September 04, 2014

Review: Bare Minerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener + DUPE

After receiving an Ulta gift card, I knew I had to pick up the Bare Minerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener. This "corrector" if you will, is available for $22 in-stores and online at Ulta, Sephora, and online at

Bare Minerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener

I picked up the shade "Luminous 1". There are 4 shades available, this one being the lightest and most pink. So if you have a fair to light skin tone, about a MAC NC15-25, this will be your perfect shade. Any fairer and it might be too dark under your eyes to brighten.

 Bare Minerals "Luminous 1"

"Luminous 1" is a pale pink liquid formula. I find liquid concealers the best for under the eye.

The brightener comes in a tube with a flat doe foot applicator. The wand isn't stiff and bends at the tip. There is 0.18 oz of product, so a fairly good amount. The formula has a solid medium coverage and doesn't settle into my fine lines. Keep in mind I have little to no under eye circles and minimal fine lines just under my eyes.

The formula of this brightener is on the thin side, which for me is fine underneath the eyes. It blends very easily. This lasts for a good 9 hours before I noticed any wear.

Like most Bare Minerals products, this is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. Wooo!! No bad stuff absorbing into the skin! And this also doesn't have bismuth oxychloride, which means us sensitive skin girls won't break out!

If you don't have the money to spend on this eye brightener, a cheaper drugstore alternative is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Dircle Concealer in "Brightener"Both brighteners have a light pink tone to them and are a liquid formula that is meant to counteract dark circles. 

However, the Maybelline concealer comes in a twist up applicator with a sponge tip, not very hygienic, and it has parabens. Not good! You get slightly more product here with 0.20 oz. And it's less than half the price of the Bare Minerals, retailing for only $8.99 at Ulta and about $7.99 at Target and Walmart. 

If you have the money to spend on this brightener and you have light to medium under eye circles, then I say pick this up! If you have severe under eye circles then I would say you need something stronger. It's a great product for brightening up the face, and doesn't break me out. Well worth the $22! 


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