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I have been using the same product of concealer for years but now I'm getting to the age where I'm getting tiny wrinkles around my eyes and my concealer was settling into the wrinkles making them more obvious. I can't say I'm best pleased as I also still suffer from acne so I'm getting the worst of all worlds!
So I was on the lookout for a new concealer that wouldn't settle in my wrinkles and spotted this in Boots for £3.99. Using the tester, it seemed harder and less greasy than my previous brand so I thought I'd give it a try.
It's worth noting that the packaging looks different to the photo here. Instead of being transparent, the top (which doubles as the lid) is now very dark brown with "Cover Stick" written on it in capital letters. The whole top part of the packaging comes away as the lid and you screw the bottom clockwise to reveal the product. Once applied, which is done directly from the stick onto the face, you screw it back down and replace the lid, in exactly the same way as a lipstick. Nice simple application and it's easy to see how much of the product you have left.
As I thought, it goes on quite hard and dry which is good for me as I have oily skin. I use it for both under eye shadows (which are sadly a permanent fixture) and also for spots and it's good for both. Under the eyes, it stays on almost all day without settling into wrinkles or disappearing. A quick touch up late in the afternoon might be recommended but isn't completely necessary. For spots, it's still ok but tends to disappear on more oily skin, but I suppose this is my skin's fault really!
Blending is easy with the fingers, using light strokes so as not to wipe it away and it only takes a couple of seconds.
I'm lucky enough in that there is a shade which matches my skin tone perfectly so it's very easy to blend. However, looking on the Boots website I can only see three different shades and they are all VERY pale; no good if you have black, Asian or olive skin, or even if you have a slight tan! I'm so pale I'm almost transparent so it's perfect for me.
I can safely say I'm pleased with this and will continue to buy it. For the price, I can't really fault it.
I don't wear a lot of makeup, but of the little that I have, the vast majority comes from the Maybelline range, as I am a big fan. Although my skin isn't as prone to break outs as it was when I was younger, I do still like to cover the odd blemish that appears and since I don't tend to wear foundation, I really do need something to hide any imperfections on my face.
This Maybelline Concealer Cover Stick was actually bought for me in America by my parents when they were on holiday. In fact, before my Mum had left on holiday, I happened to mention that I needed to pick up a new concealer, and she ended up bringing this one back from her travels, knowing that I like the brand. I'm not sure how much she paid for this concealer in the States, however I have seen in online for around £4, which is a fair price for a Maybelline product, since I always find their products not to be the cheapest around, but middle of the road.
This concealer does seem to come in a variety of shades, however, my Mum took a chance and brought me the Ivory shade, which seems to be just a little darker than fair, and which is probably a truer reflection of my skin tone.
Maybelline claims that this concealer will completely cover blemishes, dark circles and other imperfections. It is fragrance free, which appeals to me, as well as being dermatologically tested. This concealer can be worn by itself to cover a blemish or under foundation. It is also meant to be waterproof.
This was a perfect concealer for my skin colour, and I found that it glided easily over the skin. If I had a particularly bad spot on my face, I would certainly need a couple of layers of this concealer, which I would blend in with my finger, but for a typically small imperfection, one layer of this concealer is enough. I do find that the concealer would not last all day, and I would have to reapply it, again for a particularly bad spot, however, I have found that to be the case with all other concealers I have had. Unlike another branded concealer I used before, there is no greasiness with this concealer, and I don't feel that it dries out my skin either.
I don't use this product for hiding dark circles, thankfully I am not too bothered with this so I cannot comment on its effectiveness in that regard, however I find it works very well for covering spots and other blemishes on my face and doesn't leave skin greasy or dry. The shade that I have blends perfectly with my skin and I think for the price, it is a great product, and one I would certainly purchase again when I finish this one.
Ok so I know that concealed sticks are a bit out of fashion at the minute (its all about pens and wands which I find work well under the eye but nowhere else!) but I have to say I love this concealer. I have a fair to medium complexion and use the medium version of this product. Consistency wise its thick and effectively cover spots, blemishs and red marks. It gives good coverage its not heavy on the skin and doesn't gather. I put it on after moisturising and before applying foundation. It's very easy to blend foundation over the concealer areas so you don't get any nasty darker patches (sometimes I find concealers difficult to blend and very obvious on skin, no such problem with this product).It ususally lasts a few hours but if you are after an all day look you will need to reapply. I have tried this on dark circles under the eyes and this does cover them but can look a little bit heavier on the delicate skin and I would recommend using a light reflective concealer for this area. Each stick of this concealer usually lasts for a couple of months and its very affordable. The packaging is functional without being particularly pretty or interesting!
