Musings of a Muse

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Feb 4, 2008

Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette Review

You might remember me discussing the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette last week when Bobbi Brown was on QVC, click here for the details!

I tivo'ed the show and ended up fast forwarding through it late one night last week. As I sat there with my cuppa tea and snack size Peanut M&M's I was somehow tempted by the evil lure of Bobbi to order the concealer palette that she was smearing under the model's eye as if she was trying to cover up not only dark circles but possibly the entire eye area as well (I blame my spontaneous purchase on the amount of sugar in the M&M's)!

Even while watching her brutal cover up job I was still tempted to order this little palette for my very own. I was especially wanting it after hearing so many rave reviews about Bobbi Brown concealer all over cyber space and beyond!

I got it. I used it. And I'm here to review it just for you! Don't you feel special?

Whether I like it or not remains to be seen as I haven't quite made up my mind if I'm keeping this or sending it back (Yes, you can send back used cosmetics to QVC and they smile and say no problem here's your money back!).

First of all I hate the price. $58 USD gets you a tiny palette and a little baby brush and my wallet it screaming about the amount of cash I dropped on some concealer however if this was available in store you wouldn't get the brush and it would probably be around the same price so no sense complaining right because after all you got a free bloody brush!

The palette contains a light shade of concealer, a darker shade, a foundation stick concealer (which I'm confused about!) and a fine white powder to set the concealer. I'm confused what the hell I'm supposed to do with the foundation stick concealer and I can only assume that it's used as a spot treatment however I have been using it under my eye area truth be told.

Why I need two shades of concealer is also puzzling me but I do like the fact that I can play Frankenstein Lab with all the shades and create my perfect shade of concealer. Just for kicks I'll give you a break down of how I used it and hell I know it's probably wrong but I find it worked a treat when used this way! I take a little of the darker shade of the two concealers and mix it with the light shade and then I dip it in the foundation stick concealer and mix it up a little bit. I proceed to layer it under my eye and pat it into place. After this I take some more of the lighter shade and I tap it on! Finally I finish it by brushing on a tiny bit of the setting powder very lightly (I can't do too much powder since I find powder under my eyes makes me appear quite old lately!)! Done!

Coverage is perfect. It really does cover well. However, coverage comes at a price and I find the formula is very heavy for my particular eye area. I'm getting old, my god did I just say that? and I'm noticing that my eye area is very delicate and dry and this particular concealer takes a bit of work to blend which I'm not liking! I don't like touching my eye area too much with it being so delicate and I find that this needs a bit of work to blend perfectly into my skin. It's very creamy and appears very moisturizing but it does have a nice knack for sinking into the fine lines under my eyes after a few hours.

My regular concealer of choice is Benefit Bo-ing but I switched over to Dior's Skinfinish Radiance Booster Pen when I noticed it was settling into my fine lines. I find the Dior very creamy and it conceals quite well for me minus the caking under the eye (I don't recommend it if you have very dark shadows or circles to conceal as it won't do a good job!).

After using the Booster Pen and switching to this palette for a few days I notice that I'm getting much better coverage but I'm also having to deal with patting my eye to remove the excess which is settling too comfortably in my fine lines! Grrrr getting old blows!

Overall, the coverage is great but I'm thinking the palette might be for a younger girl to enjoy. If your eye area has some fine lines or is dry this might be something you might want to skip on!

I love the fact that this lasts all day long with little to no touch up and I also love how well it covers and makes me look wide awake however the deal breaker is the fact that it cakes a bit and the coverage is very thick! A thicker formula is fab for now but what about Summer? Who wants to walk around with a thick layer of concealer under their eye?

The brush this came with is great as well! Strangely enough I love the brush so much because it comes with a cap! Most concealer brushes you have to leave home, either that or suffer concealer all over your makeup bag! However, this comes with a nifty little cap that covers up the messy concealer end of the brush! The brush is dual ended and includes a fluffy powder brush on one side and a harder tipped concealer brush on the other end. It may turn you off that it's so tiny but I can say it works double duty and is perfect for working the concealer into your eye area plus it's portable and perfect for touch ups! I love the brush!

L@@K a cool cap!

Messy concealer be gone! Cover up the brush with the included cap!

Click here to see my Visee Aqua Shining Eyes FOTD and you can compare my regular concealer to this FOTD using the Bobbi Brown palette.

I really should have done these sans flash but my camera doesn't take good pics without flash! Sorry!

You can see that my eye area looks smoother, brighter, and much more flawless with the Bobbi Brown palette where as in my Visee FOTD my eye area looks a bit saggy, darker, and tired looking!

I guess my eye area almost looks whiter too weirdly enough but not in a bad way! However, it does, in my opinion, appear to make my eye more awake and flawless looking!

I'm still debating with myself on if I'm loving the palette or disliking it! I think it might work it's way into my heart soon but that remains to be seen!

P.S. Sorry for the lack of gloss, blush, and such! It was worn off after a long day ;) These pics were taken quite late so my makeup was longggggg gone!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you find it's difficult getting the cap back on the brush without splaying the hairs? That's my biggest gripe with capped brushes.

I know what you mean about being undecided; I feel the same way about my 3 Custom Color concealer, which looks a BIT too heavy (though, in it's defense, it doesn't crease at all).

