Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles ConcealerMaybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer ($9.99) is a super-concentrated and pigmented liquid concealer combined with goji berry and haloxyl to help erase the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. It has a unique tube design in that when you twist the top, product will be released in the round, squishy applicator sponge.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer is available in (6) shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Honey, Neutralizer and Brightener. Although the neutralizer shade can be used on it's own, it's also recommended for extreme dark circles to apply underneath your regular concealer for maximum coverage. The brightener shade is pink based used to brighten up areas of the eyes and face.
I was conflicted which shade to purchase. For reference, I have medium skin with warm undertones (MAC NC35 coloring currently). Fair and Light looked too light for me, and Medium looked too dark. So, I ended up with Neutralizer.
Neutralizer is a light peachy yellow color. It seems to apply slightly lighter than it looks in the tube, and it's a little too light for me, but works fine if I blend a little foundation on top. (See swatches at the end of this post.) Medium would've probably been a better match for me.
You have to twist the tube several times to get it going at first and thereafter a small amount is dispersed with each twist. You can apply it to your undereyes with the sponge directly, or you can wipe the product off with your finger to apply or wipe the product off with a concealer brush. I like using it directly from the tube, as I think the sponge is the funnest part of using this product!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Before & After. (my skin is not moisturized prior, so you can see it looks a bit dry and powdery)
The consistency is thin, easily blendable and dries to a powder finish. The concealer provides a bit more coverage than medium, and slightly less than full. I've used it sparingly as a base and applied MAC Pro Longwear Concealer on top and it gives me full coverage.
Now, there are some issues with this concealer that I'd like to address. It's not a super emollient concealer, so it can look dry. Even if you don't have dry skin, if you're applying it to your bare skin, I highly recommend moisturizing or applying a face primer first to give a little slip to your skin so the concealer will blend easier and yield a more natural finish. I like using Argan oil as a base, but I usually apply it after my foundation with no issues.
The size of the sponge is a little large, so you can't really apply it precisely or get too close to your lash line unless you aren't wearing any eye makeup. I almost always end up getting a little product in my lower lashes.
Another drawback is that it sets extremely quick. Right after you apply it, you don't have much time to blend. If you allow it to set and try smoothing it out, it can look dry and powdery.
Here are some color comparisons to MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. As you can see, it's super light and in-between NC15 and NC20.
Swatches from left to right: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW25, NC15, NC20 and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in the shade Neutralizer.
I find that it holds up really well throughout the day without fading.
Overall, I like this concealer as the coverage is very good and I think it's just an overall fun product to apply. I love the little sponge and although it might not be so hygienic, I don't mind. I wish the product itself was a little creamier and had a more natural finish. But I still think from the many drugstore concealers I've tried, this is one of the better ones. I think it's also a good concealer if you're going for the light under eye/Kim K. concealer look.
- Great high medium to full coverage
- Easy and fun to apply
- Highlights and brightens the under-eyes
- Blends well
- Lightweight - doesn't look or feel heavy
- Can have the tendency to look dry under the eyes - make sure to moisturize prior. Because of this, it might not work the best for those with very dry under eyes or for those with lots of fine lines. (Results will of course vary though!)
- Sets quickly and after it sets it can be difficult to work with
- Not the best color selection, especially for those with dark skin
- The sponge applicator isn't completely hygienic and it can be difficult to clean
- If you twist too much product, lots can get wasted
- You don't get a lot of bang for your buck! After using this concealer for a week, 1/4 of tube is already gone!