I thought that The Concealer Edit would follow my Foundation Edit that I posted a few weeks ago nicely. A good foundation would be nothing without a good concealer to pair it with, it’s like having tea without a biscuit – it just doesn’t work. These are my favourite concealers that I always turn to. They are quite different to each other, and all serve a different purpose, but are equally valued in my makeup bag, no matter what the retail price.
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – This concealer is majorly hyped up in the beauty world, so of course it was on my list of things to buy when I went to New York. It’s a yellow-toned fair colour, that works well whether I’m applying it on top of BB cream or high-coverage foundation. The formula is creamy and is very easy to blend in. I wouldn’t usually apply this under my eyes, just on top of blemishes. It is a high coverage concealer that covers redness and discolouration with ease. It doesn’t cling to dry patches or wear off easily either, this concealer has fantastic staying power. All of these factors combined definitely make it worth the high-end price tag.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair – Who knew that one concealer could hold so much power in the beauty world? Loved my makeup artists and amateurs alike, this concealer is preferred by many to even high-end concealers. While there is a difference in the colour, I would call Lasting Perfection Concealer a drugstore dupe to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. The formula is vey similar – creamy, moisturising and easy to blend. It holds the same amount of coverage and lasting power, too. I prefer using this concealer to cover up dark circles under my eyes and highlight that area, rather than conceal spots, as the colour is a shade too bright for my skin tone. I use my Jessup concealer brush to blend this under my eyes. If I used one shade darker however, it would be perfect for concealing spots and blemishes. This is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new concealer.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 – I’ve made my love of MAC no secret before, and nothing is different with this concealer. This concealer is my ‘use in case of emergency’ concealer, for when my skin breaks out and is in need of some heavy coverage. The formula is creamy, but not as blendable as NARS’ or Collection’s concealers. I usually apply this using my Real Techniques Foundation Brush, as I find it easier than applying with my fingers. I dab it directly onto the spot and then blend around it. I find that I really have to work my brush into the pot to warm up the product in order for it to become blendable. The coverage is amazing with this product, it covers any spot or blemish in one application. I tend to apply powder directly on top after using this concealer to ensure longevity and to get the best results.
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC30 – I know, I know, it is a completely different shade to my foundation and Studio Finish Concealer, but bear with me. This is my ‘going out and pulling all the stops concealer’, for when I’m going on a night out and know I need something that will last all night. More often than not I apply fake tan for a night out, so my skin is usually a good few shades darker than it normally is. That means I need a darker foundation and, in turn, a darker concealer. This concealer is a lot more liquid-y than the other three I’ve mentioned, as it is in a bottle and needs to be pumped out. A little goes a long way with this concealer, half a pump is more than enough for concealing any redness or blemishes that I have. It is very, very blendable and stays true to its name by being long wearing. I’d love to pick up this concealer in a lighter shade as I know it would be perfect for daytime as well due to it’s high coverage and blendability.
If you’ve tried any of these concealers, or have any favourites of your own, please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
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