Happy New Year!
I’m ready for 2013 and am excited about what the new year will entail for me. What are some of your resolutions? To ring in the new year, I’m starting off with a drugstore concealer review to get the ball rolling. I’ve been skipping foundation all together the last few weeks – simply due to laziness, lol. So, as of late, a good concealer has been essential for me.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment is something new I’ve been trying in the last few weeks since discovering it at my local drugstore. Marketed as a dark spot concealer, the product claims to fight spots, discolorations, and pigmentation over time. As a concealer infused with “Vitamin C treatment,” it’s designed to be a skincare product that works as a makeup as well.
On Maybelline’s website, the product is described to a be a “revolutionary concealer and vitamin C treatment [that] covers instantly, while fighting dark spots over time. Concentrated Vitamin C formula visibly decreases dark spots in just 4 weeks.” It “targets signs of aging, dark spots, acne scars and sunspots.”
As a concealer, it’s your every day average concealer with decent pigmentation, but nothing heavy duty by any means. I know that previously, Maybelline released the Instant Age Rewind Eraser – Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment, which turned out to be a big hit. I still occasionally use the dark circles concealer if needed, which was the reason why I became intrigued with the same concept for dark spots.
Unfortunately, for me, this concealer didn’t do anything major. On lazy days, “good skin” days, or yoga days, I can swipe the product onto my cheeks and around my nose – as a general concealer, blend it in, and be on my way. But, as a targeted treatment specifically for dark spots, it didn’t do much – nor, did any spots fade or diminish in any amount of time.
I chose the shade Fair210, which turned out to be lighter than I had anticipated. But, it’s quite generous in terms of color matching since vigorous blending can still allow me to get away with using this shade. Although I don’t believe in the high claims of fading dark spots over time, as a general concealer, it did its job. But, for those with serious needs of concealing such as those with age/sun spots, post-hyperpigmentation, and other more major areas of concern, you’re better off finding a concealer that’s a harder, waxier texture like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer – that’s designed to stick onto the skin for heavy duty concealing and not budge.
The applicator puff thing is a bit annoying to me and is odd. I don’t care how anti-bacterial something claims to be, I refuse to believe that a sponge that never gets washed is going to be sanitary. Another thing is that the puff is quite large, so if you are trying to spot-conceal, you’re left with a huge blob of concealer that’s difficult to blend because it’s just too much product for one spot. Although the idea of it is nice, this is just an average concealer that helps but doesn’t do anything magical.
Have you tried this new product yet? If so, what do you think? If not, yay or nay? :)
As always, thanks for reading and Happy New Year!