January 9, 2013

Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm Review & Swatches

Shut the front door, I actually like Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm!

How can this be possible. Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm is actually a lipstick style concealer. I mean come on, this brings you way back to your grandmother’s makeup right? I’ve always, always belittled the old lipstick concealer because fact people, it’s concealer in a lipstick tube…plus chalk it up as being hecka dry and you got yourself a recipe for disaster.

I think the last time I used concealer like this I was a freshman in high school. That was probably the day I figured out what dry concealer was all about.

Don’t write it off though. It’s actually good.

They named it well, Concealer “balm”. This has a balm-y like texture with an easy glide under eyes that provides sheer to medium coverage to diffuse and conceal the look of dark circles, puffiness, finer lines, and all that other woe that might be going on under your eyes. It sets to a smooth silky finish that doesn’t creep into finer lines.

It’s change my mind about lipstick style concealers.

The formula isn’t terribly moisturizing but it isn’t dry either. It has a smooth, buttery, even glide under my eyes and covers most of my issues without a hiccup. I got it in light, just a warning though, that shade is way dark. I believe they launched in a total of six shades but those are smaller displays so at some point when this reaches the general catalog perhaps more shades will become available.

It isn’t the best concealer I ever used mind you but it is a surprising concealer that I can see myself reaching for on more than one occasion to quickly conceal under my eyes. It’s easy to use (swivel it up, swipe it on, blend, GO), it travels very well, and the coverage is fairly good. I think when I don’t want to deal with too much nonsense I’ll easily reach for this for quick concealer application and go. Wear time seems to vary for me but I got at least five hours without a touch up so that isn’t too bad a deal.

I wouldn’t race out and buy it right away but if you happen to find it on sale I’d pick it up. Fairly good coverage, nice formula that conceals minor issues, and a quick and easy way to apply with a quick swipe.

Not too shabby.

I like!

Not life changing but not too bad at all!

I purchased this item.

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  • Tammy

    I bought this a few days ago and really like it, but I liked the old formula too. =)

    Note: Medium in the old range has a pink undertone while medium in this one has a yellow undertone. Odd…

    • the Muse

      i actually never tried the old formula…I didn’t even know they had it lol! oops ;-D mine seemed very beige!

  • Sydni

    I always like lipstick style concealers for covering red spots & acne, but I would generally never use them under the eyes, but this one looks so smooth! I might give it a try!

    • Sydni

      @sydni, that was crazy, I was reading the comments and thought to myself I didn’t reply to this blog yet! Haha very unusual to find this spelling! Cool though! And Muse I’m guessing you haven’t tried the Revlon photo ready concealer? It is in the lipstick tube but works great!

  • Celine

    I may want to try this out as well. To blend under the eye, would I use a brush or just my fingers?

  • amy

    My two favorite concealers, ever (one by L’Oreal & the other Max Factor Erace) both came in this sort of packaging, so I don’t really mind it. However, I’ve just never been a fan of CG; they just always just seemed so dry & cakey.


    I have a few backups of the other covergirl lipstick concealer, and LOVE IT!
    It’s one of the few drugstore products that actually gets light enough.
    I’m very interested in this concealer/balm.

  • Rebecca

    The first ingredient is squalane, and that’s always a good sign. It’s good for your skin. Drugstores have stepped up their game for mature skin, but I’ve found they work great for anyone in most cases.

  • Miss D

    Gotta love how you start your posts…if you shut the front door, I’ll shut the back one, Muse! 😛

  • AME

    I may have to give this one a go. Though evidently in a lighter shade than LIGHT!

    • ame

      Ok I picked it up last night…. I have only used it under my eyes and without concealer my entire life Ive looked like I got the crap beaten out of me (which I have NOT), if that helps indicate the color of those things.

      This would be decent for when I don’t care what I look like and just want a little help in case I run into someone and don’t want people asking “if I need them to call someone for help” and Im just leaving to go to like Walgreens or CVS and coming right home. Coverage is just ok, but the consistency isn’t great, it doesn’t layer well, and kind of rubs off a little. It clings to every flake and crease on me like the OCC stuff did. I have had it on now for an hour and I already needed a touchup.

      I bought Fair which for me was a good color. Thanks to your swatch of LIGHT I knew that Light would not be a winner!

      • the Muse

        Aw sorry to hear it wasn’t fab for you ame! My pleasure glad the swatched helped a little ;-D

  • Felicia

    I bought this concealer 3 weeks ago and actually quite like it. I have normal to dry skin and it works pretty well on my blemishes and dark circles (I don’t have extreme dark circles). It’s not drying at all. Thanks Muse for the review!