March 1, 2011

Josie Maran Argan Full Coverage Concealer Pen with Setting Powder Review, Swatches, Photos

I told you about the new Josie Maran Argan Full Coverage Concealer Pen a few weeks ago. It recently launched on QVC and I was first in line to purchase one. The concept of a concealer pen with a brush applicator and setting powder seemed a great idea for travel and really, I’m just a concealer junkie by nature so I wanted to try my hand at this one regardless.

It has ALOT of quirks but overall I really liked it.

Here’s my thoughts!

A concealer pen with setting powder housed in a convenient design.

This isn’t your typical concealer pen as there isn’t any click to it. The pen is designed with the concealer on one side in the bottom barrel of the pen, a concealer brush lays in the upper barrel, and in the middle you’ll find a smudge applicator loaded with transparent powder for setting the concealer and brightening your eye.

Now I actually love the concealer and the brush. You simply dip the brush into the concealer and it easily “paints” onto your eye. I pat it into place and follow up with the smudge brush to set. The results are pretty great. I think it conceals my tired eyes well and makes them brighter, fresher, and more awake. I don’t think it’s pigmented enough to tackle hardcore darkness however fine lines, minimal darkness, and puffiness it will easily work on.

The problem is…

Well, the problems are….

Yes, there are several.

One would be the size and $32 price tag. You’re looking at a mere .05 oz worth of concealer and .032oz of powder for $32 ouchie! Very, very pricey.

Secondly, the concealer is pretty dense so it’s difficult to load your brush up with it being in such a tiny barrel. The brush ends up splitting each time you tuck into the barrel to grab some concealer plus if you end up picking up too much there isn’t any place to skim off the excess.

I like the idea of the setting powder and I find it works nicely however it tugs during application as the sponge isn’t too forgiving with the delicate skin under my eyes. I personally prefer a brush to apply setting powder and as much as I love the idea of having my concealer and powder in one place the actual application process is a bit of a pain.

  • Anyone looking for a concealer and setting powder that travels easily in a small design.
  • Those looking for a hydrating concealer that wears long and conceal minor issues such as fine lines, puffiness, and minimal darkness.

  • Those seeking a super pigmented concealer to hide real problem areas.
  • Those wanting ALOT for less (at $32 for such a tiny amount of concealer, well, this one doesn’t come cheap).

I actually loved this even though it’s pretty pricey and the actual design is crummy. I probably wouldn’t recommend it as I think alot of people would be disappointed upon trying it not only because of the price but also because the design is actually bothersome and irritating to use but I honestly liked the results as it the shade I selected matched me perfectly and gave my eyes a nice flawless appearance. Would I buy it again is a question I keep asking myself and I think I honestly would. If price isn’t a major issue for you, you might want to try this out.

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  • sara

    Have you tried her new argon blend concealer ? I luv it! It’s just what my dry skin needs:) Plus you get .32 ounces of product for 28 bucks! Thanks for the review.

    • the Muse

      sara it’s on my list girl ;-D lemming is strong! I’ll def be picking up! and totally a nice size/price ;-D!!!!!!!!! my pleasure! I liked this but the price and quirks def prevented a rec/approval from me :-/ sad sigh! but I def can’t wait to try the duo concealer ;D!

  • Jessica

    I’m with Sara on the Argan blend concealer. I so wanted to love this pen, but the price really put me off! (And I’m not cheap at all)