Tested on animals:Yes
Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Corrector is a much more modern take on the concept of color correction—one that we found easier to use and more natural looking than the brands' original Corrector. Though we wouldn't say such formulas are necessary for everyone, they can have a dramatic impact when worn as a base for your undereye concealer, "boosting" its coverage on particularly severe dark circles.
Housed in a tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator, this sheer, fluid formula blends easily and, on its own, provides light coverage + a brightened appearance to the undereye area. (In fact, its brightening effect may be enough for those with minor dark circles.) Its satin finish remains flexible on skin, a quality that makes it an ideal base for your concealer. Just like Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Concealer, it avoids settling into fine lines around the eye area.
Beyond its function as a color corrector, Intensive Skin Serum Corrector also claims to provide skincare benefits via its added antioxidants and reparative ingredients. We were relieved to see this wasn't all talk, as Bobbi Brown included a comprehensive array of beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants such as licorice and coffee extracts, lecithin and several others.
Also present is the interesting ingredient Cordyceps sinensis extract, which is a fungus that's related to the mushroom family. It has some research showing physiological benefits in mice, but none as of yet (that we could locate) concerning people's skin, topically or otherwise (Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 2009). There's a peptide, vitamin C (as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) and sodium hyaluronate, too. (All of these ingredients are also in Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Concealer.)
When worn on its own, the corrector provided a natural-looking, brightened effect that held up for most of the workday without creasing (likely due to its sheer texture). Used with undereye concealer, we found we needed far less concealer than usual.
Bobbi Brown offers this in an impressive collection of shades—16 colors—from the ultra-fair "Porcelain Bisque" to the "Very Deep Bisque," so most will be able to find a suitable match among the range. Despite the undertones of peach or pink, these are far more natural looking than you might expect. One word of advice: We strongly encourage you to try this in-store to get the best shade match—you will almost certainly select the wrong color if shopping online (the undertones vary and as a whole, the shade options tend to run darker than they appear).
Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Corrector is an excellent product for those who find they must pile on concealer to cover their severe dark circles. This versatile product also works well on its own as a "brightener" for the undereye area for those lucky few without such concerns. A major improvement over the brands' original Corrector, this earns our top rating for its performance, exceptional shade range, and inclusion of several beneficial ingredients.
- Provides a natural-looking, brightening effect on the undereye area.
- "Boosts" the effects of concealer for those with severe dark circles.
- Excellent range of shades, with options for those with very fair to deep skin tones.
- Inclusion of multiple beneficial antioxidants and reparative ingredients.
- Fragrance free.