Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes - Review

Surprise, surprise! I have a makeup review at last!
I've been holding off many reviews lately as I haven't been wearing much makeup or trying new skin products. Most of the products I've been using are nothing to write home about, so I don't.
Today, I'm reviewing one of the most interesting and multifunctional cosmetic product that Neutrogena carries (to me atleast). It sucks that Neutrogena cosmetics aren't available in Canada but my experience with their products haven't been the greatest. But we'll get to that another time. Onto the review!

What Neutrogena says:
3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes instantly hides dark circles, reduces the look of puffiness and fine lines and helps protect the sensitive eye area with SPF 20.
This multi-tasking concealer instantly camouflages dark circles, reduces the appearance of puffiness and fine lines and protects with non-irritating SPF 20--all in one easy step.
The ultra-blendable, skin-conditioning formula provides natural-looking coverage, won't settle into fine lines and is safe for contact-lens wearers.

*Suitable for contact lens wearers
*SPF 20
*Available in 4 shades (Fair, Buff, Light, Medium)

Tip: You need a spoonful of SPF 30 or higher for sufficient sun protection for the face.

Wooooooooow, right?? Neutrogena promises some mighty things but do they deliver? Nope, not for me. I'll start off with the pro's and fight it with the con's. I like that there is SPF 20 (much better than SPF 15) but I always recommend a minimum of SPF 30 for sun protection. Now since there is SPF in the concealer, I can't recommend using it for night time partaaays and schtuff. It comes in four shades but it's suited for light or light-to-medium skin tones so the darker folk are left out. Boo! I'm using the concealer in Buff but I think Light would suit me better. The formula is creamy, thin but not runny. It turns thicker when I blend it under my eyes and dries to a matte finish. The Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes definitely brightens my eyes but because it's a tad too light for me, it's kind of obvious and fake looking. Actually, I don't have much of a problem with dark circles but on the occasions that I do, a tiny bit of this does concealer helps. I can only use this sparingly. Unfortunately, the concealer does not reduce the look of puffiness or fine lines. Infact, it accentuates my fines lines and can be a tad drying - emphasizing the fine lines even more! Now, I also do not wear contacts so I'm not 100% it's suited for the sensitive eyes. My guess is that it isn't. and I'll go onto that in a bit.
As you can tell, the Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes has it's high points and low points. But honestly, it has waaaay more low points. The ingredients contain talc, fragrance, dimethicone and other junk I'm foreign to. However, I will give you the low down on these three. Let's start with talc. Talc is known for being a cheap "filler" ingredient. Talc helps control shine and absorb excess oil but can also be drying, causing breakouts and clogged pores! Fragrance or Parfum can be irritating not just for the nose but for the skin as well. And lastly, dimethicone is silicone-based. Most foundation primers and bases are silicone-based but what you need to know is that "cones" can clog pores and cause breakouts.
This concealer is aimed for the eyes and some of these ingredients just aren't safe around the eyes. I've read the concealer can double up as an eye cream because the ingredients are very similar to each other but I'd skip that suggestion. Your eye area and eyes are one of the most sensitive areas on your body. You need to take extra care of it and certain ingredients just shouldn't be allowed around it. Oh but hey! The bright side is that the Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes is paraben free! Hmm..

Bottom line: Those with dry undereyes should skip it. The formula is too drying. Those with darker skin tones can't even get a colour match so y'gotta skip it. Sensitive to talc, dimethicone or fragrance? I wouldn't repurchase it or recommend it but it's your decision, right?
What an unhappy ending to this review. I hope you enjoyed it anyhow! I'll be back soon with another one and perhaps it will sound sweeter...


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (9.5%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl 4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Dimethyl MEA, Cetyl Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Ozokerite, Magnesium Sulfate, BHT, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sodium Methylesculetin Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tyrosine, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica, Alumina, Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2 Hexanediol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Propylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), May Contain (+/-):, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide ((1325-152))


Justine @ Productrater said...

bummer on the talc in this product. And I agree with you it is a total bummer that neutrogena does not sell cosmetics in Canada, or else I would totally be buying them. I picked up the healthy skin makeup while I was in the states, it's okay.

Ashley said...

Hey Justine,
I think we can purchase Neutrogena cosmetics on or But I'd like to see the product on hand for swatches, you know?
I've tried two concealers, a mascara, a lipgloss and the tinted moisturizer by Neutrogena so far but they were all meh. I'd still love to try some of their foundations and blushes!

Shop N' Chomp said...

Neutrogena cosmetics have not worked for me either. =( Hehe...yep, hopefully your next review will be of something you liked! =)

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