Review: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer

I usually really dislike face makeup products with an applicator attached. Usually they come in a sponge form, and I feel it is so unhygienic to keep applying something on your face which cannot be washed.  However, I heard so much hype about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer that I decided to pick it up when I was in New York.

I have tried several concealers for my undereyes, and I haven’t been satisfied with any of them.  My undereye area is not that dark, but I do have undereye circles which I like to conceal.  All of the concealers I have used before tend to look cakey by the afternoon, or they just don’t have the coverage I want. What it does: (from maybelline.com) Micro-Corrector Applicator micro-fills and smooths.  Active formula with Haloxyl reduces the look of puffiness and shadows while fading the appearance of under-eye circles. Apply neutralizer shade for extreme dark circles. Brightener shade adds a luminous touch. This comes in 6 colors, including the Neutralizer and Brightener shades.  I have this product in the Neutralizer shade (shade 150). Price: As with all US drugstore products, the price will vary depending on where you purchase. Target.com lists this product at $8. Availability:  This and many other Maybelline products are widely available at US drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS, and supermarkets such as Target and Walmart.

(product applied thinly, as I would in my undereye area)

Pros:

  • I have seen many Youtube videos where the product is thickly applied to the undereye area. I like to twist the top just to hear 1-2 clicks, then dab the product on my undereye area.  This gives me a thin layer of product which works best for me.
  • This product does a great job at concealing my undereye circles, and stays put until evening.
  • This product does not budge. I tried applying all over my face, similar to foundation – and it did not move.  It even stayed put after my long wear foundation wore off!

Cons:

  • This is completely my own fault, but the Neutralizer shade is too light for me.  It is approximately the same shade as an NC15 foundation.  By blending it out, I can make it work for me.
  • Surprisingly, the Neutralizer shade is yellow based. I imagined that it would be more salmon-toned to counteract dark circles.
  • I still don’t like the sponge applicator
  • I also don’t like the cap.  In twisting it off, I have cracked it in my hand, and I have also accidentally twisted the top (and pumped out some of the product)
Would I repuchase?  Yes.  I liked this concealer a lot and I liked how it looked on my skin.  If only I could remove the applicator and wash it out, I would really be happy!  Also, the shade selection is a little limited with only 4 shades. I hope I can pick up one that matches my skin tone, maybe Light or Medium?
Hope you enjoyed this review!  Please let me know in the comments what your favorite undereye concealer is.
xoxo, K
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  1. Wow, a concealer that doesn’t budge! I will have to check out light or medium.
    I haven’t found a concealer that works for me – or I haven’t figured out how to set it properly so that it doesn’t crease as time passes. I did like the texture of Laura Mercier’s secret concealer, but couldn’t get it to not crease. Right now I use theBalm’s concealer, which has pretty good coverage for me (and the texture seems to be working well in the summer Tokyo heat) but again, it creases over time.

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