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I bought the Clinique all about eyes concealer for the first time a few years ago when suffering from a serious lack of sleep! There weren't many shades on offer, but I went for the palest one which seemed to have a slight yellow tinge to it. I liked the classic cardboard Clinique outer packaging with the feminine print, and the little tube with a silver screw lid looked appealing - a nice portable size and durable tube.
I made the mistake of squeezing the tube a little too hard on the first use and was left with far too much product. A tiny amount of this concealer goes an amazingly long way. It is very very thick and pigmented so you really don't need much at all to cover dark circles and it conceals really well. The under eye area does need to be very well moisturised before application as the concealer can look a little dry and stick in areas. As long as the skin is well moisturised the concealer applies easily (I found it best to use a patting and smudging motion with my fingers, rather than sweeping the colour across under the eye).
This concealer is incredibly long lasting - it creased ever so slightly but did not budge, even when I accidentally rubbed my eyes, and only came away with the use of make up remover. I did try this concealer as a blemish cover up on a bad skin day - again it gave fantastic coverage and lasted for hours, but it did actually make the blemish worse (I imagine this was due to it being such a thick consistency that it clogged the skin a bit).
The tiny tube is very deceptive too. It contains a huge amount of product which makes this premium priced product really good value, and because such a tiny amount is needed to conceal effectively, it lasts for months. This is a great concealer for under the eyes with brilliant staying power, and the only improvement could be a greater selection of shades.
I have never been a very good sleeper and I always have darkened areas beneath my eyes even when I do get a good night's sleep. Whenever I forget to apply my under eye concealer, people always ask me if I've bumped my eye... Lovely! And so I purchased the All About Eyes Concealer by Clinique.
About the product
The main job of this product is to cover up those unsightly dark circles that lurk beneath the eyes making you look tired and worn out even when you don't feel that way. In addition, it promises to reduce puffiness beneath the eyes leaving you looking fresher and more awakened. The product promises to gently moisturise the delicate skin and with its oil free formula, it claims that it won't settle into any creases or fine lines beneath the eye. The product comes with a coverage which is moderate to full.
The product comes available in a range of shades with self explanatory names such as Medium Beige and Light Golden. I chose light neutral as I am paler than pale.
How do you use the product?
The product can be applied using either the finger or a make up brush. You need to dispense some of the product and then gently pat a small amount beneath the eye in small dots. You then blend the products in using a patting motion working from the inside out. You can apply more directly to the area where the shadows are worse.
Appearance and Price
The product comes contained within a clear plastic tube and you can see the product inside which helps you to chose the most suitable colour for you. It has a shiny metallic screw top lid which is a bit annoying to open and close which mucky hands. When you remove the lid you can see that the tube has a pointed end which stops you from dispensing too much of the product when you squeeze it. The product will cost you around £16 for 10 ml of the concealer and it can be bought from department stores which have a Clinique stand and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product is very easy to dispense from the bottle with a gentle squeeze. You do have to be careful not to dispense too much because you can't return what you have dispensed back to the bottle. The product has a runny consistency and it is a bit like that of a foundation but it is perhaps a little lighter. It does have a silky consistency and it isn't dry or chalky at all.
I applied this product after applying my foundation. A little of this product goes a long way so you don't need to use much at all which is a really good thing when you consider the price and the amount that you get. As the consistency is silky it is easy to dot onto the delicate skin and it blends in quite easily although it is a little thicker than it needs to be in my opinions. It doesn't dry immediately so you do have enough time to work with it before it dries.
It matches my skin tone well although it is a tad light but the colour still works. It does cover up the dark circles as it is so thick and initially it doesn't sink into the creases although this is the case a little bit by the end of the day. It isn't as natural as Touch Eclat and it does look like you have some cover up in the area. I can't say that it does anything to reduce the puffiness of the area other than what is achieved by the patting action. The product is quite long lasting and it is still mostly in its place by the end of the day. The formula is gentle and it doesn't irritate my eyes, even when wearing contact lenses and it didn't cause me to develop any blemishes.
All in all, I am on the fence with this product. It does indeed cover up the appearance of my dark circles significantly because of its thick consistency but it is obvious that you are wearing it. It doesn't affect the puffiness of my eyes as was promised and I'm almost sure it make my bags look worse. It is easy to blend but for the results, price and amount that you get I'm only giving this one 3 stars.
I have to admit, the other day in John Lewis I was attracted to the Clinique beauty counter by the free gift. It was a make up bag full of mini (but still a very good size) treats. To get the gift you had to buy two items, and one being a skin care product. I had run out of my Yves St Laurant Touche Eclat concealer, which I love, and decided that to get the free gift I would buy one from Clinique instead.
After consulatation with the make up lady I decided to go for shade 1. The concealer cost me sixteen pounds.
