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.


THE ONES I LOVE


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.


THE ONES I LIKE


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).


THE SAMPLES


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.





THE WISHLIST

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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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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34 comments

  1. You're not the only one to have problems finding the right concealer, I've been through so many too and it can get frustrating thinking back how much money I've spent on some that don't even work for me. The LA Girl one came up so orange on me I had to bin it, it was horrific and I've since not gone back to getting another one. I adore my MAC one for a full coverage finish, it literally covers everything!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Urgh! Such a struggle right!! Oh no, I really like the shade selection but I think its more because its refreshing to have so many shades for warmer and deeper skin tones. MAC's got you covered ;) xxx

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  2. I am lucky that I only use concealers to highlight and conceal the darkness under my eyes and I don't have a severe darkness too. My concealers are Maybelline FitMe and Instant Age Rewind which I have repurchased multiple time because I never felt the need to try others. Will read your other post.

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    1. I used to use Fit Me but for the life of I cannot remember if I liked it or not and why I didn't repurchase it. I really wish we could access more shades of the Age Rewind here in UK. Thanks for reading hun xxx

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  3. lovely .)

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  4. I like the Urban Decay Naked concealer too. I must try Maybelline The Eraser because so many people rave about it. Have you tried Clarins Instant Concealer? xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Yes, its just a shame the Maybelline doesn't come in more shades like they have in the States. I always go to swatch it at the counter but I'm pretty sure the darkest shade will be too light for me :( xxx

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  5. I really struggle with concealer, sometimes it does all I want it to do and more and then other days, it feels like it is "suffocating" my skin. It's most likely all in my head but I tend to only use concealer when I really need to - I will check out some of your recommendations though :) maybe one will change how I feel! x

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    1. Oh gosh! I totally feel you...I look weird when I do but sometimes I skip concealer altogether because I would just rather avoid the creasing drama haha! Good luck, I'm sure there's one out there that will have your back no matter what xxx

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  6. Such an interesting series and enjoyable post to read! I will def. catch up with the previous editions of the series.

    I don't know a person who doesn't struggle with concealer from time to time.. I keep hearing good things about the Maybelline concealer, but if my memory serves me right it doesn't come in a light enough shade for me. This is a problem I often have with concealers. The Cle de Peau famous concealer has been on my wish list for ages, but in Japan the shade range wasn't light enough for me. I keep going back to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It's not perfect, but I can work with it. I'd prefer if it was more hydrating now that everything looks cakey on my lizard skin haha. I'm wanting to try the Soft Matte concealer, you think the matte texture looks good under the eyes? xxx

    Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

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    1. I love it for my undereyes and I find it less drying than the Radiant Creamy. I know, its such a shame...they need to expand the range so badly. Whats the point of having a great product but not available for everyone to enjoy?!? Thanks for reading and for your comment love xxx

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  7. This is fantastic! I love the Urban Decay one, it's one of my faves too. I want to try the Maybelline, but I always worry about shade matches. I think Tarte Shape Tape is my all time fave!

    Jenn | www.beautybyjellybean.com

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    1. I really think I need to try the tarte shape tape now. Everyone keeps saying its so good xxx

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  8. The only ones I have that you've mentioned are the Maybelline Eraser (lightest shade and can only wear with tan - why won't they bring more shades!) and the LA Girl pro conceal which I like but I find it very hard to get out of the tube! Great colour match for me though! I love Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer and though like you I prefer full coverage foundation to spot concealing, I always have Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer to hand for emergencies!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I really don't understand why they won't expand the shade range of the Maybelline. Such a shame. I love the Kick Ass Concealer compact mostly for the powder...its so fine! xxx

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  9. I LOVE the bobbi and naked concealers as your already aware. Still tempted to try the nars one now you've mentioned it so much.. I find the maybeline in nude is too ashy for me :( Fab post Sal thank you x x x

