Partying, deadlines, Netflix binges: We've all stayed up past our bedtimes at one time or another and had panda eyes to show for it the next day. Whether you're a university student heading back to class this fall or you're burning the midnight oil as you work towards that next promotion, The Estée Edit Late Night Eraser Brightening Eye Balm with Pink Peony ($48) deserves a place in your makeup bag.
This brightening eye balm delivers the long-term benefits of skincare and and the instant gratification of an illuminating product with its unique formula and packaging. Micro-powdered real pearls add an instant hit of radiance to dark undereye circles; pink peony, cucumber, and apple soothe; and hyaluronic acid hydrates. The cooling metal tip helps soothe and smooth away puffiness.
In the past two months of testing, I've found Late Night Eraser improves darkness instantly upon application; the effect is subtle but noticeable. I also love how the cooling metal tip feels as it glides across the undereye area. If you squeeze product out and start gliding immediately, the metal tip will create too much drag. It's much better to squeeze a bit onto your ring finger and tap the product in, massaging slightly as you go, and then start gliding. The balm's primer-like texture sits well under concealer (or over it if you need a mid-day pick-me-up), but if you over-apply you run the risk of mid-day creasing.
I haven't used Late Night Eraser regularly enough to attest to its long-term benefits as an eye cream substitute. That being said, it's fast, versatile, effective, and easy, and it's the kind of "no-makeup makeup" product (like BB cream or tinted lip balm) that'd be great in a gym bag for looking polished post-workout with minimal effort. (Personally, I keep it in my medicine cabinet as a pinch hitter on particularly brutal mornings.) It won't wake you up as well as a caffeine jolt, but it's the next best thing.
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