Ladies and Germs, I have a confession- I have massive under eye circles and have been trying to conceal them since I was 19!! In the beginning, L'oreal was my best friend. I grew up a bit and discovered MAC- worked well for years, then I had flings with Benefit and Prescriptives. At around 26 YO I discovered the HG of all concealers: Bobbi Brown!!! This stuff worked then and works now. As I have gotten older, my skin has become sensitive and I have discovered that there are too many chemicals in the products we use, because of this I have tried several "natural" brands, but nothing is like this. To be fair, when I use this concealer, I always use the BB corrector under it. I have tried to stray for financial and chemical reasons, but I always come crawling back with an open wallet! I guess its not as expensive as probably Channel is, but its not Maybelline priced either! :) New packaging: i really feel suckered by the new pkging because I was done a long time ago buying BB powder to set my concealer! What a crock! So, I felt duped to find that you can now only buy the concealer as a set!?! Well, ya'll, it works better with the powder. I said it, yes, it does. I do not like paying this much to correct, cover and set- but sincerely its worth it! HG for sure!!!
So far I have tried Urban Decay's concealer pencil, Amazing Cosmetics' amazing concealer, and now Bobbi Brown's creamy concealer kit and I have to say Bobbi Brown has blown the other two out of the water. I have dry under eyes and therefore the creamy consistency didn't dry out my eyes. I like setting my concealer with powder and this kit takes the hassle out of buying a separate setting powder. The girl who color matched me did a really good job, I told her I wanted it to look natural and not a shade lighter (I guess some people like matching it a shade lighter so it looks brighter and perhaps look more awake under their eyes). The price is a bit much but it's a splurge I am wiling to make for something that actually works.
I have been searching for the right concealer for years. I am a mom and pregnant again, so my eyes have wonderful dark circles. I found that just using this concealer does not do the trick (as none have) but if I use a corrector underneath it I look like i'm 22 again. The key to not looking like it doesn't work is to go get color matched. I was very surprised at what was recommended by the MUA for colors with the corrector and concealer, but together the look is just flawless. I'm really impressed. Bobbi Brown says it herself: "most concealers don't look quite right on people because they are poorly color matched." Take the time and get matched, make sure it looks like you want it to before you leave!
I also found that using their concealer brush (the long one, not the flat head) is awesome with this concealer, and with covering any blemishes I have (using face concealer) I have. The setting powder is a pale yellow, so depending on your coloring it may not work as well for you, but should work on a large portion of women.
I love this concealer! The trick is to practice applying, and to use corrector beforehand.
I also really wanted to love this product, mostly because the packaging is so great and I heard good things about this. But this product is not for me. It seems no matter what I do, it just looks cakey and accentuates my under eye puffiness. Today a coworker told me my eyes looked different and asked if I was getting enough sleep, which I am, so thatís it, itís going back. I use Macís Pro longwear concealer and love it, maybe a liquid just works better for me, I will not be straying again. The cream seams too thick and obvious on the eyes. Also, this seemed to separate throughout the day and fall into my lines, where the Pro longwear stays in place a lot better. Iím sure this works great for othersÖme not so much. The color I used is Sand.
This doesn't cover my dark circles at all. The consistency is just too thin. I need something more opaque like MAC's Studio Finish SPF 35 concealer. I'm going to buy the Bobbi Brown corrector to see if that helps boost the coverage.
Argh...I'm so torn on this one, mostly because I wanted it to work for me so badly! I have purple-ish circles under my eyes (mostly in the corners) and I have recently begun a quest to find the best product to cover them. This was recommended to me, so I hopped over to a BB counter. I was matched by the SA to a Warm Beige tone (though she thought I might need Beige in winter), and she showed me how to best use it. At first, it looked excellent, and off I went, product in hand. However, by the end of the day my under-eyes looked super cakey and the powder had settled into my fine lines. I blended it out my finger, but then the coverage was lost. Sigh. I tried again (wearing this over BB's eye cream, by the way) but had the same result with the powder settling into my lines. Every subsequent attempted has yielded a similar result...it looks great at first but buggers up throughout the day. I think I'm going to have to give this one a miss. For me, Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer is much better at concealing my circles, and Benefit's Powderflage is a better setting powder. Will likely return it, and not repurchase. Bummer.
