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: 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)

Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer

Concealers are normally used to add additional coverage in conjunction with foundation; for some, when high coverage isn’t necessary, just a well-performing concealer should do the trick. Concealers also come in various textures and formulas (like foundations), and are available in cream forms, liquid forms, and powder forms as well.

Chanel’s long lasting concealer is a heavy duty concealer that is high coverage and lasts for more than 12 hours. I’ve discovered it can be worn with foundation and can also be worn alone. For me, I haven’t paired this with foundation except for on some unfortunate spots during a pimpley moment. It provided good coverage and blended in well – which is key, because after all, we’re not trying to give anything away. Half the part of looking flawless is faking it!

Packaging is the usual Chanel – a sleek tube, with a black, glossy handle and the Chanel logo. The tube is slightly frosted so it doesn’t give good color indication until you take the applicator out. I’m not a huge fan of the sponge-tip, but it’s quite precise when you need to dab a bit of concealer on a spot.

This product is described to be a “lightweight, gel-based concealer with all-day staying power [that] offers flawless, light-to-medium coverage.” It has an “ultra-smooth, supple texture [that] feels comfortable on skin, [and the] soft-focus pigments brighten dark areas and minimize imperfections.”

I use the shade 10-Beige Clair and it works well for my skin tone. I prefer to use this on lazy days when I’m not in the mood for a foundation routine. Usually on weekends, I dab this a few time onto my cheeks, around my nose, and sometimes on my chin. I tap it into my skin using my fingers and then swirl Laura Mercier’s mineral powder all over my face. It takes about 2 minutes and is very easy. The texture is gel-like yet creamy. Runny and liquidy concealers don’t conceal well because once you’ve smeared it onto your skin, you’ve blended half the product away. This concealer’s creamy-gel consistency sticks to the skin well – so when you tap it in, it disappears flawlessy but isn’t blended away.

The coverage is impressive and for me, acts as an impromptu-foundation when I’m in a hurry. It covers the areas that need a bit of coverage and lasts all day – so it pretty much deserves a spot in my makeup bag. Like all of Chanel’s products, the concealer is scented but it doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s expensive for a concealer, but it’s the longest lasting product I own.

Made in France.
Retails for $40.00.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)