Almay Age Essentials Concealer ($11.29) is a new, permanent stick concealer that launched with the Almay Age Essentials Collection recently at drugstores. Age Essentials Concealer is available in four shade selections and promises to conceal age spots and under eye circles plus it contains an SPF 20 which is a rarity in concealer formulas.
I’ve used so many stick concealers in my life but for some reason this brings me back to the old school lipstick concealers. I also typically associate these with a dry formula for some reason. I know, totally judging a book by its cover but I think stick concealer I think dry! Is that bad of me?
So, I wouldn’t completely toss Almay Age Essentials Concealer out the window but I also wouldn’t say it’s a keeper formula for drier eyes. The texture is a little too satiny for drier eyes but might work well for oily skin.
This comes in a chunky little purple barrel (love the purple!) that has a swivel up design. The concealer swivels completely down so no worries about that! The concealer has a slanted tip which makes for easy applicator as it fits perfectly under the contour of your eyes. The texture is lightly creamy but it does drag a bit during application and seems to set before I have a chance to blend it out. It’s a satin finish which isn’t a terrible problem for me however, it actually applies and sets to a satin finish quickly. It’s one thing to have a satin finish but quite another but to satiny right out of the gate. This satiny consistency means it drags a good deal and proves difficult to blend out. I just feel like it sets right out of the tube without giving me a chance to blend it out. I had no issues with it caking thankfully nor did it crease but it looked terribly drying under my eyes and accentuated my finer lines.
It’s weird because it’s formulated for aging eyes yet it fits none of the criteria or an aging eye formula nor does it have some of the benefits one would expect from a concealer for aging eyes such as creaminess and hydration.
The pigmentation starts out well enough but blends out a bit more sheerer so I wouldn’t say this is going to cover major issues if you have them. I selected the Light shade for myself but it was too pale. A friend of mine has the Light/Medium and it was too golden beige for me so, I couldn’t quite find a good match.
I sadly went into this purchase knowing I’d likely be disappointed but I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. In this case, I hate being right.
Almay Age Essentials Concealer might prove a good pick for oily skin but for drier, aging eyes I would skip it!