12.15.2010

Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer - Dark Circles Be Gone?


Anyone who knows me in real life or who is not new to my blog knows that dealing with my dark under-eye circles is a constant struggle for me. While I really do love my Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer, like a true makeup junkie, I'll always be on the hunt for something better.

I've learned through watching YouTube videos that pink-based concealers work best for covering up dark under-eye circles as the pink works to neutralize purple or blue toned discoloration. Although my Dior concealer has great consistency and provides fantastic coverage, it's beige (i.e. not pink-based) and so I set off to find myself a new under-eye concealer.

I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer on my blemishes and redness, but I find the consistency is terrible for use around my eye area and makes it look dry and cakey. I had heard mostly rave reviews on the Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer so when I saw that it was 40% off around Black Friday, I jumped on the chance to try it.


It's called the "Salmon Concealer" because they're all pink/peach based to help neutralize the dark blue in under-eye circles. It's also half concealer and half treatment, with the anti-oxidant AstraReal/Astaxanthin that is supposed to improve and protect your delicate eye area. I'm only 23 and besides the dark circles, I don't really have any wrinkles or issues with my eye area so I can't say with confidence that I've seen any improvements or difference at all. This post will be reviewing how this product works as a concealer only.

The concealer is available in four shades: light, medium, tan, and dark. They can be purchased in singles, duos, or trios. The singles are available in a 3.25g size for $35 or in a 6.2g size for $42. I purchased the larger size (the obvious better deal) in the shade Medium.

What I noticed right off the bat after using it was that Medium is a bit darker than I expected and I wonder if Light would've been a better match. Especially if you are into the "light under-eye look" a la Kim Kardashian, I'd recommend choosing a shade lighter than what you think you'd need. I'm around NC30 and when there are only four shades available, I really didn't think I'd have to choose the lightest shade. I fear really pale girls may not be able to find a match in Eve Pearl's restricted color range.

Before (completely bare skin)

After (concealer only; no foundation)
Note: It looks kind of cakey in the photo but it doesn't really look that way in real life, especially not when used over foundation :)

I apply this concealer by dabbing my MAC 224 into the pot and since the consistency is very creamy, the brush picks up the product very easily and there is no need to swirl it around in the pot. I then sweep my brush back and forth under my eye area and all around until the product is completely blended into my skin. In addition, although I don't really think it's worth mentioning, the concealer comes with a spatula to scoop out the product. Maybe this would come in handy if you have really long nails and like to use your fingers to apply concealer but I, for one, will not be making use of the concealer spatula.

At this point, instead of writing more massive paragraphs, I think it would be easier to list out the pros and cons...

+Pros+
-very creamy and easy to blend
-is moisturizing and feels smooth and comfortable around eye area
-covers dark circles very well

+Cons+
-shade range is limited and color is a bit darker than expected
-creases!

The major con here is the creasing, unfortunately. I mentioned in my Diorskin concealer review that I have a natural crease under my eyes where any and all concealers tend to settle into, and this one is no different. However, in addition to that crease, the concealer itself starts to crease in no time at all, even when I've used powder (MAC MSFN) to set it. And although I have oily skin, in the Winter I'd say it's more normal/combination and I don't think that my eye area is particularly oily at all, especially not enough to cause such extensive creasing.

So, while I like the Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer, I have to be honest and say that considering the price and the hype, I'm a little bit let down. I have no doubt that I'll use it all up, but I don't think I'd repurchase it. I'm thinking the Bobbi Brown Corrector and/or Creamy Concealer may be next...




16 comments:

  1. I wanted to get this concealer for my undereye circle as well! I'm so glad that I read ur review and now I'm having second thoughts..it's sooo pricey...thanks for reviewing!

    xx

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  2. I mean this as a compliment, but your under eye area looks better without the concealer! It creases and you have no lines to crease! Why is so difficult to find a concealer that covers without looking cakey?

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  3. Great review! That's really too bad that the concealer creases. =\

    MY biggest issue with concealer is finding one that isn't cakey. I actually have the Maybelline Age Rewind one (it's double-sided) and I like it a lot! It's not cakey at all except if my skin's really, really dry. Crazy how I would shell out so much and the cheap one from CVS works best for me.

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  4. i have the bobbi brown corrector in light bisque and Im impressed with its performance. It covers my dark under eyes circles really well.

    Raech
    http://ilvoeshopping.blogspot.com/

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  5. Its too bad that it let you down, but I am really glad I read this review. I wanted to try this as well but don't want to deal with something that creases. Maybe when you are done this one, you can try the Bobbi Brown corrector. Its a peachy based concealer as well.

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  6. thanks for doing this review,
    just waiting to finally find that perfect product.

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  7. I've been hearing loads about this as well - thanks for doing a review! Looking forward to your bobbi brown creamy concealer review (if you do decide to get it). I really like mac's prolongwear - sheer, but definitely buildable :)

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  8. It looks so natural on you!I hate when consealer looks dry and cakey!!
    This one looks fabulous!
    Thanks for the review doll!!!
    xx

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  9. Sooo jealous you dont even have dark circles! U dont need that concealer, gimme! haha. Love the review missy. I want to try this!

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  10. @Charming Vanity: You're very welcome! I'm glad my review helped a little bit :)

    @EauMG: Thank you :) I'm not sure why it looks so cakey in the photo...I really didn't think it looked that way in real life.

    @kali: I know! I love it when you find really great, affordable products at the drugstore despite being willing to spend more if necessary :)

    @Raech: I keep hearing sooo many great things about it. I can't wait to try it out for myself!

    @FunnyFaceBeauty: That's next on my list of concealers to try!

    @julianne: When you do, be sure to let me know too! :)

    @Alexa: I've heard good things about that one too but I'm not too keen on the pump...

    @Blushingloves: No problem :)

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  11. @Miss Nikka: lol, I really do have dark circles, I swear! I will say that the photo really doesn't capture the darkness the way it looks in real life, though...I guess that's a good thing! :)

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  12. Great review! I have seen this product floating around and was wondering about picking it up to. But I think I'm going to stick to my Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer, these work together perfectly for my dark circles :) xx

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  13. im so jealous you don't even have dark circles! :P

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  14. That sucks about the creasing, because it really does look good in the photo. I'm definitely interested to see what you think of the Bobbi Brown Correctors, since everybody seems to love those!

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  15. Want to thank you so much for recommending applying concealer with the MAC 224 brush. It has made a difference, no matter which concealer I use.

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  16. @Anonymous: You're very welcome! I'm glad it worked out for you :)

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