Since yesterday was all about foundation let’s talk concealer today. I have yet to find a concealer that I really truly love but I have a couple that I use on a daily basis. I need concealer for a couple of things. I need a concealer that can cover my terribly dark circles. I have yet to meet someone who has as hard a time covering up their dark circles as me. I also have pretty acne prone skin so I need something that can cover spots without breaking me out more than I already am. For my spots I’ve been using either the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (the dark circle eraser one) in the color light or the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda pallet in light. Under my eyes I use a combination of products, I just can’t find one that does the job by itself. I usually put a thin extra layer of my foundation on under my eyes, then use my Pixi Correction Concentrate in brightening peach, and then I’ve been switching between using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the brightener shade or the Covergirl De-Puffer Eye Concealer in fair.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind is a concealer I’ve been using for a long time. It isn’t even my favorite thing to use I just haven’t found anything better for what I use it for. I only have the dark circle eraser one not the dark spot eraser so I can’t say whether that one is good or not. I use the light shade to cover my blemishes and it works okay. It doesn’t have quite the coverage I want but, if you’re careful applying it, it does cover stuff up okay. It’s fairly easy to blend out but I have to be careful or I end up taking too much product off in the blending process. It’s a fairly light feeling formula for a concealer and it’s also fairly slippery on my face, I definitely have to set it with a powder. Even with powder it doesn’t stay very long though, maybe 2 or 3 hours. The finish is pretty natural looking, especially with a little bit of powder over the top. Obviously don’t cake on too much product but that’s the same for most foundations or concealers. The brightener shade does a good job of brightening under my eyes and also highlighting a little. I apply it in a little traingle under my eyes and it gives some good lift to the eye. The applicator is interesting and not in a bad way. I can’t use it to blend but it works well to get the product on the spots you need. I do feel like the product goes very fast whether that’s because of how you have to apply it or just the amount they give you. I feel like this product breaks me out a little more than most but it’s not bad as long as I remember to take it off my face when I get home. You can get this from Ulta for $8.99 which is kind of expensive for how long the product lasts. Overall I would give it 6.5 out of 10.
The Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda pallet is a little more expensive ($10.99 at Target). You get 3 different colors of concealer, a lighter and darker shade for blending and a green toned one to cancel out redness. You also get a nice powder to set everything. I don’t like using this under my eyes, it just kind of ends up looking cakey there, but for spots on my face it’s great. It’s very creamy and the skin toned ones are easy to blend. For some reason the green toned one seems less creamy to me and a little harder to blend which sucks because I don’t want to end up with an obvious green spot on my face. I kind of wish they had more color options beyond light and medium. I know you’re supposed to be able to blend the two skin colored ones together to get the perfect shade but I find that a little hard with a product like this, maybe that’s just me though. I also think the darker shade, at least in the light pallet, is a little more peachy toned. The powder is seriously one of the best feeling powders I’ve used or even just felt in store. It feels so nice and almost creamy, the powder is so fine. It’s great because it actually adds a little coverage too. Unlike the concealers in the pallet I like to use this under my eyes. This lasts for a pretty good amount of time, probably as long as some of my foundations if not longer. Overall I give this an 8 out of 10.
The Pixi correction concentrate is the closest thing I’ve come to a concealer that can cover up my dark circles and the closest I’ve come to loving a foundation. This is a nice creamy concealer and blends really well on my skin. The color works fantastic on me and blends into my own skin tone fantastically. The peachy tint cancels out some of the darkness under my eyes. I usually use two thin layers of this. With most of these I use my fingers to blend them out a lot but I almost always use my Real Techniques deluxe crease brush with this, it blends it out so well. The brush works well with all of the other concealers too. It may look like you don’t get a lot of product but it has lasted me forever. The coverage is good but still doesn’t cover everything up. I never have problems with it looking cakey even though I have to use a powder over it. It looks too shiny if I don’t use a powder. It stays on for a good amount of time, just slightly less time than the Sonia Kashuk one but it really can last all day. Out of all the concealers in this post this would be the one I would suggest most. You can get it for around $12 at Target. Overall I give it a 9 out of 10.
The last product is the Covergirl De-Puffer Eye Concealer and this one is my least favorite. To start off the lightest color isn’t light enough for me which isn’t cool because if it isn’t quite as light as my skin tone then it definitely isn’t light enough for under my eyes. It looks too yellow for me which might be adding to how dark it looks. Usually with some blending I can make it work. I’m not big on this formula. It ends up looks a little streaky on my even with tons of blending. It also doesn’t have a ton of coverage and doesn’t stay very long (it’s probably about the same as the Maybelline concealer at around 2 to 3 hours tops). It works okay with the other concealers as a little extra coverage and to help blend everything in with my skin tone but I would never dream of using it by itself. I was hesitant to try it because it’s so expensive ($12.99 from Ulta and around $11 from Walmart) and I won’t be buying another one. I’m just using it up since I bought it. The one thing I do love about this is the metal tip that you use to apply the product. It feels great on my under eyes and if anything about this products helps de-puff or get rid of my dark circles this would be it. If you don’t need very much coverage this might work alright for you but it definitely doesn’t work great for me. I give it a 5 out of 10.
As always I would love some suggestions from you guys. I still haven’t found a fantastic 10 out of 10 concealer so what do you guys use? I’m definitely open to something more expensive if it works. Also what else do you guys want me to post about? I got a gift card for Christmas so probably expect a clothing haul soon. I also got a new lippy from the drugstore so I’ll be doing a review on that once I get to wear it a little more, I really like it so far though. Let me know if there’s anything you want me to start posting about. See you tomorrow!