I have used a concealer from time to time over the years but it has never been an everyday cosmetic for me. Indeed I tended to only use a concealer at that 'time of the month' when the odd blemish or spot would appear on my face. Very rarely would I use it at any other time and was quite happy using a cheap concealer by Collection 2000 when the occasion arose.
However, as I am getting older I have noticed a more uneven skin tone on my face and as well as this and the monthly blemishes which still appear, I have also noticed dark circles appearing under my eyes which I believe are due to tiredness caused by my working week.
I work shifts and sleep-over shifts as part of my job and sometimes can be at work until 10pm at night then back again 8am next morning and I find it difficult to sleep in between. Also when I complete a sleep-over shift I feel very tired the next day as I don't really get any sleep at work on those shifts and often will have a nap when I get home. I try not to do this however, as it means I am not tired later on and end up staying up late, which then makes me tired the next morning when I have to get up for work again.
It is when I have a particularly tiring week where I may have sleep-over shifts and complete a late shift one day, then an early shift the next that I have noticed dark circles appearing under my eyes, which isn't surprising really as tiredness takes it toll.
And so I began using a concealer on a more regular basis to try and cover up the dark circles as well as to even out my skin tone a little. However, I found my cheap concealer just wasn't really up to the task. Whilst fine for covering up the odd spot or blemish, it didn't work so well on disguising dark circles and so I decided to have a look at what was available and spend a little more money on what would hopefully be a more suitable product for my skin and thus provide me with better results.
I am quite a fan of Maybelline foundation and have recently been using their Dream Creamy Foundation after noticing their Dream Mousse foundation of which I have been a fan for a couple of years, seemed to be leaving my skin looking dry. This is another example of the changes I am noticing to my skin on my face and I have found switching to a creamier foundation has done the trick. Therefore I thought it may be wise to try a Maybelline Concealer, seeing as how I use their foundation and I decided to purchase this Cover Stick Concealer.
Maybelline state this cover stick conceals blemishes, dark circles and imperfections. It is also waterproof and can be worn alone or under foundation. It is non-comedogenic, tested under dermatological control and fragrance-free.
Using a cover stick was also going to be a first for me as my previous concealer had been in liquid form with a brush. This cover stick looks exactly like a lipstick and twists up to use in exactly the same way as a lipstick.
I opted for the medium shade as my skin tone is neither light nor dark, so the safe I bet I thought was to opt for the middle and I chose the medium beige shade.
Maybelline advise you dot or glide the cover stick onto your skin to conceal imperfections and blend lightly with your fingertips until your skin looks smooth.
I use a daily moisturiser and so after applying that I set about dotting the cover stick under my eyes and also a couple of other dots on a blemish and where my skin tone appeared uneven. I was surprised at first by the thickness of it, even though I had simply dotted it lightly where needed. I was also expecting it to look and feel creamier than it does and so my initial thoughts weren't too good as I thought I wasn't going to like this at all.
However, as soon as I began to lightly blend it in using the tips of my fingers, I noticed it looked much better and it disguised my dark circles perfectly as well as the blemish and my skin tone appeared more even than it did prior to application.
Using foundation alone was not enough to disguise my dark circles or blemishes as I don't like to use a lot of foundation and so didn't want to cake it on to hide the imperfections. However, with this cover stick I have found the perfect solution, it blends really well and doesn't look caked either. If I still wish to use a foundation when going out for example, I have found it goes on easily over the top and actually looks better by having applied the cover stick underneath to even out the tone and hide those awful dark circles. And no it doesn't look caked when I use both either, so it is definitely a great result.
Since buying this cover stick I have began using it on a daily basis and continue to be pleased by the results. It banishes my dark circles which appear when I am tired and hides all the imperfections leaving me feeling more confident about how I look. I don't think I could be without it now and therefore I am happy to recommend it.
