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Feb 9, 2009

Neutrogena Eye Tints

The Muse is a fond fan of her Benefit Lemon Aid so when she seen Neutrogena Skin Soothing Eye Tints she thought that here was a rather decently priced substitute!

Neutrogena Eye Tints promise to brighten up the eye area just like Benefit Lemon Aid but at a mere fraction of the cost plus had the added benefits of multitasking as a primer and having a cooling sensation to calm puffy eyes.

Will it replace my beloved Benefit Lemon Aid? Find out after the jump!

One of the first things that kinda puzzled me about Neutrogena Eye Tints was the entire cooling sensation epidemic. I didn't get it at all. My eyes do become puffy but that's under my eyes not on my lid area....does anyone get puffy eyes around the lid area? Unless you're having some serious allergies or cried yourself silly I doubt you have problems with this. This promises a lasting cooling sensation for puffy, tired eyes! And guess what? It does delivery a cooling sensation. But completely pointless for me...cooling would be fabs UNDER my eye not over it. Sadly, I actually found that the cooling sensation or whatever active ingredient is doing all that cooling created an irritating feeling for me. I'm unsure if I was having a reaction or what but it made my eye feel very strange and after I washed it off it still felt weird. I experienced a bit of blurriness as well but I'm chalking that up to maybe my eye makeup remover? But either way I thought the cooling was absolutely annoying as hell. The best way to describe it would be as if I had placed some dry ice on my eye lid or something. Fair warning for those with sensitive eyes!

Now this is available in two shade selections only which are a flesh colored honey shade and a pale pink shade entitled Petal Shimmer, this is the one I got. The product comes housed in a small glass jar a la MAC Paint Pots. The product has what some may call a "fresh floral" scent however for me it smelled like cheap cosmetics. It's a creamy shimmer which I consider more of a shadow rather than a base or a brightener. I dunno if it's my skin tone but I experienced no brightening of my eye area at least not the results I'd see using Benefit Lemon Aid which brightens my eye area up considerably. This simply looks like I'm wearing a pale pink shimmering cream shadow which in fact, is what the product is but just advertised as something more which, in fact, it's not.

Well that's two things it doesn't do so far. No brightening and no soothing my puffy eyes.

Finally it promises to act as a primer for my eye shadow and prevent creasing and fading. Ummm ya....not so much. Mostly it makes applying my shadow more difficult since it pills as I blend my shadow. After the drama of finally getting my shadow on all straight I set out to begin my day and waited out the promise of crease-free shadow! Within 2 hours my shadow began to fall apart, literally. It pilled, it creased, and it just created a whole lot of drama. Not fun.

Three uses, one product. Neutrogena Eye Tints promises three products in one little pot.

Soothes puffy eyes? Fail.
Brightens the eye area? Fail.
Prevents creasing and fading? Fail.

Sadly, it delivers on none of the promise it makes. I'm quite happy that I paid a sale price of $3.98 USD for this as if I'd paid the retail of nearly $9 USD I'd be crying right now at the unjustness of it all. Aside from acting as a very pretty pale pink cream shadow with a hint of shimmer (which I can't even use it as since it irritates my eye with the "cooling sensation) this pretty much does nothing it claims, so not worth it in this Muse's opinion.

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Blogger Phyrra said...

Yuck! I would NOT want a cooling sensation on my lids. I actually abused my eyelids by doing several different makeup looks in one day (friday), and my top lids were puffy!

I was guessing just from what it promised to do that it would be an epic fail!

Thanks for letting us know not to purchase it :)

February 9, 2009 at 6:25 PM  
Anonymous witchy said...

Maybe it'll work for those who paid full price for it... you know, after they cry themselves silly over the USD9, it will help de-puff their lids. LOL.

February 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Shefali said...

Hey Muse! I love love love the picture and caption, "No Likey!!" I totally started laughing when I read that and looked at the picture. I say keep using it! Totes funny.

February 9, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

I got really excited and I thought this would be a great product in exchange for Benefit's Lemon Aid! Gosh, cooling sensation on lid? definitely not for me, I've got super sensitive eyes and i hate the cooling sensation ON the lid! Thanks for the review!

February 10, 2009 at 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate that stuff! I tried it once a few years ago and it was the worst eye product ever.

February 10, 2009 at 1:49 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

so not cool. irritated me beyond belief! Awww I hope they get better soon! Try a cool wash cloth!

I just couldn't love this one :( Wish I did b/c it's a nice inexpensive option!

February 10, 2009 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi witchy!

LOL good idea :) cooling and soothing after crying over 9 bucks! ;)

February 10, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Shefali!

LOL I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) I def will keep using it...hehe!

Must find another image for "Likey"

February 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Lol, I figured you'd be proud of me for doing like 5 makeup looks in one day.

I ended up, after the last cleanse to remove the makeup off, I put a cold washcloth on the eyes, and then I patted them dry, and put on some moisturizer. It stung a bit, but I survived. All in the name of beauty!

February 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey nikki!

awww me too. the entire cooling deal really irritated my eyes :P

I really wanted to love this but no joy :(

guess I gotta stick with lemon aid!

February 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Anonymous

glad i'm not alone! I'm not feeling the love for it either :P

February 10, 2009 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol a true beauty blogger dd :)

awww poor thing :( bless you're super sensitive hun!

February 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Joodie said...

Aww that's odd. I just purchased this in the "honey shimmer" shade from Ulta and didn't have any problems with it. I used a thin layer all over my top lid and even around the bottom. I didn't notice much of a cooling sensation. Just felt like a slightly cool cream or something. I used 4 stila shadows over it and also didn't notice any issues with that. Everything stayed put. I do have very, very, very dry skin, so my eyelids may have just absorbed the product quickly. otherwise try the other color if it's on sale. It does even out the lid color very nicely for those natural days.

February 10, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi joodie!

You're lucky!!!!!!! It really didn't do much for me at all :( and the coolness really irritated my eyes terribly :(

maybe I'll give honey shimmer a whirl! Could be a better match up for me ;)

Thanks hun!

February 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM  

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