September 11, 2012

Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20 Review & Swatches

Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer ($20) is the first cream concealer from the brand. This is launched in an eight shade selection and not only has a perfectly creamy texture but also boasts a wonderful SPF 20.

It’s such a rarity that eye creams and concealers contain SPF so this is a nice, refreshing change.

Let’s take a look!

Interestingly enough the SPF in the formulas hasn’t morphed the formula. It’s not oily or greasy nor does it slide around the eye cream which was what I was expected due to the sun protection.

It is however, a thick, creamy concealer with a nicely hydrating finish. It does run on the thicker side so I do suggest application with a concealer brush so you can slowly build color up without over doing it thus resulting in creasing. I find too much application of any concealer with fingers or a brush will result in creasing into fine lines so do work with a brush for a lighter more airbrushed appearance.

This will easily hide dark circles, puffiness, finer lines, and other under eye issues. If you’re like me and suffer from tired looking eyes this will create a brighter more awake appearance. It’s one reason I really love it.

I find it’s very lightweight when applied correctly and melds beautifully with skin creating an airbrushed appearance. It does take a little practice to get it looking this fresh as the thicker, creamier texture is a little intimidating at first but I will say it is thinner than Bobbi Brown Concealer. I love Bobbi’s version but I think Bare Minerals improves on that formula with an easier to apply formulation.

It supposedly contains lemon peel extract that works to visibly brighten skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolorations over time. I’ve only been using it a month or so and can’t speak for any visibly brightening of darkness. I will say it does give my eyes a very fresh and brighter look when it is on.

Light 1, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Tan


Medium 2

Medium 1

Light 1

I didn’t have issues with fading. This wore straight for eight hours with proper prepping and priming. I also didn’t have problems with it creasing into my finer lines. Again, you do have to practice with it a little bit to get the best technique and amount down to avoid any creasing issues.

Overall, I really liked it. If you like thicker concealers on par with Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, this is a cheaper alternative with a good quality formula that contains medium to full coverage color pay off to conceal smaller or larger issues under eyes or on face. I liked it a lot. I do caution you though about application as it does have a slight learning curve and could prove a little disappointing your first try with it if you’re a bit heavy handed.

An excellently formulated concealer from a company who’s spent far to long with powder!


Muse Approved.

I think my reader’s with more mature eyes will like this one as much as I did. It’s not there yet but I can see it joining the ranks of HG (holy grail) concealers.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts on it.

Available now at all Bare Escentuals Boutiques as well as favorite retails like Sephora or online at

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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  • Tots

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been eyeing this concealer for a while now, and this review just sealed it!!

  • Crystal

    Hi Muse! I’ve been waiting for your review on this and it’s definitely got me hooked. Would you suggest this for use on covering up acne discoloration/ scarring?

    • the Muse

      crystal I don’t really use concealer on my face but for face I def recommend sticks…this might be a little too tacky/thick for concealing face issues.

  • OrangeLipstickBlog

    Love it! I feel like I need this! I’m so terrible about applying too much concealer, though, so I do worry about it getting cakey.

  • Shellypea

    Love love love this concealer – I only use it under my eyes because I always worry about cream concealers breaking me out. This stuff is great and I completely agree with you, Muse, on the long wear, light weight, and consistency – and I too find it works best to apply with a concealer brush. Bravo Leslie!

    • the Muse

      shelly AGREED! It really is fabulous stuff ;-D been using it for a bit now and it’s starting to take over my beloved it cosmetics concealer!

    • the Muse

      my hg concealers change often angie but right now it cosmetics is my hg 😀 love that concealer!

  • Karen M

    I went out & bought this on my lunch hour today after reading the reviews. I ended up with 2 shades – I for my face to cover a few sunspots & one for under my eyes (like a slightler lighter color there). I must say it covered the sunspot quite well. The under eye one I am going to have to see when I apply my make up tomorrow morning. But with my limited use, so far I like they way it feels on my skin & the coverage is good.

  • MadameDesu

    Hi Muse 🙂

    I’ve been watching your blog for a while now and it’s got me completely hooked on all things makeup! 😀

    I was wondering if you could share what kind of prep you do to prevent creasing into fine lines. I’m not even 20 yet and I have fine lines under my eyes that seem to spend all days collecting creamy concealers.
    Nothing I’ve tried so far has worked except using drier formulas, but those always make my eyes look dried up and gross, so I can’t use those either.
    I’m lost! Help me, Muse!