Friday, January 15, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The product featured was provided for review.
Any makeup product that promises to make me look more awake and glowy is a must-try in my book so I was pretty excited to test drive the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand ($55 CAD). Duo-ended to include a hydrating eye cream, this highlighting pen promises to brighten tired eyes, conceal dark circles, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. To read more about it and see some swatches, click......
Mini Miracle Eye Wand in "Shade 1"
Packaging:
The Mini Miracle Eye Wand is a duo-ended click-pen. Both sides have a small synthetic brush applicator. To dispense the product, simply grip and turn the rose gold neck of the pen. The size is very compact and travel-friendly but my only complaint is that the product tends to ooze out at the base of the brush as opposed to the tip, which is slightly irritating as it's harder to dab the product onto the skin. The total amount of the product included is 3ml, so I assume there is 1.5ml each of the eye cream and the liquid highlight (for comparison, the YSL Touche Eclat has 2.5ml of product).

Formulation:
So what sets this highlighting pen apart from the others, in my opinion, is the inclusion of a lightweight eye cream designed to be applied before the highlight. The Under-Eye Cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid, salicornia plant extract, and rice proteins; it has a very light, almost serum-like texture. I really appreciate the fact that it's so light and fast-absorbing, which means it doesn't affect the application of the liquid highlight. Also, for those with dry skin, this simplifies the morning routine by including an eye cream right onto the other end of the pen. With that said, it's not my favorite component of the product; I'd rather get a full 3ml of the highlight.
Mini Miracle Eye Wand in "Shade 1"
Now let's move onto the Soft Focus Eye Brightener. Shade 1 is a light cool-tone pink (there are no sparkles or shimmers) that works nicely for my NC20 skin. The formulation is smooth and rich, not too runny and not too tacky. It blends wonderfully and it brightens and illuminates the skin. Its consistency and formulation are very similar to that of the YSL Touche Eclat; I personally can't really see a big difference. I actually use this under my eyes and over my lids as well to really wake up my eyes. The product gives a good coverage but it's not a heavy-duty concealer by any means. Overall, this is a fantastic highlight pen. The inclusion of the eye cream is innovative and convenient but it's not a selling point for me.

Availability:
Charlotte Tilbury is available online and in stores at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.
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