Maybe it's the whole QVC thing, but every time I see that BB palette, I get this desperate desire to purchase Tricia Sawyer's Eye Slept cream. I know it's going to look rubbish but I just have to try it!

February 4, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger CuttiBeBe said...

awww.. the BB concealor palette is so tempting! I don't use a lot of BB cus they are so damn expensive. I feel like most of her makeup is for more grown up/ working professional women, who's got a few bucks to spare, but the quality is not worth the extra dimes IMHO.

but i have to say that the concealor works great for you though. it's probably the flash that did the trick, but I could tell the last Visee pictures you had a big more dark circle than this one.

I love the little brush though! It seems so useful, but when i saw the BB concealor brush in the store, it seemed too long for me to control using it under the eye.

February 4, 2008 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

YES! I forgot to mention that but yes I do find that happens! Grr! I normally smooth it back (with concealer on it, it's easier) and then plop the cap on!

I like having this to travel with! None of my brushes have a cap so it's a novelty ;)

It's very heavy and it's debatable whether I'm loving or hating it :( the creasing is definately a prob for me :( Makes me look old!

FFS! I was on QVC looking up that damn eye awake, eye slept whatever the hell it is ! It's your fault!

It sounds interesting!! Shoot I feel an order coming on!

damn you!

February 4, 2008 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hello Steph :) my little stranger!

Her stuff is way expensive but lately I've been on some weird role and buying her stuff!

It's debatable whether it's worth the bucks! I agree! You can find cheaper that works the same or better!

The flash definately makes the area look whiter and flawless but the concealer definately did a great job too surprisingly as I thought id' be rubbish!

I look a bit tired in the Visee pics where in these I look a bit more refreshed and awake!

I agree longer brushes when concealing or even applying shadow are sometimes a bitch!

This is just the right size to do the job ;)

I miss you lady :-)


February 4, 2008 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger (g)ezebel said...

i don't wear concealer, but i might if i can get this cute lil bobbi brown thingy with the free brush!! :0P

great pics, by the way!!

February 4, 2008 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Lynne said...

Hi there! Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my hole in the wall :) MAC is the best addiction I've ever had although Hubbo doesn't seem to think so, lolollol.

I love your layout here. It is sooo cute.

Hope you're off to a good start this week! And hope to see you around more often :) Take care.

February 4, 2008 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger alien man?! said...

Oh, that palette DOES look tempting, albeit a bit overwhelming. I mean, why is it called the "foundation stick concealer"? It's not in stick-form, for one and, wouldn't it just do the same thing that the regular two shades would do? Hmm. I remember trying a sample size of this palette long ago and I was confused, too, haha. I *did* like the creaminess and the coverage, though. I actually like it when they have two different shades for a concealer palette. It really helps for finding the right shade as well as for highlighting and contouring.

Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way! I love what you've done with yours and I'm looking forward to seeing future entries :)

February 5, 2008 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Izzy! You are so cute! I love the 2nd to the last pic!

And ouch $58 bucks! Oh the price we pay to look good!

February 5, 2008 at 3:31 AM  
Blogger Row said...

Woah mama. I dunno why but you particuraly radiant in these pics.

February 5, 2008 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous rocketqueen said...

Hello you! You look great! That blouse looks so pretty, too. Have you done something to your lashes? They look so extra long and thick!

I think I prefer the BB, it looks totally flawless!


February 5, 2008 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Lovelymakeup said...

First I just gotta say, I'm addicted to your blog. I read it everyday. ;) I just love it!
And you have such a beautiful eyes!

February 5, 2008 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hey gez!

God you're so lucky! I wish I could say the same! I absolutely can't leave the house without it!
Thanks sweetie :)

February 5, 2008 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Mrs. Lynne!

I love your blog! It's not a hole in the wall silly :) LOL I'm an addict too! I wish I can sometimes say I'm a recovering addict but no such luck! I'd be richer that's for sure!

Thanks so much for the comment and dropping by!!!

I sure will drop by more often as I'm loving your blog ;)

Many hugs!
And wishes for a good week too!

February 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi alien man!

I agree. What the hell does that even mean? Foundation stick! I'm so clueless! hehe!

Although I did have somewhat a good time mixing it all up! Felt like Betty Crocker ;)

I'm not so good at contouring but I found if I used the lighter shade layered ontop of the darker it gave me better coverage and more of an "Awake" look!

Your blog is awesome! Thanks for visiting me here :)

Manu hugs!

February 5, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hey 'nes!

*MWAH! Thanks sweetie!!!!! Not as gorgeous as you ;)

$58 is ridiculous...sheesh! I agree what we don't do for cosmetics! *insert rolling eyes*

February 5, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hey Rows!!!!!!!!

You're such a sweetie *blush*

Thanks babe :)

February 5, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey linn!
Thanks sweetie *blush*

oh gosh nothing different really :) maybe a dual coat of mascara?! ;)

It really does look flawless but I hate the creasing :(

Hugs sweetie!

February 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Lovelymakeup!

Aw thanks! I check yours daily for the pictures hehehehe!

Thank you SO much for making my blog a daily stop! it means the world to me!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


February 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

I know this is an older entry, but I was wondering if you could tell me what color you ordered in this? Thanks!

November 28, 2008 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi rosemary! This is the light version :)

Hope this helps!

December 1, 2008 at 4:53 PM  

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