I paid £3.98 for my Maybelline Cover Stick at Asda. It is available from all Maybelline cosmetic stockists and often features as part of 3 for 2 offers on Maybelline products at Boots.
I don't often use concealer, since I'm lucky enough to have quite clear skin on most days, but it's always handy to have something to cover up the odd blemish. I picked up one of these to use on such occasions, since it was small and pretty cheap - I've had it for a while and can't recall the exact price I paid, but it's around the £3.80 mark now, which isn't bad at all.
PACKAGING: The concealer comes in a retractable bullet, like a lipstick and about the same size, which makes it nicely small and compact. Unfortunately the stick doesn't retract completely into its case, so is vulnerable to damage when replacing the lid. One tube is 4.5g, and does last for a long time with careful use.
COLOURS: There are only three colours in the range: Fair, Light, and Medium, though they all seem quite orange to me. I own it in Medium, the closest to my olive skin tone but still peachier and paler than I would like. Don't be thrown off by the sub-names - mine's labelled "Medium Beige", but it's essentially just the Medium colour. The range could benefit from a wider selection of tones, or at least a choice of less peachy shades. (I believe there are also white and green sticks, specifically for reducing blemishes, but they don't seem to be in common circulation, being more like facial care products than these cosmetic ones.)
APPLICATION: To its credit, the product is simple to apply - all it needs is a few dabs over problem areas, and then careful blending. It has a slightly tacky texture that makes small dabs difficult to blend, though; it's more creamy and moist if applied thickly, but I'd rather not risk the orangeness. It needs a lot of spreading out to look natural, which makes it hard to conceal small, specific areas, so you may need more than one layer to get the coverage you need. The stick structure does seem a bit pointless and irrelevant during the application stage - it's just a handy minimalist gimmick, and doesn't make the actual product any easier to put on.
QUALITY: Maybelline doesn't specify what sort of coverage this is meant to offer, but I'd say it's light. It reduces subtle blemishes but doesn't do much to reduce redness, dark spots, or more obvious imperfections. It's supposedly waterproof, but I honestly wouldn't have known - it tends to get into my pores and make my skin look patchy, so I put foundation and powder over it and wouldn't use it without something on top to smooth it over.
Though I like a lot of Maybelline's other face products (I use their Dream Matte Powder often), I'm not a fan of this one. I can't wait to be finished with mine, and I won't be buying another. The tube format is a nice idea, and the concealer's smooth, thick texture feels more expensive than it is, but it's a pity it's not a better product to actually wear. It's a convenient, inexpensive option if one of the few colours suits you, but otherwise hard to recommend.
After using the 25hour superstay concealor for a few years when I ran out I went o buy some more not wanting to change. Unfortuantley when I got to Superdrug there was none left and the only other option was the Cover Stick Corrector. It didnt look as impressive as the Superstay but with a few spots appearing I thought better that than nothing!
The concealer comes in 8 shades which are, White, Fair, Ivory, Light Medium and Deep Beige and you have an yellow option which corrects under eye circles or a green stick that covers redness. You dot or sweep the stick over the problem areas and then blend with your fingers.
The coverage is amazing. It covers almost anything and as its a hard concealer it blends are thick as you need it. At a bargain price of £3.79 its a lot cheaper than the others and it does work just as well!The stick is the size of a lipstick and comes in a lipstick style container. As you need to you twist the bottom to bring the stick up. It has a clear plastic lid that protects the concealer. The packaging is simply a cream holder with a clear lid so it looks nice. It will fit easily in your handbag and can be applied easily anywhere.
With the 6 shades and the green and yellow shades you'll find more that one that suits you. I use the Ivory and Green sticks and they really do work!
I actually really like this Maybelline concealer and for being a drugstore makeup product I was impressed when I first tried this out a few years ago. I have tried many drugstore brands of concealer stick such as Rimmel London and Miss Sporty, but this one was by far the best making it a product I have re-bought many times and so is staying put in my makeup collection. Even my MAC and Urban Decay concealer do not get as much use as this!
