Review: Redpoint NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact

By Voxy  

I tripped over Redpoint Cosmetics, which I previously hadn’t heard of, while wandering through DermStore’s sale pages in hopes of finding something that was just expensive enough to put me over the “free-shipping-upgrade” mark. (Yes. I am shallow that way.) Everything was half-off, so it seemed like a good time to try an intriguing-looking product: the NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact, which I bought as part of a 3-piece introductory set that also includes an “age-minimizing line-filler” (read: primer) and a Hydraboost Firming Powder (read: powder foundation). All of these are mini sizes, but they are quite generous.

Here’s the thing about Redpoint: they are very slowly going out of business. So all of their stuff is half-off, everywhere. It has been for several months now, but they haven’t managed to sell out yet. Why am I posting about products from a company that’s going out of business? Because you can still get most of the products, at a great price, and some of them are really, really good. So if you’re curious, now would be a good time to try them out.

“NOC” stands for Neutralize, Obliterate, and Conceal, and each of the palette’s three shades is designed to fulfill one or more of those roles. According to Redpoint, the yellow color is to eliminate redness in the skin, the salmon-pink color is to cover discolorations and hyperpigmentation, and the beige color is for eyelids undereye circles. But I say use ’em however you want to. For me, the salmon-pink color is the best for purple undereye circles, and I like that I can use the three colors to custom-blend a shade that suits me exactly. They apply easily with fingers or brush and I haven’t had any problems with caking so long as I apply to well-moisturized skin and do a good job of blending. This compact is one of the best concealing products I’ve used.

But.

There is a really weird thing that happened in the last couple of years in which Redpoint’s name has been mentioned, and it almost makes me not want to put up this post. But I think there is a way to avoid any trouble. The weird thing is this: Redpoint’s parent company, Intelligent Beauty, also is/was the parent company for Glow.com, which offered “free trials” of various products with small-print instructions for returning products and opting out of future auto-shipments that were so draconian and byzantine that they basically guaranteed that you would not be able to return the product in time to avoid being charged for at least one shipment. Although there don’t seem to be any complaints about Redpoint in particular, there are plenty of complaints about Glow and the other sister companies whose products were offered on trial in this way. (See here if you want more details.)

What that boils down to is this: I really like this product and the others I have gotten from Redpoint. But I did not buy them from Redpoint — I bought them from DermStore, at the same 50% off price, and I highly recommend you do the same if the products interest you.

(Tomorrow’s post will feature the other Redpoint product I really like: their Blushwhips! You have to make your own whipping noise, though.)

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Redpoint Age Management Essentials Kit (3 pc. set mentioned earlier): $14.98 via DermStore. Larger size NOC Compact sold separately for $19.00.

Provenance: Purchased.

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

Purchase again? Yes, if the brand is still in business….

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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