Weekly Cheap Secret:

OK, so I purchased this because Ellen DeGeneres is the face for this product line. Well, that was one reason. The other: I have been looking for a concealer to love. Currently, I have been using MAC Studio Finish Concealer with SPF 35. I have not been impressed with the MAC concealer to cover dark circles. It’s too thick and I have to mix it with Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch to make the MAC concealer smoother and more manageable. (I miss Prescriptives.) Anyways, I thought I would give this Covergirl concealer a try. Ellen made me buy it.

Here’s what I’m looking for: a creamy, easy to smooth concealer to use under my eyes to cover up both redness and darkness. I’m in my mid-20’s, no real lines yet, and I am light with yellow/jaundice undertones.

The consistency of this product is so smooth. I purchased the Corrector to use as a  concealer since my complexion is exactly this color. The others available were all wrong. I think this is supposed to be a 2-in-1 product but I don’t get it. It isn’t a substitute for eye cream. It really is a “swirled” product with Olay added?  In the pot the texture is very nice, it looks dewy and the color is perfect. On my skin, the formula looks less dewy, too dry for my tastes. Since the color is perfect for me, it does cover up discolorations well. I feel this stuff shows more “lines” on me. It isn’t that it settles in the lines. It is that it doesn’t. It settles around them, leaving me with little blue-ish fine lines. That is annoying.  At first I thought I was using too much. I don’t think I am. I think it is doing that line thing after hours of wear. It’s a shame because I do find it a nice consistency and color. I just wish it was dewier and wore longer.

I’m still using this stuff so it isn’t terrible. I’m using it because my eye area looks better with it than without it. It just isn’t fitting my needs. I think I may be too picky when it comes to concealer. I think I can find something wrong with any formula by any brand. I do like this much better than using the MAC concealer alone. The MAC stuff makes my under eye area look terrible (and adds years)  if used alone. I also don’t love the MAC when mixed with the Clarins. So for now, I am using this Covergirl product until I find something I like better. I may use the entire jar. I may not. I just don’t think I will repurchase. Also, I need to state that I am using the Corrector. Does it even feel the same as the Concealers in the line? And maybe I’m getting the lines because I’m not using a concealer over it?

Retails for about $10.99. That isn’t super cheap for a drugstore product. But, it is cheaper than department stores. The MAC I used was about $16.50 + I was using the Clarins product. The Covergirl tub is quite generous, much larger than the MAC pot. Plus, if you shop around you’ll find coupons or BOGO. So, yeah, it doesn’t do what it claims to do, but it isn’t awful. I’ve used worse. It is available at drugstore.com.

Seriously, I am. It gives me an instant “lift”, if only they made bras… Anyways, I am a sucker for “brightening” products. My skin can never look too glowy in my opinion. So that was my initial attraction to this product. I usually don’t like concealers with brushes. They tend to get goopy and I don’t use the brush tip anyways. I didn’t let this keep me from this product. I still twist it up and put it on the back of my hand and use my fingers. I like how the heat from my fingers “melts” the product into my skin. This stuff looks so seamless on me. No creepy lines, no dark circles. It is amazing. And like most Prescriptives products it comes in a lot of colors. I love this stuff because it makes my eye area feel “tight”. I know that sounds uncomfortable but it isn’t. I feel awake and like I just used a caffeine gel under my eyes. This stuff claims to firm skin and minimize the appearance of lines. I really do believe that it has. It is like an eye cream and a concealer in one. It is said that 84% of women noticed an improvement with it. Count me as one too. I get less sleep but look more awake. I have no complaints with this product. It is long wearing, water-resistant ( a big plus when in the rainy Seattle weather), it covers nicely and never is drying. I can deal with the brush when a product is this fab. Plus, level 2 warm matches my skin perfectly. I love this stuff. It retails for $22 and is available at most department stores and nordstrom.com.


Benefit has released their newest product, Powderflage Light-Diffusing Powder Concealer for Eyes & Face. Basically, it is Benefit jumping onto the powder concealer bandwagon. This is a soft finely milled delicate pink powder shimmer “concealer”. I find it is be a really nice highlighting powder. I would not recommend this product for everyone because it is shimmery, provides light coverage, and only comes in one color. This isn’t the type of “concealer” we think of so I wished Benefit used a different name because they are going to have some angry customers. Benefit describes the product as:

For camouflaging dark circles & fines lines, powderflage is fast, easy, light & breezy! Virtually weightless, this silky, light pink powder magically camouflages & diffuses. The “flager” brush conceals in 2 quick strokes.”

It comes in a pink sphere and comes with a pretty decent fan brush and an instruction booklet.

I actually like this product. I love highlighting products and this shade works nicely with my light skintone that contains pretty little to conceal other than discolorations around the eyes. It really “wakes” me up and makes me look alive. It has a nice texture. I do still use it over a traditional cream concealer. So what’s the point? I just like the look it gives. It isn’t a necessary step in my routine, just another that I added. Which is what most Benefit cosmetics have in common. Do we really need Dr. Feelgood, Eye Bright Pencil, or Cupid’s Bow Lip Shaper? No. They’re something we volunteer for. This Powderflage looks great under my eyes, on my eyelids and has a highlighter on my cheeks. It is kind of costly at $28 and I’m sure I can live without. This is one to definitely try before you buy. Check it out at Benefit.

Urban Decay has launched four shades of their new 24/7 Concealer stick. It comes in light to medium/dark shades such as CIA, DEA, FBI, and NSA. The concealer comes in a pencil like form and can be used anywhere even under the eyes. One thing I like about this product is that you don’t have to contaminate your concealer by sticking your fingers in it all of the time and there is no messy brushes to deal with either. It dries to a clean matte finish. It has Vitamin E and a “microsponge” which means it absorbs oils. The thing that I do not like about this product is that I use alot of concealer and I feel since I have to sharpen this I will waste alot of product. I hate sharpening things. Plus, I am scared of the “microsponge” drying out my undereye area. It retails for $16. You can buy it at beauty.com or urbandecay.com.