12.19.2014
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SPF 20 Correcting Concealer
Rating
$20
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

SPF 20 Correcting Concealer provides excellent coverage for imperfections, as well as mineral-based broad-spectrum protection from the sun's harmful rays. Titanium dioxide is the sole active ingredient, making this fragrance-free concealer gentle enough for use around the eyes. The creamy texture blends easily, and is buildable.

If you're concerned about dark circles or discolorations, this medium- to full-coverage concealer can hide them in a flash; however, it won't actually treat dark circles or discolorations as claimed because this is just makeup, not skin care. The lemon peel extract isn't a known skin lightener and even if it was, the way this concealer is packaged would routinely expose it to degrading light and air.

With its larger-than-usual selection of shades, there are options for light to dark skin—although, the darker shades are very warm and tend to have reddish undertones. Also worth mentioning is that the darker shades can look a bit ashen due to the high amount of titanium dioxide.

Pros:
  • Titanium dioxide provides gentle, non-irritating, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free meaning it's great for use around the eyes.
  • Larger-than-usual shade selections.
  • Buildable, medium to full coverage; great for dark circles.
Cons:
  • Does not diminish "the appearance of dark spots and discolorations over time." This is just a concealer, nothing more.
  • Pricey.
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Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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05.11.2015
concealer with SPF

Bought this when it was on the Beautypedia best products list...and it seemed OK in winter but as soon as warm weather arrived, it was gooey and slimy and messy to apply. I don't have the space in my fridge to keep it there, nor do I have the time to run down to my kitchen for make-up...so I will not be buying this product again.

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Anonymous
02.22.2015
not good value

It's a tiny pot (2g) and although it does what it claims, ie conceal I don't think it's worth the money. The SPF is great but then...it's a concealer, does it really need an SPF? I'd have to wear sunscreen underneath anyway as the concealer doesn't cover my entire face...so somewhat pointless.

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Anonymous
06.04.2014
Alcohol towards beginning of list

Not a lot here to offer other than the SPF.

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Annette D.
03.28.2014
Good.

This concealer produces results that are similar to the one that Paula's Choice makes -- except that it has SPF 20. The coverage is light and very natural. The texture is quite slick but it dries down to a nice, natural finish. I find that this must be used alone around the eyes. If it's on top of a moisturizer, it migrates very easily and looks terrible. Used alone it's great. This is very expensive for the amount you get, but the results are worth it.

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Dustin
03.22.2013
Long lasting Coverage

Good coverage that can be built up. Goes on a little wet but dries nicely - which I like because it blends well. Lasts all day. Doesn't get flaky. Many color selections. I rated value at a 3 due to the packaging. It is in a small compact. Must use fingers or an applicator. You know how it goes....these containers aren't the most sanitary. And gets icky after a while. Therefore, I will need to purchase a new one before I use all the product.

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TeriM
12.06.2012
Slippery but pretty

This concealer has a soft, slick feel in the package (a reason'able-size pot.) It goes on as a very slippery cream. It's easy to find yourself rubbing back-and-forth which, of course, just makes the undereye swell. At first I put powder over this to hold it in place. It actually looks better if you just let it dry and add layers if needed. This is a great product for daily use, especially since it includes sunscreen! For dressier occasions I'm more likely to use the Cle de Peau or the Becca dual texture to get heavier coverage.

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