This is my favorite concealer by far. It has a nice undertone that covers dark circles, and it stays fresh looking all day, not cakey!! It's not drying, or greasy. It has SPF which is very nice. I can tell that my eyes look better and better everytime I use it. I also use it as a concealer for any other spots on my face because it has good coverage but it's not too heavy.
UPDATE 10/23/08: I dropped this down to just average...I am almost tempted to drop it a two lippie, but IMO it does do the same thing for my dark circles as Lancome's. I have been using Benefit Erase Paste and have been really surprised how much I am loving it the more I ue it. But when I went back to this, everything felt very blah (color, coverage, etc). I will be sticking with my Benefit Erase Paste. ORIGINAL POST: Not a bad concealer. Seems to cover ok and brighten the eye area. But I have been wearing this on one eye and Lancome on the other and they both wear, cover and last equally. The Lancome sells for $26, the Neutrogena sells for about $6-8. The best part about the Lancome is you get help with color. The Neutrogena only has 3 shades as of this review. I use the middle shade and I am NW20. Neither (nor anything I have tried, but BB Corrector comes close) completely covers my dark circles.
Well, my dark circles are really something to contend with given my pale skin. After too little sleep last night, I realized upon seeing my reflection on the way to work that I forgot to put concealer on my HUGE dark circles. So I stopped at Rite Aid (because I looked that bad) and picked up the Neutrogena 3-in-1 in Fair and put it on at work. Not only did it not do anything at all to cover my dark circles whatsoever, but I found it difficult to apply (I am used to using a stick as opposed to a cream) and apparently I somehow got some in my right eye, which is now all red. So I have dark circles AND a red, irritated eye. Stupidly, I even tried to apply even more of this concealer, thinking maybe I hadn't used enough to cover the dark circles.. Nope. Still no effect. Complete waste of money.
I really like this! It comes in a shade that is actually pale enough for me (bonus), and it is a nice, moisturizing concealer. That said, I don't think I would use it on its own on my bad (i.e. flaky) "eye days," and I have to also confess that I never go without my benefit lemon-aid, which I use with this product (I kind of mix them). The lemon-aid is more of an addiction than anything else, and I am sure that most people would find that the neutrogena 3-in-1 functions well as an eye concealer on its own. It does cover well. I am not so sure that anyone with dry skin around their eye area would find this suitable to use without an additional eye cream, so this makes me uncertain about the 3-in-1 claim, but hey--even if you do use a separate eye cream, what's wrong with having a concealer that is such a nice consistency and also extra moisturizing (compared to other eye concealers). Oh, and I really like the fact that this has spf. I wear a high spf on my face every day, but I know that I generally neglect my eyes with regard to sun protection (I tried the Neut. "healthy defense" eye cream and hated it). I am happy with this product, even just as a "2-in-1" (nice, creamy, good-coverage concealer and spf).
So I bought this concelear today becasue I heard that it was good, I usually use the stick concelar and now after using this I will not go back to anything else. I will say I think it might be a little expensive for such a small tube, but you dont use that much so I guess it will last awhile. But it goes on very smooth and covers very well. I have light skin and I was afraid this would be too dark or maybe too light, but it was perfect. I would buy this again.
I bought this on a whim. I've never used an undereye concealer before, but I'm glad I started to, ha ha. it makes a world of difference and it really brightens my face up. I aso love that it's an eye cream and has SPF 20. blending is easy, coverage is nice, and it makes me look so fresh and awake. it's become a staple in my everyday look and I will definitely be repurchasing this.
Pretty good stuff. Not perfect, but what is? I've been using MUFE Lift concealer for so long I am 1/2-way through my 2nd tube of it. (That's 1.5 years at my rate of usage.) It works great, but doesn't miraculously make those dark circles disappear completely. Thus, I am always willing to try something new. . . just in case. . . [Please keep in mind that I'll be comparing this mainly to the performance of MUFE as that is the concealer I have been happiest with/ have used for the longest amount of time.]
1)Price. Well. . . cheap compared to MUFE. It's still $10 for a d/s product which some people may have issue with. I don't. If it works, I don't care where it comes from or what it costs.
