Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin CC Eye Stick ($34 for 3.7g / 0.13 oz) is an eye cream and color corrector in one. It comes in three sheer shades to help neutralize dark circles and creates a hydrating base to apply concealer over.
What stands out:
- It is definitely sheer and hardly noticeable but it does work as a color corrector. If I apply it on one eye and not the other, then go over with concealer, I can see the difference it makes in cancelling out the dark circles.
- It is very balmy-feeling. The texture is thick but it melts easily enough on my fingertip. I prefer to apply it with fingers rather than applying to the eyes directly from the stick. I’m able to warm it up a little, apply it a bit more precisely and more gently.
- It’s not super oily feeling but it can make some concealers crease more in the fold under my eye. The hydrating/smoothing factor makes it so my concealer looks much better. It reminds me a little bit of the Becca Under Eye Brightener but not quite as oily feeling.
- The lid is a little difficult to remove.
- Very slight, hardly noticeable citrus scent.
- The lightest shade is not too light of a yellow, which I was afraid of when buying blind online.
Comparison to other products:
- Benefit Erase Paste is a discontinued product but was loved by many because it was especially hydrating for the under eye area. I’m including it here for those that loved and miss the product and are in search of something similar. Benefit is much more pigmented and is more of a true color corrector/makeup product. The Ole Henriksen Eye Stick is more of a skincare item that offers a hint of “coverage”.
- Becca Under Eye Brightener is most similar in texture and pigmentation to Ole Henriksen compared to the others shown. Moisture level is similar but Becca is slightly “oilier”. Opacity is also similar but I’d say Becca is a tiny bit more sheer. Both products have very fine shimmer that gives the skin a radiant finish but you can’t really see the particles individually. If you have tried and liked the Becca one, you might like this one.
- Elf is here just to show how light and yellow the shade “Banana” is. The Elf one is a little too light for me to use under the eyes but works much better to neutralize brighter redness from breakouts. It’s also noticeably more pigmented.
Was it worth the purchase?
Yes. My under eye area has been more dry lately and this really helps concealer look smoother and the added color correction is a great bonus. I tried it with a concealer that I never wear because it’s too drying on me and it made it usable for me.