Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Concealer Review

We get asked a lot what are the best concealers on the market and which ones are best for different areas or concerns.
 Concealers are designed to cover imperfections, scarring, blemishes, and pigmentation and they do this by colour correcting the area and creating a layer over the area to be disguised.
 The general concealer will not however hide wrinkles, raised scarring or skin that has pitting or uneven texture. There are more specialist products available for this.
There are so many to choose from but I will tackle this by concerns.


Dark Circles
The skin around the eye is very thin and fragile. Think of it as an onion skin where its almost transparent and everything underneath can be reflected above onto the skin.
Depending on your skin tone these dark circles can appear in many different tones so you need to choose the correct colour to counteract the colour of your dark circle.The best way to do this is to get the consultant where you purchase to test the colour on you first.

Check out this colour wheel. Colours that are opposite each other will help correct each other so for example if your dark circles have a blue undertone then a peach based concealer will knock back the blue, if they have a purple undertone then go for a brighter yellow based concealer and so on.
Depending on the coverage you like here are some good under eye concealers;

*MAC Moisture Cover is a lightweight, light reflecting liquid concealer that will provide moisture to dry skin and provide medium coverage. Great for all skins but especially good on mature skins.

*Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer is similar to moisture cover however it provides a much fuller coverage. Also contains SPF 10 which is good for sensitive skins but watch out for flashback from this product in photographs.

*Bourjois Healthy mix concealer is a liquid that provides great radiance around the eye with a medium coverage. Good if your skin is looking dull.

Cream/cake concealers can also be used around the eye but be careful of a cakey finish that can sometimes settle into fine lines.

Blemishes/Discolouration

As I said concealer will correct the colour but if a blemish is raised from the skin it will not make the blemish appear flat to the skin.You will just have to wait it out for the area to heal.
Depending on the coverage needed you can go for a liquid concealer if you need light cover but for a fuller, flawless cover you need to invest in a cream concealer.

*MAC Studio Finish is a great little pot that will last you months.Its creamy texture allows you to blend it in nicely.If your skin is oily you may need to powder over the top to matte it down but this a make-up artists key concealer.

*Bobbi Brown Creamy concealer which also comes in a duo kit or in a large palette is similar to studio finish but slightly more of a moisturised finish.Better for a dryer skin I would say.

*Rimmel hide the blemish concealer is a product that has been around for years but is an all time staple product to have.It is quite a dry formula so good on an oily skin but is nice and creamy and easy to blend.

*Avon Ideal flawless concealer is an oil free concealer that is quite lightweight but still buildable.A good all rounder.

Body Blemishes

  In the summer or for when you may want to wear more revealing clothes there are products you can use to hide bruising, veins, discolouration or blemishes.

You need to go for a product which is transfer proof so it won't rub off on your clothes.

We love MAC Face and Body foundation for this.Its used back stage at all the big fashion events to cover models bruised legs or dodgy fake tan marks!
Its lightweight but when buffed in transforms into a paste that gives a heavier cover.It won't rub off on your clothes and can be teamed with a concealer for more specific coverage.


 
 Specialist concealers

Always check with your doctor first before trying out cosmetic solutions on skin that requires medical consultation first.
Often you may even be offered camouflage creams by your GP.

There are some really great brands out there that specialise in camouflage concealers.
We have worked with the following brands and found them effective.

*Keromask is an amazing brand recognised by the British Medical Association and can be used to disguises acne, vitiligo, rosacea, scars, birth-marks, veins, moles, broken capillaries, dark circles under the eyes, post operative bruising and unwanted tattoos.
 They come in 24 different shades to suit all skin colours.

*Dermaflage is a little more complicated but is basically camouflage for skin that has a recessed scar such as pitting or indentation.
It is a silicone based product that safely fills the indentation to provide a second skin.It comes in a one month starter kit and has all colours to meet your skin tone needs.
Applied in three steps including a primer, colour application and then a texture pad that sits over the top.

For more information on all the products please visit their websites listed below.
We would love to hear your feedback on your favourite concealers.

www.maccosmetics.co.uk
www.esteelauder.co.uk
www.bourjois.co.uk
www.bobbibrown.co.uk
www.rimmellondon.com
www.avon.co.uk
www.keromask.com
www.dermaflage.com



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26 comments

  1. I'm Middle Eastern and I have SUPER dark circles under my eyes. I think they are more purple than blue. Would you recommend using a color corrector under a concealer ? And if so, which brands make good color correctors ? Thanks !

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  2. Wow, great post. Really helpful for someone like me who is building a kit at the minute. Thank you for being so dedicated

    Claire x

    http://stylethatsworthit.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. tptally agree with you Dempsey, this is really a wonderful blog. I also check your website, it is also wonderful.

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  3. really usefull post, i would like to ask - how do you apply rimmel concealer? i have it, it is really good, but as it is the stick and it is too thick i find it a bit hard to put it on the right place :P do you use some brush for it? thank you :)

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  4. Really helpful, thank you! x

    maskedbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. love this! i can never find the right concealer. i'm gonna try rimmel...super affordable!

