Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Happy 2016 everyone!!  I hope you had a great holiday season and I’m looking forward to sharing another year of reviews with you!

So, it happened. I finally got sucked into the high-end concealer game and I’m happy to say that I won.

Don’t get me wrong – drugstore concealers are awesome if you find the right one for your needs. I still swear by the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer to cover up dark spots and the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin concealer for extra coverage and brightening around the eyes. Other notable concealers:  Maybelline FitMe, Maybelline Age Rewind, and L’oreal True Match.

The problem with drugstore concealers is the lack of peachy or salmon-toned options. And I’ve discovered that peachy or salmon-toned concealers are THE way to go if you’re battling dark undereye circles (especially of the blue/purple-toned variety).

A lot of the drugstore concealers I own are mostly neutral or yellow-toned – which is great for matching my skin. But when I apply them to the darker tone under my eyes, I end up looking ashy and grey underneath – almost looks worse than if I had just left my eyebags alone!  No bueno.

So, the only option was for me to venture into the Motherland:  Sephora.  Doing my research beforehand, I had my sights set on the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach but upon swatching and trying, I found this a bit too thick and a bit dry and was afraid it would require a lot of work to blend in. Then a Sephora associate recommended the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer as an alternative I might like.

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A moisture-rich concealer designed for under and around the eye area.

What it does:
This high-pigment formula conceals discolorations and dark circles without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. By providing more “slip” and gliding on effortlessly, the crease-resistant concealer naturally brightens and wakes up the entire eye area for up to eight hours. Consider it your secret weapon against dark circles.

What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic product is ideal for all skin types.

I picked out shade number 4, which is described as a “true natural beige for light neutral and yellow undertones”. In person this is definitely a deep peach shade which turned out to be a perfect match for me.

The consistency of this pot concealer is awesome – not too creamy, not too waxy, non-greasy and not too thick. It doesn’t take much to warm this up and blend seamlessly under my eyes. And a little goes a long way!!  I swirl one ring finger into the pot, use my other ring finger to warm up the product between the two, and use what I have on each finger for each undereye.  From there, I tap the concealer into my skin until almost all blended in and then finish off with my Beauty Blender to ensure it’s completely melted into my skin.

 

As long as I blend this in well, there is absolutely NO creasing and it does last for up to eight hours (as the description states).  I don’t even follow up with a ‘regular’ concealer – I blend well and set with a powder and done!  It really does diminish the dark shadows under my eyes – better than any concealer I have ever tried so far.

The photo above doesn’t capture the true salmony-ness of colour this actually is, but trust me, it is!

I’ve read some reviewers say this concealer creases and doesn’t last throughout the day.  If you have combo-oily skin like me, this will work as long as I set it with a powder. The trick is, really I think, is to take your time blending it in and setting lightly with face powder.

I especially love using this on my no makeup days – a little BB cream to even out my skintone and a little bit of this and it makes a world of difference in how my skin looks and how brighter my complexion looks overall!

This is an amazing product – one that I will probably repurchase over and over again!  The little pot is $31 Cdn, but well worth the money; I’m telling you. I’ve had this for a few months now and have been using almost everyday and as you can see from the photo, it barely looks used.

On the Sephora website this comes in 12 shades, so a pretty good chance you’ll find something suitable for you.

I give the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this concealer?  Like or dislike?

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Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

I’ve never been one to fuss about incorporating concealer into my makeup routine. I do own a few which I primarily use on any spots I feel like covering up. Not sure if it’s age or if I just never noticed before, but dark circles under my eyes have crept up some days on me – argh!  They’re not that bad, but enough for me to notice, so I thought I’d give a new concealer a try specifically for under my eyes.

I’ve only ever purchased drugstore brands and I’ve heard a lot of good things about higher end brand concealers in terms of coverage. The one all us beautyphiles probably know of and/or own is the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer. I was at Sephora and cringed at the $36 Cdn price point on this supposed miracle-worker for hiding spots and concealing dark undereye circles. For a foundation $36 seemed reasonable, but for a little bitty concealer, no! So with a little wandering around, I stumbled across the new Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers.

With a swatch of the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Ginger on the back of my hand (which is a match for me), I was so excited to find that the Sephora concealer in number 10 Eclair was gosh-darn-it pretty much a perfect match to the NARS in Ginger. I immediately picked Eclair off the display and headed off to pay (amongst other goodies in my basket, tee hee).  For $17 Cdn, the Sephora version won me over.

On the Sephora website:

What it is: A lightweight, gel-serum concealer—featuring brightening properties and a unique applicator—that’s perfect for the sensitive undereye area. 

