June 7, 2010

Bonnie Bell My Style Concealer Review and Swatches

Gather around kids.

Let me tell you something. Don’t let ANYONE ever telling you that spending less on product is a good idea. In some cases you may get lucky when you go the budget route but in my experience it’s rare that you actually snag something worthy of it’s $4 buck price tag.

For example, Bonnie Bell My Style Concealer is a mere $3.49. Sounds to good too be true doesn’t it?


A cheap as chips concealer that comes in a squeezable tube with a brush applicator offering a light, natural finish in a cream to powder formula.

I went into this purchase thinking how cute a concealer this was and how great it would be if it worked. Price wise it won’t really set you back much at all as it’s under $4. It has an interesting design which has a brush applicator on one end and a tube which you squeeze to release the product into the brush.

The formula is a thin consistency that manages to be a tad creamy regardless. You can brush it under eyes, on blemishes, or anywhere else you need a bit of concealing.

Needless to say I knew going into this that it probably would be bad. Honestly, I’d never expect to buy a $4 concealer and expect it to perform miracles and this doesn’t disappoint because miracles it does not do or concealing for that matter. The formula is a tad too thin to hold much in the ways of pigmentation. I tried it under my eyes and it concealed little to nothing of what I had going on under my eyes such as dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. The concealer is creamy but a bit too thin to offer any coverage as it’s thinner consistency allows it to absorb into the skin on contact without offering any coverage.

The squeeze tube and friendly brush application is rather an interesting design but squeeze it too hard and you’ll end up with a mess so you have to press down VERY, very lightly to distribute a tiny bit of product.

Although it promises a cream to powder finish it remains far from matte once applied and will stay dewy to the touch with a slow dry down that isn’t powder-y in my opinion.

  • Anyone with very little to cover (this MAY work if you have a tiny spot you wish to conceal with a bit of powder on top!).
  • Anyone who likes a thinner less pigmented concealer.

  • Anyone in need of pigmented coverage to conceal major woes (fine lines, dark circles, pimples, acne scarring, etc…)
  • Anyone who doesn’t like messy packaging (this runs towards being pretty messy).

It didn’t take a degree to know this would turn out bad but for the sake of trying something new in the name of beauty budget I felt like I might as well indulge. Who knows? It could have turned into an incredible concealer…

But sadly it did not.

Honestly, I can’t think of a single person who would honestly need to buy this. Perhaps teens might like it and benefit from it uses but no one already used to posher cosmetics.

Skip it.

Really a waste of money.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • teresa

    thank you so much for reviewing this concealer because i would always go to walmart to find new beauty products to sneak themselves into my mom’s cart and concealer is always one of them. And muse, i have a question for you. Whenever i buy a new concealer it works ok at first, then once i figure it out it works great, but then, after 2 months, it does nothing. No matter what i do to make it work agian it just wont work. Do you kno what to do muse?

    • the Muse

      ha teresa I like the sneak part 😀

      Mmm how do you mean doesn’t work? Is it caking? creasing?

  • Jennifer

    That is too bad the concealer was horrible. We will have to agree to disagree. I think I get some bad drugstore items as much as I receive items that I spent quite a bit on that don’t meet my expectations. I think I expect more from them because of the cost. For instance, drugstore mascaras just cannot beat any high end mascaras these days for me. I thought YSL Faux Cils was my HG until I met Rimmel Sexy Curves. I thought MUFE Smokey Lashes was my HG until I met Rimmel Volume Maxxx prior to the above. I thought the matte Illamasqua blushes were my HG until I started buying the Palladio matte mosaics. I agree that some drugstore items are horrible, but I won’t ever forget some of those items I spent a small fortune on and could have cried after opening them. I love that everyone gets to chime in though and I will always respect everyones opinion. I still buy both expensive, moderate and drugstore (although BOGO for the drugstore these days as I don’t think they are so cheap anymore). Take care, Jennifer

  • sindy

    I read your review on the mystyle concealer and I agree that it is a bit watery at first. I have really oily skin so my eye shadow tends to crease after a few hours and i found that putting this on under all my other makeup helps to keep my eyeshadow from creasing. I have tried several pimers to help with my eyeshadow deal but this is the only thing that works for me. I wouldn’t recommend it for concealing but i would for oily skinned people with eyeshadow problems like me.

  • mindlyly

    I think this would be a great concealer. I am actually looking all over for the medium shade so I can use it under my eyes. I don’t like heavy concealers under the eyes and need something to blend into the edges of my foundation. I ran out of the other cheap stuff I was using and don’t feel like ordering more yet. I like that you included “who might like it” b/c even though it’s not that great it is exactly what some people are looking for.


  • DW

    I would like an applicator like that for Maybelline age rewind/eraser concealer. Their current packaging is problematic.