Despite the fact that I love a good multi-tasker, I'm not usually into products that act as makeup but also have lofty skin-care claims. Ron Swanson put it best: Never half-ass two things, whole ass one thing. But I may have just discovered the best-ever argument against that school of thought (sorry, Ron), after a beauty-industry friend gave me Onomie's A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment to try out (time for the disclaimer that I therefore didn't pay for it). Not only is it one of the best highlighters I've used — and I've tried plenty — but its skin-care cred is actually legit.
Let's start with the highlighter aspect: The dense cream melts over skin on contact, imparting an almost candle-lit glow, thanks to the velvety texture (it's not shiny, just sort of... plush?). There are two shades: a pearly champagne called Lovelace that works best on my Casper-like complexion and Curie, a warm copper that suits darer skin tones. The superfine shimmer doesn't read as glittery or chalky on skin — just slightly reflective and glint-y. And because it's so subtle, you can dab it with abandon on any area that needs a little more vibrancy (brow bones, cheek bones, the inner corners of your eyes). Just a tiny drop is all you need to hit every one of those spots, and you can do so in about two seconds using only your finger to blend. It's a truly excellent highlighter. But — read this next part in your best late-night infomercial voice — wait, there's more!
The "A.C.E." in this product's name actually stands for the vitamins you'll find in the formula. Vitamin A is a potent anti-ager, lauded for its abilities to soften fine lines; E is moisturizing; and C is an antioxidant that brightens, tones and firms skin. The 10 percent concentration of the latter in this formula is more than you'd find in plenty of straight skin-care products, making it especially impressive.
Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment, $40, available at onomie.com.
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