Review of High-end and Drug Store Concealers

Concealer is very important to me.  I need them to cover my post-acne marks. There are times when I don’t want a full foundation face so concealer is the way to go to cover my blemishes.  For that purpose I tend to get my true shade instead of going lighter.

I think I purchased my first concealer during my freshmen year of college.  At that time, I know pretty much nothing about makeup other than lip glosses and mascara.  That was also the year I began to explore and discovered beauty blogs and videos on YouTube.  My skin was pretty good then and I didn’t need foundation.  So I went and got a concealer instead to cover the few flaws I had.  I still remember going into a M.A.C store with my friend Sharon and purchasing my first concealer and face powder.  How time flies! Since then, I had acquired more and found my holy grails.  The following are some I am currently using.

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda: $10.49 (Target)

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I got this mainly because I seen gurus on YouTube using it so I decided to give it a try myself.  The bottom left one is a color corrector that has a greenish tint.  The top two are the concealers and the bottom right is a setting powder.

Pros: inexpensive, can mix concealers to get desired shades, sleek packaging

Cons: not very hygienic, tends to cake and crease, not long-lasting

 

Boots No7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick: $9.99 (Target)

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I got this when my sister-in-law said this is a dupe for the Hourglass concealer.  It is and maybe even better than the Hourglass one.  I think I found my holy grail drugstore concealer. It is very creamy but have a powdery finish.  Because of the powdery finish I don’t recommend using it on actual pimples or else it will get cakey!

Pros: inexpensive, easy to blend, great coverage, long-lasting, looks natural, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic

Cons: few color selections

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Corrector: $7.99 (various drugstores)

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This product claims to be both a concealer and treatment corrector for dark spots.  Sounds nice, huh? I don’t buy that it will diminish dark spots over time but as a concealer it is pretty decent.  You have to twist the tube and product will come out of the sponge.

Pros: inexpensive (cheapest out of all my concealers), easy to blend, not cakey, looks natural

Cons: hard to control how much product come out, twist tube break easily, sponge applicator not hygienic, not very long-lasting

 

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: $32 (Sephora)

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I swatched this product on a trip to Sephora after I ran out of my holy grail concealer.  It was very creamy and easy to blend.  After applying it on my face, I like how natural it looks and purchased this to give it a try.

Pros: sleek packaging, good coverage, easy to blend, smooth texture

Cons: pricey, smudges/creases a little, not many color selections

 

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer: $70 (Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys)

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This is a favorite among some people.  I’m pretty neutral about this product.  I don’t hate it nor do I love it.  I find it better as a concealer for under eyes.  For other areas of the face, I find it too drying.  It is a decent product but I think I can live without it.

Pros: very nice packaging, creamy texture, easy to blend, good coverage

Cons: EXPENSIVE, few color selections

 

La Mer “The Radiant Concealer” Broad Spectrum: $70 (various dept stores)

I don’t have this product anymore but still want to talk about it.  This is probably one of the worst concealers I ever used.  I hate it and already tossed it out.  I purchased it about two years ago for about $65 (now it is $70) when I was in a La Mer phase.  That was the worst $65 spent.  It is a creamy concealer with a powdery finish.  It doesn’t last at all and slides right after application.  With such an expensive product, I thought it would be amazing but I was deeply disappointed.

Pros: can’t think of any

Cons: expensive, not long-lasting at all, slides off right away, not very hygienic

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer: $32 (Sephora)

This is my favorite concealer of all time.  I purchased this after the La Mer concealer failed me.  I was so surprised of how well it work for me.  As the name of the concealer said, it is full coverage.  I used it on pimples before and it concealed it very well. I like to use it on my post-acne marks and it looks very natural and stays put all day (even in hot Texas summer days).  I have pretty much used this every single day since I got it.  This concealer had lasted me for about a year and a half.  I have now ran out and need to repurchase.

Pros: full coverage, waterproof, light-weight, easy to blend, natural looking, long-lasting, non-comedogenic, hygienic squeeze tube helps control product usage, many shades to choose from

Cons: none for me :)

Review: La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

The La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream is the new addition to the La Mer skincare line.  It is supposed to do the same thing as the infamous Creme de La Mer but with a lighter texture.

The original cream is a celebrity favorite as well as many other’s holy grail.  I have used both the original La Mer cream and the gel version before.  I never liked the original cream because it is very thick and rich. You have to rub it in your fingers to warm it up to “release its ingredients” and then pat it into the face.  Even so I find it hard to spread and takes awhile for it to absorb.  Although the cream is very moisturizing, but because I have slight oily skin in the T-zone area, this cream makes me look like a grease ball at the end of the day.  Therefore, I can only apply it at night.  After I finished it, I never purchased it again and instead went to try the gel version which I like a lot better.  The gel was lightweight, easy to apply and absorbs fast.

When the soft cream came out, I decided to give it a try as I feel the gel wasn’t moisturizing enough for the winter months.  The soft cream was made with the same ingredients as the original cream and as the name suggested “soft,” in fact, a lot softer than the original cream. There is no need to warm it with the fingertips so it is a lot easier to work with.  It is a lighter texture than the cream but thicker than the gel.  It is very easy to spread and apply.  Like the gel, it also absorbs fast and sink into the skin.  It is very moisturizing and makes my skin very soft.  As with the other two moisturizers, the soft cream has a strong La Mer fragrance which to me is kind of grandma-ish like some Olay products.  I personally don’t mind the scent and find it to fade quickly.

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Overall, I like the soft cream for the winter months and the gel for the warmer months.  As for the original creme de La Mer I would recommend it to people with really dry skins that do not mind the extra step of warming it up with fingertips.  I’m very lazy and like to get ready in the morning and at night as fast as I can, so I find it annoying to add another extra step to my skincare routine :p

The price for the three different moisturizers are the same in term of size. $150 for the 1oz and $275 for the 2oz, which is pretty pricey for a face cream.  La Mer seemed to raised their prices.  I remembered I used to pay $250 for the 2oz and my sister-in-law said back in 2009 she paid $225.  For me I don’t mind the price as long as the product works for me.  However, if I do find a cheaper alternative that work just as well I don’t mind switching.