Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer Review, Photos and Swatches!

Natalie Wednesday, January 25, 2012
maybelline mineral power concealer review

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer

After blogging for a while, you start recognizing the products that get the most praise and recognition. Because of the popularity and rave reviews, you'll ultimately get sucked into purchasing a "blogger pick/favorite" sooner or later, some being great, and others - not so much.

Concealer is one of my favorite items of makeup. I'll never get tired of my endless endeavor, searching my local stores high and low for the best medium-full coverage, lightweight, brightening, non-caking, non-creasing, long-lasting concealer. Maybe my standards are too high? There are some concealers I favor - Hard Candy Glamoflauge (perfecto, but a little too dewy & not long lasting), MAC concealers (Pro Longwear, Studio Finish, Select Cover-up), but I've grown completely bored with them and am on the lookout for a new-found love!

Could it be Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer? I surely hoped so, but it does fall short of my standards.

PRODUCT DETAILS:
  • Blends easily for complete yet natural coverage
  • Conceals imperfections and undereye darkness all day
  • Pure color, natural luminous finish
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Talc, oil and fragrance free, non-pore-clogging
There are six (6) shades in total: Fair 10, Ivory 20, Cream 30, Sand 40, Beige 50 and Latte 60. 

Depending on the store you're purchasing from/location you may have a limited shade selection. The few CVS stores in my area only stocked the lightest 2-3 shades. I ended up getting "Cream" due to the limited shade selection.

maybelline mineral power concealer review
Cream is a pretty good match. It's a light-medium, (warm) peachy beige and would work well on skintones in the light-medium range (around MAC NC20-30).

maybelline mineral power concealer cream swatch
Cream swatched on my wrist.

I need a pretty good concealer to camouflage my undereye darkness, which is mostly red & blue. My undereye darkness is better on some days than others, but most of the time, it looks like I haven't slept in days - so, concealer is a must for me!

I don't mind if a concealer isn't full coverage as long as it has a good consistency and finish. 

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer has a thin consistency, creamy, yet watery - similar to MAC Moisturecover Concealer or Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It has a doe-foot (slanted sponge) applicator and once dotted under the eyes, the product blends very nicely with the fingertips.

The coverage is a light-medium, and my darkness is still noticeable, even when layered. Applied over a medium coverage foundation, the results are better, or in conjunction with a corrector. The reviews for this concealer are very mixed. Some say there's not enough coverage, and others say it has a medium-full coverage. No matter how much I layered this concealer, it wasn't full coverage for me. 

I find that it works well on blemishes and spots, so I often reach for it for touch ups and any added concealing my face may need after I've applied my foundation - prior to my setting powder. 

By the end of the day, it will have faded a little bit, so a good helping of setting powder under the eyes is necessary to help keep it in place.

Overall, I'm not disappointed with this concealer - It's not bad, in fact, its one of the better drugstore concealers I've tried. But, it's just not enough coverage for me. I'll continue using this tube, and will not be re-purchasing.

PROS: I was able to find a good shade (Cream) for my skintone, the consistency is light, yet creamy, and it doesn't settle in my fine lines, it covers my blemishes and/or redness very well, isn't drying.
CONS: It does a mediocre job at covering my undereye darkness, isn't long lasting - fades throughout the day, there isn't a very large shade selection, so it may be difficult to some to find a shade match (particularly those with deep to dark skintones).
PACKAGING: I have no complaints with the packaging. It's compact and the applicator works well.
OVERALL: If you don't have severe dark circles and need minor concealing/brightening, this is a fantastic concealer to look into. For those that need a solid medium to full coverage, you may want to look elsewhere. This is a nice little concealer to pop in your bag and use for touch-ups.

Have you used this concealer? What'd you think of it? What's your favorite concealer - drugstore and high-end?

21 comments :

  1. I have to use cream concealers...I never feel like these liquid ones do the trick.

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  2. I really recommend TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer - the coverage is excellent and even though it's a creamy product, it's a firm cream like MAC Studio Finish Concealer.

    I think you'd like it

    Nazia x

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  4. That sucks they didn't have more shades ): but I use MAC concealer works very well for me. Love your blog♥

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  5. I'm like you as far as the dark circles go. I really like the Aveda Inner Light Concealer - it's liquid but not watery. I use 02/Balsa & it gives me the bright under eye look I am constantly longing for. As far as drug store, I really liked Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer; EXCEPT for the packaging...I don't like the twist pen with the sponge applicator.

    Hope you find the perfect product ♥

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  6. My favorite at the moment is MAC's Moisturecover Concealer. I'm fortunate that I don't have any dark circles to cover up so I use the shade is NC20 very lightly (my skintone is NC35) to brighten up my eye area.

    Xo

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    1. I'm really interested in trying the Moisturecover..do you find it to be lightweight or a bit heavier?

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  7. I've always wanted to try the Mineral Power concealer but as you stated, my drugstore only carries a couple of shades...and never the one needed for my NC42 skin tone! I'm currently using MAC Select Cover but I'm finding that it just doesn't cover my dark circles like it used to..so I've moved on to Revlon Age Defying concealer and I love it..it's REALLY med to full coverage and it lasts all day for me...thanks for sharing your findings!

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  8. My qualm with this product is that i used it for a couple of weeks before the applicator peeled off the end. So now i'm left with a messy looking hard stick instead of a soft applicator - i don't use it. I've never had this happen before with any applicators but this one. Rubbish!

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  9. I'm on the same boat as you, I use MAC's Studio Finish concealer and I love it, I recently finished it though and I was bored of it and wanted to try something new - I did end up repurchasing it however because it worked for me.

    I just want to say I love the detail you put in your posts, especially your reviews. Everything from your photos to your writing, everything is clearly detailed - and as a reader, I really appreciate it! :) I can always count on your reviews! The only thing I would suggest is maybe a before and after photo? I would love to see how it actually looks applied.

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  10. I quite like the collection 2000 under eye concealers (twist pen ones), I have quite dark under eye circles mainly because im very pale and have deep set eyes! But I feel the collection 2000 covers rather well to be fair I haven't tried any really expensive concealers other than ysl but i found the one in aldi just as good as ysl so i dont buy it anymore. I love concealer can't survive without it!!! xx

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  11. im starting to get under eye circles now so im currently looking into new ones....

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  12. Hey I'm from Chicago too Woot Woot. Thanks for the honeset review, I've been eyeing this myself.

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  13. great review nat! my under eye circles are terrible so i dont think ill be getting this one! i dont get on with the mac ones either so ill keep hunting! x

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  14. Even though I have dark circles, i've yet to find the perfect undereye concealer. The search continues!

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  15. for my part, i like this concealer a lot ! :)

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  16. i competly agree with your review... and look for the same thing in an undereye concealer. btw, do you recommend using a eye primer underneath concealer ?

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  17. Thanks for the post.

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  18. Natty, please do a review on Origins Quick, Hide! Concealer!! It has decent reviews and is only about $16, but I'm not sure if I should bother with it or not...and I trust only you to make the deciding vote!

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  19. I really like Clinique concealer. It works well for me. It is not that high end, but does cost more than drug store products.

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  20. I'm on the market for a new concealer but not sure this would do it for me either! xx

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