To begin with, I like the fact it comes in a push up stick form (just like a lipstick), so you can effortlessly apply the product to all areas of your face by spotting it around or even gliding the product along a particular area - making it then easy to either blend with your fingers or brush. Other formats of concealer can be tricky to apply (like pots), and even in a stick 'pencil' it then requires lots of sharpening which can get horribly messy with very soft concealers.
The concealer itself is very creamy and smooth; therefore it will not go cakey or powdery on the face. This is great for places like around the nose or even under the eye, as chalkiness really does not look good here! Considering it is rather creamy it does last a good amount of time, from what I have gathered it usually lasts me about 5 months and I wear makeup nearly everyday. Its ability to conceal spots or red areas is very good and if you set it with a powder it should stay in place throughout the day.
I use this concealer in two ways which I feel works great for me. Firstly, after I use a primer, I begin to use the stick to glide over areas on my face where I have some scars from blemishes i.e. the forehead, the chin, a little on the nose and two small areas on the cheeks. I also glide some around the sides of my nose as I get redness there. I then take a foundation brush and blend this all out around my face. This really evens out my skin tone and starts to conceal all those problem areas - if you wanted a light day look then this could even be all you need. After that I go ahead and apply my foundation, again with a foundation brush and I concentrate this on my cheeks with only using a little on my chin, nose and forehead as the concealer has already done most of the work in these places. Now, I then use the Maybelline concealer again just on any current spots or blemishes and apply some more around the nose, making sure the redness is well covered up for the whole day. This time I blend the concealer with my fingers and use a tapping action to conceal the spots. As usual you should then set your make up with a powder for extra staying power.
Overall I would recommend this concealer as it works wonders for me and is at a great price!
Thanks for reading!
Maybelline New York Cover Stick
If you want an easy-to-use, foolproof, trustworthy cover-up for a good price then this is the one ladies (and possibly a few gents...?)!
Like a lot of women I battled with my skin throughout my adolescent years, trying and testing whatever I could get my hands on and wishing for the eve of my 20th birthday, the night before I officially ceased to be a teenager, as I imagined that I would be magically transformed overnight into a sassy adult with perfectly clear skin. 5 years on and I'm still waiting. So holding up a white flag to my skin, I surrendered and transformed my make-up instead.
The concealer comes in a little tube roughly similar in size to a lipstick, so it's small and easy to fit into any bag. I measured it at approximately 7cm/2.8 inches in height with the cap on; 1.5cm/0.8 inches in width. The concealer is held in a little plastic coloured tube (the colour matching your chosen shade), that when the cap is off you simply wind up and you can use it like a pen on your face. The cap is clear plastic, allowing the tip of the concealer to be visible. The packaging is no-fuss and not intimidating, just simple and clean. It doesn't get messy after you've had it for a while either, though I've found that the label on mine does rub off after a while.
~~~Applying the Concealer~~~
Maybelline's Cover Stick is the easiest thing to use. I use this product literally every single day, and have done so for a few years now. I've tried countless other concealers during the war with my skin and this became and remained a firm favourite from day one. It is straightforward to apply; I just draw on my face wherever I have a spot or blemish, and then blend in with my finger. I use it in the troublesome T-zone area but I also use it for the dark circles under my eyes - it truly is a versatile product. It is not too thick nor too thin, a common problem with concealers, and blends into my skin shade perfectly. I love that I don't have to use an extra brush to apply it (although I suppose you could if you wanted to), but I like being quick and fuss-free.
As previously mentioned, I've found that the concealer blends into my skin very well. You have control over how thickly you want to apply it - but be warned because I've discovered that if you use too much it can look a bit cake-like. I tend to use mine under my face powder as I believe that helps blend the overall look on my face. I've found it extremely useful when it comes to covering up spots or blemishes - I genuinely don't know what I'd do without it! I tend to only need to reapply it once throughout the entire day, so the durability is good. I have quite sensitive skin, and have never had a bad reaction with this product.
Additionally, the Cover Stick itself lasts for AGES - a good few months if you use it every day like me.
~~~Price and Availability~~~
If you're constantly on a budget like me, you can't really get better value for money and I highly recommend it. I buy mine for about £3.80 at Superdrug, although I have noticed an increase in price recently to about £4. Oh no! That won't stop me purchasing it however because I believe it's worth it. It is also available from Boots. I had a quick nab around the internet and you can buy this product online from various retailers, so it's quite easily available. Shades are currently available in:
I use Fair even when I have a tan so don't worry if you don't think there's a shade for you - blending is the key!
