Health & beauty
Confessions of Product Junkie- Conceal Me Pretty
Make up- one of my favorite things. When I was younger I use to love experimenting with crazy colors and different brands. When I got my first job, I switched my everyday make up to the more neutral and easy to apply variety. I wanted a look that enhanced my looks and was not distracting in a work environment. I also needed my make up routine to fit into my hectic morning schedule and take no longer than 10 minutes. Now in my late 20's, I notice that too much make up can make me look older and I have been on the look out for natural looking foundations and concealers that also don't settle into the few fine lines I am starting to develop. This is not to say that I don't play with color on the weekends or when I go to big events, I just no longer like the caked on obvious I'm-in-Vegas look.
My goal with my make up now is to find products that enhance and don't distract, are nourishing and healthy for my skin, and does not make me look over done. I have been using a few brands consistently over the last few years and feel that it might be time to mix it up and find some new brands.
Today I am starting with one of my favorite products, concealers!
Concealers: My everyday concealer- MAC studio fix in NW 25. What drew me to this was that it contains SPF 35 and is supposedly enriched with antioxidants and silica to help adsorb the skin's oils. This has been my go to concealer for the last few years and I think it does a great job of covering my under eye circles. NW 25 also is my PERFECT color. I have read that a lot of people don't like the studio fix for under their eyes, but I have yet to find another concealer color that blends into my skin and covers as effectively. In the past I have tried using this on my break outs, but have since stopped because I think this causes break outs if put anywhere but under my eyes. I always use this with a good under eye moisturizer before applying, so I don't have the problem of flaking or cracking during the day, which I have heard is a problem. Since this is my tried and true concealer, I am not getting rid of this from my make up bag, but there are a few concealers I am going to look into.
· MACs Studio Sculpt: I have not yet tried this, but heard that this is a thicker version of studio fix. This peaked my interest because it is suppose to have a neutral color over the more yellow base of the studio fix. The cons of studio sculpt: For the same price it contains slightly less product and does not have a SPF.
· Benefit's Boi-ing: I love everything Benefit and their fun funky products. I tried boi-ing a few years ago and did not like it for under my eyes. It did not provide much coverage and left a lot to be desired. I received a realness of concealness kit as a gift and used everything in it but the concealer. However, I recently purchased a corrector ( I'll give a review below) and tried boi-ing with it, and seems to work better with a corrector. At $18, it is roughly the same price as MAC studio fix but again does not contain a SPF.
· Bobbi Brown's concealer: Have yet to try this, but I am going to look more into it since recently purchasing her corrector.
· Cle de Peau concealer: This is the Cadillac, or porsche, of concealers. With a $68 price tag, you better be sure you like this before you buy it. This is used by many make up artists and is considered one of the best. Supposedly, the color blends perfectly and does not settle into fine lines around the eyes. I am not sure if I can ever justify spending this much on a concealer, but for those who are self-conscious about under eye circles, this might be worth the investment.
· the Balm TimeBomb concealer: I heard about this San Francisco company a few years back when my friend worked at online beauty newsletter. She received a few samples that she passed on to me and I love their mascara and Shady Ladies eye shadow. I was pleased to see that they now carry this line at Sephora. Their packaging reminds me a lot of Benefit, which is fine with me because they are both fun! They are marketing this as an anti-wrinkle concealer, which caught my attention since I love anti-wrinkle everything! It contains Vitamin A, C, and E and phospholipids, and supposedly can sleep with this on at night. I am not sure about the sleeping with make up on, but I love that it contains properties that are beneficial for the skin. I tried the concealer at Sephora at the recommendation of the sales associate and liked it OK, but not as much as my MAC. I would like to try it with a corrector and see how that works.
Correctors: How have I lived my whole twenty-something life without this??!! I am embarrassed to admit I am really behind the curve with correctors. As someone who is always on the hunt for the perfect under eye concealer, I have gone far too long with out a corrector. The difference between a corrector and concealer is that while a concealer “conceals” problem areas, correctors counter the discoloration-such as blue circles or redness. They work in conjunction with s concealer to brighten the under eye area and then conceal.
- Bobbi Brown corrector: I did a lot of research before I bought this product. I was hesitant to add another product to my under eye regimen, but I heard great things about correctors. I was torn between Bobbi Brown’s and Benefit’s erase paste. I tried the erase paste at Sephora and the first things I noticed was how thick it is-they aren’t kidding that it is a paste! It really lightened under my eyes but I thought the price tag of $26 for .15oz was kinda hefty and I really didn’t like the consistency. Bobbi Brown is slightly cheaper at $22, but the consistency is more like my concealer and it seems easier to use less of it. So I went with Bobbi Brown and I L-O-V-E it! It has made such a difference in my under eye circles and works really well with MAC concealer. I am still experimenting on how to apply it correctly, but right now I use the corrector on the inside corners and down where it is darkest and kind of fill in the with the concealer. This is only a few days old so I will update with new techniques once I have it down.
So that was my concealer/corrector review, I would love any feedback or recommendations on what concealers you like!!!