anti-ageing technology, light reflectors and excellent under-eye circle coverage.

We say: Easy to blend and effective at hiding those tell-tale dark circles. The coverage is quite heavy so take care not to over-apply or it could streak. The anti-ageing technology was impossible to assess after only a couple of days of use but our tester wasn't especially impressed with the product's light reflecting abilities. The handy mess-free twist applicator got a thumbs-up because it allows you to soak the soft, wide brush with the right amount of product.

YSL Touche Éclat, £20

They say: Acts like a matte, luminous veil of colour that hides dark circles and smooths small imperfections. In one universal shade, it blends in perfect;y with all skin tones, both pale and dark.

We say: It was hard to find a beauty guinea pig who wasn't already a big fan of Touche Éclat. Once we had, it wasn't long before she too was converted. The light sheer formula blends with ease, leaving skin immediately brighter. The applicator brush is kind on the skin and is the perfect shape and length. And of course, there's the trademark packaging - a sleek gold tube that's a stylish addition to any make-up bag. It may not be the cheapest but we reckon it's still the best.

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