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?!


Karen said...

Loving the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer, it's the perfect consistency for me. Dying to try the Bobbi Brown one, will make it my mission to give it a go in the new year. X

ArtDonatella said...

I have the Barbara Daly one and it just cakes on me (oily skin), while it has the perfect consistency and coverage strength, I can't get along with this.

I love Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer, a fabulous product (the only concealer I've ever tried that does not cake at all), it's very long lasting and the coverage is medium to full (buildable). Absolutely loke this yoke :) xx

Sarah Lanagan said...

Great post Emma! Have you tried the Estee Lauder Ideal Light illuminator pen? I've found it's particularly good on skin that has a yellow undertone, where as the Benefit erase paste is better for pink toned skin. x

Caren Kennedy said...

A tube of cheap 'n' cheerful Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch is my concealer of choice these days. I say choice, but really it's more by way of financial necessity.

It's not bad all things considered but there are days when I reckon a burkha would work better. Pre-divorce-financial-fall-out, Bobbi Brown was the business.

Deniz said...

Hi! happy days!:) Loves from Turkey!;)


Anonymous said...

My fav is Mac Studio Fix - It hides everything!

Dollyrouge said...

Awe, thanks for the shout out Missis. Much appreciated x

I switch it up between EL Doublewear concealer, BD for tesco and Bo-ing by Benefit.
I really want a highlighting concealer for my eyes so will def. check out the Rimmel option. ^Rach

BeautyGeekUK said...

I agree with your comment about the Benefit Erase Paste as I can't get on with it either; glad to hear it isn't just me! I'm a HUGE Bobbi Brown fan, but another under-eye concealer I really love is Dior Nude. It's so light and creamy, but covers really well :) xx

fluff and fripperies said...

Thanks for all the brilliant suggestions, lots to try out here! xo

SaraK said...

'Estee Lauder's 'disappear 'smoothing creme concealer.

I discovered this when I went in to Frasers in a blind panic after my new baby had disallowed sleep for 7 months in a row. My skin was a riot, my eyes were a mess, i had lines i had never known before and apparently i was to be grateful as i had a beautiful baby girl. Ha. This combats all three - not amazing on blemishes admittedly (not bad, just not amazing) but dark circles and fine lines? Disappear is right.

They tried various cosmetics on me that morning sensing a demented young mother with money for burning in sheer desperation: from benefit, to MAC, to YSL to whatever else. But this one won. Hands down.

This was the bhad boy that meant when i returned to work everybody refused to believe my tales of interrupted sleep (right up til she was two freaking years old!).

It was £20 bucks at the time, and in poorer times i admit I have done without food luxuries to have my disappear. It is the only thing in my makeup bag i won't stray from. Ever. Although sometimes i'm too lazy to apply....

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Johanna said...

I love Erase Paste. Did you use the brush? I find it goes on more cakey with your finger. xo

fluff and fripperies said...

Have tried it every which way Johanna but while I know it works wonders for others, it just doesn't do it for my skin type I'm afraid!