From the category archives:
I thought it would be fun this week to take a little trip down Memory Lane…
This week’s Bionic Asks… How old were you when you started wearing makeup? And when did you actually become more interested in makeup, skincare and the like?
I’ll kick things off-
I started wearing makeup in my Freshman year of high school. Back then it was mostly a bit of CoverGirl’s Clear Complexion powder (the kind that smelled like, and contained, Noxema ingredients) and CoverGirl’s concealer in a lipgloss-wand-type tube. I was prone to acne, so concealer dotted on top was a must for me. My eyes usually just had CoverGirl mascara on my lashes; and I would occasionally wear some brown Revlon eyeshadow, or Wet n’ Wild’s black eyeliner pencil. I didn’t do much experimenting back then. Can you tell I was a CoverGirl fangirl? My mom was, and still is, a Clinique fan. She would usually give me some of the stuff from her Clinique Bonus Time bags. That was always an exciting time of the year for me, but I still kept things minimal. My mom tried and tried to get me to wear more eye makeup. She succeeded for one of my Proms, but before the night was through, I ended up using Qtips to wipe most of it off; I just didn’t feel like me.
With the hundreds of brands of mineral makeup out there, it’s a royal pain to sort through the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Personally, I have tried over fifty brands (yep, you read that correctly… 50!).
I had just about given up because they either made my skin light on fire when I’d sweat a bit (that’s the icky bismuth cheapy filler that so many brands use); they’d look cakey; would settle in my pores; or they’d make my skin uber-dry and breakout massively. It was not a pretty picture.
This week’s Bionic Asks… What’s your favorite concealer? Do you use it to cover under your eyes, discoloration, or for something else? Or do you just choose to not use concealer?
Currently, I am testing Tarte’s Dark Circle Defense, but it’s a bit too creamy and tends to crease. It’s also very pink. In short my review of this concealer is not one that I’d spend any money on, but that’s just my two cents.
My long time favorites are:
I received the NOC Out Cover-Up Compact by RedPoint Cosmetics in my first BeautyFix package. I’m always up for trying a new concealer…
NOC Out Pros
- A yellow shade to correct red toned problems (Red Guard), a salmon colored concealer to cancel out dark spots or pigmentation issues (Redpoint calls this “Spot Cover”), and Eye Disguise which is a beige to cover under-eye circles and even out eye area.
- The cover up *really* works! This compact gets rave reviews from consumers and online & print beauty editors (myself included now!). No creasing, no caking, it stays put and does everything promised.
- Packaging is sleek and sturdy, with a nice sized mirror to actually make touchups easy to accomplish.
NOC Out Cons
- Only available in one set of shades (shown in my photo), so darker skinned or olive toned gals are not going to have much luck with this compact.
- Price. In this economy $38 is a bit pricey. Since I heart elf’s concealer bigtime, I’d rather spring for all their shades ($1 each at e.l.f. Cosmetics) and make my own “palette”.
The NOC Out Cover-Up Compact is available at Redpoint’s own website for $38.
Have you tried the NOC Out compact? What were your results?
FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.