This week I’m testing and trialing concealers.
Honestly if there is one product I would hate to go without – it’s concealer.
I’m not interested in using all sorts of different products for different areas or concerns, I just want a one-size-fits-all product.
Whether its brightening under my eyes, concealing dark circles, covering thread veins or those nasty kind of spots that spring out of nowhere – all of these have been tried, tested and loved.
Listed from light to heavy coverage, here are my top three concealers…
Light coverage: Couleur Caramel Perfect Complexion Concealer (€28)
Starting at the completely natural end of the spectrum Couleur Caramel is a natural, vegan and organic make up brand that has some really interesting additions. I always feel that coverage can be lacking with natural make up but I particularly like this concealer.
What sets it apart for me is how it feels on your skin. If you have sensitivity, especially around the eye area, this could be what you’ve been looking for.
If you want something totally natural on your skin this is definitely worth investigating.
Whilst this does need a little time to set if you want something totally natural on your skin this is definitely worth investigating.
I use shade number 31 – the perfect ivory under my eyes and around my nose. You can buy online and it’s also stocked in most health food stores.
Medium to full coverage: Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Laura Mercier is a cosmetic giant with a conscience. CrueltyFree Kitty – which is a really good source to find out what brands test on animals states that “Laura Mercier doesn’t test finished products or ingredients on animals. None of their suppliers test on animals, nor do any third parties.
Their products are not sold in China, and they don’t test on animals where required by law. Laura Mercier’s parent company is cruelty-free”
When going cruelty-free with your make up, it’s not just about the final product, the ingredients and also third party testing can be a cheeky work-around for companies that want to claim to be cruelty free.
If you want something incredibly luxurious than look no further than their Flawless Fusion concealers. These are creamy, bendable and set quickly.
I have a pocket of darkness just beside my tear duct and brightening it, without over-loading on product is tricky. This did the job effortlessly.
It is infused with vitamin C and glycerine which hydrates so it doesn’t go cakey. When set correctly – ideally with their hero translucent loose setting powder that Make Up By Mario uses on Kim Kardashian all the time – this will last up to 12 hours.
I use shade 2 C.
Full coverage: Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full Coverage Concealer (€24)
Urban Decay has carved out a niche for long lasting and hard wearing products.
I have yet to try the All-Nighter foundation as I don’t like a heavy base but this is a wonder product. This has 73% more coverage than their Naked Skin concealer and has a matte quick setting finish as well as being waterproof and long lasting.
If you are after stay-put, no nonsense concealer for angry spots, really dark shadows and redness this is exactly what you want.
A little goes a long way and you need to work fast. I use it with a damp beauty sponge and that stretches it perfectly.
As an eyeshadow base layer this brightens every single bit of darkness. It comes in 14 shade and being pale myself, I have to say the pale shades are very pale.
If you are after stay-put, no nonsense concealer for angry spots, really dark shadows and redness this is exactly what you want. What I will say is that you need an exact match for this to work as it’s heavy and if the shade is off it will just look wrong.
The colour spectrum is light and lacks in the darker end of the spectrum but hopefully that will expand.
I use share Fair – Neutral
Holly White is a Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster, and blogs on all things fashion, style, wellness, beauty, health and fitness on www.Holly.ie.