Splurge vs. Steal: Dark Circle Concealer
Recently, my husband and I have been trying to get more serious about our budget. We both love our little splurges and extras, but we would like to be more responsible about the money we spend. I think it’s always good to go with the more reasonably-priced version of whatever you’re buying, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Every time I read a “splurge vs. steal” article or post, I’m curious how differently the products work. Everyone claims that these “dupes” are exactly the same, but is that really true? I went to the drugstore the other day to see for myself.
One of my most important cosmetics is concealer. Some days I’ll even skip foundation and go straight into wearing concealer, corrector, and a little setting powder. I have pretty serious dark circles under my eyes that no amount of eye cream will fix. Whether it’s new motherhood, sporadic bouts of insomnia, allergies, or genetics, I’m stuck with these circles and love finding things to camouflage them. I like to use a color corrector because it’s peach-y tone neutralizes the blues and purples of dark undereye circles. Once I place a corrector directly on the bluest part, I add concealer in an inverted triangle underneath my eye for the best coverage and finish up with setting powder.
My usual go to products are Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Bobbi Brown color corrector. Unfortunately, together these products cost $57! The color corrector lasted me well over a year, but I found myself replacing the concealer far more often than I would like. They conceal my dark circles well and don’t crease, create lines, or dry out. Other than the price, I’ve been really happy with this combo.
After watching a few youtube videos and reading a few blog posts, I decided to try Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and NYX Dark Circle Concealer to see if I could snag these products for a more reasonable price. For color suggestions, I just typed in the name of my original products and “dupe” in google and went with those colors. The new total for these two items was $13.
Here are the swatches on the inside of my arm, which seems to be the best comparison to my undereye area.
(swatches from L-R: Maybelline, Nars, NYX, Bobbi Brown)
I have to admit, the NYX Dark Circle Concealer was a great dupe for Bobbi Brown! I am so happy with that option! Bobbi Brown’s color corrector is $27 and the NYX is only $6. What a huge difference! I think the NYX corrector even had a smoother feel to it, almost like it was mixed with a primer. The Bobbi Brown was a bit creamier. Normally I like to have a creamy consistency under my eyes, but the smoother texture of the NYX worked much better for me.
Unfortunately, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer was a really bad option for me. As you can see from the swatches, the color is much different than the Nars concealer. It also has an almost liquid consistency. By the end of the day, it had gotten spotty and started collecting in fine lines under my eyes. Not what I wanted at all! It was a big disappointment and I’m sad I spent the money.
I went back to the drawing board and saw that Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer might be a better option. I went back to the store and picked up a tube of that concealer and it’s amazing! It also contains an undereye treatment cream to fix circles as well as cover them.
Here’s my final lineup! NYX Dark Circle Concealer Corrector, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, and my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder on top. I ended up losing a little money with the wrong Maybelline product, but now I have two drugstore products that will save me a lot of money in the long run!
Here’s a pic of my undereyes to give you a better idea of how well this trio conceals. My right eye has all three products and my left eye is untreated. Big difference, right?
And so you don’t think I was running around with only half my makeup done, I finished it up with a pumpkin spice eye look (and some better lighting). Not bad, right?
What’s your favorite way to treat and cover dark circles? Are you a fan of luxury makeup products or do you like to save when you get a chance? What dupes have you been able to find? Comment below with your thoughts!