Review: Jane Iredale Circle/Delete (Shade 2)

By Voxy  

Ah, concealer. Whene’er thy sweet siren song reaches my ears, I cannot help but be seduced. I think someone is going to have to lash me to the mast and stuff cotton in my ears in order to stop me from succumbing to the lure of each new concealer I pass by.

Today it’s Jane Iredale’s Circle/Delete, and it has gone to the top of my list for vanquishing undereye circles.

The gimmick of this product is that you can control and mix the colors yourself, and if you’re a control freak like me like me, then this will be right up your alley. Lots of products offer these sort of mix-your-own-shade options (I’ve reviewed the Redpoint and DuWop versions already), but where the Jane Iredale edges both of those out is in the color and texture of the two creams. They’re opaque enough to cover but not look plasticky, and when applied over an emollient eye cream (right now, it’s Skin Nanny), they soak right in, blend nicely, and don’t settle into fine lines.

I use the salmon-colored one for undereye circles — I apply it immediately after eye cream and let it soak in with the eye cream. If, when I’m putting on my makeup 15 minutes or so later, I find I need to apply a bit more or blend it out, then I do. Often I can just let it soak in and it blends itself out just fine. At first I tried to come up with a custom blend of the two colors but the more I use it the more I realize that the salmon color all by itself is pretty much the shade I need. It does dry with some lingering shine, so you will want to run a brush over it before leaving the house — I use an Ecotools mineral eyeshadow brush that I’ve already used with an eyeshadow (MAC Brule) to set my MAC Painterly paint pot; the tiny bit of Brule on it is enough to mattify the undereye without depositing loads of powder.

I find the beige concealer better for evening out skin tone in areas than for covering up blemishes. It’s a bit too creamy for blemishes for me and it tends to slide off, even when set with setting powder.

Just so you know: The product comes in only 3 shades: two for lighter skins (one yellow-toned, one pink-toned) and one for darker skin (which looks to contain both a pinkish brown and a yellowish brown if the swatches are accurate).

Swatch, showing the two colors separately and then blended together in roughly equal proportions:

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Jane Iredale Circle/Delete in Shade 2: $29 at SkincareRX and other retailers (you cannot purchase from the Jane Iredale website)

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent. The product performs very well.

Purchase again? Yes.

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

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3 Comments

  1. avatar baz
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well, let’s see if I can get you a sense of how much I apply:

    I lightly place my ringer finger on the salmon color and run it in a circle once or twice and then dab over undereye. It leaves a full sheet of color it seems like once I’m done patting with the same finger (not redabbing the color pot ever though).

    Then I take a little tiny circle of the beige, like I’d taken a toothpick and gotten just a milimeter’s tip of the color onto my pinky and dab dab dab til it’s sort of covering the salmon and slightly blended into it.

    I definitely use far more of the salmon than the beige which is strange since it seems there is more of the beige in the pot. But I guess the salmon is just more compact.

    Then I will put foundation on my face and sort of blend the edge of the concealer with the edge of where foundation hits upper cheek. I don’t really put foundation or powder on top of the Duwop. I don’t wear powder over my face.

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  2. avatar baz
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    well poo. I just got the duwop a couple of months ago. It will be some time before I run out (though the salmon part is far nearer its end than the more “regular” color).

    Lately I’ve been feeling like the Duwop combo is just really thick. It feels ultra gooey. I do think it takes care of the undereye circles sort of but I also wonder if I’m doing something wrong. It feels like (and maybe looks like) I’ve just spackled my undereyes with adobe stucco something or other.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      How much are you using (hard to estimate, I know), and are you using an eye cream? Are you using it on top of foundation or underneath, and what’s the foundation? (Liquid, cream, powder, etc.) Do you set it?

      My own experience with the DuWop (which I still like a lot, by the way; I just fine the Jane Iredale a little easier to blend since the consistency is creamer, at least for the red part) is that I needed much less of the beige part than I thought I would. Maybe you are just applying too enthusiastically?

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