theBalm calls this a full coverage concealer for dark circles and spots, and says: “Use this uniquely smooth anti-wrinkle concealer all day to cover dark circles and imperfections while protecting your delicate skin from environmental stresses. timeBalm is packed with beneficial ingredients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Soybean Oil, Panthenol, Linoleic Acid and Phospholipids to help you look absolutely stunning around the clock.”
I’m always in search of a good concealer that will help cover my redness without irritating my skin, so I couldn’t resist picking one of these up and trying it out for myself…
I chose the color Light, which is the second lightest color in the range. (Lighter Than Light–while a great name!–appeared just a bit too pale for me and I wanted something with a bit more yellow in it.) The product is a cream, and it comes in a small, clear plastic screw-top pot. There is a tiny little sponge included with it on top of the product (its so little; they’re really killing me with the cuteness here!). It isn’t something I would use daily, but it is a great little extra for on-the-go type touch-ups if you just want to throw this in a bag while traveling or something.
The product itself is rather thick; it is very creamy and pigmented. A little bit went a long way on my skin and it blended out nicely. While its not the most friendly cream I’ve ever worked with, neither is it too hard or pasty to achieve a natural look with. I do think, however, that this is a bit too heavy for under-eye use. It settled into my fine lines too much and required too heavy of a pressure to blend out smoothly. (Not something you want to do repeatedly to such delicate skin.) I also wouldn’t want to spread it all across my cheek to cover my rosacea, as I worry that may wind up making me look a bit too flat.
I found this color matched my skin pretty much spot on, having just the right amount of yellow in it to cover the things I wanted to cover, and it didn’t irritate my skin when I tried it. For those reasons, I was determined to find a use for it! Lo and behold, I was glad to have it on hand a few days later when that special time of the month approached and a demon emerged from my chin. That seems to be what this concealer was born to do; it did a fantastic job of canceling out the blemish. It toned it down and was emollient enough that it didn’t wind up drying around the edges of Demon Pimple, giving it that crusty look so many other concealers I have tried did by mid-day.
Dark circles? No so much. Spots? Yes, definitely!
Thickness aside, I was pretty happy with this formula. The one thing that I really disliked about this product, however, was the difficulty I had getting it out of the pot. Its little, compact and cute but… Well, it’s little! With my nails, it was pretty much impossible to use a finger without gouging out a ton of product, and due to its heavier consistency, it wasn’t exactly easy to get out with a brush alone. (I found I either picked up too little product or had to really smoosh my bristles in there and gooped up the brush too much as well.)
I finally settled for a small spatula and palette, which is something I always have handy; but that might not be the case for everyone, so be warned that the teeny little pot takes some maneuvering to master!