28 November 2011

Concealers: does my spot look big in this?

After reading this post on quick fixes for the party season, reader Caren commented that her party essential is concealer, and lots of it. She’s right: concealer is a makeup bag essential, especially at this time of year. I’ve rummaged through my makeup bag(s) to show you what’s currently in my stash...

Best Concealers From Rimmel, Benefit, Smashbox, Bourjois, Barbara Daly, Bobbi Brown and The Balm

ONE Rimmel Match Perfection concealer: For years, I though YSL’s Touche Eclat was the only highlighting concealer for me. But one of the brilliant benefits of writing a beauty blog is that it encourages you to branch out and try a rake of different products at different pricepoints. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. And sometimes, like with this Rimmel concealer, I’m delighted. I read about this on the Skinni Peach and picked it up at my local chemist; I think it cost me €7/8. It’s perfect for dark circles; not too heavy, not too light. I use it alone if I’m wearing a lighter base, and on top of a cream concealer if I need more help.
TWO Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and Corrector: Basically, the bomb. The only thing I don’t like about these products is the price. There’s a full review here so I won’t ramble on, but this combo is pretty much my HG of concealers; the only reason I still shop around is because I’m hoping to find something equally good, but less spendy. And 'cause I'm fickle like that.

THREE Benefit Erase Paste: This product has legions of fans but for some reason I just can’t get on with it. It’s very thick, and I find it trickier to smooth across my eye area than I’d like. I feel like I’m dragging the skin a little, which is never good. It’s quite pink, too, and I prefer a more yellow toned concealer. It’s about €25-€30, so pricey, too.

FOUR The Balm TimeBalm: I hear mixed reviews about this one, but I’m a fan. It’s less creamy and a touch more drying than either the Bobbi Brown or Barbara Daly products, but it does a decent job on my dark circles and on any blemishes.  I picked this up in A-Wear and think it was around the €15 mark. There are 6 shades, and the product comes with a little sponge, which I binned, preferring to use a brush or, more often, my fingers.  

FIVE Barbara Daly Concealer: When the lovely Rachelle from DollyRouge heard that my local Tesco didn’t stock the Barbara Daly range, she very kindly sent me this to try out. And I love it! It’s a thicker consistency than Bobbi’s, but if you want a creamy concealer that won’t break the bank, this is a fab alternative. Works well for undereye circles and on blemishes. Oddly, I find it melts off the sides of my nose, so perhaps not good for oilier areas. Comes in at around a fiver.

SIX Smashbox Photo Op Under-Eye Brightener: Light reflective, shimmery peach liquid for use under concealer; similar to the Bobbi Brown corrector, but designed specifically to work well in photos. I like this product but I don’t reach for it that often: I’m too lazy to add a step to my day-to-day routine, and for special occasions or when the big guns are required, I usually reach for the Bobbi Brown product. Which is sad, because this deserves more love.

SEVEN Bourjois Brush Concealer: Another resounding ‘meh’. This is too lightweight for me: the formula is much thinner than the Rimmel product and it doesn’t conceal my dark circles or illuminate the area very well. Comes in two shades and was, I think, around a tenner.

What concealer is in your makeup bag right now? And as my Bobbi Brown products are running dangerously low, do you have any recommendations to knock it off its throne?!
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