It comes packaged in a small box with cliniques more funky new packaging. The green leaf style print. The concealer doesn't have a fancy applicator mechanism, in fact, the tube it is packaged in appears more suitable for a lipgloss than concealer. It's not a problem though, I just apply it with my fingers, and make sure they are clean before hand.
This concealer is designed as an under eye concealer (hence the name), but I also tried to use it elsewhere. Under the eyes it gives very good coverage, very thick and really does minimise the colour fo my bags! Over spots it also gives good coverage, but the problem is if you have an area of dry skin the concealer really highlights that. So make sure you only add to smooth moist areas. That is the only real downside to this product.
A real beenfit when a concealer like this costs so much is that a TINY bit goes a really long way. The first time you use this product you will end up waisting some of it, as you really cannot fathom exactly how little you need. It makes it much better value for money than you would imagine given the original price.
Although I have been a devotee of Benefit's Boi-ing as an industrial strength concealer for some time, I felt in need of a change and wanted a liquid concealer in the hope that it would be less drying for the under eye area. After browsing the Clinique shelves (they had a free gift offer on, what can I say?) I thought I would give this all about eyes concealer a go.
The product comes in 4 neutral shades, so you should find one suitable for your tone - I went for medium petal - a mid tone shade which seemed to blend nicely on my hand when I tested it.
The concealer is contained within a little tube, so you squeeze out the amount you need. It is in liquid form so watch you don't squeeze too much and waste it, as a little does go a long way.
The concealer is really easy to apply to the under eye area and blends easily to create an even tone. The coverage is excellent, probably not as much as the Boi-ing paste like concealer if I am honest, but really does cover the skin to give a wide awake look to the eyes which looks natural, and not caked on at all.
The concealer is lovely and cooling to apply and feels as much a moisturiser as make-up, and I feel it is not doing as much damage to the under eye area as a thicker product.
Clinique suggest that this product helps "de puff" your eyes, but I can't comment on that as my eyes aren't "puffy" (just dark and dry instead!).
I also use the concealer on blemishes and it works just as well there so a really useful all around concealer.
This concealer costs £15.50 from the Clinique website, or the usual department stores or Boots. Well worth it in my view - give it a go.
I chronically suffer from very dark circles under my eyes and am always on the lookout for the perfect concealer. I usually change each time I finish a tube, but I have to say that I would probably buy this one again.
The first advantage of this clinique product is the texture: it is neither too liquid (and therefore not covering enough) nor too solid (for a cakey effect), so you end up with a fairly good balance between coverage and aspect. The whole effect feels quite moisturising as well.
Secondly, the coverage itself is fairly good and lasts all day, so you don't look more tired at the end of the day than when you started it. Nevertheless, as it does not completely cover my dark circle, I use it in combination with a bit of my foundation on top as well as a stick concealer as a base coat.
The price is indeed quite lofty, but the product does last very very long because you only need a small amount at a time: I use it every day and it has last me more than 4 months!
So overall, a good investment for those with medium dark circles who are looking for a comfortable and long lasting concealer!
I'm ageing, its a fact. I think it happened over night, it must have I never saw it coming. I just woke up about a month ago and boom I have wrinkles round my eyes and mouth, weird grey patches on my skin and dark circles! Yes I know I sound gorgeous! I could cope with the dark circles if I was out on the town every night, but no, I'm tucked up in bed with my Horlicks by 9 every night. Booo! Anyway I really can't go about looking like I'm a 70 year old party goer so a trip to to lovely Clinique lady was in order armed with the boyfriends credit card (shhh!)
Clinique are very clever, they always have some sort of promotion on encouraging you to buy three items when you only need one in return for a nice bag of goodies or a few hundred boots points. I always end up taking them up on this offer so I came out with lots of boots points this time and lots of samples which are great for the make up bag. I went in with no make up on just to show her how hideous I was and she immediately recommended Clinique all about eyes concealer. She applied some for me and wow! I was hooked! I did buy two other items too which I needed too... no really I did! It all came to around £50 but I don't buy it often so I didn't mind too much. The concealer was £15 for 10mls, yes the tube is tiny but a little goes a long way.
You can apply this with your finger, a sponge or a brush. I either use my foundation sponge or my finger depending on how lazy I'm feeling. I apply mine after my foundation simply because it stays on better and you tend to use less after foundation as you already have a little layer of coverage. The liquid is very thick almost like Vaseline without the grease. It goes on really well but sits on the surface rather than soaking in totally which gives a nice smooth matte finish. The Clinique web site recommends finishing it all off with a dusting of powder, but I have never bothered. You only need to use a tiny amount, the tube squeezes it out in a thin line and a few millimeters is quite enough. My tube will last ages.
