REVIEW: Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – “Radiant” 310

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in “radiant” 310 is not a new product out on the market, but is one that I was meaning to get around to using after finishing my YSL YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.

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The “gel-based formula diffuses light” and “illuminates as it conceals,” which I found, wasn’t just boasty claims. The difference, in my opinion, between the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, is that the Maybelline DreamLumi conceals and illuminates — which allows you to skip applying actual undereye concealer. In other reviews, I’ve read complaints from people about how the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch doesn’t conceal — and, that’s because it shouldn’t be treated as an actual concealer, but rather, a product that illuminates and brightens the undereye area.

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer has concealer qualities — meaning, it provides a little bit of coverage and tends to be a bit more opaque than the thin consistency of the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch. Maybelline’s formula tends to run a bit thick and a little bit of product goes a long way. I like to use a small, synthetic buffing brush or concealer brush to blend the product in under my eyes.

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According to Maybelline, the DreamLumi highlighter concealer is a:

• Gel-based formula diffuses light to provide on-the-spot perfection in just one touch
• Illuminates as it conceals
• Dermatologist, Allergy Tested
• Non-comedogenic
• Suitable for sensitive skin and for all skin types

FOR BEST RESULTS — It is suggested that “to brighten face, apply over brows as well as to the inner and outer corners of eyes and blend with tip of finger,” and to “apply to sides of nose and on chin…to give your face a luminous glow.” The great thing about any kind of highlighter pen is that it’s good for sculpting and highlighting facial features — just “apply in small strokes to the cheekbones and blend.”

I’ve also heard that you can lips look fuller by outlining the lips and blending it out. I’ve also read that you can cover imperfections with the pen, but I would suggest that you skip over the bumpy textured issues and aim to cover discoloration. The brightening effect helps to diffuse the look of acne scars and post-hyperpigmentation marks as well.

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This is a great drugstore option and for under $10, this can be a staple in anyone’s makeup bag. However, I wouldn’t say that this is an exact dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch — mainly, because YSL’s product is striclty an illuminator/brightener and is NOT marketed as a concealer. Because the Maybelline DreamLumi also conceals as it brightens, I think that it’s a better dupe for the Clinique Airbrush Concealer — which also claims to illuminate and conceal.

I would recommend this product for those who don’t have severe discoloration under the eyes since this is just a mild remedy. Those with severe dark circles should try a corrector before adding concealer on top — and then, adding an illuminating product will help disguise the darkness.

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The shade I chose is in “Radiant” 310, rather than a skintone-based color. The pinkish-peachy hue counteracts darkness like shadows, without having to use a harsh salmon-colored product. One swipe under each eye is enough before blending. It doesn’t budge or affect my eye makeup by making it smudge during the day. Not only is this great for days when I’m running on little sleep; but, it’s also great just to create a healthy, rested look on weekends as well. There’s no shimmer or glimmer — just a pearlescent quality that is reflective and not dramatic. I recommend! :)

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