July 19, 2017

Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen Proving Orange Isn’t My Color

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I’m sure you already heard about the new Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen from Face Studio which is available in an array of color correcting shades including some unique ones like red and orange. Hell, by now everyone has come across at least on youTube video where someone is all Harry Potter wizard-like with a tube of red lipstick and a wave of a hand to correct dark circles. I haven’t personally tried to diffuse my dark circles with red lipstick but props to every guru who went there and made a video about it to tell the tale.

Anyway, red lipstick can now be reserved for your lips only because Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen is available in a red shade to help ease those pesky circles on deeper skin tones. It’s also available in the usual suspect color correcting shades like green for to tame redness, yellow to combat dullness, and purple to even out a swallow complexion.

As for me? I had to be different so I picked up the orange shade which or apricot which was created with light to medium skin tones in mind. It’s suppose to diffuse the appearance of dark circles so, of course I had to give it a whirl. Honestly though, I suffer more from tired, sunken in eyes than I do dark circles but occasionally I’ll wake up not only have to deal with puffiness and tired eyes but also a bit of darkness so, I set this aside for the days I did have those dreaded dark circles.

Here’s my experience Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen!

Don’t take my word for it because these little pens are getting some raving reviews BUT I will say I hated the one I picked up.

Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen are available in six shades total and each one comes housed in a click pen with an attached slated applicator for application that holds 0.05 oz of the corrector formula. I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $7.99 to $9.99 each depending where you purchase them.

Since I have plenty of the traditional shades of corrector such as pink, purple, yellow, etc…We probably all do considering they were quite the height of popularity last year. So, keeping this in mind I decided I wanted to try something different which led me to the purchase of the Apricot shade. Keep in mind I already have a good deal of apricot shaded correctors but most of those are a lighter shade. Maybelline’s is much more orange! I’d call it a burnt warm orange and not so much an apricot color. Now you might think I should have been a bit more daring and gone with the red shade. Others of you will say well red won’t work for your skin tone. I have seen a few youTube videos with medium fair skinned ladies and lads using red lipstick to conceal dark circles however, I wasn’t feeling as daring so, apricot ended up coming home with me.

Maybelline does say this is suitable for lighter and medium skin tones but I couldn’t get it to work for me. It’s a horror story. The color is too pigmented and I ended up looking like a Bratzis with it under my eyes. Needless to say, this is a corrector so applying concealer on top is a necessary evil but the problem here is the apricot is such a dark shade that it shows through my concealer. I ended up looking like I was punched in the eye.

The formula isn’t quite that friendly is. It’s rather thick and creamy but also, quite dry so I found it difficult to blend. I get why they made it so pigmented as it should be to correct really dark circles but I find it challenging to conceal on top of something that pigmented. This is so NOT for lighter skin tones. Perhaps it might work better on tanned or darker medium skin tones but on my medium fair skin it just wasn’t working. Burnt orange is obviously not a corrector shade created for me.

If they created this in a concealer with this much pigment I’d be pretty intrigued to give it a re-try. I didn’t love the drier texture but I do know it wore like a champ for several hours without creasing which is a plus. Sadly, the shade just didn’t work out for me which is one reason I can’t recommend it. But if you’re in need of a corrector the Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen might just be the way to go especially if the others shades are as pigmented as Apricot was for me.

Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen is available now at ulta.com, target.com, and amazon.com.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts on the formula!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Krizstyle

    I was going to purchase this but the tube looked like a light orange and I didn’t want to risk purchasing it when I have a few already from some K-Beauty brands. My shade is right above medium, I’m always choosing No.23 for a lot of BB/CC creams out there. I got red because my dark circles are soo deep that so far a lot of orange concealers don’t work for me, like that famous L.A. Girl orange concealer.

    BUT, the red works for me! I’m able to use it on my mom and she has a lot of dark pigmentation and age spots, so we tested it out on her. It works really well to neutralize it and so now I have a few backups already!

    I agree that it’s hard to blend out, so I just use a tiny bit of my beauty oil. Also, the red concealer almost matches the Becca backlight color corrector in papaya on my skin, which I LOVED but it felt really oily so I had to return it.

    • Isabella Muse

      I am so glad you replied with your thoughts on this! I was curious how it did on a darker skin tone than my own and you pretty much answered my questions about it. Sadly, it made look like I had a bruised eye but I imagine the shade will work well for deeper skin tones. I’m happy to hear the red worked out so well for you guys! I think I’d totally buy it again if they released a concealer version as the pigment is pretty intense. I couldn’t quite get the orange to work out for me but I’d be willing to try a fair medium concealer shade and see how that goes 😀 thanks for sharing Kriz!

  • kjh

    Did you ever try eve pearl? There are duos with fair-light, etc. I use lt-med and am ~nw 20 in summer, more 15-18 in winter. Not that I don’t have every concealer known to man except the UHEs. The EP had some, but not hella corrector, and may not need concealer over it. Most concealer/correctors are disappointing, even Mufe. At times I use 4-5 products, just on the circles!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yeah but I hated it. It was too emollient and it made my eyes look crazy tired looking 🙁 I think I reviewed it actually a while ago!

  • Traci

    I got the same color as you, the Apricot. I thought whoa that’s so orange vs peach & VERY pigmented so I had to really blend before putting my Maybelline Instant Rewind concealer over it which had no problem covering. I was also worried about looking like I had got punched in the eyes but it looked great. I’m dry like you with dark circles that I never can conceal so I’ll try it again for sure.

    • Isabella Muse

      Man you had better luck/success than me! I looked like an idiot with it. I had trouble concealing on top of it because it was morphing the shade of my concealer and made it look all orangey brown!

  • Lana

    I bought an orange and a pink one. I am pretty pale white with dark sunken in circles. I find that it works fairly well with pink being right under eye lushes and around the edges of the black circles. And blended together with orange. I used very little of the product. I then just used CC cream on top. I did find it a bit dry, so I put a bit of moisturizer on before the application. I bought this to try as they were the cheapest out there. I think the idea is great, but maybe its worth spending a bit more money and getting a thinner formula. In any case its way better with it than without it.

  • Subhu

    I have dark brown sports on ma face especialy on noes bcoz of pimples !! Can yu please suggest me which one wil suit me as i have medium skin tone

    Bit confused it would be great if yu help me