I Tried This Dr. Brandt Eye-De-Puffing Gel and I Magically Stopped Looking Like a Raccoon with a Hangover

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Aubergine: a fabulous color for a sofa; not so much for my under-eye area. So when I noticed that my dark circles were starting to look like a smoky eye gone wrong, I knew something had to be done.

In hopes of getting rid of this little situation, I did what any self-respecting woman would do: I braved the aisles of Sephora and dropped every cream, oil, gel and serum with cute packaging into my basket. Half a paycheck later, I left the store with a treasure trove of eye treatments and—spoiler alert—none of them were powerful enough to erase the dark crescent moons under my eyes.

It wasn’t until a deep Google dive introduced me to Dr. Brandt’s Skincare Needles No More No More Baggage eye-de-puffing gel that I felt like my never-ending quest for a solution might actually have a happy outcome. And guess what? It did.

Don’t let the lengthy name deter you. This under-eye gel completely reduced the appearance of my puffiness, tiredness and—my nemesis—dark circles. The best part? It works in minutes and continues to tighten and brighten over time.

According to the Dr. Brandt Skincare website, the gel uses a “Filmatrix technology” that forms a film of algae and plant extract, as well as silicates (minerals containing silicon and oxygen), for a smoother under-eye area. The peptides in the solution help restore elasticity and firmness while also strengthening the skin. Oh, it also comes packed with antioxidants, botanical extracts and caffeine.

Now, after three months of using Dr. Brandt’s little potion, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my under-eye circles (and trust—I have the horrifying before and after pics to prove it). My under-eye area is brighter, lighter, and I’m pretty sure my fine lines are back to college-years territory. The true barometer of this eye cream’s usefulness, however, is the fact that I now go days without using concealer.

It’s official: Miracles do happen.

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Lex Goodman

Cat mom, yogi, brunch enthusiast

Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.
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