Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Concealer Edit

Wow, I am a concealer junkie by the looks of it. No need to deny it, my favourite makeup items have always been foundations and concealers. This probably goes back to having bad skin when I started wearing makeup. Or, we could say that I started wearing makeup because I suffered from bad skin.
I knew I had a few concealers in my stash but in the end, it amounted to 9. Some of them are absolute favourites that I repurchased many times and some are first-time tries.
As we all know, not all concealers were created equal and in my current collection, I have a few weak links as well as a few which reached holy grail status. I love mixing them and sometimes I use 4-5 different ones for different areas on my face.
Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
This shouldn't come as a surprise if you read my post on my current makeup favourites from a few weeks back. This is more of a highlighting concealer and it's perfect for under the eyes. It helps you look refreshed and wide awake. Great drugstore concealer! I love pairing this with the Eraser Eye as a base and this on top concentrating in the inner corners for brightness.
Catrice Re-Touch Light-Reflecting Concealer
I got this in hope that it could be a dupe for my beloved L'Oréal True Match La Touche Magique because the packaging is very similar. Well, the product is not. The shade Ivory is not light enough for under the eyes and the coverage is very light. I wasn't a fan of it, and wouldn't repurchase it again.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
I honestly don't feel much difference between this and the Catrice concealer. I have this in Ivory but it's very yellow and has no highlighting properties on my skin. Again, the coverage is far from satisfactory.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This concealer is a holy grail product for many people, no wonder why. I have gone through countless bottles of this. It's so affordable and works great under the eyes or for covering blemishes. It doesn't come in many shades which is a real shame though. I use Fair which is perfect for my pale skin. This is the best, most affordable drugstore concealer out there, you can't go wrong with this for £4. I also have the green, colour correcting shade to tackle redness.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer
Another affordable concealer for £5. I think I thought that this will be a miracle worker, and I disappointed myself because I didn't end up liking this concealer. They have a great range of colours that include colour correcting shades as well. I have it in Porcelain but I find that it does oxidize on me.
The coverage is not what I expected. It's not enough to cover blemishes unless I'm dealing with something very minor. It's enough coverage for under the eyes, but then the consistency is too dry and settles into the fine lines making me look older, and who wants that, right?
So, I don't really get the hype about this product, it just didn't work for me.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
This little pot has been in my life for around 9 years. Not this exact one obviously, that wouldn't be very hygienic. Before I started experimenting with different concealers this was the one I used for everything. Paired with my MAC Studio Fix Fluid I felt that I could cover anything from fresh breakouts and acne scars to dark circles. Because of its creamy formula, it's best applied with clean fingers to heat up the product and tap into the skin. If you need a concealer with high coverage, this is the one for you. I stopped using it under the eyes but it's still my go-to for hiding blemishes.  It comes in a wide range of shades (I use NC15) and lasts forever because you only need a tiny amount.
Maybelline The Eraser Eye
I have been through many bottles of this concealer since I live in the UK. The consistency is thin but has surprisingly good coverage. I think it's best to use under the eyes. It covers darkness and is not detectable, doesn't sit in the fine lines. Great stuff.
I think they have around 3 shades which again, is an absolute joke, and I always grab it in Light.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
I really like the Wake Me Up Foundation from Rimmel so I thought if the concealer is similar it will be a winner. I picked up the lightest shade in Ivory, but it still feels a little bit dark for my skin tone. Other than the problem with the colour, unfortunately, the coverage is also negligible. This concealer just doesn't do anything for me and I wouldn't recommend it.
I rarely splash out on expensive concealers, but after trying the Nars Creamy Concealer and reading that this one is even better according to most people who tried both, I gave in and bought it at the airport for £16 in Fair Neutral. I think it's an amazing concealer, I really can't fault it in any way. Consistency and coverage is good, it blends easily and lasts well on the face. 
It's a great product and I think once I use most of these concealers up I will take the splurge and buy this again instead of trying two rubbish ones for the same price...

Have you tried any of these concealers? What is your favourite concealer? 


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