There have been a lot of really great reviews on this product, and my Mac concealer had gotten to the “really really low” point, so I decided to go and find a new concealer.
I do love the Mac Studio Finish concealer – it’s very high coverage and easy to work with. It basically took me two years to finish one of those tiny pots though and I wanted to branch out and really try another concealer. I have a few other concealers from other brands, but I just didn’t like them as much as my Mac Studio Finish, especially in the under eye area. Other concealers always sank into the fine lines under my eyes and just never worked as well.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer comes in about four shades, and then two different correcter shades. They range from very fair to medium (unfortunately nothing for deeper skintones, which is sad and something Maybelline should fix). The two corrector shades are a “Neutralizer” and “Brightener”.
When I went to CVS, I actually couldn’t find my shade in their regular color line, so I picked up the Neutralizer because it was a really yellow toned light medium shade. I am purely a medium skin tone right now, but I always go a shade lighter for my under eye concealer. I don’t usually have to use a concealer on any other part of my face either, because I always use a pretty full coverage foundation, then powder foundation to set. It’s simply just too much coverage if I use a concealer as well.
What I do to apply it is use three or four dots of the concealer under the eye and either blend it in with my finger or with foundation brush. I usually use a stippling brush like the Real Techniques brush so it does well to blend away my under eye circles and into my foundation. I tried once, using the foam to blend, and I had too much product in there and it was just not blendy enough for me. The foam (which I guess is more spongy than foamy but it feels like foam) sort of acts like a finger but I feel like it needs to be denser or fluffier to be used effectively as a blending tool.