I am usually turned off by the kind of product that claims that when you use it wrinkles will "magically disappear," but something drew me to Redpoint Age Management Essentials ($29.95). My cosmetics angel must have been watching over me because this cover-up kit from Redpoint does everything its says it will do on the box.

The three products in Age Management Essentials (which can also be bought individually) are primarily designed to camouflage wrinkles. They also contain a smidge of anti-aging ingredients. The Age Minimizer Line Filler really does live up to the "magical" accolades. The most miniscule amount can be dabbed above the upper lip and fine lines disappear before your eyes. This product even contains a touch of the antioxidant Matrixyl 3000. Apart from the preservatives chlorphensin and phenoxyethanol (both recently the subjects of an FDA warning), there isn't anything to dislike.

My second favorite of the three is NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact. This is based on the highly practical assumption that not all blemishes are equal. There are three different cover-ups within the compact: Red Guard for neutralizing thread veins, rosacea or an angry flush; Spot Cover deals with your average zit, freckles and age spots; Eye Disguise conceals dark circles. There are a handful of vitamins in each, plus mushroom extract and licorice.

NOC-Out works so well that it will put my usual concealers, Touche Eclat and Du-Wop, out of commission.

The Age Mininimizer Line Filler leaves a faint white tinge after application, necessitating the use of the third Age Management Essential, Hydraboost Firming Powder. I was the least impressed by this. Although it is perfectly OK, I found it a bit powdery looking. That maybe because I hardly ever use powder foundations and I'm not used to the look. A swift swipe of the applicator pad suffices and I found it looked best on my forehead, which is a bit oilier than the rest of my face. The ingredients are fairly similar to NOC-Out, apart from mica, pea extract and impatiens capensis (this is jewelweed, used for wounds and skin infections and, it is useful to note, apparently your friend if you have a brush with poison ivy).

Ingredients in Age Minimizer Line Filler

Water (Aqua), Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Diisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3
Dimer Dilinoleate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol,
Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl
Tetrapeptide-3, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,
Caprlyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated
Castor Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Neopentyl Glycol
Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphensin,
Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


Ingredients in Red Guard

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate,
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Polyethylene,
PPG-12/SDMI Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor)
Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate,
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytonadione, Carthamus Tinctorius
(Safflower) Seed Oil, Impatiens Capensis Extract, Agaricus Bisporus
(Mushroom) Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Silica, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil,
Propylparaben. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),
Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI
19140).


Ingredients in Spot Cover

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed
Oil, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Mica, Kaolin, PPG-12/SDMI Copolymer,
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl
Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytonadione, Carthamus
Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root
Extract, Impatiens Capensis Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton),
Silica, Dimethicone, Agaricus Bisporus (Mushroom) Stem Extract,
Sclerocarya Birrea Oil, Propylparaben, BHT, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil. May
Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI
77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).


Ingredients in Eye Disguise

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)
Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
Ozokerite, Kaolin, Polyethylene, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol
Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, PPG-12/SDMI Copolymer, Ethylhexyl
Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate,
Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate,
Phytonadione, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Impatiens
Capensis Extract, Agaricus Bisporus (Mushroom) Stem Extract,
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sclerocarya Bierra Oil,
Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Silica, Dimethicone, BHT, Zea Mays (Corn)
Oil, Propylparaben. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI
77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5
Lake (CI 19140).


Ingredients in Hydraboost Firming Powder

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone,
Lauroyl Lysine, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton),
Silica, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer,
Dicaprylyl Ether, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Xanthan Gum,
Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Algae Extract, Agaricus Bisporus
(Mushroom) Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)
Root Extract, Impatiens Capensis Extract, Luffa Cylindrica (Seed) Oil,
Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate,
Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI
77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine
(CI 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).