Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment, formerly called Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment, is a fragrance-free formula that contains light diffusers to temporarily reduce the appearance of dark circles. It also contains several good-for-skin ingredients, but users say it takes a long time to absorb and doesn't moisturize very well. Several suggest you're better off with a basic moisturizer like Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.) and a good concealer.
Smoke-and-mirrors effect, poor long-term results. Dark circles are among the most common eye problems, but experts say they're notoriously difficult to treat without cosmetic surgery. Eye creams that contain light diffusers, like Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment, may be the best option because they temporarily camouflage the problem. Olay's formula also contains beneficial skin nutrients such as glycerin, niacinamide, panthenol and vitamin E that may improve the appearance of the eye area over time.
Users at MakeupAlley.com, TotalBeauty.com and Amazon.com post mixed opinions. Most say the eye cream does provide some immediate cosmetic effects, but many find that it contains too much shimmer that eventually flakes during the day. Others say the formula isn't moisturizing enough to replace a standard eye cream.
Pleasantly silky, but doesn't absorb well. Reviewers say Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment has a silky feel that goes on smoothly, but several note that it takes a long time to absorb into the skin. Some find it very difficult to apply makeup over the lightweight eye cream, but others say this may be due to the amount used; very little is needed for effective results. Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment is fragrance-free.
Review Credibility: Excellent Begoun gives Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment a high rating due to its silky texture and finish, and calls it a good source of "cell-communicating ingredients." She says its mineral pigments add an "illuminating shine."
Review: Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment, Paula Begoun, Jan. 29, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good After testing hundreds of beauty products for their annual beauty awards, editors at Allure magazine name Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment -- now called Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment -- the best eye cream for dark circles. It's praised for including ingredients that instantly hide dark circles as well as those that treat them over time.
Review: Best of Beauty: Skin Care, Meirav Devash, October 2010
Review Credibility: Good Most of the 100-plus reviewers at MakeupAlley.com say Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment -- the predecessor of Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment -- does a good job of brightening the eye area and concealing dark circles. However, they give it a mediocre overall rating because effects are mostly cosmetic. Many complain that it doesn't absorb quickly enough, making makeup application difficult.
Review: Olay Definity Eye Illuminator, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good At TotalBeauty.com, more than 60 users give Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment a score of 7.2 out of 10. Many say the formula offers instant brightening of the eye area, but it must be applied modestly or it won't absorb and can leave a sparkly, messy residue.
Review: Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Eye Treatment, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good While a majority of reviewers at Amazon.com say Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment works, others find that it doesn't do anything for their dark circles. Some users say the formula does brighten the eye area, but it also illuminates fine lines and wrinkles, making them more noticeable.
Review: Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment Skin Care, 0.5 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013