This year is passing by at lightning speed. I can’t believe Summer is nearly over and that we already slowly moving into Autumn. Unfortunately it’s getting more and more difficult to deny, as temperatures are cooling down and the days are growing shorter by the minute.
So in this month’s Beauty post I thought we could sit down and chat about Concealers. I’ve been blessed with pretty flawless skin and will happily forgo foundation. But if there is one thing I would definitely take to a remote islands with me, it’s concealer. I sport dark circles under my eyes day and night. Just can’t get rid of the buggers, no matter what I do or how perky and awake I feel. Concealer is my weapon of choice and I’m known to wear a variety of concealers simultaneously. In fact concealer is probably one of my favourite beauty items and the first thing I will replace when I have run out.
Let’s have a look at the concealers that I have used over the last few months.
SOAP AND GLORY KICK ASS CONCEALER
I am a huge fan of the Soap and Glory range, although I will admit that the price tag will sometimes make me hesitate to make the purchase. The Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer is a very compact 3 step concealer. It’s small package with great impact. You will get three separate products for your cash: two shades of concealer as well as a setting powder. Additionally, the small round black pot contains a mirror and a good quality powder puff. It’s truly a great addition to any daily makeup bag and it’s portable quality’s make it very suitable for your handbag. Both concealers have a creamy texture and are easy to apply. The first concealer has a peachy pink shade and is perfectly suited to mask black under-eye circles. It isn’t however thick enough to fully cover my dark circles. The other concealer has a strong yellow tinge, an oilier and thicker texture and is designed to hide blemishes. Unfortunately. these are the only shades available for this product. The lighter of the two shades might still be a little too dark for fair skins, whilst the darker of the two shades isn’t quite dark enough. The true power of this product however, lies in the pressed powder. It does a marvellous job at setting the concealer, which in my case doesn’t budge the whole day. Since Soap and Glory does sell this powder by itself, I’m sorely tempted to buy the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder solely for it.
RIMMEL HIDE THE BLEMISH CONCEALER
The Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer provides pretty full-on opaque coverage. Its texture is creamy yet a little waxy and much like it’s packaging not dissimilar to lipstick. It comes in a couple of shades including Ivory and Neutralizer and is pretty easy to apply. Either run the stick along your eyes or apply it with a small brush. Its packaging is pretty compact and it’s a great one to take with you on your travels. This concealer is meant as a true multitasking product concealing spots, blemishes and dark under-eye circles. It is pretty apricot in tint and therefore probably best suited to cover blemishes and spots. I currently use this concealer on a daily basis around my nose, chin and as a base to conceal my dark circles. It’s the cheapest of all the concealers I bought and pretty good value for money. Unfortunately, this concealer does require a setting powder. It creases easily and will move around my face. It also doesn’t last quite as long as the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer and will disappear from my face by the end of the day.
NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER
The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a liquid buildable concealer and provide light to full coverage. It comes in a range of colours including Chantilly, Vanilla, Custard, Honey, Ginger, Biscuit, Caramel, Amande, Coffee and Cocoa and is therefore suitable for most skin tones. The texture of this concealer is liquid but on the creamy side and dries into a satin finish. The packaging is similar to your typical lip-gloss and comes with an applicator, making it very easy to apply. I tend to swipe it under my eyes and then pat it in with a brush, on top of theRimmel Hide the Blemishes Concealer for extra coverage.
YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT HIGHLIGHTING PEN
While the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Highlighting Pen isn’t a concealer as much as a highlighter, it forms part of my beauty arsenal against the dreaded dark circles and I feel amiss not mentioning it. It is a cult classic, a favourite of most beauty gurus and is probably one of those beauty essentials no women should be without. After having concealed all my flaws I apply this beauty in a triangle shape on the underside of my eyes, to enhance the luminosity of my complexion. It truly is a well rested night at the click of a pen. It is packaged in a gorgeous golden pen with a good quality brush tip. You click the button at the bottom of the pan to soak the brush with the product and swipe it under your eye before blending in. The first time you use it, you will need to click the button at least 50 times, but from then on the brush fills in just a few clicks. The texture is very light and the liquid contains microcrystals that blend into the skin and reflect light. You can use the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Highlighting Pen to highlight various areas of your face, like your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your chin, around your mouth, as well as your brow bone. This product whisked away the final traces of baggy dark under-eye circles and gives me a well-rested appearance within seconds. I am a true fan and hope my mum will continue popping it under the Christmas Tree for years to come.