I picked up the new Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer (£5.99) from Boots last weekend as a filler so I could make use of a Boots Advantage bonus points voucher. So far, I'm really impressed by this concealer when used on my undereyes.
Here's the product description:
"Skin Tone adapting concealer. 2 in 1 concealer and highlighter. Banish signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area. With an oxygen complex. Lets skin breathe."
I'm not exaggerating when I say I've bought and tried virtually every single "wand" concealer on the high street. I find most of them either too watery (and thus rubbish at concealing dark circles) or too chalky, making my undereyes look dehydrated and lined.
The concealer comes in three shades. I bought the one in the middle, "030 Classic Beige". It's the perfect beige - no overriding yellow or pink tones... just beige. Here's a swatch on my hand:
The tube is flexible and squeezy rather than the "twist and click" type that you get on most wand concealers. It makes it a little difficult controlling the amount that comes out of the brush head, but there's something nice about the packaging - it's very... umm... playful..?
The Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer really knocks the socks off any other high street wand concealer I've ever used. It's just the right consistency for under the eyes... it's not so thin that it just disappears when you try to blend it out, nor is it so thick that it pulls on the skin and dries before you get a chance to blend it.
And I'm not sure how it does it, but this concealer really does seem to "adapt" to my skin tone. It takes no time to apply because it becomes invisible as soon as I start to spread it out under my eyes. And at the same time, my dark circles suddenly look less visible with just one quick layer.
This concealer is meant to be a 2 in 1 concealer and highlighter, in the sense that it brightens up the eyes. But it only does this by concealing any darkness - not by reflecting any light. There's no mica or any other reflective particles in the formula.
In terms of staying power, I find it lasts much longer than most liquid concealers I've tried - I don't get the usual situation where I catch myself in the mirror after lunch and realise that my dark circles are on show loud and proud. There is a tiny bit of settling into lines by the end of the day - but it's really not too bad (I've had much, much worse from Max Factor Mastertouch Concealer for example). The creasing is more noticeable if I've used multiple layers of the concealer in the morning.
This concealer contains talc, so it can be a little drying if too much is used, but it really only needs to be used sparingly to cover up moderate dark circles.
The full ingredients of Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer are:
AQUA/WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, TALC, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, PEG-10, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ALUMINUM DIMYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) JUICE, PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT JUICE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, EUTERPE OLERACEA JUICE POWDER, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, SAPPHIRE POWDER, PALMARIA PALMATA EXTRACT, 2-ETHYL HEXYL ACRYLATE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)].
So if you're looking for a cheap undereye concealer that is quick and easy to apply in the mornings, this stuff is worth a go.