Makeup Collection Series | #3 CONCEALERS

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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A few months ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be trimmed down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...

If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:

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My makeup journey with concealers has been a long and winding one. Over the years I've owned, tried and thrown away more concealers than any other makeup item. I have previously spoken about this and where I currently stand in this post: Let's Talk | Concealers and shared my favourite concealers, shades and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your concealer. Pretty much everything I mention in that post is still valid for me today. I'm not as brave or willing to experiment too much when it comes to concealers since my ordeal to finding my favourites has been so troublesome. But thankfully I have since tried a couple more concealers that have joined the ranks with my tried and tested favourites.

Generally, I mostly use concealers to cover my under-eye darkness and to brighten the area. Occasionally I will use them to highlight the bridge of my nose and forehead. I rarely use concealers to spot conceal because I steer towards more fuller coverage foundations and I find I don't need to use them on my face so much.


Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer - Nude | post | £7.99

It still shocks me that this is the concealer I have used for the longest time out of all of the ones I own and repurchased the most too considering how difficult it is to find a good concealer for deeper skin tones on the high street. This is a light-weight creamy concealer, housed in a twist-up tube with a convenient domed sponge applicator tip that glides onto the skin and blends easily providing medium coverage without looking cakey or creasing up too much throughout the day. I've used this for so long and keep coming back to it because I can rely on it to perform exactly as I need it to. The shade is a medium neutral shade that compliments my skin tone and provides just enough of a highlighted look to brighten my under eyes without looking too obvious or ashy. Sadly this only comes in 2 shades here in UK and this is the darkest (outrageous!). I am still waiting to get my hands on a warmer shade of this...

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer - Med Dark Warm/Med Neutral | post£19

I can't believe it took me quite so long to muster up the courage to try this last year, but I am so glad I finally did. For me, this is the perfect all-rounder because it provides a decent amount of coverage, works on the face and under the eyes, blends easily, lasts all day and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It is super creamy and hydrating without being rich and has a smooth and skin-like finish. It doesn't look or feel heavy even when built up and although some creasing is to be expected with such a creamy formula, it doesn't accentuate fine lines. I find the shades a little bit annoying as my perfect match would be somewhere in between the two shades that I have but I make them work. Med Dark Warm is the same shade as my skin, and for this reason I rely on this as an everyday concealer though I do wish it was a touch or two lighter to really complement my face. Med Neutral is a good highlighting shade for me and I generally mix it with any darker concealer to brighten it up.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - NW25 | post | £18

This is the best full coverage concealer in my opinion. I was never interested in such a high coverage concealer until my sister's wedding when I was frantically searching for what people swear by. I am so glad I went with this one because it offer great coverage but somehow manages not to look over the top. It is a creamy formula that really adheres to the skin and lasts all day without breaking down. You need to be quick to set this one as it is very liquid and can settle into lines if you take too long. Otherwise its a great one for special occasions and one that I reach for a lot even on regular days because it performs so well. NW25 has a touch of peach/pink about it making it great for both colour correcting and concealing my under eye area but I will be repurchasing this in NC35/NC40 soon because the formula also makes a lovely all over base too.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer - Ginger | post | £23

I know I've only started using this but I can quickly tell if a concealer is for me or not and I really do love using this. Aside from disliking the pot, I love the fact that this is a fuller coverage concealer and a drier texture and still manages to look so natural on the skin. I don't find the matte finish too drying or powdery at all and it really gives the under eye area a soft focused look, while covering darkness and imperfections if you are using this on blemishes too. The shades are great and I really love this version of Ginger as it matches my skin tone and brightens at the same time. I recommend this if you have trouble with concealer fading throughout the day.


LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer - Pure Beige/Medium Beige | post | £5

This used to be in my LOVE category actually and I've only moved it down because I don't find myself reaching for these as much as I used to. This is a great affordable concealer, available in an incredible range of shades that provides medium to full coverage. This is a thicker creamy texture, bordering on moussey that is best blended in with a damp sponge. I love how easy this product is to work with and its so great to have such a full coverage product available at such a great price point.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Ginger | post | £23

I feel like I've been complaining about this concealer a lot recently but actually, now that I'm focussing my energy on using it up just to use it up, I'm warming up to it. I still find it drying under my eyes and it creases more easily on me than most of my other concealers. It offers good amount of coverage and I love the applicator. It isn't the best concealer in my collection by any means but I'm not hating using it now. It is slightly frustrating that its taking so long to use up though.

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick - Warm Natural | £23

This is the only dedicated face concealer I own and its been in my collection for a while. I rarely touch up my foundation throughout the day except for adding extra powder but for special occasions I like having this to hand to make sure my base is looking flawless. Its a dinky little twist up tube that you can apply directly to the area or with a brush and the coverage can be built up easily without caking up. Its a creamy formula that dries down to a demi-matte finish. Its such a good little product to keep in your handbag and comes in a good range of shades.

THE ONES I'M UNSURE ABOUT (and probably could/should get rid of)

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser - Neutralizer | $8.99

I had this on my wishlist for so long and my lovely friend Nassima (@beaussima) kindly brought one over for me from the States last year. I love the concealer formula and packaging so much so I'm desperate to find another shade or two that will work better for my skintone but sadly this shade is not it. It is far too light for me and looks incredibly ashy on my undereyes and is too light to even use nicely as a highlighting concealer. I can make it work if I mix it with the shade Nude but I find its too much effort to have double the amount of product of my face. I really want to find a shade that will work for me with a little more warmth to it (so if you know what shades would work let me know).


PUR Disappearing Act Concealer - Light* | £19.50

I only received this in the Look Fantastic Beauty Box* recently and haven't yet tried it but I can tell already its far too light and far too dry for my liking.


I am actually quite happy with my concealer collection and will continue to repurchase the ones I love because they work and I enjoy using them so much. Having said that, there are a couple that I keep seeing raved about that I would love to try...

  • Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher

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Makeup Collection Series | CONCEALERS

Are you a concealer addict or do you stick to the same few? Do you spot any favourites here? Let me know...

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