After using The Balm’s Time Balm Concealer for about a month, I gotta say — this stuff is totally legit (too legit to quit, even!).
It’s already replaced Dior Sculpt as my Numero Uno concealer love, making it worthy of a celebratory head bang (insert flying hair, rocking head and sign of the beast [HERE]).
Oh, Time Balm, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
First, price, which at $18 is $13 less than a tube of Dior Sculpt. Sure, neither one is drugstore-level affordable, but $18 sounds a lot better than $31 (and that extra $13 could go toward a tube of something wonderful like MAC Nymphette… I’m just sayin’.)
Time Balm Concealer in Medium
Yet price isn’t even the main reason I heart this tamer of dark circles so much. Quality is. In just about every way, I give Time Balm the edge over Dior Sculpt.
Time Balm: The Deets
Available in six shades from light to medium-dark (find them at Sephora), this cream concealer comes in a wee pot with a screw-on top and an applicator sponge. SIDE NOTE: I actually ditched the sponge, finding it a little too small for me and difficult to use. I prefer to apply and buff it with a foundation brush.
One issue I often have with concealers is how many will settle into my fine lines and look obvious after a few hours of wear. I’ve struggled to find ones that appear to blend into my skin, as opposed to sitting directly on top of it.
Dior Sculpt fits that bill. It always did a great job of covering up my dark circles, but after a few hours of wear it starts to fade and find its way into my fine lines.
Time Balm, on the other hand, hates my fine lines and avoids them like the plague (a BIG PLUS for this 30-something girl!). Not only does the formula start out the day strong, covering up my circles, but I think it stays truer, longer, hardly fading at all throughout the day.
On me, the Dior lasts about eight hours before going kaput; I’d say Time Balm lasts up to 12. Oh, and if you’re prone to waterworks (like I am from time to time), Time Balm has stayed put through mountains of tears.
I DO wish the packaging looked cuter, but overall I think it’s a fantastic, seemingly natural, full-coverage concealer for dark circles. LOVE IT! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,