This is not a great product but it's not bad, either. I like the coverage and its match with my skin tone. Coverage is very light and just enough. It seems ok but after a while, I got break out. I think this product is the reason. So I switch to Shiseido correcting pencil which I prefer and think works better.
Whether or not you'll like Skinflash depends on this: do you like thick, masking concealers that completely re-color your eye area? Skinflash is nothing like that. It's sheer, but it's also like using photoshop on your face. It's a very different and believable type of concealer. Personally, I think that no matter what, heavy eye concealer makes a gal look older. Skinflash is never guilty of that. Sometimes I wish it provided stronger coverage when I want to create a bold eye look. If you are looking for something to wear to dinner and look fab, this is a winner. If you want something to make your face look perfect for flash-photography, try Dermablend or Joe Blasco.
This is a nice concealer and I feel it works well on top (not underneath!) of any foundation. It works particularly well on top of my HG foundation, Bloom Pure Mineral powder foundation. It just provides a little bit of extra coverage under the eyes without any cakiness. I do like the shade and it really is like candlelight when used as a highlighter! I love how easy and mess free it is to use. Not thick enough to be HG as a concealer per se, but I don't think this is the intention with this product.
EDIT: I've since found Guerlain Precious Light and there is no comparison. I have reduced my rating to a 2 now that I now what a pen type highlighter/concealer can really do...with no chalkiness in sight!
WOW that's in 1 word what I think about this product. I've heared that this is the best DIOR product ever and that nothing else in the past was such a hit seller in stores. It's not a concealer and that's the reason why some people are a bit disappointed when they try this product. In fact, it's a new makeup category, beacause it is something between a foundation and a concealer. My eyes look "fresher" with it. You can also use it before you apply your eyeshadow (eyeshadow stays longer). Beneath your eyebrows it makes your eyes bigger. You can also use it for the fine lines in your face. The brush is easy to use and it's expencive I know, but it lasts really long. You can use it under or over your foundation, or even on bare skin in the summer. It's really SUPER. The best product I've bought in years!!!
Was on the verge of getting another YSL Touche Eclat pen but decided to try something new, so I managed to procure one of these from eBay for a reasonable-ish price.
First of all, the presentation is great. The product comes in its own little velvet bag--a nice touch since the pen is silver and looks like it'd scratch/smudge easily. I think I prefer the design of this pen to the YSL one--sleek silver rather than gaudy gold. The product itself has a very light, creamy texture (slightly more substantial than Touche Eclat, that is, less watery) with a subtle rose scent. I could definitely do without the latter, especially since I mostly use this around my eyes.
I think the lasting power is better than Touche Eclat. I find that it's still mostly on after a few hours, as opposed to the TE, which will have mostly faded away, even when set with a loose powder (I use Laura Mercier's). It also is not quite as sheer, so it has better coverage and it takes less product and fussing to get a rested look. Of course, the color is very light (a very pale whitened beige, similar to TE #1, but without the slight pinkish tone) and the fluid has light-reflective qualities, so if you use too much, you'll get an unearthly glow around your eyes that'll just make you look worse. So use with some restraint.
Application tip: brush a thin layer of this on the places you need illumination action (usually inner corners and about halfway out along the dark circle area--stop below your eye at a spot that lines up with your pupil). Let it sit on your face for a few seconds (just a few), and then gently tap it with your ring finger to blend. If you need more, repeat. Letting it sit dries out the product slightly and gives somewhat more coverage than if you just slap it on and blend right away. If you have really terrible dark circles, you'll need to use a normal concealer first, then apply this on top in the prescribed manner. Nothing will totally erase your sleeplessness, but this stuff will help minimize the effects.
I just don't get it...I'm not understanding what's the big deal about this product. Maybe b/c I really don't use eye make up or need coverage in the eye area that I just don't need it. It's really misleading as a "concealer." Now that's a product that I'm always on the hunt for, but this is not it. Expensive little pen, and I'm not one to complain about price if something works. Therefore, this will be going back to Sephora.
I started to use this after I was shown YSL Touche Eclat (as I wanted something similar because YSL colors weren't as good a match for me). I used to use BeneFit LemonAid as an eyelid primer until I realized that I needed something less 'yellow' & more neutral to cover the darkness of my deep set eyes. Awesome for this purpose as I never wore eyeshadow before trying this because I always used a heavy line of liquid eyeliner. Loved how much my eyes were brightened so I started to try eye shadows. After running out of #2 I decided I wanted the #1 color because my skin has VERY strong pink undertones rather than yellow - perfect color for me.
I really like this stuff! I've never used any of the other pens (ysl, givenchy, guerlain etc all make them too I think) but I'm using this as a concealer around my eyes and corners of the nose. Amazing! It brightens the face and hides my broken capillaries around the nose and hides my dark undereye circles perfectly! My only gripe is the price:( I wish they sold this stuff in a big bottle!
This stuff is definitely better than YSL Touche Eclat. Overall, it gives a much better glow than all the similar products from other brands. (I've tried YSL and Clarins) The YSL is a little more "dry" and doesn't blend as well. Also the brush of this doesn't get all smelly like the YSL. I'm basically waiting to finish my YSL so that I can repurchase this again.
To preface, I am NC15 in MAC makeup if that helps at all. I normally only wear MAC makeup, but during a recent trip to Toronto a Dior Makeup Elf used the power of her hypnotically bad breath to coerce me into letting her “fix” my makeup. In the process of fixing my eyeliner (which had traveled down my face during the day – thanks, MAC Feline… this is all YOUR fault) she used Candle Light to hide the deep dark circles of eye kohl and tiredness that had taken over the upper half of my face. And to my surprise, it worked. My eyes suddenly didn’t look as deepset, there were no dreaded “Circles of I’ve Been Shopping All Day” under my eyes, and I looked younger. NICE! The little Dior Makeup Elf said that it had "good stuff" in it that would make my wrinkles go away, but I'll believe that when I see results.
Application: The neat thing about this is that it has it’s own brush. The bad thing is that I tend to get product out of the pen onto the brush on only one side which can make application uneasy. The MA who showed me how to use it drew a line above my brow, “Whiskers” below my eye, and into my smile lines. She then patted the product into the skin in order to blend it. I sort of looked like the Kevyn Aucoin “Contouring” picture in Making Faces. But whatever she did, it worked.
The Wear: This product lasts a good long while. You can use it with or without foundation. I find it applies heavy enough to be used as a concealer. In fact, this shade on my skin I would use as a concealer instead of a highlighter, though it could be used for that as well I guess. Make sure you have a good makeup remover – this stuff likes to stick after it sets. It can cake a bit if it's gooped on and not blended, but that is avoidable.
Downside: You have to twist the end cap on this A LOT before you actually get anything out. Product may come out goopy at first. And it has a slight scent which does fade away with time, but I prefer my products to be odorless.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would buy this again at this point. I like the pen idea here better than my pot-o-MAC concealer and find it relatively easy to work with. I think they were going for speed of application here with this, and that is good enough for me. Usually concealer is too time consuming for me to think of every day – this makes it quick and fun. Thanks Dior Makeup Elf! continued >>