Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

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I can’t pinpoint the exact moment when I realised that food could not only be ingested, but applied. What I do recall though, is absolutely going to town with this concept. Sunday afternoons as a child would be spent duly making ‘potions’ of any food that was wet & cheap (props to mum here for encouraging experimentation, but drawing the line at the good shit) then wandering around with it slapped on my face like a beeeaaauuuuttiful laaddyyy. Such food included: oats, banana, honey, whipped cream, turmeric, eggs, mayonnaise, muller fruit corner.

It was trial and error (turmeric = massive error it turns out) but all in the name of fun. It helped develop a fascination with both the beauty industry and foods that work well on a breakfast plate meaning that now, as an adult, when I see the two combined in a product I’m instantly drawn to it.

It is with this in mind that I went for Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Cream. I think it was Churchill who said ‘Perfection is the enemy of progress’, and I kind of get what he means in certain respects, but when it comes to eye cream I’m afraid this statement is stone cold BS. I want perfection in an eye cream. I want these constant bags I’m hauling around with me to be completely gone. And if Ole Henriksen can do it with bananas, at thirty quid, so much the better.

But why bananas, actually? Well, the main reason is banana powder's alleged colour correcting properties. Kim Kardashian swears by them, but Kim Kardashian once said that when women wear the wrong shade foundation it’s ‘like, the worst thing on the planet’ so I’m not sure how much we realistically have in common. Still, it does make sense as an under eye cream, if it’s purple bags you wanna cover. 

The cream is actually not as lightweight as I’d imagined, and it’s got a slight tackiness to it. It feels like it’s doing something almost instantly on application = I approve. I have noticed a difference over the past 6 weeks, it has to be said. The difference isn’t as stark as with Sisley products, the undisputed queens of the under eye world, but I just cannot warrant paying £100 a pop when this product does something almost as wondrous for 30. It also provides a really good primer to then trowel on the under eye concealer, as I am wont to do.

Should state, this will not be for everyone. The reason banana powder is colour correcting is because it’s literally yellow, so it’s not so much a ‘colour correcting from the inside out’ as much as it is ‘covering something in faint yellow paint’. If your skin tone is more pink than yellow this isn’t for you, you’ll just end up with two yellow half moons in the middle of your face. Little fortune cookies stuck on there. You have a rosy skin tone if you’re very pale / if you blush / if you get patchy faced when cold / if you burn before tanning in the sun. It’s more nuanced than that but that’s one easy way of figuring it out.

Happily, I am yellow skin toned, and I really really enjoy this product. Would definitely buy again.

Good enough to eat.

p.s. Claire has just mentioned to me that she has the Beauty Pie banana loose powder and it’s very good. I knew I was on to something as a kid. I could be a millionaire by now if I wasn’t told to stop wasting food so often.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, £30

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Rebecca Humphries