Onomie Eye Essentials Duo

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Today, we’re talking about Onomie Eye Essentials Duo. I am taking it for a test drive. Why? Ever feel like your dark circles break through every concealer you own? I have about six concealers and none seem to really cover my circles these days. It’s Panda Central around here. What to do? Well…recently there has been a good deal of positive coverage of Refinery 29 Beauty Innovator Award Winner Onomie. This new company, started by a former Kiehl’s product developer and one of the investors behind Warby-Parker, has just two offerings. Together, the Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment and the Bright Concealing Elixir are meant to combine color and skincare to address fine lines and dark circles. Those pesky peepers showing age and lack of rest just happen to be at the top of most people’s list of things they want to address with makeup and skincare. And Onomie is about results.Their “bench” section (as in research bench) says that 93% of women showed an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles in a clinical study over 8 weeks and that 90% showed an improvement in dark circles in a clinical study over 8 weeks.

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From left to right: Illuminating Eye Treatment, Concealer in shades 1, 2 and 3.

They also have a pretty smart approach to trying/buying–you can purchase a trial kit for just $3. If you like the products and place an order for the duo, they will deduct the $3 from your order (the treatment costs $32 and the concealer costs $26). The kit contains a sample of the color you select, plus a sample of the shade above and below. In addition to the concealer, you receive the illuminating eye treatment in the relevant color (there are two shades). I ordered the elixir shade number 2  for my NC 20 skin (out of 10 shades). After using it for about a week, I went ahead and ordered both the treatment  and concealer. I plan to use these two products whenever I wear makeup over 8 weeks. Who am I kidding? I will wear them every damn day for I love makeup! So look for an update in 8 weeks.

A suggestion: Onomie, you invite visitors to your site to join the house of beauty nerds (love that!). Well, beauty nerds like to scour the web for info on their potential prey, uh I mean purchases. So post the complete ingredient list and make it easy to find. It is nice to read about your botanical key ingredients, vitamins, and that you don’t include fragrance, alcohol, parabens, or phthalates. But beauty nerds (and especially green beauty nerds) want to know exactly what’s in there. (I emailed them about this and they kindly sent me a photo of the ingredients listing on packaging of the concealer, which I can’t seem to find! Once my order arrives, I’ll update this post with pics of the ingredients from the packaging of both.)

I’ll close with some first impressions. Thus far, I am impressed. The highlighter brightens beautifully and has a silky texture. They recommend placing it in a c-shape around the outer part of the eye so you hit the brow bone to crow-feet zone (see what I did there?). I place this in an o-shape, as in all around the eye, baby. A tiny bit in the inner corners acts as an illuminating primer. Then I use the Ecotools flat concealer brush to apply a thin layer or two of the concealer over my dark circles. I don’t blend. I just leave it there to warm up and dry down a bit while I buff in some foundation. I then pat it in with my finger and use my foundation brush to blend the edges of the concealer with my foundation. My impressions so far is that it’s lightweight, layer-able, blend-able, and breathable. It provides good coverage. While it doesn’t completely cover my circles, it is as good or better in coverage than the other 6 concealers I have.  And because this is meant to improve the circles sitch, I am very ok with it. Looking forward to reporting back!