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Bobbi Brown

Instant Full Cover Concealer

0.20 fl. oz. for $ 30.00
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Instant Full Cover Concealer does a great job of delivering intense, long-lasting coverage, but we have to couch that with some precautionary advice concerning application and creasing. In short, this concealer's rich texture is its strength and weakness.

Because this is positioned as an undereye concealer, the downside to the dense-cream consistency is that it can end up tugging as you blend it into skin (which is never a good thing for the eye area because it can lead to sagging). Interestingly, after the first week of using this product, the texture seemed to become more pliable and was easier to blend. Prepping skin with a moisturizing product will also help it glide on more smoothly.

The secondary issue is creasing, which shows up almost instantly; however (and somewhat strangely), once you smooth the initial creasing out, it resists coming back for several hours.

The upside to the substantial texture is that it maintains the rich coverage from morning to night—which is particularly great for dark circles. The natural finish doesn't look or feel drying, and in usual Bobbi Brown fashion, the shade range includes a plentiful array of colors to complement various fair to deep skin tones.

We're torn on this one: While the tenacity of this fragrance-free concealer exceeded our expectations, some of the other aesthetic issues bring it down—hence the middle of the road rating.

Pros:
  • Tenacious texture maintains its rich coverage from morning to night.
  • Natural finish and plentiful shade range.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Dense consistency can tug at skin as you apply.
  • Creases almost instantly (though it can be smoothed out).
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Cover dark circles in one step - this concentrated, highly-pigmented concealer visibly brightens stubborn under eye darkness and softens hollows and tired lines in an instant (no sleep required).
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, VP/hexadecene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina, Polybutene, Kaolin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Tribehenin, Phoenix Dactylifera Fruit Extract (Extract), Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract (Extract), Glycine Soja Seed Extract, Brassica Campestris Sterols, Phytantriol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Oleate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.

Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyones makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong pointbut you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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