Concealer Update

Sometimes concealers can make or break the way your skin looks. If I’m lucky on a particular day and my skin is doing pretty well, I skip foundation all together and wear concealer with a light dust of powder. Not all concealers are equal; and, as with all makeup products, it’s important to choose one that suits your skin and its needs. For me, I like to have an array of formulas since it depends on my mood and my skin needs. I’ve learned that powder foundations apply well over a creamier concealer; stick concealers are portable and convenient; and, liquid concealers spread easily so it’s best to use that on areas of coverage that more wide.

Now, pigmented concealers are all over the market — whether it’s high end or low end. Indeed, the coverage is important, but for me, the texture and formula are essentials as well!

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Benefit Boi-Ing $20.00 USD – SHADE 01
The Benefit Boi-Ing is an “industrial-strength concealer” that “camouflages dark circles, shadows, and discoloration without creasing or fading.” It’s smooth and lightweight and provides strong coverage. It spreads easily, so I like to use it when I have a problem area that needs extra attention under base makeup. Usually, I don’t like to wear this alone because I like to pair it under powder foundation or over liquid foundation. While this isn’t my favorite go-to concealer, I have it on hand for days when my skin needs kind of creamy formula.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $28.00 USD SHADE Vanilla
This is by far my favorite concealer. It is a “creamy concealer with hydrating, multiaction skincare benefits and light diffusing technology to create a softer, smoother complexion.” It is a “multiaction formula that instantly obscures imperfections, blurs the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. Hydrating and luxuriously smooth, it layers lightly for buildable medium-to-full coverage and a natural luminous finish.” The formula “hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture. It also delivers antioxidant protection to protect the skin against damaging free radicals.” The texture is smooth and light; and, best of all, it blends easily.

Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer $70.00 USD SHADE Ivory
As a “perennial makeup-artist favorite, [the] Clé de Peau Beauté concealer is highly editorialized and continues to win major awards year after year.” It is also the most expensive concealer I’ve ever owned and re-purchased. While there are other concealers that are more budget-friendly, there’s something magical about this formula and there is not dupe for it. “Enhanced with Revitalizing Moisture Complex, this concealer is designed “to lock in moisture, smooth out texture, and blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections.” The “high-performance powders ensure flawless skin in any light, providing maximum coverage with a smooth, even finish that does not crease.” It’s lightweight, blends easily, and stays perfect all day.

Candy Doll Concealer Color SHADE 01
This concealer’s peachy undertone is important to me since none of my other concealers have it. It’s great for cancelling out pigmentation like a healing pimple or darkness under the eyes. I would say that this is the concealer that provides me with the most coverage; however, it’s difficult to use because you only need a teeny tiny bit to achieve full coverage. For this reason, I think I tend to waste this product because I keep having to wipe it off. When in a pinch, even when I’m skipping foundation, this concealer can provide me with enough coverage. You have to order it on eBay, but because a little bit goes a long ways, it’s not a bad trade-off.

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If I had to recommend one concealer out of the ones I’ve written about, I’d say go for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s way more versatile and the price is decent for the brand. Generally, I tend to prefer the NARS concealer because it’s always performed so well.

What are the concealers in your makeup arsenal? Are they essentials?

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REVIEW: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

Today’s post is about the highly acclaimed and widely popular Clé de Peau Beauté concealer – and, yes, believe the hype.

Clé de Peau Beauté is the high-end extension of the Shiseido brand and as you all probably know – this range is obscenely expensive. For me, personally, it wasn’t the price that was my primary concern – it was questioning if the product was truly worth the price. But at the end of the day, is any beauty product we purchase really worth the price? Let’s not go there. :)

At any rate, I purchased this concealer because I finally caved and clearly, I had lost my mind, lol. A teeny tiny part of me wanted to not like this product because of the price; however, for all of us who do our product homework before purchasing – it’s no lie that this concealer has been getting rave reviews since the beginning of time. And, I’m here to enable you further because this product performs.

When I say believe the hype, I mean it. The packaging is what you would expect from a high-end brand and that’s important to me (as I know it’s important to many of you as well). The dark ocean blue packaging is sleek and the glossy tube is shiny and has good weight to it. A minor detail that I’d like to address is the swivel mechanism, which is smooth and doesn’t get stuck. Nothing annoys me more than twisting the product up and having it get stuck.

My shade is Ivory and it works well for any pigmentation issues I may have. According to my research, this concealer is a fave among those who suffer from dark circles and discoloration around the eyes. For me, I use this on pigmentation on my face and redness and it’s perfect.

The product’s claims:
– Enhanced with Revitalizing Moisture Complex to lock in moisture and smooth out texture.
– Blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections.
– High-performance powders ensure flawless skin in any light, providing maximum coverage with a smooth, even finish that does not crease.

Despite the concealer’s thick-looking texture, it’s moisturizing and applies smoothly. It’s SO pigmented and a little goes a long, long way. This isn’t the kind of product you carelessly swipe all over your face and blend away; in fact, that’s a waste of product because you need so little. Personally, I’ve found it better to swipe the concealer one time directly onto my index finger and then lightly dab onto the areas that need coverage. I tap the product in to blend it and then repeat the process if needbe.

Truthfully, for the most part, with this concealer I don’t even need to bother with foundation. Any redness and post-hyperpigmentation is canceled out immediately, the coverage is full and opaque, and it doesn’t dry, flake, or cake after application. Lightly powder over for all-day lasting power.

You get 5 grams (0.17 oz) of product for $70 + tax so it’s obviously a product that you need to try and test before shelling out money. The box indicates the concealer is good for 24 months so that makes me feel slightly better. I recommend this product but there’s plenty of concealers I love (Chanel and MAC) that are more reasonabley priced.

Available in 4 colors.
Retails for $70.00.
Made in Japan.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.nordstrom.com and http://www.cledepeau-beaute.com/en/
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)