So I wanted to do a post about concealers, because I have some new ones. Also I wanted to not forget some great products that have been ride or die for me personally. Then I will sling in some that of course I don't care for and I bet you can guess what one of them is.
Recently, I got the new Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light. It's only available at Ulta and on Tarte's website. I really thought I wasn't going to like it because it oxidized like crazy on my hand when I swatched it. So I was sweating it. I also originally wanted the shade Fair. After I applied it while doing my makeup though, I LOVE it. It didn't oxidize, the shade couldn't have been any better and it didn't make my under eye area look "older" or "dry". It was actually amazing. This is now one of my faves. It's right up there with Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer which IS my favorite. This reminds me a lot of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, formula wise, only this is more hydrating on me. The NARS.... I was one of the few who didn't like it. It made my eye area look super old and dry. This doesn't do that but still the same great opaque coverage and great color. The wand is gigantic though! The packaging is also very bulky as well. Which is fine with me but I've never seen a wand that huge on concealer. This is $24 for .33 oz which is a good price in my opinion.
Also, I got the new Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer. This one I'll be honest is just, eh. There are things I like about it and nothing I really hate, but it doesn't "wow" me. This is a super hydrating and luminous concealer. When I say "luminous" it has light reflecting qualities to it, not that it highlights the under eye area or anything. Honestly, that's why I don't love it. I got the 2nd to lightest shade (Fair) and swatching it was really deceiving. It looked more full coverage and much brighter/lighter shade wise. However, when I applied it, it seemed to lose some of it's coverage and the shade just kinda became the shade of my skin and didn't keep it's original color. Which not everyone likes to brighten and highlight with a concealer and if you are one of those you may truly love this. It's wonderfully hydrating like I said and gives a healthy look to the skin especially paired with the Becca Under Eye Brightener/Corrector pot. It doesn't crease terribly bad. I did notice that it did crease some as the day went on, and that it seemed like I lost even more coverage as the day went on as well. So if you don't have dark circles or if you have very mild ones and are just looking for a nice concealer that will help cover them and not be super full coverage but look very healthy and luminous, you may love this. This is $30 for .18 oz. A bit pricey in my opinion I would've like to seen it around $28 for .20 oz. That's just me though.
Next I have the Too Faced Born This Way concealer in the shade Very Fair which is the lightest shade. The first 3 I think I could've worn but I wanted something bright. Luckily, I got this shade because once applied it was actually darker than how it swatched so it was perfect color wise. This also smells like coconuts or something really refreshing to me. Which is cool. The formula is pretty thin but provides a good amount of coverage at the same time and I really like that. I will say that I like the Shape Tape over this though. Specifically because the Shape Tape has and maintains better coverage and keeps it's color through out the day better than this one. None the less this is a very good concealer. I think it would be great for people who have some texture issues around the eye, dry under eyes, or they get cakey fast. Because of the thin formula this is, it won't emphasize that texture or really set heavy. People love this and I totally understand why. This is $28 for .23 oz.
Now lets jump back to something that's not new and that's the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless concealer. I have this auto delivered to my home. I love this so much, I make sure to never run out of it. I use shade Light Warm. It's a serum style concealer with amazing coverage. Which is why I love it. It's the perfect pale yellow undertone based concealer that I prefer and super light weight and the coverage is legit the whole time. I don't know how they do it but it's amazing. This is $28 for .16 oz and they also carry travel size in select shades for $12. That price kinda stinks but a little goes a really long way so I think one tube of this usually will last me about 6 months because it's thinner consistency and full coverage so you don't need a lot.
Going back even farther, the MAC Pro Longwear concealer is an old stand by that I still love. It's more liquid type formula in a pump and it's anti-crease. It works amazing as an eyeshadow primer as well. This is another that I always have just in case. This was probably the first great concealer I ever tried, that satisfied me and it still does. It can be somewhat wasteful with product because mine pumps out a lot and I never use as much as it pumps out, but what can you do. This is $22 for .30 oz which is a good price and a good amount of product. One bottle lasts me a year usually. No joke. These are available on the MAC website, free standing stores, and dept stores that have MAC counters ie: Dillards, Belks, Macys, etc.
One that I think goes unnoticed a lot that probably shouldn't is the Anastasia Beverly Hills concealers. They've been out for a long time, they come in a pot type packaging, they are amazingly full coverage. These, I feel, are really great for correcting circles and also for spot concealing because the formula is very thick and creamy. Also it's very shiny. Some might would say it's heavy. I think it's really good and they have a huge shade range per usual. It's also good for "sculpting" the brows or cleaning up liquid lipstick. It's very beneficial to have in my opinion. I personally like this under the eyes, I apply the tiniest amount with a concealer brush and it works really good for me but I know some don't like it for that and to each their own. The shade I have currently is .75 which I think is a more neutral base (incredibly pale as well) so I'm going to get shade 1.0 which is a bit more yellow-ish in tone which .75 works just fine.. This is $20 for .35oz. Which is a good amount for that price. Judging by how little you actually need I honestly don't know when you'd run out of this.
Of course I'm gonna throw in one that I don't care for. I've tried and tried to like this and use it or find a way to use it and I swear it just gets worse even more so now than when I initially reviewed it and that's the new Kat Von D Lock It Concealer. This takes forever to set, it settles into ANY fine lines you may have or didn't know you had, and for as opaque as it comes out it just doesn't keep that coverage. I have tried everything under the sun to make this work and I always look about 10 years older when I have it on, it requires a lot of touching up and just doesn't jive with me man. I know I'm like the 1% that doesn't like it apparently, if you believe anything on social media, but I can honestly say that after giving it NUMEROUS attempts, I officially hate it. This is $26 for .22 oz.
Also, my friend Edie at my Sephora (Hi Edie!!) introduced me to one of her fave stand by concealers which is the Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Under Eye Concealer. I love it when concealers are especially made for the under eye. This is a cool concealer, it comes in a squeeze tube, it's good coverage, and it's actually pretty thin formula wise in my opinion. Usually in squeeze tubes they're very thick. This really isn't. So thus it doesn't feel heavy or look cakey on your skin. It also doesn't budge. Once it's on there, it is on there folks, and lasts a really long time as well as not creasing (I find). So this is great for brides and big occasions because you really don't have to worry about touching up. It's been out for a long time as well. My shade is Light Buff. I feel like this doesn't get talked about enough and a lot of times they're still sold out of certain shades on Sephora. It's $31 for .52 oz. (Which is a TON of product). Like that's half the amount of a regular foundation kids.
These are just the ones that came to mind for me to talk about, but some honorable mentions of some that I do really like are:
Baremineral Bareskin Serum Concealer $20 (similar to UD Naked Skin concealer)
Sephora Bright Future Serum Concealer (more so for brightening rather than concealing) $14
NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer (for spot concealing) $6
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $7
MUFE Ultra HD Concealer $27
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