This $10 Under-Eye Concealer Smells Fishy But Works Great

No wonder it has such a cult-following.
Publish date:
August 22, 2014
concealers, eye creams, Korean makeup, dark circles, concealer cream, Korea beauty, Skinfood

Not too long ago, Charlotte dished on the Korean skincare brand Skinfood, which has been a longtime favorite of mine since I moved to Korea way back in 2008 (I've since returned to the States). I can't even tell you how happy I am to hear that this brand is making itself known in North America, because ya'll have been missing out!

The first time I wandered into a Skinfood store I was overwhelmed--in a good way--by everything. Black sugar facial scrub? Beer shampoo? Broccoli skin brightener? Rice face wash? The glory of it all!

The bad part, for my wallet at least, was that Skinfood stores were located in many of the subway stations and I'd pop in and mosey around every time I needed to go somewhere. Let's just say that Skinfood was to blame for my excessive spending and tardiness in my days of living in Korea.

Anyway, I was a big fan of Skinfood then and I am a big fan of Skinfood today. I typically include a few of their products in my bulk hauls from Korean and Asian beauty websites and am usually delighted with my purchases.

One recent-ish product that I purchased has an impressive cult following: Skinfood's Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream.

This $10 product, available in multiple shades, comes highly recommended by those who know the Asian beauty circuit very well. That makes it an easy purchase decision for anyone who wants to dabble in the realm of Korean cosmetics--or anyone who's simply looking for a good product.

The Salmon Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy solid housed in a petite jar. It's very pigmented and looks more pink in the jar than it does on your skin. Also, a little goes a very long way.

For those wondering, yes, it does have an ever-so-slight fishy smell. After all, it contains salmon egg extract and salmon oil. That said, it's not a repulsive scent (I've grown to like it); it smells more makeup-y than anything.

You can apply with a sponge, brush, or clean finger. I prefer to use a brush, which I lightly dab into the jar and then apply under my eyes and slightly up toward the center of my nose where it's a little shadowy and gray. From there I blend the product out with my fingers, which is very easy to do since the consistency is so creamy and melts right into the skin.

I don't have extremely dark circles, but I often have a very tired-looking face when I first wake up. I've found that this product makes me look instantly perkier and more alive, even if I haven't had my morning cuppa yet. (If you're looking for super dramatic before and afters using this product, just enter your query into Google and your wish is the Internet's command.)

As you can see, it really does do a fantastic job of covering gray and purplish areas without looking cake-y. On that same note, I'm happy to report that it doesn't settle into your under-eye creases much, though, as with any concealing product, you do want to set it with a powder.

Oh, and one of my favorite things about this fishy concealer is that it has a luminizing quality to it without resorting to lots of shimmer or gleam. That makes it ideal for both day and nighttime wear.

So tell me, how do you battle your under-eye beasts? And do you often come out victorious, or are you still searching for that HG product?