Seeing as how I'm still hopelessly makeup addicted but am on a no-buy and am working towards other financial goals, I have decided to start acting as a personal shopper for all of your beauty needs.
This one is for Michelle, who wanted to know what sort of undereye concealer she should go for.
First, I have to admit that since I was screwed in the rosacea department, I was somewhat blessed in the undereye area. At least as far as dark circles go. Not so much re: fine lines. So I don't have a TON of firsthand knowledge on this one. However, I watch a ton of YouTube videos so I am well aware of what is all the rage in the concealer department.
What I'm currently using:
If I use anything, I go for Bare Minerals Well Rested ($18). I always THINK I don't have any darkness, then I put this on and POOF! It looks like I actually slept the past 3 years. However, it's crazy messy and might not be enough if you have darker areas to correct than I do. You can also use it to set a more heavy duty concealer.
TONS of people raved about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind when it hit the market, and it's showing up left and right in people's favorites from 2012. At $7, this is a great budget friendly option. I own this but haven't tried it out yet.
Not so cheap:
Lots of people enjoy benefit's erase paste ($26). I believe @mavsmom recommended this as well, stealing my thunder. However, if you are interested in trying stuff out, I would recommend spending $30 and getting the Confessions of a Concealaholic set instead. This allows you to try out 6 products at the same time, and it has cute brushes. I personally love the lemon aid in that set - it completely takes out any eyelid discoloration. And popping the eye bright in the corners of your eyes makes them look wide awake and pretty. I adore these little sets from benefit, I buy every single one that comes out (or 2012 Laura did, anyway). I should really dig this out and start using it again.
Another good option is to go with Make Up For Ever's 5 camouflage cream palette, which is expensive ($38) but will take care of all of your concealing and color correcting needs. I personally never got into the green and purple color correctors (I look like a zombie every time I try), but people seem to love it.
Money is not an object:
YSL's touche eclat is a cult favorite for those with a lot more disposable income than I'll ever have. At $40, it's not a ton more expensive than the Make Up For Ever palette, but I feel like you are getting much more bang for your buck with the palette since it's really 5 concealers in one. Many people swear by the eye brightening capabilities of the YSL though, so it could be worth it if you can swing it.
Please comment below and let me know what type of product you are looking for, and I will research it and provide options at a number of price points. Seriously, this is fun for me. I will be sad if no one else makes any requests!