Sunday, 19 September 2010

Concealer - 1, 2, 3 or 4?????

I used to just use one concealer for everything - under eyes, redness, blemishes and any other little marks. But I never found that this worked for me. I'm quite pale and my dark circles are just awful!! God, some days I swear I look as though I've got two black eyes, and if I'm lucky they just look extremely purple. Well anyway, using the same concealer for everything just wasn't working. I used to have to pile loads on under my eyes, and I'd just end up looking cakey. So not a good look.

Anyway, to that end I thought I'd do a round up of the current concealers I use. I have 4 on the go at the moment - although realistically I only use 3 on a day to day basis and I've started to question whether this is a bit excessive.

Below are the ones I'm using at the moment..............................
Firstly, the It Stick,

I actually got this when it was free with Glamour mag - I loved it straight away and stocked up on another 3 of them as they were only £2. They usually cost around £17.00 from the likes of Boots and Debenhams, however you can purchase them online at Cheap smells for £6.95. I find that its a really good all round concealer and the colour blends in perfectly. I use this daily under my foundation to cover the redness around my nose and any blemishes I have. I also apply this as the first base to concealing my eyes.

You would think that as its in a pencil form that it would be quite hard, but is so isn't. Its very soft and it has quite a creamy texture and blends in really well. It also looks quite light in the picture, but its one colour for all skin tones and really does work on most people.

Overall I love this! and will definitely be re-purchasing when my backups run out (I only have 2 and a bit left at the moment).

Next up is Barbara Daly's concealer,
This is around £3.60 (can't remember if that's exactly right) and you can find it at Tesco's. I found this after a recommendation from Glamour mag, in an issue that had the Beauty Editors giving their tips for the best products and since then its been one of my most re-purchased products. It has a creamy texture which does blend well but can be quite thick. I usually use it under my eyes more but that's mainly due to the colour. But its slightly dark to use on my face and can look a bit orangey.

I do love this, however since discovering the It Stick I've not really used it as much. But it's such good value for money and I would highly recommend it, especially if you're after a budget concealer.

Next is my most recent purchase, Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer,
This is the most expensive of the lot - I think I paid £25.00 for this from Selfridges. Although it may have been slightly less.

This can be used all overall, but I definitely prefer it just under my eyes. You can blend the two shades together to a colour that suits you with a concealer brush, however I like to firstly pat the light shade around my eyes and then pat the dark one all over. Even though it looks quite dark it blends in really well and really helps with my dark circles. Its weird, as I wouldn't usually use something with such an orangey tone to it but it works perfectly under my eyes. I would go as far as to say its my HG concealer. I just don't know how I survived before this ha ha!
Overall, its my most loved concealer!

Finally we have Garnier's Caffeine Anti-dark circles 2 in 1 roll on,
This costs around £9.99 and I wouldn't say its amazing, but I enjoy using it.
This once again is quite orangey and it has a very thin consistency to it. I wouldn't use this on its own under my eyes as I just don't feel that it covers much up. However this is great to apply as my last step to my under eye concealing process, it helps to stop my eye area from looking cakey. I got this ages and ages ago and its still going, so I probably will re-purchase but solely on the basis that it helps with a more natural makeup look.

So my question is, does anyone else use more than one concealer or am I just being a bit excessive?



Kristie said...

I don't think it's excessive at all to use more than one. I'm really lazy to use concealer but my fav is also Laura Mercier.

LatBeautyAddict said...

@kristie - thank you :) laura mercier is great isn't it. love it!


Beauty Addict said...

I do!! Sometimes I mix 3-4 concealers in one go!

I also use Ganier as my first step, then I use lemon aid from benefit, then foundation on top and then eye brightener from benefit..

I'm still looking for the best eye concealer, maybe next time I'll try laura mercier or bobbi brow

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QuiteQuaint said...

ive been thinking about buying that garnier roll on for ages so this review was great to find! i use a clinque under eye thing at the moment which is pretty good so i think ill stick with it x

ShoppingAddict said...

I have around 10 concealers- Then again i am a trading Make-Up artist so i need to have a good range.
If you like your concealers- You should try Benefits Bo-ing.

Chloe said...

wow, this was so helpful! :D xx

Thankyou SO much for following btw :D:D xxx

A said...

random, but your freckles are absolutely gorgeous! i have them too but not nearly as many as you. they are splendid. thanks for following, lovely.

Sherrie said...

I love First Lights EYELIGHT, this is great for dark circles. I recently did an review on it so pop over and see what you think x

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