I am always looking for a good under-eye concealer for my dark circles but I just can't bring myself to buy the usual suggestions of Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier concealers because of their high mineral oil content. I just don't like the feel of petrolatum and the way it blocks my pores.
I can't remember how I came across this Temptu Undereye Concealer because I hadn't even heard of the brand before (it's a U.S. airbrush brand). But when I read the description (and the 5-star reviews of it on Sephora.com), I knew I wanted it.
An innovative undereye concealer is infused with reflective diamond dust and antiaging vitamins. This formula's light-reflecting diamond core effectively diffuses the appearance of lines, dark circles and discoloration for a radiantly flawless effect. Vitamins A, C, E, and K work alongside cucumber and aloe to moisturize and smooth delicate skin, fight signs of aging, and revive tired eyes.
I managed to get hold of this product through good ol' eBay. Unfortunately, I had to pay a little over the odds for it at £28 (it's $28 in the States). I opted for the shade "Medium (108)" which is equivalent to "Beige" in Temptu's airbrush foundation range.
Here's what the concealer stick looks like... along with the translucent "diamond" core. I've never really understood why brands bother creating a separate "core" with different benefits to the rest of the product. It seems like a bit of a gimmick to me. Why not just have all the benefits rolled into one formula? Especially for something like a concealer where we're generally looking for as much pigment and coverage as possible.
Onto the horrible, horrible "before" photo of my purpley-red dark circles with no make-up...
Below, I've swiped the concealer on quite heavily straight from the stick. The formula is really creamy and smooth so it doesn't drag the skin even if I apply it from the stick.
Below, I've used my finger to lightly pat the concealer in (left eye only).
I really like the texture of this concealer... it's so smooth and creamy and doesn't feel at all dry or cakey regardless of how much I put on. However, I don't think the formula is as pigmented or opaque as it could be... and I suspect a lot of this is down to that "diamond" core which is basically just a translucent wax in place of useful pigment.
Since taking the above photos, I have found a couple of ways to get more coverage from the concealer. One is to wear foundation underneath or anything that gives the surface of my skin more "tack" for the concealer to stick to. And the other is just better application technique... patting it on in layers using just the lightest touch of my ring finger or a concealer brush in order to get the thickest layer of product as possible.
The staying power is above average. The concealer seems water resistant and doesn't crease or get cakey.
The concealer does actually feel hydrating and soothing on the skin. I like the fact that the formula contains Vitamin K which is reputed to strengthen capillary walls and thus reduce the visibility of blood vessels through the skin. One of the reviewers on Sephora.com claims to be using the concealer as an overnight treatment as well!
I love the concept of this concealer but I just wish it provided more opaque coverage. Then it would be perfect! I would definitely be happy paying $28 for it if I was in the States, but £28 to get it to the UK may be a little pricey based on its undereye circle covering ability. Mind you, that's purely on principle, as a few Pounds spread over the lifetime (6 months+) of the tube is nothing really...
The full ingredients of Temptu Undereye Concealer are:
Caprylyl Methicone, Dioctyldodecyl Fluoroheptyl Citrate, Dimethicone, Ceresin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Squalane, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane Benzimidazole Diamond Co-Polymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Gum Acacia Senegal Gum, Sucrose, Retinyl Palmitate, Phytonadione. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride.