Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer HATES Dark Circles

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No joke, $31 DiorSkin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer is expensive, but daaaaym, it works miracles on my Frankensteiny dark circles.

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It’s a liquid concealer that’s been part of Dior’s product lineup for a while now and comes in three shades (see colors below; Ivory 001, Beige 002 and Honey 003), each one packaged in a convenient easy-to-carry tube with a doe-foot applicator.

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Texture-wise, Dior Sculpt feels slightly thicker and less runny than other liquid concealers I’ve tried — airy, like it’s been whipped.

Not only does it cover my dark circles and skin imperfections, but Dior claims it also minimizes fine lines via something they call “new generation powders.” They also say it improves skin tone with “A-Resist complex.” Hmm…

So what’s up with all the fancy talk?

I’ve been using it in Honey for about a week so far and haven’t really seen any difference in lift and tone, but as far as dark circles are concerned, Sculpt does appear to do two things way better than other concealers I’ve tried.

Applies easily and doesn’t settle into fine lines

After a few hours of wear, concealers usually settle into the fine lines beneath my eyes, but Sculpt doesn’t. It looks natural, like I’m not wearing any product at all, and stays that way all day long.

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And it builds and blends like a breeze. Using the wand, I dot concealer directly beneath my eyes and blend with my fingers or a foundation brush. Badabing, badabang! Liberation from dark circles in less than a minute.

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Sculpt proved her worthiness to me last week on my trip to Vegas. I didn’t get much sleep, so my dark circles were in full effect.

In the mornings at 7, I’d cover them up with Sculpt; 12 hours later those suckers were still covered, with nary a lick of product settling into my fine lines.

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Dior Sculpt going strong after 14 hours!

At night, all I’d have to do to freshen up my look was dot a teensy bit directly beneath my eyes and blend. No creasing, caking, nada.

May-jah drawback?

I would seriously consider inducting Sculpt into the holy grail hall of makeup fame if it came in more colors and wasn’t so expensive.

Dior’s an expensive line … so the $31 price tag is typical of the brand. That doesn’t make it right, though, and I wish it were cheaper.

On the upside — I can use it sparingly because a little goes a long way.

If you’re curious about Sculpt but can’t abide by the price, you can save about $6 using code FF2009 for 20% via Sephora through Nov. 2.

DiorSkin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer might be worth the price to you if…

  • You’re always dealing with concealer settling into your fine lines
  • You have serious dark circles and need something with all-day coverage
  • You like moisturizing concealers
  • You want something easy to build and blend
  • you want a very natural look

My dark circles and I really love Sculpt. If only it weren’t so darn expensive (get it together, Dior!). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Rae says:

    Man, $31 for a concealer?! That’s insane! It does sound wonderful though… perhaps I’ll have to note down that it’s awesome and check it out when I have to start worrying about fine lines.

    Y’know. Ten years from now. Never to early to plan ahead, right? :D
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Aren’t you just a doll — more avant-garde makeup =-.

  2. Justina says:

    hey karen!

    that concealer looks pretty amazing. just checking, is your shade honey?

  3. Rebecca says:

    Sounds awesome (except for the price D:)… but I’m kind of worried about the shades. I have really light skin, and typically for skin products that don’t come in a lot of shades, the lightest ends up being too dark for me. I suppose I’ll head down to Sephora to test it out before I buy it.
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… My New Makeup Best Friends, from M.A.C. DSquared =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Sounds like a plan. :) I always like to touch/smell and see how a product performs before I buy it. Nothing really beats the in-store experience, ya know?

      How was your day? Did you have a good Tuesday?

  4. amy says:

    I like using my MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer because it covers imperfections so well, but it does settle into my fine lines under my eye area. I will be interested in trying this out a the counter. Would you be able to post a picture of you wearing this concealer?
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD MAC Lotusland, Hepcat, Cooperplate and The Balm Shady Lady Risquee Renee Eyeshadows =-.

  5. wow, i have serious problems with dark eye circles!! this is something to check out
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… ~ Guess Your Age with Chocolate ~ =-.

  6. Liz says:

    How weird! Just yesterday I was browsing the net, looking for a new concealer for horrible under-eye circles and had little to no luck. This sounds perfect & like everything I was yearning for in my search that were seemingly impossible to find. I definitely will give this a shot!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz,

      I hope it works out for you! It’s a great concealer — I read the reviews on both Makeup Alley and the Sephora website and a lot of people like it. :)

  7. Megan **** says:

    Thanks Karen! I am so excited & eager to try this new concealer. For the most part, I am completely faithful to MAC when it comes to makeup products, however my dark circles I always have under my eyes (Regardless the amount of sleep I get/or don’t get at night) are just too powerful for MACs concealers. I am going to have to try this one from Dior, but my question is: Do you think Honey will be alright for my skin tone? I am about the same shade as you, maybe a little darker. My concealer shade from MAC is NC30, so I don’t wanna waste thirty bucks for nothing. I’m assuming my best bet is to go into my local Sephora & let them give me my answer, right? I hope it works! I have had this problem with undereye circles for as long as I can remember. Ugh, but I am optimistic & have high hopes for this Dior to work it’s magic! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Megan,

      I’m guessing Honey will work for you. Just in case, keep your receipt — Sephora is really great about returns, which is one of the reasons why I love shopping there.

      Have you tried Laura Mercier’s concealer (the one in the pot)? It’s pretty good for real deal dark circles too!

  8. Megan **** says:

    NW30 * Not NC. Lol, sorry about that!

  9. Synaesthesia says:

    I will definitely go and look for this concealer.. although is expensive but never try never know… hahaha…

  10. Karen4 says:

    Hey there Karen! Sounds like a magic concealer, although the price is crazy! Always on the hunt for one that doesn’t settle into creases,I just recently found my new fave–Nars concealer. Shaped like a lipstick, you just slick it on and blend. Banishes dark circles, doesn’t settle into lines and creases, and consistency feels like you have nothing on, and it’s $22. My second fave is Benefit Erase Paste at $26. It’s thick, but works magic when you need to bring out the heavy duty guns. Works best if you put in on immediately after putting on eye cream. Once blended, it doesn’t look cakey, nor does it settle into lines. Just thought you might like some other options for less money

  11. Glosslizard says:

    Whoa, I’m sold! :D

  12. Kelly says:

    This was meant to be! I am STILL on the hunt for a concealer that doesn’t settle into my fine lines, that’s my #1 issue with concealers. I am going to try this, despite the high cost. If it works for me, then it was worth it!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Zoya Ultra Glitter Nail Lacquer Swatches & Review =-.

  13. gio says:

    This sounds amazing. I have very bad and horrible dark circles and am always looking for a way to make them disappear. I hope I can find a shade that is light enough for me, I’m so pale they are all usually darker. The price is insane though!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Smokey Purple + award =-.

  14. Heather T. says:

    So is this your favorite concealer? I am trying to decide b/n various concealers at the FF Sephora Sale (Kat Von D, Amazing Concealer, YSL Touche Etclat, and I remember you mentioned an eyecream by origins?).

  15. Catherine says:

    Hm… I think I will stick with my MAC Select MoistureCover for now, but for future years, I will definitely keep this on my radar!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Short Update & Sephora F&F =-.

  16. Rebecca says:

    Karen – I totally agree! Almost all the makeup I buy online are products I already tested at Sephora. I’m pretty picky about makeup, so I always want to test the feel, color-match, smell, and a million other things… I’m no easy customer!
    My Tuesday was pretty good thank you :) We had the first nice day in ages… I think I had forgotten what the sun looks like!
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… So excited for this upcoming collection! =-.

  17. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! It looks like your’ve found a friend. I used concealer one a few times to test some products but thanks God that my eye area doesn’t need it yet. My eye cream is doing a really good job keeping my skin around the eyes, bright and with a healthy look.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… The New Make Up Forever Look – Fall 2009 – Products details, Photos & Prices =-.

  18. happybadfish says:

    I have this product. I wear it over my foundation. I use it to cover 2 birthmarks I have on my face that are red and also to cover my under eye darkness.

    I like the product, it is over priced though.

    I worry about how I am going to get my full value out of this silly tube though. Not the best design for the price. If it was in a squeezable tube, it would be much more worth the price.

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