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I Tried REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream and Now I Can’t Go Back

REN Clean Skincare Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream product shot on orange flower background with water droplets
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I’ve had many products in my skincare lineup – I’ll double cleanse, tone, try every serum and moisturizer around the block – but until recently (read: when I turned 28 a few months back), I didn’t see the need for an eye cream. Sure, I got the appeal, but did I really need the brightening? Would it make an actual difference to the dark eye circles I was beginning to get as a result of quarantine-induced insomnia?

A quick glance at the title of this will tell you that, yes, I did need the brightening and, hell yes, it would make a difference to my dark circles. And thus, I’ve accepted that I’ve crossed over into a new world of skincare.

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REN Clean Skincare Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream product shotRENREN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream$65

REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream: is it worth the hype?

But let’s start with the product. REN’s brightening eye cream is vegan and cruelty-free with a Clean at Sephora stamp (not to mention REN just partnered with competing brands Biossance, Caudalie, Herbivore and Youth To The People to sign an incredible zero-waste pledge by 2025). We’re already feeling great about the brand itself, but now about the cream. Retailing for $65 at Sephora, it is a higher-end eye cream (though eye creams in general tend to sit on the pricier range per fl. oz), but the hundreds of four- and five-star reviews on Sephora told me that this product might just be worth the coin.

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REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream: The pros

The packaging of the product is recyclable and comes in a small pump that dispenses just the right amount of cream. The cream itself is thick and nearly scent-free. To banish those dreaded dark circles, it contains elderberry flower (an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory wonder that will help with both photo-aging and puffiness). It’s moisturizing, but not greasy, and the hyaluronic acid (everyone’s favourite skincare ingredient) helps create a smoother appearance to those fine lines.

Side by side comparison of dark circles before and after using REN Clean Skincare Brightening Dark Circle Under Eye Cream
Dragging myself with this side-by-side comparison. The left shows my dark eye circles EVEN UNDER MAKEUP. Photo on the right is with clean skin directly after using REN Clean Skincare Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream. So much glow!


REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream: Lessons learned

For those who, like myself, are new to using an eye cream, here’s the order you want to add it into your routine: cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream, moisturizer. Your under-eye is a delicate area, so take care when applying products to the delicate skin. I like to use my ring or pinky finger to lightly pat the cream into my skin. When applied to the skin, the cream leaves it a long-lasting moisturized feeling that is surprisingly not heavy or greasy for the thick consistency. I also noticed that my skin instantly looked more luminous and bright. It’s subtle, but I did feel I looked more awake and youthful. A tiny bit goes a long way and this little cream will last you months (even when using AM and PM!).

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