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    1. Aww thanks for reading and leaving me a comment. You're the best! :)
      Its a shame you find the Maybelline ashy...I don't know why they don't just make more shades! Grrrr! xxx

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  10. I'm actually happy with my drugstore concealers and never feel the need to splurge on more expensive ones :) The Maybelline Age Rewind and Fit Me are some of my favourites too. I have the LA Girl in couple of shades but I found it hard to blend, how strange. xx

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Oh no! I know what you mean though...they're too pigmented to use your fingers and the formula is too thick to use a brush. I think damp sponges are your best bet xxx

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  11. At the moment, I alternate between the Urban Decay Naked concealer and the Tarte Shape Tape. The UD one is more natural on me but I ha to mix 2 shades to have a good color match, an it's a bit annoying ��
    On my face, to spot conceal, I love the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and I recently discovered the Nars Matte one. It's very good but same as you, I'm not a fan of the packaging ��
    I think I'm slightly obsessed with concealers ������

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    1. I know what you mean...I hate having to mix two shades to get the right match but with the Urban Decay, I can't fault the formula at all. I really need to get my hands no a Shape Tape xxx

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  12. I've experimented a lot with concealers and finally, after so many years have found what works for me. The Urban Decay concealer is my favourite as well. I have the Nars Creamy Radiant one and I don't like it at all. It's patchy on me and creases too. I'm still trying to use mine up, it's taking ages.

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

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    1. I know what you mean about the NARS Radiant Creamy. I find it the same and yes, it takes forever to use up haha! xxx

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  13. I love the mac pro longwear concealer too! I've probably had mine for way too long (5+ years...) but it hasn't gone bad so I'll continue using it lol. It's such a shame that the maybelline eraser concealer thingy isn't available in more shades! Before I read your post I thought the eraser one and the instant age rewind were the same thing. The packaging is so similar! I totally agree with the color range-- even though there are 3 or 4 shades, they're all too light for me. It's a real shame because it's a very popular product! Why wouldn't they release more shades?! Sometimes brands are so dumb >:(

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Lol! Mine is a few years old too, thankfully still going strong so we are definitely getting out money's worth ;) So dumb! I don't get it...it would totally sell in paler shades and of course deeper shades because the formula is so good xxx

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  14. Great post.
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  15. Great post Sal! I have to say I agree with all, apart from I do LOVE Nars creamy concealer and not just like! lol I so don't get the hype with the Maybelline one as it did leave me very disappointed.
    Kelly xx

    www.KELLiLASH.com

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    1. Thanks for reading and leaving a lovely comment hun. I'm glad you get along better with the Radiant Creamy than I do. Aww thats a shame...xxx

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  16. My most repurchased concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me one, used to conceal and highlight over a corrector under my eyes. For my face I still havent found the one, I do suffer from acne scars and the occasional spot and need full coverage that stays all day, and so far none has lived up to expectation.
    I liked the idea of the Ferrero boxes though. I use paper ones that did hold apples before, but I guess emptying yours was way more fun.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  17. The Urban Decay and Maybelline Concealers are right up there as favourites for me too - I must use them virtually every day! I literally just got the Nars Soft Matte yesterday and used it this morning for the first time. So far I'm imprsssed! I really wanted to love the LA Girl ones because as you say they're affordable and come in so many shades, however no matter how much I try, I just can't seem to feel any more than lukewarm about them!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  18. Omg I have the LA Girl pro conceal in Fawn and I love it! SO affordable! xx
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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  19. which one would you recommend for someone with dry skin?

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  20. I have a question. Have you or anyone else noticed that ginger (and custard!) have gotten more dark and pink as of late?
    A few years ago I bought my first Nars concealer in Ginger and it was perfect. Very yellow and brightening!
    I bought one a couple of weeks ago and found that it is less brightening, darker in shade, and has become more pink in colour.
    Even when comparing to the Ginger in soft matte, it seems like the pot version is more yellow and a little lighter.
    Just wondering about others' opinion. Thanks!

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