Rodial Glamtox Eye Light Pen

Rodial Glamtox Eyelight PenBecause I couldn’t quite believe that I hadn’t already written about this Rodial pen I searched my archives for any mention of it. Do you know what I found? Three draft posts, all written on different dates, each starting with “I can’t quite believe that I haven’t already written about the Rodial Glamtox Eye Light Pen.” How funny is that? Obviously not wee-in-your-pants funny, it’s one of those ‘you’d have to have been there’ moments, but it nevertheless goes to illustrate just how many times I have faltered when writing about this product. (Or it illustrates that I’m losing my mind. One or the other.)

It’s the price, you see. The Rodial Eye Light Pen, which is an undereye concealer and illuminator, is £36. YSL’s Touche Éclat comes in at over £10 cheaper for the same amount of product (2.5ml). I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I actually prefer the Rodial Glamtox to Touche Éclat as an undereye ‘fixer’, but still – there’s quite a price hike going on here!

Why do I prefer the Rodial to the YSL? I find it more suitable for the undereye area. It’s more subtly illuminating than the Touche Éclat which means that it doesn’t reflect light away from the undereyes at some bizarre and -frankly – scary angle. The number of women I see with great halos of light beaming out from their eyebags is beyond belief – the problem is that when you’re putting on your makeup you usually can’t see it. People use it as a concealer – instead of a concealer and it’s just too reflective, in my opinion. On a shoot, in a controlled environment where a whole team of people are watching out for lighting and shadows and makeup blips, it’s a wondrous product. It can really make the skin look perfect and flawless and bright. For daylight wear? Not so much. Or at the very least, you have to tread carefully with it!

The Rodial is more concealer than highlighter, but it’s a sheer concealer, one that I layer over a proper, circle-hiding formula. It’s a final touch if I’m doing full makeup, or I apply it straight over eye cream if I’m having a day off. It’s quite moisturising if you want to use it straight onto cleansed skin, but I feel that it sits better over moisturised undereyes. You can just pat it in lightly with your ring finger and it looks flawless. I haven’t had any issues with the Glamtox pen looking chalky or settling into fine lines which can often happen with the sheer liquid concealers, but I don’t find it particularly long-wearing either. Fortunately, it’s one of those products that is a cinch to reapply over existing makeup, so it’s a nice one to carry about with you for instant freshen-ups.

I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about Rodial’s Eye Light Pen apart from the price – and the price isn’t that extortionate considering some of the things I end up falling in love with! I used to buy Touche Éclat by the boxful from duty free, and it’s still very much a skin-perfecting classic, but I think that Glamtox beats it on the undereye brightening.

Rodial’s Glamtox Eye Light Pen is £36 from LookFantastic – for more info click HERE

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  1. April 26, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I was actually wondering if it’s worth the price..sounds like it from your review :)
    It’s on my list now haha!!

  2. Magdalena
    April 26, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    what about Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer?? I thought that this was your favourite and so I’m confused :/ I was gonna buy this one and now I’m not sure what to do. Could you please clarify the use and differences between those three? I would appreciate xx

    • May 3, 2011 / 4:54 pm

      The Rodial is to be layered over a proper concealer, unless you don’t have bad circles in which case use the Rodial alone. Yes, double wear is my favourite but it doesn’t mean that others aren’t excellent – I try to keep up with the latest formulas and give my opinions on them and, if appropriate, comparisons. You can’t compare Rodial to Double Wear, they are totally different – DW is maximum coverage for concealing, Rodial helps to reflect light and brighten then skin. x

  3. Suki
    April 28, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    which real concealer do you prefer?
    Nadja xo

    • April 30, 2011 / 11:46 am

      I tend to use Estee Lauder either double wear or smoothing! X

  4. April 28, 2011 / 11:09 pm

    Hey Ruth! Have you tried the Nip+Fab Eye Fix one? It’s less than 11 quid in Boots. I myself not tried it but always wondered whether it was any good.

  5. Suki
    May 2, 2011 / 5:34 pm

    Thank you Ruth. I will check them xo

  6. Julia
    May 9, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Ruth! Great post! I’ve just bought this and have used it once – love the results so far!

    Was just wondering whether you ever struggle to use the push down pen part of it at all? I don’t know whether it’s normal / just me / I’ve gone and got myself a faulty one! xo

    • May 9, 2011 / 3:40 pm

      @julia Mine seems to be ok – send it back if it’s faulty, it’s expensive so should be perfect! xx

  7. Katerina
    May 11, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Hi Ruth! it’s very interesting post.
    have you tried “Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen” . if yes could you please compare it to Rodial Glamtox Eye Light Pen.

    • admin
      May 11, 2011 / 10:52 pm

      Yes, I used to have one – it’s lovely!! I’d have to have it in front of me to do a proper comparison though… I’ll try and have a look on counter x

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