Sadly my under eye circles have been getting worse, so I did some research on good concealers and went to Bobbi Brown as they seemed to have a lot of highly rated concealing products. I have dry, fair skin and I absolutely HATE when my concealer looks yellowy, cakey or in any way unnatural.
When I went to the BB counter at Nordstroms, the woman told me about this concealer and the corrector. She applied corrector/concealer to one eye and just concealer to the other eye. On me they looked so similar that it wasn't worth it to spend the extra money on the corrector....but if you're going to try this product I would suggest asking the MA to do one eye with corrector and one eye without so you can see the difference (it might save you some money).
Anyway, this concealer matches my skin tone perfectly and looks completely natural. My boyfriend (who hates when I wear lots of make up) commented that he could see a big, positive difference in my appearance. The concealer itself is creamy in texture and best applied with a concealer brush (don't put finger in the container as the oils might ruin it) and then patted/smoothed out with your finger. The MA said that the heat from your finger helps spread and set it. The coverage is buildable, but for people with severe under eye circles, this might not cover everything. Maybe the corrector/concealer combo might work better.
The packaging is cute; the mirror is convenient for touch ups. The fact that it is a flip top is nice too, since you never have to worry about losing the lip.
Hopefully this product continues to work for me, and I will continue repurchase unless I find something better.
I bought this expensive concealer 2 weeks ago for my under-eye and am so upset. It is so horribly cakey and accentuated every fine lines I have. The only good thing is that the Honey colour the promoter picked out for me was a perfect choice with my olive tone, looks really natural (but please note that it doesn't completely cover dark cricles, just simply improve them). But for all the natural look it provides, it simply isn't worth it for making me look like a much older lady. I look better without it. I have never tried a concealer that cakes as much as this. Even the cheaper ones I have tried is so much better.
By the way, I have tried using it with 3 different type of moisturiser and it is still cakey.
My goal for this concealer was to apply to blemishes and dark spots. The color match was right on, and much less noticeable than all MAC concealers I've tried. Must apply to very moisturized skin - probably isn't a great product for very very dry skinned folks. Dries flakey and accencuates patches if applied to dark skin. Looks amazing if you top it off with sheer finish loose powder. Nice and creamy texture that leaves a matte, but not caked on look.
I'm very impressed with this. It covers up my blemishes and scars perfectly, the colour-match is good enough for me (Honey), and I can use it on my dark undereye circles. It's a bit too much when used on circles with the Corrector though, I think, as it creases too much. But on days when I've had a good sleep, I can just use this and it looks great. The formulation is a bit thick, but then of course that's why it conceals and lasts so well. EDIT: This is absolutely my HG concealer, and if I had to choose only one item of makeup to take to a desert island, this would be it!
EDIT: I now use Warm Natural for my undereye area, and Honey for my face.
On my second batch. Effective moderate-high coverage that melts into my skin and stays put with a light dusting of the included superfine translucent finishing powder. Poor portability and an unsturdy hinge connecting the two compartments are the only downsides. Product itself is outstanding and a great re-formulation to when I first tried it 5 years ago.
EDIT - March 2010: Removing a lippie due to poor packaging. The top of every single kit I've ever owned comes unhinged after a few months of use.
UPDATE: Added BEFORE and AFTER picture!
MAC studio fix shade: NC35
MakeUp ForEver Mat+ shade: 40
Bobbi Brown Concealer Shade: Warm Beige
Bobbi Brown Corrector Shade: Dark Peach
NOTE: I only use this to cover my undereye circles, along with the corrector, to cover up undereye circles, NOT on my face skin as I think it's faaar to creamy/oily for that
SHADE IS KEY!
I have used lots of combinations of their shades:
Peach or Dark Peach as the corrector and concealer in Honey or Warm Natural or Warm Beige... (yes I wasted a lot of money by buying the wrong shades and that's why I want to save you from the sorrow!)
I can't count the combinations but the WRONG ONE WILL NOT WORK!!
I finally found the RIGHT COMBINATION FOR NC35 skin:
Dark Peach corrector with Warm Beige concealer on top and OMG my underye circles are history! My whole face looked soooooo much better and I look fresh and much unlike a zombie!
I wish I could go back in time and always have worn this!
Before buying, find the shade combination that is right for you! Go to an experienced Bobbi Brown salesperson, some of them just threw the wrong shades at me and wasted my money :(
Must apply loose powder on top well to take away the shine, I use MakeUp Forever Super Matte Loose Powder in shade 54
Bobbi brown concealers cover well and have great shades even to match the lightest of skin tones without looking fake. Well worth the price.
I love this concealer. I use it with BB's corrector, and I think the two work perfectly together. I would use this alone too it's that good. I would definitely buy again!
When I used this in Canada, it was an awesome product. But when I started using this in Hong Kong, this got super cakey under my eyes. I think this is mostly due to the super humid weather here. Anyways, will not repurchase because I can find cheaper and better alternatives in HK.
I have had a hard time figuring out exactly how to use this concealer but, now that I have, I really like it. For me the key is in putting a very generous amount of eye cream on under my eyes after my shower, enough so that it is visible after applying it, and then letting that soak in while I do something else (FTR - I use BB eye cream day and BB extra eye balm at night). Then when I use the concealer (warm ivory) or the corrector/concealer (light peach/warm ivory) combo I always use a small nylon concealer brush. The brush has been the most important discovery for me.
When I first got the product I tried to use my fingers and got a big, ugly, cakey mess. I put the compacts away in my train case and forgot about them until recently when I had an event to attend and was desperate for something to make me look fresh. I tried a good quality nylon brush and using that makes all the difference in the world. It means that I get just enough to cover my undereye area but not so much that it settles into the fine lines. I was amazed at how thin a layer I can apply, how smoothly it goes on, and yet how opaque the coverage was just by switching to a good brush.
Then I follow with the light tinted eye brightener in the sockets of my eyes and down onto the crest of my cheek bones, again applied with a small nylon brush, and a VERY, VERY light dusting of BB sheer yellow powder. I apply the powder while tilting my head down and looking up into the mirror so that most of the lines are smoothed out. I do get a bit of settling into lines but I can pat them away easily and usually only get them in the first hour or so of application but then very little during the day.
I have dark circles under my eyes no matter how much sleep I get and some darkness under my lower lash line that looks like smeared makeup if I don't cover it. I have been very happy with this and will definitely buy it again now that I know how to apply it. You can watch a video on the BB website for the exact technique.