Garnier’s 5 Second Blur Eye: Claims To Prime AND Banish Dark Circles. But Can It Deliver On The Double? Review

By Laura | March 12 2014 | 24 Comments

The skin around the eye area is the thinnest on our faces, and contains no sebaceous glands to keep the skin naturally moisturised. So our peepers are often the first area of the face to display fine lines and the dreaded signs of ageing. And this is why a good eye cream is essential in maintaining the skin’s moisture level; and giving it what it needs consistently keeps it in good condition in the long run.

There are a plethora of possible eye issues that you might be dealing with. I’ve never met a woman who didn’t claim irritation with dark undereye circles. Finding an eye cream that is rich enough to moisturise the delicate eye area, but not so rich that it causes clogging and dreaded milia can be tough.

Eye makeup and concealer sitting in fine lines or moving around are also issues. So as well as an eye cream, some of us need to use an eye primer that makeup can adhere to and stay in place all day. It would be wonderful if one product could serve both needs, and the new 5 Second Perfect Blur Eye from Garnier claims to do just that.

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A sister product of the 5 Second Blur facial primer that was released last year, this eye product claims to prime the eyes for makeup, fill in fine lines, blur any imperfections ( such as dark circles) around the eye area , AND diminish dark circles with protracted use.

I wasn’t a fan of the original Perfect Blur facial primer, and I’m not a fan of this addition either. The eye primer contains Haloxyl, which is an ingredient which breaks down buildup of haemoglobin and iron (among other things) that can build up around the area beneath the eyes and contribute to dark circles.

Studies testing Haloxyl’s effectiveness on undereye darkness have been small, so its usefulness is not necessarily written in stone. If, however, your undereye circles are a genuine issue for you, this ingredient might be useful.

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As for the other claims made by this product, I’m unimpressed. An eye cream needs to be moisturising in order to do its job, and a primer needs to be oil free in order to do its job, so how can one product do both jobs?

It can’t. As an eye cream, I dislike this product because it caused some clogging in the pores where the skin above the cheekbones meets the thinner skin of the eye. As a primer, it did not prevent concealer from settling or hold my beloved cat eye liner in place all day the way that Nars eye primer or Urban Decay’s Primer Potion would.

I also really didn’t feel that my undereye darkness was in any way immediately optically diminished or blurred. More prolonged use would be necessary to find out whether it actually diminishes dark circles in the long term.

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Garnier’s 5 Second Blur Eye is available now at €19.99.

If you’re looking for an effective eye cream, check out our recommendations for six of the best.

Have you tried this product, and what did you think? What is your ultimate product for problematic eyes?

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24 Replies to "Garnier’s 5 Second Blur Eye: Claims To Prime AND Banish Dark Circles. But Can It Deliver On The Double? Review"

  • Shygirl says:

    I saw this yesterday at the chemist, I didn’t get it. It didn’t seem worth it.

  • Caramello says:

    I think with the skin being so thin under your eyes, does any cream really make a difference? I do notice after a night out when Im dehydrated that my lines are worse. I would recommend lots of water and silk pillowcases instead of magic eye creams…..but thats just me!

  • Andrea says:

    Hopes – DASHED

  • Cabbage says:

    This is my number one make-up issue I think. No matter what concealer I use, no matter how I apply it, it ends up creasing to feck or gathering in big cakey lumps. I think I have a really expressive smiley face and I just overwork my make-up or something?

  • Senora Espana says:

    Cabbage I’m the same. Dark circles and caking of concealer, also concealer disappears after lunch and if I put more on it just gets even more cakey because its also dried out at that stage.
    I am forever buying new eye creams. At the moment I’m using the clinique one with the silver applicator thingy in the morning, its nice and moisturising and gives a good base. At night time I’m using indeed labs eyesilix but I can’t honestly say I’m noticing any difference. I’ll repurchase the clinique one but not the eyesilix and now after this review I won’t bother with this one either

    • Laura says:

      When reapplying concealer throughout the day, Señora, a good trick is to have a little bottle of Mac’s fix plus or a spring water aerosol. Spray a little on your concealer brush and then apply the concealer. The moisture will freshen everything and prevent caking!

  • Charlotte (@makupbcandlelit) says:

    What a disappointment, but for that price I really would have expected more :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • loulouk says:

    I use a little white one by the sanctuary called brightening eye gel, its nice and light :)

  • hamsterfox says:

    I’m using the Clinique one too (silver applicator) which feels lovely and cooling but I doubt if it’s actually DOING anything. I have a Kiehls one in a little blue tube that I feel works better actually as I have been using it for quite a while.

  • DeeDee says:

    Any good ones out there for dark circles and puffiness?

    • Laura says:

      If you have puffiness in the morning Deedee, I’d recommend having a couple of teaspoons in the freezer. Apply them to the eyes (wrapped in a tissue or they could damage your delicate skin) and hold there for about twenty seconds. Then apply whatever eye cream you like best.

  • B says:

    I’ve always found garnier good(the green roll on) also Dermologica have an spf15 eye cream that seemed quite good but quite pricy and tbh not sure it did more than Garnier!

  • aoife says:

    I saw the heading and was so hopeful! I have dark circles that would give a panda a run for his money. I have the same concealer problem as Cabbage so I’ll definitely try the damp concealer brush to see how I get on.

  • Kayla says:

    I’ve dark circles to bate the band and have used loads of eye creams including that Clinique one made no difference. Currently using Aldi’s offer ring there is caffeine and hyaluronic acid in it and comes in a nice cooling applicator, worth a shot for €5

    • Elle says:

      I have serious baggage and I have tried rakes of creams found this Aldi caffeine one as good as any of the more expensive ones. I use that in the morning and a cream at night. Still trying to find the perfect one though!

  • mairead says:

    GREAT POST! thanks for the science and common sense! :)

  • Gill says:

    Yonka’s Phyto Contour is amazing for dark circles and puffiness. I use it after a big night out and it makes me look really fresh again. For someone who often wakes up with “chinese eyes” I think it’s super effective! I tried the Garnier Perfect Blur face primer and wasn’t too impressed either so I definitely won’t be trying this!

  • siobhan hand says:

    Dark shawdows are the bane of my life. Bought this cream but when I use it my concealer just disapears and my mascara runs.

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