There are some people out there, the ones blessed by angels with perfect skin, who are just lucky enough not to have to wear any makeup to look human, while others – namely me, have to rely on a beautiful little creation called concealer to save me from looking like a real life iZombie all day long.
I suffer from extreme dark circles, which unfortunately for me, runs in the family. No amount of sleep, eye cream or water will be able to cure it, but lucky for me I always have a little concealer nearby to save me from looking like the walking dead.
Now since I swear by this stuff and I obviously have some insane dark circles to cover up, it’s safe to say that I can tell a good concealer from a bad one. That’s not to say that the one’s I dislike won’t work for you, I’m writing this review solely from my perspective and how these concealers work FOR ME. I’ve picked 5 different concealers, giving my full opinion on all of them, so be prepared for a long post – I apologise in advance, and welcome to the battle of the concealers. May the odds be ever in their favour.
First up we have a ‘holy grail’ staple that’s used all around the world, often considered a dupe for MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer, LA Girl’s Pro Conceal HD concealer. Now I have watched countless YouTube tutorials and read various reviews and blogs about this stuff. Before I bought it I did a lot of research to know exactly what it was all about, which got me all excited because this product just seemed too good to be true. I mean high quality, full coverage concealer that retails at only R30.00 a tube? That can’t be right can it??? Well that’s what they were saying, so I tested it out and I’ll give it to you straight. I had really high expectations regarding this concealer and after trying it, I only have one thing to say… Nope, I’m just not about this. I mean the darker shades if used for contouring are good for sure, but for covering dark circles, it’s a no from me.
I found that I needed to apply at least three layers of this stuff to cover any darkness around my eyes, also when I blended it in with my beauty blender, it made little clumps around my eyes that looked absolutely terrible. The one day that I did manage to make it work for me, after about 4hours of wear, it started separating around my nose area and by the time I got home after a long day out, I looked like I was wearing eyepatches – picture a panda face but with the colours inverted.
I know I shouldn’t have expected much from something that costs only R30.00, but I honestly expected more from the great reviews it received. I’m actually really disappointed and since this concealer has no pros for me – except the price point, I’d say that LA Girl is definitely out of the running.
Next up we have a sneaky little contestant, who flies under the radar but is secretly amazing!! Essence Stay All Day 16H Concealer is literally one of the best concealers I have ever tried. I could only ever find them at Dis-Chem stores and they retailed around R48.00 if I’m not mistaken. Note: I haven’t seen these concealers around for a while, so I’m guessing that Dis-Chem no longer stocks them, but if any of you are lucky enough to see these, buy them, you honestly won’t be sorry. The quality is great and so is the coverage. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator for easy application and blends really well. It isn’t cakey or dry and lasts a good few hours before fading, also it doesn’t separate, which already makes me happy… I’m just sad that I can no longer find these little gems, I will probably try to be buying them online now.
Okay so now we get to the ‘higher’ price points regarding concealers. All three of these concealers are from MAC Cosmetics and they are all stated to be for different applications. But like it’s my face so I’ll just use them in whichever way I please, in case any of you want to throw shade about me using it incorrectly.
First up… MAC Studio Finish Concealer. This concealer retails at R275.00 for a 7g tub and is so worth every cent you pay. This is by far one of my favourite MAC products so far and I honestly can’t even live without this stuff. It is quite thick in consistency and is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles apparently – even though the girl at MAC told me it isn’t recommended for under the eyes, but obviously I don’t care, because it is my face and I know what works for my face. This concealer is basically ‘industrial strength’ since it can be used to cover tattoo’s, so I apply it over my dark circles and blemishes before I apply foundation, which eliminates about 80% of the darkness right off the bat. It is a little thick so you have to use it in tiny amounts, which means the tub lasts pretty long, but damn does it work. It WILL cover any spot or scar you have and it doesn’t move round your face at all. Definitely in the top 2 for me, I live for this stuff. If I had to recommend a concealer to anyone for overall use, it would be this one.
Next is, the MAC Conceal and Correct Duo tube. Retailing at R360.00 (Sorry that the name rubbed off the tube in the picture). It consists of 2 concealer colours, this one is in Mid-Peach/Mid-Yellow, but they have them in darker tones too. I barely ever use the yellow shade but the peachy shade is my go to under eye brightener. It states that this concealer is opaque but if used alone, it doesn’t provide the greatest coverage. I find that it works well when applied over your foundation, with no blending hassles and stays in tact all day if set with powder. I do like this concealer because I know how to make it work for me but it is a bit pricey considering I only use one side. If you aren’t looking for full coverage, this is a nice concealer to have, but if you want perfect coverage, you might want to skip this one.
Last but not least we have the cult favourite, MAC Pro Longwear concealer, which retails for R295.00 for a 9g glass tube. Okay so I must admit, I don’t know how I feel about this concealer just yet. I’ve had it for a few months and I very rarely use it. To be honest, a lot of the time I forget that I even have it, I think I’ve used it like 3 times max so far in the past 3 months, LOL. But I can say that I don’t hate it. I mean I obviously don’t love it; the way I love the Studio Finish concealer but it’s still pretty good. It gives a good amount of coverage, which you have to build, depending on what you’re covering and it doesn’t break up or melt off your face, which already has it at 4 stars, but I do hate the packaging and that is probably why I don’t use it as often. Pumps work on foundation, they don’t work on concealer, I mean this sh*t is expensive and I waste a lot of it because 1 pump is too little but 2 pumps is too much. Anyway, I’d say this concealer probably works just as well as the Essence concealer does. It is easy to blend although it does crease quite quickly, but that’s a minor issue that can be touched up. I’d love it more if they changed the packaging but overall it is a good concealer to have. It can be used for light coverage as well as full coverage if you build it, so I’d regard it as a staple for sure, right next to the Studio Finish I am so clearly obsessed with.
Overall I can’t really pick a clear winner because I use these concealers in different ways depending on the occasion, but the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer is definitely the clear loser, which makes me quite sad because I had such high hopes for it. I don’t know how well this concealer works for others but for me, using them under my eyes just doesn’t work, and I’ll probably just use the tubes I have to highlight and contour my face from now on.
I hope this review has helped you guys in some way. I will definitely be trying to branch out and try some other concealers in the future and review those for you too. Also sorry for the super long post, LOL, I know I usually keep it short!
Until next time, Namaste bitches x