Review: DuWop Circle Block

By Voxy  

duwop_circleblockDuWop, DuWop, DuWop.

Sorry, I just like saying it.

My Holy Grail quest has always been The Quest For The Perfect Undereye Concealer. I think concealer might be the single hardest product to buy. (Well, the actual buying isn’t so hard — you hand over your money, and they give you the product in a little bag, and you walk out the door. It’s the stuff that comes before the buying that’s hard — which is to say, the choosing, and the trying, and the squinting in the mirror. That stuff.)

I checked this out at Sephora because it was featured in Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty listings, and I thought it was intriguing. The top section contains a “treatment paste,” which is almost the consistency of a cream blush, to be applied to the dark circles, and the bottom section contains a concealer that goes over it. It comes in only three shades (light, medium, and dark), and when I looked at the testers at Sephora I had to ask the saleswoman (twice) whether she was sure there hadn’t been a mistake in the labeling. Allure generously describes the treatment paste as “salmon-colored,” and all I can say is that if Allure thinks that is what salmon looks like, I am not eating dinner at their house. It is considerably darker than salmon — not quite as dark as terracotta, but not too far off. The color of the concealer portion also looked much darker than the “light” shade it was supposed to be (hence my interrogation of the hapless saleswoman). So it was with a healthy amount of skepticism that I patted some of the not-salmon treatment paste onto my dark circles and then covered it up with the not-light concealer.

I’ll be damned if the stuff didn’t work.

I was nothing short of astonished. That treatment paste is as dark as my dark circles. I suppose I thought it was going to lighten them, but it only changed their color from purple to not-salmon. But the concealer covers the whole thing up brilliantly. Brilliantly! And it does blend into my regular foundation, so although it looked dark to me in the pot, it was fine on my face. I do wish that the default application method for the concealer pot weren’t “repeatedly stick your finger in it, thereby potentially transferring bacteria with every application,” but once I’ve figured out how much I need to apply I can scoop that amount out from the pot with a little plastic stick onto the back of my hand and then apply from there.

And, it lasts all day! Really. All day. There seems to be no end to the amazingness of this product.

You must test it for yourself, though; I do think that the shades will not work on some people. Also, you’ll have to make sure that the undereye skin is well-moisturized before you apply this; it’s far from the most moisturizing concealer I’ve used, which is a concern for me as I tend to be dry (especially in the winter).

Shopping Tip: If you’re buying concealer (or anything) at Sephora, do not use the softly lighted mirrors they have scattered throughout the makeup section to check color, coverage, or texture. You could put ketchup on your face and it would look good in those lights. Instead, head over to the perfume displays, which are on mirrored walls with bright neutral white lighting. It’s much less flattering, so it’s much better at showing whether or not a product is the right color or coverage for you. Also, unfortunately, many of us have this color and strength of lighting in the workplace, so you should have some idea of what the product would look like in an actual workday setting. (You can also go outside and check to see how the product looks in daylight, but this is too much trouble for a lot of people. Also, if you’re an iPhone owner, there are apps that effectively turn the iPhone into a flashlight by simply making the screen go white; you can hold these close to your face in a badly-lit store and it will give some improvement, though not much.)


DuWop Circle Block

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): good

Purchase again? Yes

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)

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  1. avatar baz
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    I like the Givenchy lumiere stylo but then, I’m not really sure I’m using it right. I trace a line in dots from my inner eye down all the way to the top of my cheeks, well, a little higher really. Then I “paint” over the black under eye. Then blend it all. I have very red skin, very red cheeks mainly. So much so that people often think I’ve gotten sunburned while wearing sunglasses. The skin on my forehead and in a wide circle around my eyes is white and then there is a line above my cheeks. I use the Givenchy to erase the line of demarcation between my good skin (around the eye) and the bad red. I sometimes put it around my nostrils too where it can get red in winter.


  2. avatar baz
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 12:49 am | Permalink | Reply

    Was there ever a follow up to this post?

    My under-eye circles are pretty deep and nearly black so I’m in need of major artistry and serious product.

    I currently use Givenchy Stylo correction lumiere Mister Light

    I really wanted
    YSL Touche eclat but the Givenchy was cheaper. After reading your post on concealers and this review I think these products are not something that will fix my under-eye circle woes.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 18, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m putting one together but the photography is taking awhile, since I don’t always wake up with dark circles and I can’t use the same trick I did with the blemish-concealer post in which I just keep washing the stuff off and putting new stuff on. It will be up soon; I’ve promised it to someone who will be going to Sephora for the first time this coming weekend and wants to Be Prepared!

      You are right about the YSL Touche Eclat, by the way — it’s a lovely product but it really is for luminizing, not concealing.

      How do you like the Givenchy?

      As a “sneak peek” at the upcoming post, I can tell you that stick and cream concealers almost always outperform liquid and powder when it comes to undereye circles. My favorites are the cheap CG Smoothers stick concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. Occasionally I add a tiny bit of Benefit Erase Paste (which is much more peach-colored) or Dermablend if the CG or LM product doesn’t quite cover all of the purple. Blend well and only apply over the area that is dark. That might seem like dumb advice but lots of people put concealer under their whole eye whether they need it or not, and then they are sad when it settles into fine lines. Your dark circles and your fine lines are probably not in the same place, so keeping your concealer to the darkened area and not putting it too close to the outer eye will help prevent it from migrating and settling where you don’t want it.


  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 7:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    Voxy, you’ll have to let us know how your experiments turn out.


  4. avatar marigolds
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It makes me wish I had dark circles under my eyes, so I could try it.

    I wonder if it would work on redness in the T-zone?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted October 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hmm, dunno about that. I am going to try the concealer without the treatment paste on a red spot, and see how well it covers. I’m not sure yet if the magic is in either part separately or in the two together.


  5. avatar Inthelab
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m trying it. Get me to a Sephora!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted October 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      It is darned cool. I’m experimenting with whether or not it’s better to apply the treatment paste with a brush or with fingers. Fingers warm the product and make it easier to apply, but a brush is more precise.

      Also I wonder whether the treatment paste would work as well under a different concealer. And I wonder whether I could mix a little eye cream with the concealer to make it a little more emollient; it’s just a touch too dry for me, but I really like it so I want to figure out how to make it perfect.


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