Thank you for reading my review. This review is available on dooyoo under littlejojo and Ciao under littlejojo55.
I have recently started using Maybelline cover stick corrector concealer and the first attraction was the price at approximatley £3.50 it is a relatively cheap buy in the cosmetics area.
The concealer is compact and the perfect size to fit into your bag. The only problem with the packaging I have had is that when the concealer is quite new (and therefore still long) when taking the plactic cover off it is easy to catch the concealer denting or even cutting some off, which a waste make up.
The concealer is thick but melts quickly when meeting the heat from your hands. It covers imperfections ok but has the tendancy to make skin look patchy as there only limited shades, it doesn't match skin tone well.
It can also lay on the skin quite thick making the face look almost bumpy and uneven ...defeating the point of wearing make up.
However when spending time on make up and not in a quick dash the concealer works well to cover blemishes and imperfections.
I usually use boing by Benefit but when it ran out, I though i would try something different (and cheaper!). This cover stick is really one of the best concealers i have used, warming it up a little with your fingers is a good idea so it goes on smoothly but it gives really good coverage.
I find it quite hard to find a concealer that suits my pale skin without looking like i've just splodged some orange paint over any imperections, but this was a good colour for me. Friends noticed on and commented how natural and fresh my skin looked.
It also hasn't left me with any breakouts, oily skin or allergic reaction, it keeps it normal and stable which is a plus because sometimes is can be tough to find products that don't cause any sort of reaction.
This cover stick is great value for money (I got it for £3.81 out of Boots) and it a great alternative to buying the expensive one.
Unfortunetly for me I do have very pale skin which always makes it difficult when using foundation and concealer, especially hard when you don't want to look as though I've applied my make up with a trowl. The maybelline cover stick is great for this as the colour is perfectly matched. The one I've opted for is the ivory which works wonders!
It initally cost me £3.99 from Boots but I have since been told that you can get it cheaper from other shops, you just have to look in the right places! Unlike other products it's nice and creamy. Meaning you're not applying it to your face like a wax crayon to get the right effect. It also means you don't use half as much and it gives great coverage!
The concealer works well as it is easy to blend into your skin without making it obvious that you're wearing any, hiding anything unwanted or even the shadows under your eyes if you've had a long night. You can wear it with or without foundation and another great plus, yes there seems to be quite a few from my side, is that it stays in place. Unlike other possibly cheaper products, when in the rain for example, it doesn't rub off which I think is very convenient as you don't want have to be constantly re-applying.
I think I've made it pretty clear so far that I find it a very good product despite the price. It is only a little stick so that might also put you off but if it gives you good coverage and is easy to apply I think it is definetly worth it.
It also comes in a few other shades as well, but if you do have very pale skin I wound really recommend it as it is a lot better than other cheaper varieties.
I have never been able to find a suitable concealer for my skintone and most of my concealers get thrown away quickly as they're the wrong colour. This was my latest buy.
Why I Bought It
I'm sick of wasting money on cheap(ish) concealers so I thought it would be better to buy a more expensive one in the first place that would do the job. I've been pleased with Maybelline cosmetics in the past so this was my brand of choice.
As my skin is pale, I picked the lightest shade in the range. This was called Ivory but there are two darker shades available. The colour looked like it would be a good fit for my skintone, but I was disappointed to find that it was actually quite orange. When I applied a little bit of the concealer to blemishes and red areas on my skin, it was at total odds to my own skin and you could immediately see that I was wearing concealer. Strangely though, it looked ok at a distance but the mismatch was blatantly obvious once I got the mirror up close.
Although it was not a good fit colour-wise, it was pretty easy to blend and gave a good coverage.
At Superdrug, this currently costs £3.91 (down from £3.99). This is where I got mine from. I can't find the product on the Boots website to check the price there, but I would imagine that it is a bit more expensive.
Would I Recommend This?
In terms of application, it was a really great concealer so I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't need a concealer for very pale skin. If however your skin is very pale like mine, this is likely to be a bit too orange for you too.