*What it does*
Clinique promises that it disguises dark circles and reduces the puffy look but best of all it promises to moisturise. This is great since there is nothing worse than scaly dark circles to top it all!
I can't say I have noticed that it reduces the look of the puffiness. My circles are more dips than bags, they go in rather than out. So I suppose unless I buy some concrete to fill the gaps I am stuck with them! Or maybe a couple of bulldog clips would work to pull back the saggy skin?
It does disguise the dark circles though, it instantly makes them the same colour as the rest of my face. Yay! I have very, very pale skin, I'm a typical English rose. Even so I ended up getting colour number three out of four which is light petal. It is well worth trying them all out because I would have chosen number one first.
I did have a spot the other day and had a great idea that I would put some of this on, BAD idea, it was far too heavy and felt greasy on my chin, certainly keep this to the eye area. It is nice however on your eyelids and shadow goes over it and sticks well.
*8 hours later*
Well to be honest nearly all my make up is Clinique and I'm used to it all lasting most of the day, my foundation needs a top up at lunch and so does the lippy but I don't need to top up the concealer. I usually just whip a bit of foundation over the bags and they look fine.
I am so impressed with this product, it doesn't feel heavy or greasy and it covers well without looking shiny. I will buy it again when I run out but I expect that will be a long time to come. It has a faint medicated smell to it nothing too strong and I've never noticed it before but I just had a sniff for research purposes!
If you have bags then have a try, there are cheaper alternatives out there but they are not as nice as this, trust me!
This is really good and perfect if you suffer from dark circles under your eyes or anywhere on your face such as around the nose or mouth areas. The feel of it is quite lightweight and slightly greasy feeling, but when applied it seems to go quite matte and lightweight and doesnt look cloggy. The coverage is light but manages to decrease the look of dark areas. It costs around £12.00 and although this seems quite a lot compared to touche eclat or other products is not too bad. The downside is th apllicaion, there is nothing to apply it with, although obviously fingers work fine, but with many of these products it has a brush appicator which fans out and makes it easy to apply this doesnt have that. The colours on offer are limited but always go for a lighter one than needed as the whole idea is to lighten the face with this product. It is really nice and goes on well, doesnt last too long though, by end of the day you wouldnt really know you are wearing it.
A few too many late nights in the run up to Christmas left me with some rather attractive dark circles underneath my eyes by the time Christmas was nearly upon us. In an attempt to not look completely shattered for the Christmas period I decided I better invest in a new under eye concealer as my old one had run out... just when I needed it the most! I had been using the Benefit under eye concealer but as I've recently moved onto Clinique skin care and make up I thought I'd try their one.
Clinique is advertised as a premium brand of make up and skin care products. The range is quite exclusive and certainly at the higher end of the market with prices ranging from £10 to £30 depending on the product; foundations retail at around the £18 mark to give you an example. All products are allergy tested and fragrance free, it's also really good for sensitive or troubled skin. It's sold in Boots, Debenhams and other department stores throughout the country.
The All About Eyes Concealer comes in a small and clear plastic tube with the obligatory Clinique silver lid. I do find it slightly annoying that you have to unscrew the lid to use the product; I much prefer concealers that come in a pen with a click on lid as it saves time and is generally easier. To dispense the product you simply need to squeeze very gently on the tube.
The concealer itself is a light brown in colour (depending on the shade you select) and isn't overly runny in consistency unlike the majority of foundations. It comes in four different shades depending on your skin tone which are light neutral, light golden, light petal and medium petal. The former two are very pale colours which the second two are slightly darker in colour.
There's no real smell to the concealer as Clinique products are 100% fragrance free although there is that typical "make up" smell to it. The girl on the counter said you literally need a tiny amount of the product to adequately cover both eyes and I'd have to agree, I use about the size of a grain of rice and gently smooth it under both my eyes using my finger.
It absorbs really easily and gives a very even result that seems to blend in effortlessly with my skin tone. It's oil free which means it won't create any grease or contribute to any oil already present on your skin. It is also moisturising which means it won't settle into any creases or dry out your skin at all. If you put it on in front of a lighted mirror you can see it illuminating the skin around your eyes and it certainly diminishes any dark circles as well as creating a much more even skin tone. I then applied my foundation over the top and have to say that although there were still small hints of dark circles under my eyes the overall noticeability of them was greatly reduced and the skin around my eyes did appear much more refreshed and vitalised.
I'll certainly be buying this product again; it does what it promises to and doesn't dry out my skin at all which has often been a problem in the past. The only downside is that it is £15 for 10ml of product which is quite a hefty price to pay in relation to some more "high street" brands. However this product does do what it says and I've a feeling that my little tube will easily last me three months which certainly makes it worth its price tag in my opinion... especially if it covers up those dark circles all winter!
Thanks for reading.
Clinique 10ml all about eyes concealer