Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Current favourite concealers.

As well as wanting to share my current favourite concealers with you I'd also like you to point me in the direction of your favourites. I'm becoming increasingly unhappy with the products I use as my base so I'm currently on the lookout for a new foundation and concealer. My skin tone is very uneven, I have super dark under eye circles and quite a bit of redness, so if you know of any concealers you think offer really great coverage & come in very pale colours I'd love to know what they are.

Benefit concealers are by far my favourites of the few brands I've tried in the past. I agree that they're pricey and would be far better value if they were a couple of pounds cheaper as I'd say that's what they're worth. However I'm a creature of habit and once I find something that works quite well for me, I'll stick with it.

Boi-ing is the concealer I currently use on any redness, scarring and blemishes. I wouldn't say it's the best for blemishes because it's quite thick and can very easily draw more attention to the area you're trying to cover, however it does a great job of covering any other discolouration. I apply this with my fingers as it really does need that extra warmth a brush can't give to soften the product so it blends into the skin. At £16.50 it's on the more expensive side and while I'd be happy to pay that and more for a product I was completely happy with, there's something about boi-ing that isn't quite perfect for me. Don't get me wrong, it's good, I just don't think it's amazing.

Erase Paste by Benefit on the other hand, I wouldn't be without. On it's own it's not enough to cover my dark circles because they're awful, but over another concealer it works wonders at really brightening my under eye area, especially the inner corners. The pot looks ridiculously tiny but you really really don't need to use a lot of product to see the results. I use this every single day, I've had this pot for at least a year and there is still so much left. It comes with a tiny spatula to scoop the concealer out with but unless you have really long nails I'd say bin it because it scoops out way more product that you need. This retails for £18.50 and I must admit when mine runs out I will have a mild heart attack handing over that sort of money for a tiny pink pot, but in my opinion it's worth it.

My final current favourite is the Under Eye Concealer from the Eyes Lips Face studio line and I reach for this on days where I don't want to wear a lot of make up. For £3.50 it does a really decent job of covering my dark circles, it's not perfect but I didn't expect that. The lightest shade is a perfect match for my pale complexion and you also get a decent amount of product for your money. It blends really easily and I find I can use it on blemishes as well as under my eyes which I definitely wouldn't do with Erase Paste.

I use the lightest shade in all three concealers and they're a good match for my skin tone. You can see by the swatch how brightening the Erase Paste is and it really does work wonders on the inner corners of your eye to give the illusion of being well rested even if you're not!

What are your favourite concealers? I'd really love to know which ones are popular and which ones you think are really worth the money!
xoxo

34 comments:

  1. I have Boi-ing & Erase Paste and I adore them.
    I use also the Portefolio from Lise Watier.

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  2. i use the clinique airbrush concealer :)

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  3. Ooh you must try the MAC select moisturecover concealer! I have possibly the worst dark circles ever, and it does a great job. MAC are pretty good with their colours too so I'm sure you'll find the right shade, it looks similar to the ELF one but maybe thicker, it blends quite well too. I've tried Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, everything but this MAC one is awesome!

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  4. I hear Bobbi Brown have amazing concealers, and they come in pale shades. Have you checked them out? I'm also interested to check out Dainty Doll now it's more local!

    xoxo

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  5. I haven't tried any of these, but I also get really dark circles under my eyes which is so annoying! At the moment I'm using No 7's Instant Radiance Concealer, which is amazing and blends really easily. I must try Erase Paste when I get myself a job back at Uni! xx

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  6. Ive recently been using an under eye concealer from George at asda which i have found works really well for me. Ive not used any of these products though so i cant compare it to them but thought i may suggest it as it was only £3 so maybe worth a try?

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  7. ive been using mac pro longwear concealer, it's perfect for me. I also struggle to find anything pale enough for my skintone. But I also find most concealers end up patchy after a few hours and look awful but this one is really moisturising! definitely worth a try! :)

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  8. For my blemishes I love MAC studio finish concealer (The one in the e/s type pot) Its super thick and creamy and covers really well. I'm really pale aswell and the NW15 is perfect. I think the MAC one maybe cheaper than Benefit ones too xx

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  9. I used to use Boi-ing all the time but found it to be a little too thick. I lovedddd the Mac concealer they did in like a lipstick tube, they don't seem to have that one on the website anymore but I'm sure the other Mac concealers will be just as good. Also a cheaper option that I liked was the Bourjois pen style concealer. Think I'll be trying Erase Paste as my next one!! Hope this helps x

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  10. I used to use Boi-ing and I remember liking it but not loving it, although I can't seem to remember why :-/ Now I use MAC studio finish on redness and blemishes and it covers amazingly well, but I wouldn't recommend it for dry skin because it's not creamy at all and may accentuate dry patches. I really like Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer for under-eyes because it has a really smooth and creamy consistency, perfect for the eye area, and covers really well too. The only thing is that it's sooo expensive :( x

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  11. i have similar skin - horribly dark undereye circles and a lot of redness, which makes it hard to wear blush. which sucks cos i really like blushes at the moment!

    i recently got a mac studio finish concealer in nc15 which is a little too light for me (and i thought i was pale!) but that makes it great for using under my eyes. i'm in love with it. i put touche eclat on first and then usually have a bit of a panic because they're still pretty dark, and root around for something else in my drawer to help. lately i've been using the studio finish almost exclusively.

    been dying to try erase paste though!

