Review: Jane Iredale Circle\Delete Concealer… Can it really ‘Delete’ panda eyes?

Does Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer sound like a convincing dark-circle-busting cosmetic name to you? Easy to understand and straight to the point, eh? So as my search for my holy grail mineral concealer continues, this is definitely one of those that stood out from my list. I actually bought three different concealers from Jane Iredale suitable for dark eye rings but let’s focus on the Circle Delete Under-eye Concealer first, shall we?

The Skincare Makeup
Jane Iredale promotes its cosmetic line to provide not just coverage but nourishment for the skin, too, as they don’t just contain mineral pigments but nutritive ingredients like vitamins and anti-oxidants found in usual skincare products. The idea reminds me of BB Creams without all the unnecessary junk– so that gets a big hurray for me!

Ingredients: Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tribehenin, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Bisabolol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Dual Shade for Optimum Blending
At first, I was afraid I won’t be able to get a perfect match for my skin tone as the product only comes in three variants. I chose #1 which is recommended for warm skin tones. It turned out to be a relatively good shade for me because I could mix and blend both shades to get the right color. On most days, the darker shade seems enough for me. However, there are still some days when I can’t get the perfect match as my dark circles vary in ‘darkness’ every once in a while. Bummer. 

Rated 3.9 in Makeup Alley
Jane Iredale’s Circle/Delete received quite a decent rating from Makeup Alley members. The negative feedback were mostly due to the concealer’s thick formula that some people found to be either too drying or too greasy. From experience, the thickness of the cream concealer can be managed with a good eye cream or serum as base. As for the greasiness, dusting a bit of powder helps.

Lasting Power & Creasing
I still experienced some creasing while using this concealer but definitely not as bad as with Joppa Minerals Concealer. Since it’s cream- based and provides some level moisture, I don’t mind applying a second layer of powder concealer or setting powder to improve the lasting power and minimize the creasing. But since I don’t don a full makeup look on a daily basis, I usually just use the concealer on its own. The concealer lasts just long enough to help me sit through an important meeting without making any of my colleagues feel the urge to pass me an ice pack–definitely not for whole day events.

Price and Availability
I purchased my Jane Iredale Circle/Delete concealer from a Singapore-based online ecobeauty store I Love My Life for SGD$54. It’s on the pricey side but unless you have the habit of snacking on your makeup (do you?), it should last long enough to justify the price. If you’re not based in Singapore, you can check out Jane Iredale’s official website to see a list of distributors and other online stores that carry JI products in your country.

Toss or Keep?
Although I would prefer having more shades to choose from, I’m quite contented with my Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer #1 — at least until I find my real HG concealer — as it matches my skin tone on most days & doesn’t dry my under-eye area. I also love the subtle finish that doesn’t scream “Concealer Alert!” Only real downside for me is it sometimes triggers my irritating eyelid eczema when I use it consecutively for several days.

Oh well, my search still continues…

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  • Miss L

    great review! I have never used any Jane Iredale products. It seems to do pretty good job with hiding dark under eye area – at least it looks good on your after photo.
    Miss L recently blogged..Review: Anatomicals Rose and Jasmine Body Cleanser

    • Vivi

      Thanks Ms L. It’s quite good but it doesn’t last long… so after about an hour, my dark circles are visible again. It also depends on how severe my dark circles are. On the above photo, my before photo is actually one of my best days, haha.

  • sesame

    I think I had this but I don’t know where it went. I’m currently using the mineral powder. It’s okay…wouldn’t say it’s that great. I need to get back to the Lolita customized ones soon.
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    • Vivi

      I’m using their compressed powder… not very impressed because it gives me pimples. I also wouldn’t say the concealer is great but it’s better than most I’ve tried recently. Oh yeah, I haven’t been to Lolita! I need to go there to find out once and for all what my skin tone is. Don’t know whether my skin tone is warm or cool. :S

  • Lynn

    GREAT POST!!I’ve been eyeing this product but really hesitated to purchase it since somehow I doubt it.Btw what did you use to apply it?brush as the pic shows there or finger?
    Lynn recently blogged..Adara Organic Coconut Virgin Oil in Unscented and Things About Oils That You Should Know

    • Vivi

      I don’t like the liquid one… I think the coverage of the liquid version is too light, does almost nothing to my dark circles. ‘Sometimes’ I apply brush. Most of the time, just my fingers :p

      I suggest you try some samples first if possible. It’s quite an “okay” concealer but I don’t think it’s for everyone. Some of the girls from makeup alley found the texture too thick which I can understand.

      • Lynn

        Hmm..I see.I think creamy texture is better for dark eye circles. Where can I get samples of this?:S I totally hate it when I bought products,then it just didn’t suit me best,such a waste :( And to keep using it,such a pain also:(
        However,samples are hard to find.Not every store give samples.

        Btw I want to do DIY of concealer,using just shea butter and mineral pigment.Maybe it’ll work 😀
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        • Liang Shing

          Dear Lynn

          You may want to try out Jane Iredale products and get professional advice from make up artist. There is a free 30mins consultation session offer:

  • xin

    i think it works quite well on you, but the texture looks really thick. currently i am using Ohh La Lift from benefit to just brighten up my dark circles, it doesn’t conceal but it helps to brighten so it is less visible
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    • Vivi

      The texture isn’t really that thick but it’s definitely not light. Body shop once carried this line of foundation with a mousse like texture and I loved it but they don’t have it anymore. The same foundation used to be my HG concealer.

      Your dark circles aren’t so bad so you only need brightening. Mine, must cover no matter what lol.

  • Audreiana

    Like you I am in search of a holy grail all natural concealer that I have yet to find. I was looking to try this one but I may not because judging from your photos it may not provide enough coverage for me and the color range is pretty limited too. I am of a darker skin tone with really dark circles to boot so I need something that is pigmented enough to brighten up/conceal my under eye area and one that has staying power. Have you tried Organic Glam’s concealer palette? I heard it works well but its about 50 bucks so I’d like to be kind of sure that it would work but you never know! Thanks for the review.
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    • Vivi

      I haven’t tried Organic Glam but I’m researchng on it now, haha. My search must continue no matter what. :p

      I also heard good reviews regarding Vapour’s illusionist concealer but haven’t gotten to try it since it’s not readily available here in Singapore.


      Saw the link to Organic Glam’s website through one of your recent posts. The 4-shade palette looks tempting!!!

  • sjoebidoea

    i love the “dissapear” concealer from Jane Iredale with green tea
    worth the try

    • Vivi

      I have that too! And I haven’t used it recently. Do you use it on your eyes?
      I remember applying it as an eye concealer and it stung my eyes. But I guess it should be suitable for skin imperfections.