Thursday, March 7, 2013

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser (210 Fair)

I'm a big fan of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser -- it makes my Favorite Concealers list actually.

It's got a nice lightweight consistency, which makes it perfect for under the eyes, but it still provides just enough coverage to hide my dark circles.  (Most days, anyway.  When my circles are especially bad, I grab for the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer.)

That's why I was so excited to hear that Maybelline was adding a new product the Instant Age Rewind Eraser line -- the Dark Spot Eraser ($9.99).

If you have the original Dark Circle Eraser and are wondering what the difference is between it and the Dark Spot Eraser, it's pretty simple -- the Dark Circle formula contains goji berry and haloxyl that are supposed to help diminish darkness under the eyes, while the Dark Spot formula contains Vitamin C that can help lighten age spots and other hyper-pigmentation in the skin.

(That's why the Dark Spot Eraser doesn't have clear packaging that allows you to see the product in the container -- Vitamin C shouldn't be exposed to light if you want it to remain stable.)

Now, that said, the formulas look and feel pretty similiar on the skin and if you're just using them as concealers and not treatments, I think that you could probably use them interchangeably.

And in the regard, I can't really comment on the effectiveness of the Dark Spot Eraser as a brightening treatment -- I've only used it for a few weeks, and while I haven't noticed any of my dark spots diminishing all that much, I've found that it usually takes longer for even the most effective hyper-pigmentation treatments to work.

However, as a concealer, I can safely say I love it.

One of my biggest problems with facial concealers is that they're thick and tend to cake up, particularly around dry or flaky patches.  The Dark Spot Eraser has a thin, lightweight consistency that really blends into the skin so I don't get any cakiness.

I should point out that it's not a full coverage concealer -- if you have really dark spots or lots of acne, you're probably better off with a thicker formula -- but it covers my freckles, sun spots and redness pretty well. 

Here's a tip -- if you want a little more coverage, let the Dark Spot Eraser sit on your skin for about a minute before blending it in.  Since it's a thin, lightweight formula, you can also layer it if your spots are still showing.

I purchased it in 210 Fair and it's a nice pale shade that's pretty neutral.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser in 210 Fair
Like the Dark Circle Eraser, the Dark Spot Eraser has a sponge tip applicator.  If you're worried about bacteria collecting on it, Maybelline claims that the sponge is protected with an anti-microbial system and doesn't recommend trying to wash it.  I usually just use the sponge to dot on the concealer and then take a brush or finger to blend it in. 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser

If you're in the market for a nice, lightweight concealer that still provides decent coverage -- and Vitamin C to (possibly) fade your dark spots over time -- I definitely recommend the Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser. I've been using it exclusively for concealing spots on my face since I got it -- which is saying something since I have about 101 concealers.

Have you tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser?  Do you use a different concealer on your face than you do under your eyes?

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