Some people “need” to have several different pairs of shoes for every occasion. For me it’s the same with concealers. As I don’t wear heavy foundation on most days, I solely rely on my array of concealers to hide all of my blemishes, bags and scars. Each one has their own use, whether it being one or three of the problems to cover. Finding a good concealer is life changing for a beauty addict, so I’m always trying new ones out and when I find one that I love, it usually has a permanent spot in my collection for years to come.
I thought I’d tell you all about my current concealers, my thought on them and how I use them. There’s something for everyone here.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2. When it comes to covering up a raging red pimple, nothing compares to this. It’s waxy and thick consistency offers the highest pigmentation, perfect for covering up problem areas. Warm up with your fingers and pat onto the offending area and blend…and blend again…and it works wonders! Blending is definitely the key with this one.
It comes with two concealer pans, the larger one filled with more yellow toned concealer, and the smaller pan is pink toned. The main idea is that you mix the two pans together to create your own signature colour. Dab your brush in each pan and blend over patches that need concealing. Compare to any other concealer that I have ever owned, the Secret Camoflage texture is much harder and the finish is more opaque, which makes it perfect for its job. It stays in place, covers well and is easy to use. I sometimes dab the pink shade under my eyes as well, but only when my skin is more on the oilier side. But mostly I use it for spots, cuz it’s magic!
I’d say that it suits for all skin types. Yes, all of them! It doesn’t cling onto the dry patches and as it has such a good staying power, it stays put on my oily T-zone. Great for anybody who needs their makeup to last long days.
I do recommend to go and get colour matched before buying it. I didn’t do that, as Laura Mercier is not available here in Estonia, and ended up with my “summer”
my fake tan shade. I can manage with it, but deep inside I wish I’d gone with the lightest shade. I did a lot of research before ordering it, read all the reviews, and people were saying that they thought they were in the lightest shade, but got colour matched to the SC-2 or even SC-3. That made me rethink and get the next shade up, which obviously was a mistake. So if you are pale as hell, as I am, then go with the lightest shade.
Under Eye //
LORAC Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen in Fair CF1. It’s a travel-friendly, versatile concealer. The formula is really light, gives a light-to-medium coverage and the finish is quite natural. I was drawned towards it because it’s travel-friendly package. The idea is great, concealer with what you can easily touch up on the go.
It’s suitable to conceal under eyes, blemishes, redness and imperfections. Why I prefer to use it only under my eyes? Because of the colour. Honestly, I don’t know why companies think that it’s a great idea to make all the lightest shades with a pink undertone. At least in my mind if you have pale skin, you’re more prone to have redness. And if you add your pink undertoned concealer/foundation on top of it, you’ll end up looking like a lobster. But that’s only my opinion.
As with the Secret Camouflage, I didn’t have the chance to try it out beforehand. When I finally got it and swatched it, I was so disappointed. It took me around 3 months to
get over myself and start using it. I found that it’s a great concealer for covering up my dark under eye bags on my natural/no-makeup makeup days. And somehow this is the only concealer that I don’t set with powder. I don’t know why, but somehow it stays on better without powder. When I tried to set it with my Laura Mercer Translucent powder I ended up with a cakey mes.
This concealer is definitely more for a dry-to-normal type of skin. If you find a shade that matches your skin, then I’m sure you can use it all over your face. I still think that the concept of this product is great. Wish that their shade selection would be better. Don’t want to end up like a lobster any time soon.
Entire Face //
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral.This is my favourite concealer I have ever tried. I know, you have heard the hype around this concealer before, but it’s really that good! I was contemplating whether to go with the famous NARS Creamy Radiant concealer or try this one. When I swatched them, I decided to go with the Urban Decay one as it had much lighter texture. The NARS one just felt kind of too creamy and thick, quite similar to the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Which I’m gonna cover next.
What’s amazing about this concealer? Its formula is very smooth and light, and despite that – it’s very pigmented. You wouldn’t think it’s possible to have such coverage with this kind of a formula. Magic. It has medium-to-full coverage, it’s not cakey at all and once it’s blended, you can’t even tell it’s there. It doesn’t cling on your dry patches, or move around your face. What’s also a good thing is its doe-foot applicator. You can get just the right amount of product without double-dipping, just enough to do your entire face. It makes the application really easy and enjoyable.
The only downside is the colour range. There isn’t much of a choice in the light shade spectrum, which makes it quite tough to decipher which one to choose. I went with Fair Neutral, as it suits well with my winter complexion. But when I tried to choose a colour for the upcoming summer, I got confused? I swatched most of the lightest shades while in Stockholm and couldn’t make my mind up. I guess I just have to get my usual Far Neutral and then the next darkest shade and mix it up. The shade range is the only thing that bothers me, otherwise it’s a brilliant concealer.
And BIG NEWS for Estonian beauty lovers! Urban Decay and Origins will be available in Kaubamaja from the beginning of April!! I hope you’re as excited as I am 🙂
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC15. I haven’t made up my mind about this concealer. At the beginning I loved it, then I started avoiding it because I couldn’t find a way to make it look good under my eyes. And now with Beautyblender it’s great, but still creases under my eyes as hell. For all over the face it’s great, and if you don’t have deep wrinkles under your eyes like I do, then it is a good concealer.
Its consistency is thicker than Urban Decays concealer, obviously. It’s creamy and has great pigmentation. At MAC they recommended me to blend it in with a fluffy small brush, but I think Beautyblender does a better work.
I guess I can say that it’s a good all-around concealer. MAC has a great shade range so everybody can find a perfect shade for them. And if you don’t own any wrinkles under your eyes then you should be good to go. Only thing to keep in mind: less is more!
Have you tried any of these concealers? What did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations?