Review: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

It seems that I am constantly on the search for a good concealer…  They all either don’t last, or wear off unevenly.  The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer was very popular last time I was in the US, so I picked it up!

What it does: (from Ulta’s website)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer gives a flawless look that lets the real you come through. It’s makeup that doesn’t mess with you. No oils. No waxes. No nonsense.

Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be: fresh, breathing, natural
Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through

 

Price:  Will vary, as with all American drugstore products.  Ulta lists this for $7

 

Availability: This and other Maybelline products are widely available in US drugstores and discount stores.

 

What I thought:

First of all, I really liked the applicator! The doe foot applicator is small and stiff, allowing me to put a small amount of product exactly where I want it.

This product also blended well and looked natural on the skin.  I thought it worked well for my undereye circles and other  large areas that I wanted to cover.  On the other hand, I thought the finish was too natural to cover my blemishes and sunspots.

This product comes in only 6 shades, and I have the shade 20 Sand which worked well for me. I hope Maybelline comes out with different undertones in the future!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. I liked the product, but I’m still searching for something with more coverage!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Yeah, I have dark circles under my eyes.   I have a hard time falling asleep daily and as a result, I usually haven’t had enough sleep.  As a result, I use concealer under my eyes regularly – in fact, my undereyes are the place where I use the most concealer!

 

I’ve tried a lot of different concealers to hide my dark circles, and I tend to gravitate towards ones with high coverage. I’ve tried color correctors before, most notably the famous Bobbi Brown one, but I didn’t find that they really erased my dark circles.

 

That being said, I really don’t know why I picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in light. I don’t like concealers in pots and I swatched it but I didn’t feel that it was pigmented.  I’m glad that I did!

What it does: (from the NYX website)

A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.

 

Price: $6

 

What I thought:

I don’t get how this works! The product is very thin and spreads evenly.  It doesn’t seem to be very pigmented, but somehow it cancels my dark undereye area!  I like to use a small brush to apply it, and then I tap it with my fingers. This seems to be better than using a brush or sponge to blend it.

 

This was an unexpected find.  I’m so glad that I tried it!

xoxo, K

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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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Quick review: Inglot AMC Under Eye Corrective Illuminator

(purchased product)
As we were flying from Italy to Poland, a female colleague that I was traveling with asked me how I planned to spend the weekend. “If you are interested in makeup, you should try out this local Polish brand called Inglot,” she said, “it’s very cheap.”   I did not know that Inglot is a Polish brand!

I headed out to Złote Tarasy shopping mall, located near the Warsaw central train station. In addition to Inglot, it also has a Bath and Body Works (the first I have seen outside of the US!) and LOTS of other stores.   One of the things which I bought is the Ingot AMC Under Eye Corrective Illuminator. This is in the shade 54.

This product is similar to the YSL Touche Eclat. It is a pen where you click the end to get additional product.

Unfortunately, I could not really see the benefit of this product. I did not feel that it was very pigmented.
I bought a few other things at Inglot, including some eyeshadows which I am really enjoying.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Canmake Color Stick Concealer – cheap and very popular!

This is a review for the Canmake Color Stick Concealer. This concealer is pretty popular in Japan, and is consistently in the top favorites lists in several magazines. This concealer comes in several different colors, including white for highlighting.

I have this in 02 Natural Beige.

What it does: (from canmake.com)
This is not only a concealer that will cover flaws in your complexion; it is a multi-purpose cosmetic stick in a range of colors that can be used to cheeks and as highlighters to provide luster, translucence and definition. Moderately hard, it clings tightly to your skin and can be spread thinly over your face for a natural-looking complexion that looks even more beautiful than bare skin. 
Apply directly with the stick or apply to your fingers and spread thinly over areas that have flaws or that you want to look more attractive. This product is considerably more effective if applied thinly and then reapplied with a patting motion.

Price: 609 JPY, about $8 USD.
The Canmake website lists these as 580 JPY, but the price does not include the country-wide tax of 5%.  This price may seem very high if you are used to American drugstore products, but it is in fact extremely cheap compared to most Japanese drugstore products.

Pros:

  • very affordable 
  • creamy and easy to blend 
  • light to medium coverage 

Cons:

  • this concealer does not have enough coverage for me 
  • this concealer must be set with a powder or it will transfer easily 
  • I would not recommend this for concealing blemishes since it is quite oily. 

Would I repurchase? No. This concealer just doesn’t have enough coverage for me. I can make it work by setting it with a powder foundation, but that is just too much work for me.

After trying this concealer, I’m surprised that it is so popular in Japan. I think there are several drugstore brand concealers that are better than this one!

Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K

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