CoverGirl + Olay Eye Rehab 2-in-1 Brightening Concealer + Olay Hydrating Serum
Promising color and correction (for the new "CC" cream marketing hoopla), this creamy concealer is said to not only cover but also contain special Olay serum ingredients which improves skin tone and color over time, and yes, they mean dark circles, too. Although this has an interesting, soufflé-like cream texture that feels quite silky, it has so much slip that it's tricky to keep it just where needed, such as the undereye area.
We were disappointed that the finish was overly-powdery, as it emphasized wrinkles due to the formula sinking into them as it sets. But by far the biggest problem Eye Rehab has it the inclusion of fragrance and a high amount of the sunscreen ingredient ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, which is known to cause stinging when used too close to the eye itself.
Adding to the problem finish and fragrance, this concealer's shades tend to be too peachy for most skin tones, though some of them are workable. The good colors aren't worth dinging but those shades still come with the finish and fragrance issue that makes this far less desirable. As for the hydrating claim, no way! The formula contains too much absorbent talc and salt (sodium chloride) to be hydrating. You will absolutely still need to apply moisturizer (not necessarily one labeled "eye cream") around your eyes!
Concealer that instantly covers dark circles to brighten eyes while helping improve skin tone over time. Brightens eyes by covering dark circles.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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