Tuesday, January 28, 2014
My Perfect Concealer Hunt
For over a year now, I have been trying to find the perfect concealer. Oh you know, one that covers my dark circles, doesn't settle into my lines, doesn't cake up, and looks natural. I have tried everything from drug store brands to moderately high end concealers to always coming back tot he store to try to find something else, something that works better.
Today I will share with you my hunt. My under eye areas are a dark purple/black no matter how much sleep I get, my varying stress levels, and the amount of water I drink. I just can't seem to win in that department. So wearing concealer is mega important for my face when wearing make up.
I first started with Sonia Kashuk's hidden agenda II concealer palette. This palette comes with four sections (two concealer shades, one neutralizer, and one translucent powder). As you can see from the picture above, I went to town with lighter of the two concealer shades. However, this palette is not for your under eye. It will cake up and appears too thick when applied to that area. I found this palette to great for covering up spots (i.e. acne, dark spots, scars, and blemishes). I will repurchase this palette for the latter purpose. You can find this palette at Target for $10.49.
On hunt then continued to NYX. I decided to give the HD Photogenic Concealer in Glow a try. This concealer again was not the answer for me. It did cover, but it settled into fine lines and seemed to flake off with wear. I did find a purpose for it though! I use this as my eyelid primer before applying MAC's Painterly Paint Pot. On my eyelids the concealer provides even coverage and truly enhances my eyeshadow's staying power. I have already repurchased this concealer. You cant in this wand at Target and Ulta for $4.99.
At this point in time, I had fallen in love with MAC Cosmetics for blush and eyeshadow colors. So I decided to give their concealers a go. I had heard Jaclyn Hill and Nicole Guerriero go on and on about the Pro Longwear concealer so off to the makeup counter I went. The MAC makeup artist there said that Pro Longwear was not the way to go so I listened and purchased the Mineralize Concealer in NW25. Summer was upon me at this time and I instantly was sold on this coverage. My face was tan and it did its job covering what was left of my black cirlces. It was light and from what I could tell just what I wanted. Then fall and winter came back into my life, my tan quickly went away, and my black circles came back with a vengeance. It was then that I knew the Mineralize is just a summer time concealer for me. You can get this at any MAC counter for $24.
After this discovery, I went back to MAC and again asked for the Pro Longwear. But again the artist told me how bad it was and that it wasn't for me. This time she talked me into the Studio Finish Concealer in NW25. I. Hate. This. Concealer. It is in a pot and you have to apply it with your finder or a brush. I can't describe the feeling it gave my skin, but I didn't like it at all. And this is the only purchase that I have not been able to find a secondary job for--so it just sits in my drawer. You can get this at any MAC counter for $22.
All of this lead me to the newest rave of Jaclyn and Nicole, and I ordered the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. Please let me rave for a second. This stuff is magical. It provides flawless coverage, it is truly creamy, smooths on like a dream, and is the perfect highlighting concealer. I apply it with my angled flat top kabuki from Sigma. I cannot say enough a bout this little gal! You can pick it up at Sephora for $28.
My last stop was back to MAC because I had watched one more of Jaclyn's videos and I decided I was going to own the Pro Longwear concealer. So now I do! Boom! I may have wasted a ton of money in the process, but I got what I wanted originally. Not only is it perfect, but it is also a great pair with the NARS radiant creamy concealer. I apply the Pro Longwear underneath my eye and the NARS under that. They provide a nice gradient into one another and when used with the kabuki brush, I feel like I am at least five years younger. Actually I was at a store the other day and the girl asked if I was at least 21! I laughed and then of course told her she rocked because I am 32! She said my skin was flawless and I have these make up items to thank. You can get the Pro Longwear at the MAC counter for $23. Oh and if the makeup artist tells you no, say YES!
What concealers do you use and love? Do share with me!