As much as I love mineral makeup, one thing it doesn't do for me is cover up my dark undereye circles. The skin on my undereyes is also too dry for it, so I much prefer liquid or creamy concealers. Enter my curiosity with Singaporean brand Skinfood. I just had to check out these two concealers, which looked promising- the Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream and the Rice Concealer Tip. Both come in only two shades, and I got the darker one for both.
Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream #23
As seen above, the Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream is packaged in a jar. Mine probably tipped over to the side during transit and sorta melted which is why it looks like that. It has a slight floral scent, which I don't find bothersome. It has a creamy consistency, which feels nice and moisturizing, but doesn't feel sticky. Easy to spread too.
The salmon undertone to it is a different shade from any other concealers I've tried, so I had high hopes that this would neutralize my purplish-greyish dark circles well. I'd also read a number of raves for the product from fellow Asian bloggers. It does deliver, but not as much as I'd hoped. On days when I get a good night's sleep and my dark circles aren't as bad as they usually are, this works pretty good. The shade does brighten up my eyes and gives a more refreshed, awake look to them.
However, on the days that I really need my concealer to work on the dark circles I find so problematic, is when I don't reach for this. I find that it does not provide enough coverage. I only need a small amount, which I apply with my ring finger, and if I put on just a bit too much product, I get that dreaded whitish/greyish cast or the reverse raccoon look. Perhaps I needed something a bit darker...it's really too bad (and kinda ridiculous) that Skinfood's concealers only come in two shades.
So, if you're looking to simply brighten up your undereye area or only have slight shadows under your eyes, do try this as it should work nicely. But if you've got pretty extreme dark circles, like I do, I say skip this.
Rice Concealer Tip #23
I bring my Rice Concealer Tip so often in my makeup pouch that the writing on it has rubbed off, hehe. I use a clean finger to get a small amount of product off the sponge tip applicator and apply little by little underneath my eyes. This has a mild scent to it too, which wears off after a while anyway.
The finish of this concealer is different from the Salmon concealer's. It's liquid, not creamy, and has a matte, powder finish. I was afraid that the matte texture would emphasize any dryness in my skin, but by making sure my undereyes are moisturized enough, as well as by using a primer (I currently use Sisley Instant Perfect), I was able to prevent that. This dries relatively fast, so I have to try to blend it quickly. Also, if I apply too much of it at once, it cakes. Better to use just a smudge for each layer.
I use this a lot because it gives great coverage. If you check out the swatches below, you'll see that it is not sheer at all, so it does a good job of covering up my dark circles. I wouldn't say it's HG material though, because it does fade about halfway through the day, and it doesn't completely, like 100% (yeah I have high expectations XD), cover the dark rings around my eyes. But I do like it enough that I've finished up more than half of it. And it's quite cheap!
For a good, cheap fix for dark circles, yup, I'd recommend this! I'm sure I'll be able to use up the entire tube, but I don't think I'll repurchase. I'd rather try some other concealers I've been curious about. :)
Here are the swatches:
Under natural light, with flash. Left - Salmon Dark Circle Concealer, Right - Rice Concealer Tip.
Under fluorescent light, with flash, same order.