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  6. Great post! thanks for the suggestions, take care,

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  7. Great post, this was so helpful!<3
    I have realy want to try the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer that you mentioned :)

    Check out my blog?? x
    http://missjammyxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Concelear is very important. I use a product from Benefit.

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    Misspeony

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  9. would MAC's face & body conceal stretch marks a bit?
    (old ones that turned white..)

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  10. I recently did a color concealer/best eyeshadows for your eyes blog post, so funny to see that you guys did one too! If you want to check mine out its Beautybanterblog.blogspot.com, not spaming just sharing! :-)

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  11. Thank you so much for this post. I have a teenage daughter with a surgery scar on her face and I feel keromask and especially dermaflage are going to be a great option. Thank you.

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  12. Really helpful, especially as i'm running out of my rather dissapointing concealer so thank you! :D Laura x

    http://secrets-de-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. you know, i never get dark circles under my eyes, but i do get bags! this post is actually sort of helpful -- i've been on the hunt for something that's brightening for my under-eye region!

    -alexandra
    http://alexisinodak.blogspot.com/

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  14. Fab post Pixiwoo Gals! I do think however that there needs to be more of a distinction between colour correctors and concealers, particularly when it comes to very dark circles under the eyes, or a deep bruise - a corrector is not enough.

    Love the blog! Keep up the great work...it's a highly useful resource in this industry.

    Natalie x
    http://themakeupdebate.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Fab post Pixiwoo Gals! I do think however there needs to be more of a distinction made here between 'correctors' and 'concealers' - particularly when it comes to very dark circles under the eyes or deep bruising (would be helpful too to show the correctors in a palette). A corrector almost always needs to be covered by a concealer.

    Love your blog - keep up the great work! It's a wonderful resource to have in this industry.

    Natalie xx
    http://themakeupdebate.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. This is a really great post, thank you. I own an insane amount of concealers in my quest to disguise my dark circles...Estee Lauder might be next on my list now!

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    x

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  17. Love this post! I've got a positive and a negative experience to share with 2 of the concealers you mentioned:

    I recently bought Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer and it's been fantastic for my undereye circles. I love that it comes in light shades for those with fair skin (like me!)

    But, I never really liked MAC Moisturecover because NC20 was a bit too dark and it seemed to crease on me a lot.

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  18. That Dermaflage sounds incredible! I don't have acne or scarring or anything but it sounds really interesting!x
    Samantha's Secret

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  19. After seeing Healthy Mix by Bourjois in you films I bought a concealer yesterday and gave it a go this morning. I am very happy with this, I am not sure how long it stays on, because girl who tinted my eye lashes went bit wild with removing it. ;) However I am very happy with the effect it gave and I think it is good value for money. I also got Healthy Balance powder. Buy one, get second half price at Boots at the moment. ;) I think this concealer is SO much better than Match Perfection by Rimmel I have been using recently. Thank you for recommending this product! x

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  20. really usefull aeronaut, i would equal to ask - how do you pertain rimmel concealer? i eff it, it is real favorable, but as it is the force and it is too syrupy i effort it a bit hornlike to put it on the paw residence

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  21. Thanks do much for the info. I use Clinique Aurbrush concealer under my eyes and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for blemishes. I like Maybelline Mineral concealer but they have discontinued it sadly.

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  22. Thanks for taking the time to write this - I struggle to figure out what concealer I should use, mainly because I don't really understand my skin tone - sometimes I think it's warm and sometimes cool. Thank you! x

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  23. I have a pale skin with vitiligo and I still find it impossible to cover. I have used different camouflage creams, but the vitiligo is concentrated around my eyes which are quite sensitive, unfortunately, so those special products always cause tears. Camouflage creams are also too much for my sensitive skin and it gets quite red after I have left them for a few hours... I just learned to live with it I guess. I only try to cover it on special occasions and I have irritated skin for days after. If you know a different solution to my problem, I would love to see a video from you for covering Vitiligo without the use of too heavy formulations.

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  24. I have a pale skin with vitiligo and I still find it impossible to cover. I have used different camouflage creams, but the vitiligo is concentrated around my eyes which are quite sensitive, unfortunately, so those special products always cause tears. Camouflage creams are also too much for my sensitive skin and it gets quite red after I have left them for a few hours... I just learned to live with it I guess. I only try to cover it on special occasions and I have irritated skin for days after. If you know a different solution to my problem, I would love to see a video from you for covering Vitiligo without the use of too heavy formulations.

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  25. Thanks for the links that you shared.. those would really be a great lists. For acne sufferers, using concealer is the only thing they could possibly do just to hide their acne. But I suggest taking all natural products on their skin instead of taking over the counter products. You can also discover more info here about ideas on how to choose the best acne products for you.

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