Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser Brightener Review and Swatch

     The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer has been raved about by quite a few bloggers - I've been using it for a couple years now!  Recently I decided to try out the "Brightener" version of this concealer.  You'll find it in the same display, but the shade will be Brightener.  It's a little pink compared to the others, but entirely amazing.
     First off, some people like to use yellow concealer to correct their dark circles under their eyes - but if you don't have very warm-toned skin this won't look very natural for you.  The pink tone really brightens the area and covers up the blue/purple/black pigment that we can get under our eyes.  No, it doesn't look like you smudged pink marker under there.  It looks naturally bright.
     One of the best things about this product is that while it is very pigmented, it is very LIGHT.  This makes it easy to use the actual concealer on top of it if you need to - it's thin enough that you can layer these products without making your under eyes look heavily caked with concealer.  On a daily basis I actually find that this brightener alone has enough coverage for my under eyes!  This provides such a natural AWAKE look.  I think it can shave years as well as built up stress off of your face.

My Tips:

♥ Lightly pat the applicator around the inner corner of your eye extending down over any dark areas underneath the eye.  Avoid dragging towards the outer part of the eye because this can actually bring out the look of bags (It highlights and brings out the uneven and slightly puffy part some people may have - keep it towards the inner corner!).
♥ Use your ring finger to gently pat in the concealer and blend it.  Using your finger will warm up the concealer allowing it to smoothly blend into the skin. Also, the ring finger is the weakest and gentlest to use on the delicate under eye skin.
♥ If you need a little extra coverage, let the brightener set and then apply a concealer over the top in the same way.  Keep each layer light and thin.
♥ If you want to set your under eyes with powder only use very finely-milled powder that will not make this area look cakey or dry.
♥ Always invest in a good eye cream - even if you have no bags or circles under your eyes dehydration can make you look tired or aged.

     I've been loving this awesome under eye brightener. Best part is it's easily accessible at the drugstore for around $8.  Let me know what you think!

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