I only use concealers when I have acne. When my skin is clear, I just don’t bother. This summer my skin has not been cooperating. Concealer has now become almost a daily requirement.
I need multiple concealers because there isn’t one that actually matches my skintone exactly, and I do turn darker in the summer and get lighter in the Fall/Winter. Plus, I like playing with different textures and opacity when it comes to coverage.
1. Nvey Eco Organic Erase Corrector in Medium, 0.11 oz for $31.00
This concealer was very surprising because at first I thought it was too light for me, but it actually isn’t. In actuality, it is very close to my skin’s natural untanned color and the undertone is a pretty good match, except it doesn’t have enough green. 🙂 However, this offers a, almost, translucent light layer of color, which tones down the red and allows my natural green undertones to come through. It is not meant to hide ANYTHING, just a mere wash of color to de-emphasize red spots and hyperpigmentation marks. It, also, feels like there is almost nothing on the skin. It does complement and allow for layering of thicker textures. This is my second compact and I will restock when it is finished.
Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower Seed Oil), Ricinus Communic (castor Seed Oil), Cetyl Alcohol (coconut Oil), Cera Alba (organic Beeswax), Simmodsian Chinesis (jojoba Seed Oil), Copernicia Cerifera (carnauba Wax), Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla Wax), Benzyl Alcohol (natural Preservative), Salicylic Acid (natural Preservative), Sorbic Acid (natural Preservative), Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot Seed Oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C), Glycerin (vegetable Derived). May Contain: Ci77019 (mica), Ci77491, Ci77492, Ci77499, Ci77007 (iron Oxide), Ci77891 (titanium Dioxide).
2. Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Bisque, $29.50
I briefly reviewed this concealer in my 2nd post for the Summer 2012 Casual Face for Broken Out Skin $-$$. The shade is deeper than even my tanned skintone; however, the creaminess and blendability of this cream concealer is amazing and I can make it work, which is why this my go to concealer. I would put this around an MAC NC30-35. It is a neutral to warm color. It may even work for some MAC NC42, who prefer a lighter concealer to highlight features. I love the wand and the fact that I can easily dot it on my face, and with my finger, pat, pat, pat to blend in for a better match. It is opaque, but can be sheered out significantly and blended with other concealers and foundations. This is my third tube and I will restock when needed. This is my absolute favorite concealer for covering acne without looking like a mannequin.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Isostrearate, Propylene Glycol, Ozokerite, Hexylene Glycol, Urea, Glycosaminoglycans, Honey/Mel, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Chamomilla Recutita Extract/Chamomilla Recitita, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract/Centaurea Cyanis, Polydihydroxyindole, Tocopherol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostrearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Iron Oxides/CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, B5456/1
3. Make Up Forever Paris Professional Full Cover Concealer in Ivory (6), 0.5 oz for $32.00
This is the lightest concealer I have and it has the tackiest texture of the bunch. I use this to lighten up too dark concealers. This has a heavier coverage that is waterproof. Sometimes, I will apply this first, then I apply Lancome’s Maquicomplet in Medium Bisque to cover horrendous monsters on my skin. The texture of this should not be blended with MAC’s Pro Longwear, though, as they both have a tackier feel. It’s like putting to heavyweights against each other. Make Up Forever does not set as fast, and actually retains a tacky matte-creaminess to it, that MAC’s Pro Longwear, being thinner and faster drying, does not. This product is also supposed to resist humidity and ensure even coverage, while maintaining a “matte coverage,” but like I said before it is more a tacky feel, demi-matte look. I would argue that there is a slight sheen to the matteness, not allowing it to be a true matte. This little tube lasts forever. I have only purchased it once, but will likely purchase again.
Ingredients: Aqueous Emulsion of Volatile Oils with Optimized Pigment Cover, Plastic Polymers, Allantoin, Microcrystalline Cellulose Powder, Serma Sensitive.
4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 30, $17.00
MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer line has great opacity and is long wearing. However, of all the concealers I have, this is the
darkest orangeist, and cannot be used on its own without significant blending and use of a yellow or beige toned concealer, or foundation, to reduce the orangeyness when it dries down. The fast drying texture of this concealer makes it more difficult to sheer out and blend, but it is still achieveable. The initial texture has a very slight tacky feel, when first applied, but that disappears. The next lightest shade is NC 20 and it comes off a little pale nude-beigey peach to me with not enough yellow-beige in it. I have to be very careful with this NC 30 shade because it is very noticeably dark for me and ORANGE when it dries down. Also, I dislike the pump applicator. It pumps out too much. In general, I find MAC likes to give it’s warm-toned light-medium shades too peachy, or orangey, undertones, which I dislike. I will not repurchase this color. I really dislike MAC’s tendency to go PEACH/ORANGE on light-medium warm tones. Just remembered why I stopped buying MAC foundations/concealers some years ago. NC 20 or bust, apparently.
5. LORAC Cover Up Concealer in Light/Medium (C3), 0.15 oz for $19.00
What I especially love about this product is how small and portable it is. What I do not like is how you have to use a brush or dip your finger in there. A small tube would have been better. This concealer is light (but bright) yellow-beige concealer that counteracts redness well and blends out very well. This is similar to the Nvey Eco shadewise but with a heavy yellow feel, but with a tackier texture, but it does offer more coverage. It is layerable with other sheer-toned concealers and illuminators. It is not the best for blending out heavier concealers, but it is still possible.
Ingredients: Castor Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Talc, Paraffin, Beeswax, Carnuba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Propylparaben, BHT, Vegetable Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, FD&C Yellow #5 Aluminum Lake.
Here are swatches of the concealers indoors with flash and natural light.