I didn’t use concealers much. I used medium coverage foundations and called it a day. Then, I discovered sheer foundations, and how light it felt, and how natural my skin looked. So, I’d need a little more to cover some spots and dark circles. Also, now that I’m older, turning 40 this year (!), I need to brighten the centre of my face to give it a little lift. Then on days when I just don’t feel like using foundation, I’d just moisturize my face properly, and pop on some concealer where needed. Works like a charm as well. I guess you can say I’ve come to appreciate concealers. My skin is also becoming drier, so my concealer picks are those that will work on my skin. Something that still looks like skin, and not set and dry up, making my skin look crepey.
Here are the few I’ve been enjoying and now that I’m typing, I just realized I completely missed out the RMS ‘un’cover up, which I also love. Then again, I just talked about it recently 🙂
I think many of you are familiar with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, so I won’t talk too much about it. This is a repurchase, and I’ve grown to like it more the second time round. The Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer is a concealer that was NOT love at first use. In fact, there was a learning curve, because the texture is quite dry, like a paste. I think the best way to use it is to pat it on using fingers, and once blended in, this concealer looks like skin. I’ve come to really love it, and it’s a surprise hit. I know some really hate it, but once you’ve made it work, it’s gorgeous on skin. I bought it without testing, so I think if I actually swatched it at the counter, I wouldn’t have purchased it. Told you the first impression isn’t good 🙂
A’pieu and Etude House are 2 Korean beauty brands I’ve been experimenting lately. They are very affordable, just one fifth of the price of NARS and Bobbi Brown, and they surprise me. I bought them online at Hermo, and will not hesitate to repurchase.
I didn’t expect them to work so well but they do! The A’pieu Dark Circle Brightener lifts my eyes and cancels out my dark circles immediately. It is also quite thin in consistency, so it’s easy to blend. The slight peachy tone helps, of course, and the best thing is, I can also use it on my nasolabial folds… something that will only become more prominent as we age.
Etude House Big Cover Concealer Tip is one of my favourites. However, they only have 2 shades, Beige and Sand, Beige being the lighter one. If you’re familiar with Korean cushions, they come in shades 13, 21, 23, 25 and I’m usually shade 21, if that helps in shade reference. For this concealer, I use Beige, and it’s a great match. It’s not too yellow, not too peachy, not too pink, and I’d say it’s more ivory beige. The consistency is water light and this concealer stretches so a little goes a long way. I like to use this when I’m not wearing foundation, and just spread it out from the centre of my face using a small fluffy brush. At the moment, I’m using Sigma F03 for this purpose.
Here are the swatches so you can see them side by side. They all vary, but they all work.
I hope this post is helpful to you. I use these concealers to hide dark circles and unevenness. I don’t have acne or pimple marks, so I don’t know how well these perform to conceal spots. When I used to have breakouts when I was younger, I remember using one from MAC, in a small pot. It was a thicker full coverage cream so it stayed put. I can’t remember what it’s called though >_<
Do you use concealers? What do you use?