Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer ($7.99) is a new chubby concealer stick or crayon that released with the Maybelline Spring 2017 Collection. Concealer junkie that I am I quickly snatched up two shades and decided to test it out for myself. This is a cream concealer that apparently contains light-reflecting pearls to brighten up the area around your eyes. Yeah, that made me cringe. I hate concealers with shimmer or sparkle as I feel like they are putting a spotlight on my finer lines and drier skin. But, I decided to try this anyway.
And here’s what I thought!
Remember a few years ago when drugstore brands were going releasing chubby concealer sticks left and right? Covergirl Tru Blend Fixstick Concealer, L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer, and there more recent E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Lightweight Concealer Stick. Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer feels like it comes a few years too late.
This comes housed in a 0.11 oz swivel up barrel with a dome shaped tip for application. I think the dome shape is a lot easier to use compared to the crayon top that Covergirl and L’Oreal’s formula had. This shape fits a lot more easier in the wells under my eyes which makes for easy application.
The concealer has a light, creamy consistency that blended fairly easily but something feels off about it. The good news would be it doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter and I didn’t notice any light-reflecting pearls but I did find both shades I tried a bit too yellow for my taste but I imagine this is where the “brightening” comes into play.
As I said above this blended nicely but something was off about it. It felt plastic-y and rather odd! Kind of like a concealer you’d get in one of those massive makeup palettes. Although it felt creamy and the blend was nicely and smooth I thought it looked rather patchy and almost instantly creeped into my finer lines. The color is very sheer as well. The wear time was short at around three hours before fading completely away.
Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer seems like it is five years too late. I know Maybelline can do better with their concealer range but continues to churn out very mediocre concealer formulas that are either off in color, dry in formula, too sheer, or just plain horrible. Bring back Dream Mousse Concealer and call it a day.