Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Under-Eye Brightener Made Me Look Awake in Seconds

Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Under-Eye Brightener Made Me Look Awake in Seconds


Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener in hand

Janiah McKelton

What We Like

  • Lightweight texture

  • Skin-like finish

  • Shades are flexible

  • No harsh fragrances

What We Don’t Like

  • Doesn't provide full coverage

  • Shade range could be wider

Rare Beauty's Positive Light Under Eye Brighter is a go-to makeup product. It instantly helps your eyes to appear more awake and refreshed with ingredients that are clean and healthy for the skin.

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Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener in hand

Janiah McKelton

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  • About My Under-Eyes
  • The Feel
  • The Ingredients
  • How to Apply
  • The Results
  • The Value
  • Similar Products
  • Final Verdict
  • Specs

We put the Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

We’re human, which means that in our busy lifestyles, tiredness can be more apparent on some days than others. For me, the first sign that I’ve been on the go would be tired under-eyes. While the occasional dark circles and eye bags don’t bother me, I could use a pick-me-up every so often. Typically, I go for a full-coverage concealer to lift a drowsy look from my under-eyes, but Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Under Eye Brightener caught my attention as a lightweight alternative. It claims to provide a natural-looking glow where you need it most, and if a product can help my eyes look more awake after a long week, count me in. Read on for my full review of this innovative under-eye brightening product.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

Best for: Anyone looking for a lightweight product to brighten their under-eyes.

Uses: A lightweight liquid that provides sheer, buildable coverage to brighten, hydrate, and awaken the under-eye area.

Potential allergens: Lotus

Hero ingredients: Lotus, gardenia, vitamin E

Price: $24

Shade range: Six flexible shades

About the brand: Built around challenging unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez is all about creating products that make the wearer feel confident and embrace the details that make them unique. The brand has quickly become a cult favorite, with products like the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush and Positive Light Liquid Luminizer among the most popular.

About My Under-Eyes: Could use some brightening

I naturally have extra skin in my under-eye area. However, when I’ve gotten less sleep than I should have, my under-eyes can get dark circles, and that’s when I normally reach for a good concealer. While there aren’t many products that can tighten my natural under-eye bags, I’m always open to finding a product that can conceal and brighten the darker areas for a more awake look.

The Feel: Cooling and lightweight

The most obvious sensory experience I had with the Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener was the cool touch of the product's wand. It's metal and rounded, which was a nice surprise. The coolness of the wand tip, in addition to the smooth, buttery texture of the product itself, was a gorgeous combo. The brightener's consistency is much thinner than an actual concealer in order to achieve a natural, lightweight finish under the eyes, although it can serve multiple purposes.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener tube and wand

Janiah McKelton

The Ingredients: Natural enhancements

Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Under Eye Brightener features natural ingredients that actively promote your skin’s natural repair and oil production processes while the product provides its sheer, brightening coverage. Lotus is quite a beneficial ingredient for the skin, most notably aiding in collagen production to reduce fine lines. Gardenia is also in the mix, which benefits skin by protecting the barrier from free radicals.

How to Apply: Dot onto desired areas and blend

According to Rare Beauty, you can use the brightener on the high points of your face for maximum glow, but its primary use is for the under-eyes. To apply, use the metal tip to place two to four dots of the product under your eyes, then blend it into your skin with your finger or a brush. A beauty blender may also work if that's your preference, but given how lightweight this brightener is, this may be difficult without absorbing too much product into the sponge. Repeat the same process with additional layers until you achieve your desired level of coverage.

The Results: A natural, long-lasting brightening effect

Byrdie writer Janiah McKelton before and after applying the Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener

Janiah McKelton / Byrdie

I've tried my fair share of concealers over the years, but never have I used a product specifically designed for brightening the under eyes. I tested the Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener over a few weeks, and no matter what skincare I used, the results were consistent: lightweight, oil-free coverage and a long-lasting result. I don't have oily skin, but my eye area can get super oily, so when I looked in the mirror hours after applying the brightener and saw that it was still intact, I counted it as a good sign.

Overall, the product is a nice touch to my daily routine, especially for times when I'm more sleep deprived and have visible dark circles. I don't wear makeup every day, so this sheer formula is a well-engineered product for those who want an instant wake-up to get the day going. It's also nice that you can use it on top of concealer to boost glow even with a more full-coverage look.

The Value: Game-changing and worth it

I know when a quality product is in my hands, and Rare Beauty's Positive Light Under Eye Brightener is one of them. For $24, you get an an everyday must-have with useful ingredients that satisfy the skin. Most under-eye products out there are either skincare or more full-coverage concealers, so this fills a gap for lightweight products that still effectively minimize dark circles and make you look more awake—which definitely makes it worth buying if that's what you're looking for.

Similar Products: You've got options

Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener: Fenty Beauty offers an under-eye brightener ($28) in 16 different shades, which is helpful if Rare Beauty’s six-shade range doesn’t have your ideal match. For four dollars more, you can get a little more product at .34 oz, while Rare Beauty’s Positive Under Eye Brightener offers .11 oz.

Nars Light Reflecting Undereye Brightener: This makeup-skincare hybrid ($34) from Nars targets dark circles and dullness for bright, awakened under-eyes that last for up to 24 hours. It’s a cream formula instead of a liquid, and just like Rare Beauty, it’s infused with skincare benefits and comes in six flexible shades.

Final Verdict

The Rare Beauty Positive Light Under Eye Brightener is the kind of product you'll want to keep in your everyday bag if you often find yourself wanting to give tired under-eyes a boost. This lightweight product provides an effective yet natural-looking lift, especially on the days you need it most.


  • Product Name Positive Light Under Eye Brightener
  • Product Brand Rare Beauty
  • SKU 2629442
  • Price $24.00
  • Weight 0.113 oz.
  • Full Ingredients List Water/Aqua/Eau, Dipropylheptyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Didecene, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PVP, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Behenate, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Tocopherol, Talc, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Nymphaea Odorata Root Extract, Vitex Agnus-Castus Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
  • Shade Range Six flexible shades


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