The two-tone correcting bar is a colored concealer that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Even high-coverage foundation or regular concealers are often not effective at covering pigmented skin or blemishes as the color difference can be significant. Defined by makeup professionals, “color correcting” refers to correcting skin tone issues using colorful primers, concealers and powders. This method functions by applying opposite shades from the color wheel to cancel out discolorations like dark undereye circles, dullness, redness and blemishes.
Laneige has been around since 1994 and is still one of the biggest names in Korean cosmetics today. The South Korean brand was one of the first to introduce and hugely popularize the original BB cushion compact and the Two Tone Lip Bar. Naturally, my expectations for the Two Tone Correcting Bar were rather high given its many good reviews online, which are proof of Laneige’s past successes in their skincare and makeup ranges.
Inside the pearlescent packaging is a white triangular tube about the same size as a powder brush. A gentle tug will open the cap which reveals an also triangular-shaped correcting bar. The upper, perkier tip features a coral color, whereas the lower base is a more muted pink. Unlike Laneige’s signature lip bar, where the two different colors are meant for an ombré lip look, you can’t really use the Two-Tone Correcting Bar without blending it out. Overall, the minimalist and structural packaging is rather unusual, which makes unboxing this product a rather exciting experience.
The angled and triangular tip is designed to be used over areas of the face that are harder to reach, such as corners of the eyes, nose and lips. On Laneige’s website, they recommend applying the coral correcting bar after putting on base makeup like concealer. From my experience using cream-based concealers, they tend to not adhere to makeup as well because they crease easily. However, the texture of the correcting bar is actually very creamy and non-drying. It glides on skin fairly smoothly as it’s neither thick nor cakey, and has a silk-like adherence even on top of my foundation.
Based on its appearance, the pink base is intended for brightening purposes, while the coral tip is for covering undereye circles and other small areas of pigmentation. I was a little concerned that the paste would make me look ghostly since many Korean beauty products have a brightening or whitening effect that often creates an ashy cast that’s especially noticeable on warm-colored complexions. But after blending it out using my index and middle fingers (alternatively you can use a blending brush), it does significantly brighten the more pigmented areas under my eyes, and the results are surprisingly natural!
Left to Right: Base makeup, applied two layers, after blending.
Does it actually work? In my opinion, it does! Ever since I was little, I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes, and I’ve tried every concealer out there but nothing seems to be worth the extra hassle. Creamy concealers are the most effective but crease terribly, liquid types are hydrating but offer too little coverage, and stick concealers are often too dry and too thick. This is why I eventually gave up on using concealers completely and decided to rely on BB foundation with a high coverage. However, this correcting bar really impressed me in reducing the darkness around my eyes. Since my skin type is more on the dry side, this Two-Tone Correcting Bar sits remarkably well on my skin.
At first, I thought this product may not be as effective as it sounds, but I am happy to say my initial expectations were overthrown. A week into incorporating the correcting bar into my daily makeup routine, I have noticed quite a difference on the performance of my makeup throughout the day.
Although Laneige recommends using this product after putting on base makeup, I prefer to apply the correcting layer during the primer stage, then put my foundation on. As my foundation is a warmer shade, putting the corrector on afterwards actually creates a lighter patch, which disrupts the purpose of going for a natural look. Using the correcting bar in the primer stage helps set the base layer for better blending, and also allows the top layers of makeup to adhere better.
I use the correcting bar not only around the eye areas, but also on the sides of my forehead, nose and over scars. Immediately after I set the foundation and loose powder on my face, I can feel and see how this correcting bar helps to enhance the coverage of my foundation. After 12 hours of wear, small creases start to form at my undereye folds, but a quick blend using my fingers easily resolves this. I’ve seen no other creases besides those during my use.
Overall I am glad to have given this product a go! Advice to those who want to try it: The triangular tip may take some time to get used to. When first trying the correcting bar, applying it was rather awkward until I figured out that holding it at an angle was perhaps the best way to use it.
Based on other available reviews, the contouring bars (#01 Cacao and #02 Almond) seem to be more popular. I’m not really into contouring but I might try them out since the correcting bar was quite easy to use. The contouring option is also a great starting point for beginners.