I’m too lazy for primer, foundation and a full face of makeup most of the time, so concealers are perhaps the most often used items in my stash. Traditionally, concealers are used to cover blemishes and give you a flawless look along with foundation. Nowadays, there’s also the highlighting concealer that you dot on the nose and under the eye area to brighten up the face. I want something that can do both. It needs to be smooth and blendable enough that I can use it to brighten my face without needing fancy brushes. It should also be able to build to full coverage to cover those pesky red pimples but give a natural finish even without foundation.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer was my favorite for a long time, but my mind start wavering after getting a sample of Kat von D Lock It concealer. And to make sure I’m not missing out, I tried the cult favorite Cle de Peau concealer as well. They each have their pros and cons depending on your preferences.
It is a creamy stick concealer with a natural finish. I was worried that it won’t blend well or would end up being cakey in the wrinkly undereye area. Well, its reputation is well deserved. It glides easily onto the skin, blends well without sink into lines whether you use fingers or concealer brush. It looks completely natural all day long. It has mid/full coverage and the swatch is beige, which has a pink undertone. For swatch of all 6 shades, check out BeautyLookBook.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cyclomethicone, Mica, Kaolin, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Glycerin, Barium Sulfate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Peg-10 Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Water (Aqua), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-5, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Aluminium Distearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxysilyethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Speciosa Leaf Extract, Bht.
It is a creamy liquid concealer with a lip gloss type applicator. I was initially afraid of it drying out, but after using it for a year the creamy liquid consistency was the same as new. It dries/set relatively quickly, so you have to blend immediately after application for a natural finish otherwise it might look a little patchy and get caught in dry flaky areas. It is long-lasting and full coverage. The swatch L11 has a peach undertone. For swatches of all Kat von D concealers, check out pipsqueeak or BeautyLookBook.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Laurel PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Carpic Triglyceride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PVP, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearic Acid, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, BIS-PEG-15 Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, PEG-2 Soyamine, Boron Nitride, Hydrogenate Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica, Phytantriol, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Methicone, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Cl 77163).
It is a creamy liquid in a squeeze tube applicator. It spreads and blends easily, providing a medium coverage. It does take a few seconds to set so if you want to build up to full coverage, you need to dab on a thin layer, wait a few seconds, then dab again. As long as you make sure to wait until it sets before applying other makeup, it will last the whole day. It has a slightly matte finish and feels very lightweight on the skin, like you are not wearing makeup. The swatch is Ivory 6, which has a yellow undertone. For swatches of all the shades, check out SoundlySensibleBeauty.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Propylparaben, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Capparis Spinosa Extract (Capparis Spinosa Fruit Extract), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
All three of them looks natural on the skin. MUFE have more of a medium coverage, is more liquidy and takes longer to set than the other two. However, it also is the most lightweight of the three so if you don’t like the feel of makeup sitting on the skin then try this. The stick formula/applicator of Cle du Peau made it easier to sanitize (just wipe/scrape off the top) so it’s great for traveling/reapplication. However, it is important to get a concealer that matches not only your shade but undertone as well, especially if you like wearing it alone without foundation. Cle du Peau offers 6 shades and MUFE offers 12 shades while Kat von D offers 21 shades. If you can never find concealer that is your shade, try Kat von D. So, what concealers are you using?