Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-2

I’m picky about concealers, but for the most part, I don’t really use them to begin with unless I really need it. I’ve tried expensive concealers like the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer from the drugstore. For awhile, I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Recently, I decided to abandon regular foundation wear and just use BB/CC creams. However, I got bored of that when I re-gained my love for mineral makeup. While those foundation offer a decent amount of coverage, I kept going more and more minimal.

For my minimal-look, just a setting powder wasn’t enough and didn’t do much for my skintone either. I came across the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer out of curiosity and by total accident. As a “two-shade concealer that can be color-customized to address your tone and imperfections,” this was perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

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In the mornings, I’ve been applying this concealer around my nose, my chin, and on spots or redness before setting everything with whatever setting powder I have on hand. What I’ve come to realize is that this “customizable concealer naturally and completely covers dark circles, blemishes, scars, minor imperfections, and discolorations with a unique two-shade system,” and is perfect for the lazy girl like myself who just can’t be bothered. I like that “one shade is formulated to match skin’s depth of color, while the other matches skin’s undertone. This dual-shade camouflage makes it possible for everyone to custom-blend her own perfect shade.”

This concealer is very thick, so a little bit goes a long way. Seriously, a swipe of a finger is literally all the product you need. I use that one swipe and dabbed little bits of product onto my face, and the “high-level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage that lasts for up to eight hours.” It certainly doesn’t budge because of its waxy texture, so it’s easy to slap on and go without worrying about the product budging or smudging.

I’m using the shade SC-2, which is for fair to light skin tones. The light shade is a perfect match for my skintone, and the salmon shade is perfect for under the eyes. For severe discoloration, mixing the two shades is an amazing way to customize a shade for your skin. In addition, this compact will probably last forever since it takes so little to get the coverage your need. For some like myself, you won’t be using this everyday; however, if you did, you wouldn’t make a dent in this product for a long time — like, probably years LOL. I recommend this and it’s worth the money. If you need concealer and find it annoying to use/but, this is a great deal and great product for the low-maintenance and high-maintenance makeup individuals. :)

Retails for $34.00 USD.

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?

REVIEW: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla”

While the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer isn’t a newly released item, I finally allowed myself to buy it after finishing my Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer and the MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15. Currently, the only concealer I have in my arsenal is the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, which I believe is worth the hype.

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Described as “a creamy concealer with hydrating, multiaction skincare benefits and light diffusing technology,” this concealer has been raved about since its release by beauty bloggers and makeup artists. So, of course, I was intrigued and my expectations were high. Supposedly, this concealer has the ability to “instantly obscure imperfections, blur the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hide dark circles and signs of fatigue.” Some big claims, eh?

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I’d say that this is a great concealer because of its buildable medium-to-full coverage and a natural luminous finish. That’s hard to come by — a concealer that can do both. Also, it’s very smooth and hydrating — making it ideal for those who want to use this as an undereye concealer as well. The light, fluffy texture of this concealer allows the product to layer should you need additional coverage. I can’t speak for the “multiactive botanical blend [that] hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture,” but I can say that it feels good and there seems to be SOME benefits (although not life changing) — like hydration. The product also contains “mineral tone balancing powder [that] works to optically correct, not mask, imperfections to keep skin looking flawless.” This — I can attest to because the concealer does a really good job at blurring imperfections seamlessly. Application is fairly standard — either I use my finger and pat the product in, or I use a small buffing brush to blend. Either way, the concealer does its job well.

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On lazy, barely-no-makeup days, all I need is this concealer to fake it ’till I make it. For me, layering this on top of foundation isn’t necessary, but I’m glad I have that option that I know is reliable — should I come across a horribly bad skin day in the future. Another important aspect of this concealer is that a little goes a long way. Just a few dabs here and there is best, because it can be obviously obvious when you’ve applied too much of this. I’ve also noticed I don’t have to “set” this with powder because it can stand on its own fairly well. Shade light 2 “vanilla” is the second lightest shade in the range and is described as a tone with a “tiny cast of pink for fair complexions.” It blends wells, stays well, and performs well so I’d definitely recommend.

0.22 oz.
Retails for $28.00 USD.

Under Cover: Concealer Basics

In creating the perfect canvas, concealers can do wonders for your skin and the appearance of it. While choosing to even use a concealer to begin with is a personal choice, different parts of your face may need a different shade or formula — and, the excerpt I’ve found (below) can help you make some good concealer choices.

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Normally, foundation is enough for me; but, occasionally, it’s good to have something handy that will do some extra covering-up. I rely on concealer the most when I’m feeling lazy and I want to skip foundation. Ideally, it’s a good idea to have on hand an undereye concealer, regular facial concealer, and a brightening concealer. For the undereyes, a peachy salmon color is best to counteract various blue, purple, and greenish undertones. Whatever your personal needs may be, despite the brand, choose a formula, shade, and texture that best suits you. For blemishes and other facial pigmentation, a waxier formula that won’t budge or sweat off is essential.

Nowadays, concealers are designed to brighten spots and shadowy areas on the skin. In essence, everyone could use a little pick-me-up to help them look more awake and healthy. Light reflecting ingredients are trending now — whether it’s in foundation, concealer, or powder — so, it’s good to know what’s out there and the pros would choose as well!

REVIEW: Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – “Radiant” 310

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in “radiant” 310 is not a new product out on the market, but is one that I was meaning to get around to using after finishing my YSL YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.

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The “gel-based formula diffuses light” and “illuminates as it conceals,” which I found, wasn’t just boasty claims. The difference, in my opinion, between the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, is that the Maybelline DreamLumi conceals and illuminates — which allows you to skip applying actual undereye concealer. In other reviews, I’ve read complaints from people about how the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch doesn’t conceal — and, that’s because it shouldn’t be treated as an actual concealer, but rather, a product that illuminates and brightens the undereye area.

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer has concealer qualities — meaning, it provides a little bit of coverage and tends to be a bit more opaque than the thin consistency of the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch. Maybelline’s formula tends to run a bit thick and a little bit of product goes a long way. I like to use a small, synthetic buffing brush or concealer brush to blend the product in under my eyes.

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According to Maybelline, the DreamLumi highlighter concealer is a:

• Gel-based formula diffuses light to provide on-the-spot perfection in just one touch
• Illuminates as it conceals
• Dermatologist, Allergy Tested
• Non-comedogenic
• Suitable for sensitive skin and for all skin types

FOR BEST RESULTS — It is suggested that “to brighten face, apply over brows as well as to the inner and outer corners of eyes and blend with tip of finger,” and to “apply to sides of nose and on chin…to give your face a luminous glow.” The great thing about any kind of highlighter pen is that it’s good for sculpting and highlighting facial features — just “apply in small strokes to the cheekbones and blend.”

I’ve also heard that you can lips look fuller by outlining the lips and blending it out. I’ve also read that you can cover imperfections with the pen, but I would suggest that you skip over the bumpy textured issues and aim to cover discoloration. The brightening effect helps to diffuse the look of acne scars and post-hyperpigmentation marks as well.

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This is a great drugstore option and for under $10, this can be a staple in anyone’s makeup bag. However, I wouldn’t say that this is an exact dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch — mainly, because YSL’s product is striclty an illuminator/brightener and is NOT marketed as a concealer. Because the Maybelline DreamLumi also conceals as it brightens, I think that it’s a better dupe for the Clinique Airbrush Concealer — which also claims to illuminate and conceal.

I would recommend this product for those who don’t have severe discoloration under the eyes since this is just a mild remedy. Those with severe dark circles should try a corrector before adding concealer on top — and then, adding an illuminating product will help disguise the darkness.

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The shade I chose is in “Radiant” 310, rather than a skintone-based color. The pinkish-peachy hue counteracts darkness like shadows, without having to use a harsh salmon-colored product. One swipe under each eye is enough before blending. It doesn’t budge or affect my eye makeup by making it smudge during the day. Not only is this great for days when I’m running on little sleep; but, it’s also great just to create a healthy, rested look on weekends as well. There’s no shimmer or glimmer — just a pearlescent quality that is reflective and not dramatic. I recommend! :)

REVIEW: MAC Mineralize Concealer NW15

Normally, I’m a foundation junkie and I tend to overlook concealers. Unless I’m having a seriously undisguisable skin catastrophe, I stick with 1 layer of foundation application and dab more where I need it (if I need to). Luckily, under-eye circles haven’t been a problem for me; and, I think genetics has a lot to do with that.

I purchased the MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15 out of curiosity – at first. The reason why I say that is because it was recently launched and the display looked cool and drew me in. I know, I’m such a sucker.

None of the other MAC concealers have ever attracted me; but, I know that there’s a cult following. Many women swear by a particular MAC concealer and don’t stray. As I said, this is strictly all experimental for me so unfortunately, I cannot compare this to any of the other MAC concealers. The tube is much like the others MAC carries, but the rubbery handle is more like a NARS thing. I don’t particularly care for it since it tends to attract other leftover makeup products from your fingers to the handle.

Also, notice the different applicator itself. It’s a very thin brush instead of a sponge-tip, which is excellent for dabbing onto particular areas and swiping thinly along problem areas.

So far, the concealer isn’t goopy around the applicator. However, product tends to goop around the edges of the tube. I find this annoying because I’m constantly cleaning it off since I don’t want it to transfer to my makeup bag or to other products. Also, I find it kind of wasteful since technically, the “goop” could be perfectly usable.

I use shade NW15. I’m thinking about also getting NW20. Normally, the NW range has more pinkish undertones; however, it seems that ALL the mineralize concealers tend to run yellow. The NC range is really, really yellow.

According to the MAC website: “Enriched with minerals and nourishing botanicals, this creamy, easy-to-blend Concealer covers and perfects while moisturizing the skin. Comfortable and longwearing. Provides medium coverage with a natural luminous finish.”

The texture is not hard like Studio Fix and it’s a little on the watery side for a concealer. In fact, on days I want to skip foundation – I slap this onto my cheeks and around my nose (sometimes my chin), blend it out quickly with a small foundation brush, dust on some powder and blush – and I’m good to go.

It’s great at cancelling out redness and covers up spots wonderfully. In my opinion, I find that it isn’t a heavy-duty concealer and if you have major discolorations, I don’t see this product doing much for you. The consistency is much like a tiny foundation, which is why I use it when I don’t feel like applying foundation all over my face. For hard-core coverup, a dry and harder formula like Studio Fix or Laura Mercier’s concealer may do the trick. While researching, I read that those wanting under-eye concealing were severely disappointed in this product due to caking around the eyes and in the lines.

5 mL.
$19 each.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)