I’m no fan of under eye concealer. Previous ones have either been too cakey or oily to be considered a staple in my daily beauty regimen, so I’ve accepted the fine lines, dark circles, and eye bags that have been conspiring against my face (and my imaginary modeling career) for the past ten years.
I figured that if eye bags were good enough for Carine Roitfeld, they’re good enough for me. But I totally changed my tune on how I feel about under eye concealers when the Phyto-Cernes Eclat from Sisley fell into my lap.
The Phyto-Cernes Eclat promises to be a concealer and skincare product rolled into one. It contains ingredients to help fight off three main problems in the skin at the under eye area: shoddy microcirculation responsible dark circles, tissue slackening and reduction of fatty deposits responsible for eye bags, and dryness behind fine lines. Some of the ingredients are extracts that come from organically-grown plants — I don’t know if that’s supposed to help, but I’m sure it will win you good karma points when you get to Hippie Heaven.
I’ve always been intrigued by cosmetic products that double as skin care, mostly because skincare and makeup are almost always at odds with each other. The 2-in-1 nature of this product makes my inner lazy girl dance with joy.
The concealer is is available in three shades:
1. Pinky beige, for fair to very fair skin
2. Peach, for fair skin
3. Apricot, for olive skin
Swatch of shade 1, 2, 3 (L to R)
I was listening to Beastie Boys when I tried out the product, which put me in a a pretty playful/rebellious mood — so I went against the shade recommendation for my skin tone (#3 for olive skin tones) and chose the slightly orange-toned #2.
The texture of the product is somewhere between canola oil and porridge: it doesn’t glide on as smoothly as the MAC Select Moisturecover , but it will fully cooperate to the demands of your finger or brush once the skin warms and melts it.
Before and After
The product comes in a tube with a metal applicator tip that you apply directly onto the skin before blending with an applicator brush, but since I received the product in a sample sachet, I applied it with my ring finger. But that didn’t keep the results from looking pretty impressive, with the product doing an excellent job of neutralizing the my dark circles and eye bags.
There is one catch to this product though: while it did really well to hide my dark circles and eye bags, it was less kind to my fine lines. After about two hours of wear, I noticed that my fine lines appeared more prominent due to the product somewhat drying up. Despite this, I’d still seriously consider buying the Phyto-Cernes Eclat for its skincare qualities. It’s not every day you run into a concealer that also works to actually prevent additional future damage to the super sensitive skin under the eyes.
The Sisley Phyto-Cernes Eclat retails in Indonesia for IDR 1,050,000 (15 ml) at select Sisley counters at department stores in Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Bali.