Incredible Waterproof Concealer Stick

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Although this twist-up stick concealer isn't specifically marketed for use under the eye, it should be because it does best applied in this area. The waxes and thickening agents make this a poor choice for use on breakouts, but it also can be used to conceal other minor flaws.

Although the tip is smaller than the average stick concealer and the product may take longer to apply, the benefit is increased control for covering dark circles or small dark spots.

The smooth, blendable texture resists creasing into fine lines and wrinkles and the formula is waterproof, which means it can hold up to watery eyes or a good cry.

In addition to the shades that are suitable for light to very dark skin, there are also a few color-correcting shades—including purple, yellow, and green—which we don't recommend because they don't really impact skin color and they combine with foundation to create an odd-looking color. The green is especially odd unless your skin color resembles that of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West!

  • Ideal for spot coverage of dark spots or dark circles.
  • Waterproof formula lasts through watery eyes or even crying.
  • Shades for light to very dark skin.
  • The applicator tip is too small to easily conceal larger problem areas.

This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.

It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.

NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit

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  1. HOLLY A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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      2 / 4
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      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    No coverage
    • I purchased the Porcelain shade, which matches my fair skin very well. Paula is right, this concealer is too creamy for use on blemishes. So, I tried using it on my dark undereye circles, to no avail. This concealer didn't cover them. Maybe they would be better suited for someone whose dark circles aren't as bad as mine.

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