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:
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!)