2) Coverage & Blendability: Coverage is quite nice--seems as good as MUFE Lift. Blendability is not quite on par. This seems to get a tad cakey if you don't prep your eye area/ moisturize, which is true for many concealers.
3) Shades. Pretty limited--I think there's only 3-? I'm about an NC20-25 in MAC. Fair skin w/ yellow undertones. I wear # 3 in MUFE Lift--which has a peachiness to it that seems to give it the upper hand in circle camoflauge. With this Neutrogena, the light shade is TOO light (hello, reverse raccoon!) and the Medium is too dark. I had to buy the Medium to mix with the light and consequently got my perfect shade! Mixing ain't a big deal--in fact it's a better match now than my MUFE Lift #3, but suddenly that d/s price just shot up to $20 since I have to buy 2. Not looking quite so economical now. . .
I didn't examine any of the shades deeper than Medium, but I have a hunch that women with deeper skintones may be excluded unfortunately.
4) Wear. This is the area the Neutrogena lost out to MUFE. The coverage looked great at first but seemed to fade considerably by mid-day whereas my MUFE goes pretty strong all day. YMMV depending on how you prep your eye area. I get a lot more mileage when I use this over my BB corrector, but factoring that into this review takes away some objectivity towards the performance of this product by itself.
I forget what 2 other things this is supposed to do besides conceal? Sunscreen & eyecream? As eyecream. . . um, no. That sounds like a load of baloney. Sunscreen I am also skeptical of. It has Spf, but how effective/ stable it is. . . I don't know what the PPD is or if it covers UVA spectrum. I wouldn't put a lot of faith in the protection factor personally, though it can't hurt too much, unless your eyes are sensitive to SS.
One final note: I tested it out as E/S base and it failed miserably. Never had such crepey creasy eyelids in my life! Dont' recommend it for that purpose.
As a concealer, this is probably one of the better ones I've tried. But I'm still reaching for my MUFE Lift more, so I guess that tells me something. No repurchase unless I were in a pinch.
I've been using the same concealer for years so i tried this out to compare. I really like the consistency of this. It's thick enough, yet not too thick. it blends well and has a really good staying power, except the fact that i did notice it settles into the under eye lines.. therefore looks cakey and makes you look older, or aging. I don't have wrinkles (i'm olny 18) so i can imagine what it may do for them =/. It also has potential to look dry. I wouldn't rub onto my under eyes, but pat them! that's the best way to get great coverage. This concealer brightens up your eyes.. but it works best to cover up spots! I'm not a fan of the squeeze tube.. scares me that maybe i may squeeze too hard, and then too much will come out. I like wands better.. But oh well :] i love neutrogena. I use this with their skin clearing foundation. Looks flawless. i'm probably going to stick with my other concealer for under my eyes, then going over for more coverage with this (not where my undereye lines are though)
I really like this product! It brightens up my undereye baggies and doesn't look cakey if i put my eye cream on first. I use Light 10 and absolutely love it! :] Make sure you put eye cream on first or else it'll make the skin flakey.
I don't know why I haven't reviewed this product before now. I've been using it for a few months now (maybe 6 or so). I have such a hard time finding an under eye concealer because I find they tend to just cake up and simply make matters worse. this one is really different. I pat it into each eye and before I blend, I just let it soak in for about 30 seconds. after it sets a little, i find it's pretty much completely soaked in and i barely have to blend it at all. It's still important to use a moisturizer underneath but it does a much beter job of adding a little moisture than other concealers (which usually have the opposite effect. This one doesn't just sit on top of the skin. It really soaks in and blends effortlessly. I have very fair skin and the light 10 shade is plenty light for me.
When I apply it i don't really notice a huge difference, but even nights where i only get a couple of hours of sleep, people tell me how well rested I look, and how they are jealous that I don't get sags or dark circles under my eyes. So, obviously it's definitely doing something good. I also love the spf content.
though this isn't the holy grail of concealers, it's certainly better than anything else i've tried (including Clinique, Dior, and Benefit).