What it does: Ideal for undereye use, this gel-serum concealer with 21 percent pigment is feather light and never settles into fine lines. It is infused with pineapple ceramide, which helps to improve skin texture and promote brightness. The formula is buildable in color and coverage without adding texture due to the high level of pigments. The unique domed applicator acts like a cotton swab to provide the perfect amount of product every time. Just dip, dot, and blend. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens 

What else you need to know: This product offers the largest concealer shade range currently available at Sephora.

The texture/consistency of this concealer is awesome. Just as the name suggests, a gel serum formula is what you’re getting — smooth and very easy to blend out. This melts into the skin in a few seconds and gives quite good coverage without looking overdone.

I’ve tried this under my eyes and it does brighten up my eye area quite well. I’m still not used to wearing concealer under my eyes but I like that this formula doesn’t feel heavy in that area.  I actually like to use this for extra coverage under my eyes, around my nose and to conceal any spots, when I use a lighter base like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.

The only gripe I have with this concealer is the applicator. It’s got a typical doe-foot sponge tip, but it’s designed in such a way that you can’t swirl or swipe the sides of the tube to get product — product only gets on the tip.  The point of this design, I think is so that you can apply it under the eyes or anywhere on your face in a dotting motion.  I get it, but it seems to be a bit wasteful — I’m curious to see how much product I’ll have left in the tube once I’m unable to reach anymore from the bottom.  I think I’ll have to make a note to myself to save an old concealer applicator and see if it works to swipe the rest of the concealer from the Sephora tube. Yikes. Seems like a hassle, but I’d hate to waste such a good formula!

Anyway, overall I like this concealer. It’s a good match for my skintone, covers well, doesn’t crease and has a very nice texture.  I would repurchase, but only if I can find a different applicator to get the most out of the product.

Besides the tedious application, I give the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer:  a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this concealer?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite concealer?

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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

Like I need anymore foundation or concealer.

But for review purposes and for my own addiction, I couldn’t stay away from one of  newer foundation/concealer releases from the drugstore — Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation and concealer.

On the Maybelline website (about the foundation):

Longwear foundation that improves skin’s appearance every minute you’re in it.  With the antioxidant power of Actyl-C, a more durable form of vitamin C.  For all skin types. Medium to full coverage.

Superstay Better Skin Foundation gives an all-day flawless coverage and better-looking skin in 3 weeks. The foundation reduces the appearance of spots, dullness and uneveness and gives you a brighter, more even and stress-free skin.

The foundation comes in 12 shades and the concealer comes in 6 shades, ranging from very light to tan/dark.

I ended up picking up the shade 85 Sun Beige in the foundation and Medium in the concealer. At first glance, a lot of the lighter foundation shades look to have quite pink undertones and the medium/darker shades have more neutral undertones.  Unfortunately for someone who has yellow undertones like me, drugstore foundations don’t typically cater to me (MAC NC40 for reference). I was pleasantly surprised however, that 85 Sun Beige ended up pulling ever so slightly yellow once it set on my face.

Let’s talk about formula. So this foundation is supposed to actually improve the look and texture of your skin after 3 weeks of wear. I can’t attest to this claim as I’ve only been wearing this for a week or so and just couldn’t wait to review!

The texture of this foundation is actually very nice — a light, liquid, almost gel-like texture. Very easy to blend out on the skin. I’ve tried applying this with both a brush and beauty blender and it applies well, although I like the more natural finish it gives with the beauty blender.

TOP: Better Skin Concealer in Medium BOTTOM: Better Skin Foundation in 85 Sun Beige

TOP: Better Skin Concealer in Medium BOTTOM: Better Skin Foundation in 85 Sun Beige

The foundation gives a light to medium coverage, but I think this can be built up to a fuller coverage if that’s what you’re looking for. As you can tell from the swatches, the foundation is slightly more watery in texture compared to the concealer. The foundation gives me a satin-matte finish on the skin and the concealer gives more of a matte finish, without looking flat or cakey.

I like that the foundation has a pump — less messy and controlled amount means less waste!

Lasting power of the foundation?  I’d say a good 9-10 hours. I find that it seems to control my oil quite well. I would say it oxidizes just a smidgen but not so much that it makes me look too off. I really like how this foundation looks upon application and how it wears through the day.

The concealer is medium to full coverage and lasts up to 6 hours (under my eyes and around my nose, but maybe that’s because I tend to touch those parts of my face throughout the day). Setting this with a light dusting of powder prevents creasing or settling into my fine lines. I like this concealer, but I don’t love it.

In comparison with the ever-so-popular Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation, I think I prefer this Maybelline foundation better. It lasts longer, it give a bit more fuller coverage, it feels like nothing on the skin and it wears nice through out the day.

I give the Maybelline Better Skin foundation and concealer both: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried one or both of these products?  Like or dislike?

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