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  12. I like Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer. The texture is lovely. And the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection one is pretty good for the dosh too. These two totally purse-friendly.

    I would get a bit of Mac myself, but getting to a counter ain't easy and there'll be no online ordering with the post in this state!

    I quite like Max Factor Lasting Performance foundation, or Revlon Colourstay. I struggle finding products pale enough too. And they bloody make them, most places just don't carry the full line which is INFURIATING. *breathes* x

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  13. For undereyes I haven't found anything better than Bobbi Brown concealers (I use Ivory). You can combine it with a corrector but I don't.
    For my face I use MUFE Full Cover in #5, it has awsome pigmentation so you need hardly anything and it gives fantastic coverage. Too thick for the undereye area but great on blemishes or to hide redness!

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  14. I love the Borujois Healthy Mix Concealer. It's good for the blemishes but not so much fot dark circles.

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  15. I'm not sure the brand I'm using is available outside of Germany & Austria but I use alverde Camouflage powder. It's a very light, white powder that I apply on those dark circles and any red spot and then used either make up or only powder over. I'm sure other brands must carry similar products.

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  16. I love the ELF Undereye Concealer - such good value and it's perfect for my skintone. I used to use Touche Eclat for under my eyes but have stopped buying it since I discovered the ELF product. I use Rimmel Hide The Blemish on spots/redness which is a good basic concealer but does have a tendancy to go a little cakey. I also like No 7 Instant Radiance for under my eyes - the lightest shade is perfect for me but if you have bad dark circles then it might not provide enough coverage is its quite sheer.
    I'm definitely going to try Erase Paste when I have enough Boots points to buy it! x

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  17. Oh how I love boi-ing! It is my god, along with bad gal lash- love benefit products :)
    I also have erase paste- but I am yet to really use it. I think if I had to pick a makeup product I'd pick concelar. I get such bad darkness under my eyes, and a bit of boi-ing really makes me look (&feel) 10 x better
    xx

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  18. If you are having issues with dark circles, I'd start with a good foundation to get a good baseline of coverage. I use Estee Lauder Double Wear and I find that the coverage is excellent! So if you get a good baseline, you won't need as much concealer. I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer on top of foundation. Alternatively, Make Up Forever makes really good waterproof concealer. It's a bit pricey, but it comes in a tube and a little goes a long way. Also, have you tried using a small angled brush to put on the concealer under your eyes? You can get a smoother, more airbrushed coverage that way.

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  19. I think I have boi-ing and erase paste in a little mini benefit kit! I know it sounds silly but I dont really know what to 'do' with concealer... the general ettiquete and if it goes on before or after foundation! silly things like that! I dont get too many spots (touch wood) so for me it would be for uneven skintone and dark eyes. I need to start doing my makeup homework :) xx

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  20. I really love that ELF concealer!

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  21. I really like Boing, tho i find it can be a little dark and muddy looking from time to time? I want to try erase paste but it seems so pricey! Fern xo

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  22. Thanks for this! I find that Benefit sells a good range of concealers but i have never tried it out so this post is useful! I use a concealer called "Skin Food" from Korea. I found it work best when stippled into my blemishes. Basically I just dab a little on my blemishes, take a foundation brush and gently pat the concealer with the bristles till it blends well. I don't drag it across the face because it leaves a streak so just gently patting it in place works for me. I hope to try erase and paste for my dark circles soon!

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  23. This is really helpful because I'm going to get a new concealer on the weekend, my eyebags are just vomtastic sometimes. Thankyou! I've also been itching to get Bo-ing, but for some reason I can't justify it even though it's only £4 more expensive than my usual mac concealers :/ hm! xxxx

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  24. Thank you for all your comments! <3
    I'm gonna check out your recommendations!

    xoxo

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  25. I swear by the Laura Mercier Undercover Pot, nothing else I've tried covers my dark circles as well :) x

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  26. Love this post. I've been hesitant to try the benefit concealers, because despite the good reviews I have read, they are a little pricey. Though I think it's only a matter of time before I try the erase paste, it seems like the one I would like best :). xo

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  27. I use either Benefit It Stick or No7 Concealer stick but i'd really like to try one thats a bit thinner like the ELF one x

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  28. MAC has great products and I also really like MakeUp Forever Foundation. They have a lot of shades so you should be able to find one that matches your own skin tone

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  29. this post was really helpfull thankyou :D i'm quite pale so i use dream matte mouse as it comes in a very light colour which suits my skin tone :) xo

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  30. I am gunna try the E.L.F one out for that cheap price. I'm using a No. 7 one at the moment but it's not that great.

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  31. Erase paste doesnt really work for me but i love boiing! Estee Lauder double wear concealer is awesome too xx

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  32. I tried erase paste the other day and have to say I was pretty impressed at how creamy and brightening it was. MAC select moisturecover works pretty well for dark circles as well x

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  33. Ooo such a fab and useful post! I have the ELF concealer, but have been looking at erase paste for SO long. I was just so unsure because of the size, but I think I'll have to splurge after reading this :)

    L x

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  34. the erase paste does look great on you! i use MAC studio fix concealer

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