CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer

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If you suffer from dark circles and puffiness under the eyes (Let's face it, a lot of us do!), then the idea of a multitasking product that tackles these concerns and provides coverage sounds like the best thing ever. Unfortunately, this concealer from CoverGirl + Olay just doesn't fit the bill.

The De-Puffer Eye Concealer comes in a convenient squeeze tube with a metallic, slanted applicator. CoverGirl says the metal applicator helps reduce puffiness under the eyes, and while it does feel cooling, there's no measurable impact on undereye bags. The rolling massage action might reduce fluid retention puffiness a little bit, but that's the most you can expect.

As far as how this performs as a concealer, it's only so-so. While the small range of shades for light to medium skin tones are natural-looking, and it applies smoothly, doesn't crease, and doesn't fade, it provides only light coverage—not what you want if you have serious dark circles!

The formula itself is generally good, containing a mix of antioxidants and emollients that feel moisturizing without being too heavy. While there isn't anything in here that will "de-puff" your eyes, there are a lot of moisturizing ingredients that can help smooth and soften fine lines. One thing to note though: This does contain fragrance. While the amount is small, fragrance can be potentially irritating, especially in the eye area.

One other point: Because this concealer doesn't contain sun protection, if you wear it during the day your eyes will be left vulnerable to one of the major causes of aging and potentially puffy eyes—sunlight. Do not wear this without a sunscreen underneath.

Considering the above factors, you're much better off choosing one of the better formulas on our list of Best Concealers.

  • The shades offered are natural-looking on their intended skin tones.
  • Applies smoothly and doesn't crease.
  • Doesn't fade throughout the day.
  • Cannot "de-puff" the undereye area as claimed.
  • Offers only light coverage of dark circles.
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance, which can potentially irritate the eyes. It's actually highly unusual for concealers to contain fragrance.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

CoverGirl At-A-Glance

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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