A few months ago I did a review of under eye concealers but didn’t find one that really met all my needs, so as usual, the search continued. So here I am again testing under eye concealers. This time I have four products to review. Two came highly recommended by my youtube viewers, and two I discovered on my own.
Being 51, I have lines and wrinkles and puffiness under my eyes, but I don’t have dark circles, so it’s a little difficult for me tell if the products will work on really dark circles. So my testing is mainly to see if the products live up to their claims, how they feel, how they set up, how they wear, and if they settle into wrinkles or creases.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye ~ $24 for .28 oz. tube, comes in 4 shades
This product contains vitamins C & K and hydrolyzed collagen, so it’s anti-aging. It claims to be full coverage and to not settle into wrinkles. My viewers with dark circles really love this product because it truly is FULL coverage. The formula is very thick (so thick it’s hard to get it out of the tube), and sticky which I really don’t like, but I guess that’s the trade off to get full coverage. It doesn’t really dry down so it stays tacky all day and it stays shiny which I also don’t like. IT recommends using this very sparingly and setting it with powder. It did crease and gather in my wrinkles, but I may have used too much. In the plus column, this was the longest wearing and most opaque of these 4 concealers, but for me it’s just too thick and sticky.
Lorac Double-Feature Concealer & Highlighter ~ $25, comes in 5 shades
This product doesn’t make any anti-aging claims. It’s a stick concealer that can also be used on blemishes. It has a hygenic blender ball to provide a smooth application. The other side is a highlighter (but that’s for another review). This is a thick, opaque formulation, but it’s not sticky or tacky so I prefer the feel of this one. Applying with the stick directly under the eyes pulls the skin quite a bit, so it may be better to use a soft brush. The blender ball is just a plastic ball, so not a cooling or soothing ball like some others, but it does a great job of blending the product for a smooth result. This sets up to a nice matte finish so setting powder is not required with this one. It lasted 6-7 hours and did not crease or settle into wrinkles.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ~ $8.99 for .20 oz. tube, comes in 6 shades
This product contains goji berry and hyloxyl, so it’s anti-aging, and it claims to visibly diminish puffiness. This comes in 4 colors as well as a brightener and a color corrector, so for a drugstore brand it really offers solutions to a range of under eye problems. I really like this formula, but I hate the packaging. There’s a tiny piece of tape holding the cap on and it took me 20 minutes and a magnifying glass to find and remove it. I also have mixed feelings about the sponge applicator. While it is soft and doesn’t pull at my under eye skin, it gets saturated with concealer so it’s easy to apply too much and seems wasteful. Complaints about packaging aside, this sets up to a matte finish that doesn’t settle into wrinkles. I’ve worn it a number of times and I’ve tried to look carefully to see if it did diminish any puffiness under my eyes, and I honestly can say, I’m not sure. I really don’t think there’s any reduction in puffiness, but then on the picture I don’t seem to have any puffiness, but I took the picture at 10pm when I usually don’t have puffiness anyway… hmmmmm.
Lorac Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen ~ $28 for .20 oz. tube, comes in 12 shades
I had been looking for a replacement for my beloved Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Concealer Pen. I love that product, but it’s expensive ($28) for a drugstore brand and only comes in one shade which was too dark for me most of the year. So, I was so happy when I found this product because it’s got the same delivery system, same size, same price, but better ingredients and a much better range of shades. The Lorac product contains acai berry, vitamins A & E, and green & white tea for moisturizing and soothing the under eye area. It’s also oil, paraben and fragrance free. I love the soft brush for applying and that it’s a sheer formulation that blends easily leaving no creases. It dries to a beautiful matte finish that doesn’t settle into wrinkles and doesn’t need setting powder. It lasted 6-7 hours as well.