Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser


I woke up one morning before work on minimal sleep and groggy as ever, looked in my mirror before I grabbed my foundation, and thought "gawd those under eye bags look AWFUL." No amount of concealer helped and I even noticed it again a little later in the morning after trying desperately to cover it up, thinking something has got to change!! I'm a night owl so altering my routine to regularly get into bed before 12 AM is highly unlikely, and I can only imagine what my shambles my sleep schedule is going to become once school starts up again, so I decided I'd give in and see if I could find a miracle product to help me at least look like I'm awake and not some zombified monster. I'd heard some really good reviews and saw in-use footage of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser on meghanrosette and EleventhGorgeous' YouTube channels so decided to make a trip to Target so I could pick one up for myself.

Let me preface this post by saying this is a first impressions review and I don't mean to make any definitive judgements because I have yet to see how this product performs in the long run. I bought the shade light, which is the second color in a set of 6 (pale, light, medium, honey, brightener, neutralizer) and it's a really good match for my skin tone. It feels creamy and a bit like mousse as opposed to the heavier Revlon Colorstay Concealer which is the one I've been using for the past couple of months. The applicator is a domed sponge and the product dispenses as you twist the dial right under the sponge. I went ahead and swiped it back and forth under my eye and tapped it in with my finger. It blended in very easily and looks quite natural even though it's the only product on my face (I thought it would look like I put makeup just on my eyes but you really can't tell I'm wearing any at all because of the smooth consistency and soft texture that camouflages into the skin). It helps to brighten my under eye area and reduces the purple circles but doesn't rid of them completely. It might be a different story if I were to go in and do all of my makeup including foundation, but I wanted to see what this alone would do for my problematic circles (excuse the lack of care put into the rest of my face in these photos -- those eyebrows are lookin' gnarly!).

Overall, I think this concealer brightens my under eye area and gets rid of the purple in my dark circles really well. It looks very natural and I look more awake without looking like I have to rely on caked on concealer! Though it doesn't diminish all of the shadows created by the light, I think this does a way better job at providing a lightweight glow where my bags once were than the Revlon Colorstay Concealer which really looks like I packed the product on and weighs the area down. I'd say I'm pleased with this product upon first inspection, but I'm excited to see how well it wears with foundation and as I use it on a more frequent basis. How do you think it looks?

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  1. Wow it does give a nice cover! And I adore this kind of packaging :)

    Isabela | fusels.com

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    1. At first I wasn't sure how well it was but looking back at the photos, it does a solid job! The packaging is really easy to use too (:

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  2. I think it looks brilliant! Thanks for sharing your first impressions about this product, I might as well give this one a try :) x

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    1. No problem, it's a nice lightweight concealer!

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    I also wondered if you wanted to swap blog buttons? Don't worry if not though!

    Libby | Life of Libby

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    1. Thank you so much (: I'd love to do a button swap!

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  4. Looks amazing, but I'm a little bit concerned about the applicator, I prefer to put the concealer on with my fingers! cc

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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    1. ooh, yeah i can see where you're coming from. i feel like the formula is so lightweight, though, that this applicator is better than the fingers!

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  5. Covers really well! I'm so sad we don't have it where I live. I wanna try it!! hahah, I think I'd love the applicator and everything x

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    1. i'm sure there are plenty of good dupes out there!!

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  6. This look really good! I don't know how i feel about the applicator. I like to use my finger and then a setting brush! It looks amazing though! xx RenaKiss and Make Up

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    1. i've never used a brush for concealer, but it sounds like it'd do the trick! i like this applicator because it covers a large area in little time and in a pretty even coat (:

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  7. love the look of this- covers so well! xx

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  8. I like the look of this...it seems like it's one of those products which do what they say on the tin:)

    CharlotteHavs

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    1. definitely! i love it when products live up to their name :P

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  9. This is my favorite undereye concealer! I definitely agree that it's very lightweight, but still very good at concealing and brightening dark circles. I was at Ulta with my mom a little while ago, and we both were looking for undereye concealers, so she ended up with this one and I got the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch. I have to say, I like hers a lot better! I'm definitely picking one up when I run out of mine.

    (By the way, I nominated you for a Liebster Award, if you're interested! You can check out the details here.)

    Em | mascarawarrior

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    1. Ooh, good to hear, because I was wondering whether or not the DreamLumi Touch would be worth getting too!

      Aw yay thanks so much (:

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  10. OMG I think I totally need this!! My dark under-eye circles have been my worst enemies forever XD
    Great post, thanks for sharing. x.


    -Lady N.
    www.ladynarie.blogspot.com

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    1. same hereee, i wish there were just a miracle product that would make me be dark circle-less foreverrrr!!

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  11. great post; thank you!! I like how creamy it is-- it definitely looks easy to blend- I hate using dryer products under the eyes because the skin is so sensitive!

    sundays grace beauty

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    1. agreed - it's a really nice consistency!!

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  12. Looks like such a nice product! Always good when you find one that works :)



    Away From Blue

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    1. mhmm, i hate having to test out a bunch of products that don't do as well

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    1. yay, i'm glad i picked a good one out at the drugstore!

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  14. I agree, it looks great! You have pretty eyes :)

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

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  15. Fantastic post! Love the photos you included of applied and not applied! This unfortunately creases on me :(


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. thanks! awh, i wonder why! i don't seem to have had any problems with it so far :/

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  16. I keep meaning to pick this up! Great review.


    Emily
    eageremily.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you, i'd say it's definitely worth the trip (:

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  17. You have such a lovely blog, and your photo's are beautiful!!! I really struggle trying to take 'eye shots' but you nailed it :D fabulous review xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie ♥

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    1. aw thank you so much!! really means a lot xx (:

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  18. I've seen so many good reviews of this but I can't get over the idea of the sponge applicator!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. ooh because of sanitary reasons? yeah... i wish there were a win-win for all makeup solutions!

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  19. It looks really, really good! I've wanted to try it for ages but sadly they only have two shades where I live and since I'm as white as a sheet when it comes to skin colour, they're both too dark for me :/

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    1. awh, i wonder why it's only two?!

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    2. sadly most of the products come to Europe in a reduced selection and then the companies' representatives for the individual countries make another selection based on what's most likely to sell and it really, really sucks big time.

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    3. ooh i see, that's stupid!! i wish more brands would make all of their products available internationally

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  20. I love this product! nice coverage and lightweight feel sold me and I bought one for myself, love it so far! :)

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    1. yay, i'm glad we're on the same page (:

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    xoxo

    www.dreamerlaura.blogspot.com

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  22. you have the prettiest eyes I've ever seen *_*
    great review
    I love this product myself

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  23. T've been eyeing that dark circle concealer ever since they discontinued the mineral concealer Maybelline had in a similar dispenser. I'll have to try it out since I forsee long nights when classes start! Your eye lashes are so pretty!

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    Joyce xo

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    1. aw thanks! yeah, i'm like preparing myself for little to no sleep the first few weeks of school... and around midterms... and finals... so basically the next 5 months or so lol

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  24. looks brilliant i must get my hands on this!

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  25. I have to try it out !!! Looks amazing and perfect for the under eye area !!!
    You have an amazing blog :)Love it !

    http://novembrebeaute.blogspot.gr

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