Remedy Concealer Pen

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$39 
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Category:
Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Liquid Concealer
Last Updated:
6/16/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Remedy Concealer Pen is click style concealer with a "patented palladium applicator [that] cools on contact to reduce puffiness." First, there is no advantage to a palladium covered tip over any other chemical element. Second, the cooling effect of the metal applicator is only temporary and we mean a second or two. More to the point, puffy eyes are typically the result of fluid retention, allergic reactions, inflammation, or fat pads around the eye area shifting out of place, so chilling the area isn't likely to get rid of the problem for most people with this concern.

We also found the applicator to be more trouble than it's worth since it doesn't contour to the area as you apply it and it can end up outputting more product than you need. Wasting any bit of product seems costly given the price! We ended up giving up on the applicator and applying it with our fingertips instead (many customer reviews mention doing this as well because it works much better).

That aside, this fragrance-free liquid concealer blends smoothly, providing light-to-medium coverage with a matte finish that resists settling into fine lines. There are shades for light to deep skin tones, but we suggest avoiding shades 5 Last Call and 6 After Hours due to their unflattering undertones.

There are also two "universal" shades to brighten under eye darkness (0 Bright Idea) and color-correct (00 Stand Corrected), both of which are too light for deep skin tones (not our idea of universal, that's for sure). The Bright Idea shade's pink hue is supposed to camouflage dark circles but mainly it just ends up adding a cast of pinkish-white on top of your natural skin color. The Stand Corrected shade is yellow-toned and does slightly tone down redness, but not really any better than a good foundation can do on its own.

It's should be noted that the marketing behind Remedy Concealer Pen is overblown. It's touted as being formulated with "powerful antioxidants, and Remedy Complex™—a unique blend of hydrating and antiaging ingredients," but in truth those ingredients fall after the preservatives on the ingredient list, meaning they are used in very low concentration (likely not enough to improve skin, especially not the teeny-tiny amount of peptide this contains).

All things considered, this is an OK but not amazing concealer, and at this price it really should remedy any problem your eye area is having but don't count on it.

Pros:
  • Matte finish that resists settling into fine lines.
  • Liquid texture blends smoothly.
  • Provides light-to-medium coverage.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
Cons:
  • Applicator hinders (not helps) application.
  • Contains only a small amount of anti-aging ingredients.
  • May pump out more than you need which is a real waste at this price!

Marc Jacobs first made his mark (pun intended) as a fashion designer and has now expanded his namesake brand to include fragrance and beauty products. Marc Jacobs Beauty is no doubt instigated by his fashions straight from the runway, but just as couture clothing doesn't always transition well into the real world, nor does Marc Jacobs' attempt at makeup. This color line may be pretty to look at, but the performance tends to be less appealing!

One of the problems facing the line is faulty packaging. Although it looks beautiful, multiple products have issues with leaking or just outright breaking. For a line that is supposed to deliver the utmost quality, you should expect more, especially given the high price point (other designed lines do this kind of thing much better from Givenchy to Giorgio Armani).

The line also has far more unconventional colors that pay homage to Jacobs' philosophy that "there are no rules when it comes to beauty." That may work in the fashion world, but when it comes to what you put on your face on a daily basis, you at least want colors that complement your skin tone. You can still find attractive shades in this line, but you have to do some serious weeding to get there.

The biggest drawback is the potentially irritating ingredients that are found in many of the products. We also feel obligated to mention that the anti-aging claims are significantly overhyped, and that's a major disappointment considering consumers are being asked to pay more for something that doesn't deliver.

On the bright side, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few good products, and hey, at least their clever names might keep you entertained. We also have to applaud MarcJacobsBeauty.com for disclosing their ingredient lists online (many cosmetics companies still don't do this, despite consumer demand and FDA regulation that makes ingredient disclosure mandatory, at least on the packaging so why not on their website!).

We had high hopes for Marc Jacobs Beauty, especially given the designer's success in the fashion and fragrance worlds, but as is, color us unimpressed. And judging by customer reviews we perused on sites like Sephora.com, many of you feel the same!

For more information about Marc Jacobs Beauty, call 1-888-215-8636 or visit marcjacobsbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is sold at Sephora, Marc Jacobs stores nationwide, and online at marcjacobsbeauty.com.

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