(Reviewing this as the Corrector/Concealer-Kit together)
It's great for hardcore raccoon-eye cases... but it's fussy, a bit thick/product-y, it's a bit time consuming, and it's expensive. ***The most important part*** is to make sure that you get the right shades, or it'll really be not worth it. Don't go for a makeup artist's pick if you still think it looks less than great. Look for a store, maybe a Sephora or something, that will have all the shades available for you to try, take off, and try again. Set out some time to really find the perfect combination, compare different options on each eye side by side - it makes a lot of difference.
If your eyes are dry, you'll want to moisturize them because this is one drying mixture. Preferably, do it the night before, and then some during too. Of course, BB will sell some extremely expensive eye creams (hah!), but a regular one will do, really. I use Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing lotion, and it's great on my (super sensitive!) eyes.
With a little effort, the right shade combination, the time to put 4 things (moisturizer-corrector-concealer-setting powder) and a bite out of your wallet, you could get a pretty great effect with this. I'm going all the way to 4 despite its flaws, because right now I haven't found anything with a better end result. That said, I really miss Tarte's discontinued Dark Circle Defense. Much cheaper, lots of it, great texture, super fast to put on - maybe just toss some powder if I wanted it to go all day. It wasn't as perfect of a shade match, a little pale, but it was so great for the everyday...
Wow! I am in love with this product. I have horrible horrible dark circles and I have been on the hunt for a concealer that would cover it. After failing with other brands, I decided to give Bobbi Brown a try. I feel like the color matches my skin perfectly and the coverage is great! I do need touch ups through out the day since my dark circles are seriously bad, but out of all the concealers I have tried, this is far the best. It does not cake up on me, it's very creamy and blendable and its just overall the best!
I hate to rain on the parade, but I was not loving this product. I had the original (with the flip top, and the loose powder at the bottom), which gave decent coverage, but somehow always made my eyeliner smudge. (I guess it was too creamy...) So when I heard about the new formula with the better packaging, I ran to go get it.
The SA matched me to the color Beige, which I personally find a tad too dark and pink, but he assured me that once I put the powder on top, it would be ok. Not so. Unfortunately, once I used the Pale Yellow pressed powder on top, it just looked thick and blotchy.
The texture of this is far too thick to use in the undereye, in my opinion, and I agree with the previous reviewer that it works best when mixed with a moisturizing eye cream. I only used a little bit of product, and I tried applying with both synthetic and natural brushes, all to the same effect. it seemed to accentuate my eye bags.
I was able to get a decent finish when I applied this top my La Mer Eye Balm Intense, and then set with a Mally Beauty shimmery powder from my Mally concealer set. The powder seemed to lighten the area and sort of smooth out any creases and heaviness. This combo seemed to look ok and take away my dark circles better than with the Bobbi powder.
Long story short, I am taking this back to the store tomorrow. For $32, I don't think it's really worth it, and I will stick to other, more effective products such as Cle de Peau, Chanel, and Dior Skinflash.
For reference, I have light golden skin with very little wrinkles or fine lines in my undereye area. My main concern is brightening the eye area and hiding my circles. continued >>
so i bought this a couple weeks ago, then lost it after one time use :(... boooo....
So yesterday I went to sephora near me, and it has Bobbi in store, I picked up another one, and I LOVE IT. it is the creamiest concealer ever, awesome coverage.
I have horrible horrible dark circle, and I have been trying out many concealers high end and low end. And this is the only thing that works for me. I have very dry under eye area, so concealer tends to look caky on me, and absolutely NO concealer that did not settle into my fine lines, or looked horrible on me, beside this one.
One down side is that you NEED A VERY MOISTURIZING eye cream for this, otherwise it will look dry.