I am by no means one of those people who is obsessed with and hoards concealers. Not that there's anything wrong with that- it is fully acceptable and somewhat encouraged. When it comes to foundations and skincare I might have a problem. But concealer, not so much. I do tend to do my research before I buy one, so I think the reality is... I am just pretty darn pleased with my current offerings. Recently, I haven't really in the market for any more and depending on the occasion, there are just two concealers I have been reaching for.
First up is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (£22). This took me so long to get hold of, I can not tell you. What is up with NARS' stocking issues in the UK? Anyway, now that I finally have it I can definitely see what all the hype was about. It's creamy (name kind of gave that one away) and moisturising, but the coverage and longevity are excellent too. Maybe not hard-core 15 hr longevity, but for most day to day occasions it does the job. It works well under the eyes- with only minimal creasing. But let's be honest, I have yet to find ANY concealer that doesn't have just a little bit of creasing. I'm convinced anyone who says they've found a 'crease-free' concealer is lying. Moving swiftly on... it also works smashingly on blemishes. Set it with a powder and it will cover those bad boys for a fair few hours. I have a slight olive undertone to my skin so the colour is a perfect match. Although, I have a sneaky suspicion that Vanilla might be that little bit more illuminating for under the eyes... but lord knows if/when I'll be able to get my hands on that?
Pick number two is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (£15.50). This is much higher coverage than the NARS offering... but boy does it do what it says on the tin! This stuff lasts forever. Initially the formula is quite creamy and a little goes a long way. Actually, that's my one hang up with this... the pump dispenses far too much product, and attempting a half pump is near impossible. You always end up with far more than you need. That aside, once the product is blended out, it sets and does not budge. I find sometimes with the NARS concealer that if I touch my face too much it can slide around a bit... but there is no chance of that happening here. And there is no cakey-ness which, for a high coverage number, is a massive plus. I like this for night's out, when I'm wearing glasses (see previous post), nasty blemishes, or when I just need my make up to last that little bit longer.
If you're after a cheaper offering- the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) is amazing. I went through not far off 10 tubes of that stuff (I may have lost some). But, since venturing away from that well loved little guy, I think I have found a couple products that manage to just bump the concealer game up a notch.
Yes. These more than awkward photos are now on the internet- enjoy! I winced a bit uploading them, but hey... the perfect blog photo is a lot harder to take than it looks and I had places to be and people to see! I'll admit, I was having a rather good skin day, but hopefully you can appreciate the difference- however minimal. Photo one features my face with just a thin layer of sheer coverage foundation- yes my eyebrows really are completely different shapes. Any redness was pretty much covered... but I'm sporting moderate dark circles and a few scars and small blemishes. Normally, I'm not one to use two different concealers, but for your viewing pleasure I have used NARS under my eyes and MAC on any imperfections. The result, a hopefully more even and makeup ready face. Tada!