Concealer

Review: CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation!

Recently, I had a very bad reaction to a new cleansing balm that I tried. It was a doozy, and it made me really question what I am going to do with my skin. I went to my beauty stash, pulled almost all of the skincare that I had, and gave it all to Sabah. Creams, serums, exfoliants … Everything. I stopped using almost every product I had, and went back to Cetaphil cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer. That along with blasts and blasts of Avene Thermal Water, and my skin is finally getting back to normal. The reason I am telling you guys this, is because the way I have my unopened products stored is in boxes. Boxes of skincare, boxes of liners, mascaras, blushes, powders, foundations etc. everything has it’s own box. Now that my skincare boxes are almost empty, I realized that I had so many foundations, I could fill two boxes. I needed to start trying new things. This brought me to open the new CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation.

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This oil free foundation has been getting really good reviews online, but mostly from people that have oily skin. I worried that this foundation would dry my skin out, but I just had to try it. I love squeeze tubes, the price is right, and it promised me good coverage. I picked the shade 120, which is embarrassingly a little too dark for me right now. I’ve been using this for awhile now, and these are my thoughts!

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The texture of this foundation is nice. It’s not too fluid, and not too thick. After applying with a brush, fingers, and a beauty blender, I have decided that I like the application with the beauty blender the best. This foundation doesn’t catch on my dry patches, but I do like to wear a radiance primer underneath, as my skin looks a little dull without it. Lasting power seems to be okay, I am battling a very bad cold right now, so I am always red around the nose at the end of the day. Not the foundations fault, and everywhere else held up super well. I’ve had no issues with clogged pores or breakouts, and this foundation does not oxidize on me throughout the day. My obsession with glowy skin causes me to add a radiance primer, and douse myself in MAC Fix Plus after application. I got this foundation on sale for $6.99CAD, and for the price I would totally recommend it. If you are more of a combo/oily skin, I think you would really like this. Super dry skins, I would stick to my L’oreal True Match Lumi recommendation.

Have you guys tried this yet? I’ve heard only positive things about it, but mostly negative things about the concealer …. Weird hey?

-Sara

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Review: Elf Maximum Coverage Concealer!

Elf is a beautiful brand. Honestly. Most of the products I use from their company results in a “I can’t believe this was under $5.00” scream fest. This concealer however, had me thinking “You get what you pay for.”

First of all, the very first time I used this product, the plastic blocker came off, resulting in a huge hole that let way too much product out. Regardless, I continued to use the product, and these were my thoughts.

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This product gives just okay coverage. For something that boasts maximum coverage, I was disappointed with it. I was hoping this would be a concealer that I could apply under a powder foundation. On good skin days when I didn’t have much to cover, it would have worked, except the texture of this concealer is so sticky it would attract my powder foundation so quickly, and I would be left with dry looking patches under my eyes and around my nose. Even when set with a powder, I found this concealer felt sticky, and it wasn’t pleasant to use. I used it for about three and a half weeks and finally decided just to cut the cord and get rid of it. With the broken packaging, it just wasn’t worth the hassle of using it every day, for a lacklustre result. For the amount of product that you get (20ml) and the price of it ($3.00) I am not totally disappointed. It is not something I would repurchase, however it’s not the worst concealer I’ve ever used.

Have you guys tried this concealer? What are your thoughts?

-Sara

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot Concealer!

Hello folks, Sabah here. Ready to talk about a pretty serious issue I deal with every morning. As I have mentioned a million times, I really struggle with darkness under my eyes so I am constantly buying new products to fight this. I picked this up about a month ago because there is so much hype about it and I have a lot of faith in Laura Mercier as a brand. First off, let me just say that it didn’t wow me. It works. It does do a decent job of concealing the darkness. The camouflage side of the pot is quite dry, you need to warm it up a bit but when you find the way to make it work for you it will be great. The concealer side is nice, it’s a good shade and reminds me a bit of erase paste from Benefit. This side can crease if you apply it too heavily. The setting powder is great but like all loose powders it can be messy, I prefer pressed setting powders. I don’t regret buying this but I’m not sure I will repurchase.

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Do you guys have a holy grail concealer product?

-Sabah

Favorite Alert: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer!

Hi Guys! Wanted to let you know about a product that I have been using for the past month or so, that I am quickly obsessing over. But – it has a funny story attached to it. So, last year when I went to Toronto, I ended up at a Murale store, ready to spend my Optimum points on high end makeup I can’t get in Nova Scotia. Sabah had transferred me her points so I could redeem for her as well, and we had a lot of the same things on our lists. When I got to this particular product, they only had one left in stock. I figured I would give her the shade that we originally both wanted, and I went for the lightest shade Chantilly. (Thinking I could highlight with it underneath my foundation) I got the rest of my stuff and headed home with my stash. So, Sabah opened her concealer first, and she was beyond disappointed. It was creasy, it didn’t cover as well as she had anticipated, and it just did not look flattering on the skin, especially around the eyes. Flash forward to a few months later, I needed to open a new concealer, as my old one had finished. I opened the NARS one, expecting to hate it, and figured it would clear some space up for new product if I just got it out of there. I used it for the first time with a Beauty Blender, and it was AMAZING! I am talking amazing coverage, smooth finish with no creasing through the day. I am obsessed with this stuff and I have used it almost everyday since I opened it. If it was a darker shade, I could easily use this as a foundation.

I also think you need to know, that after learning how much I loved mine, Sabah made me try her formula. (She has the shade Vanilla) and she was totally right. It was chalky, and creased super badly … Just an off formula.

We have talked about this quite a bit and we have decided that she must have gotten a tube that was just off. There is a polar difference between the finish of hers and the finish of mine. I want some feedback from you guys to see what you thought of this concealer. For me, it is something I would repurchase in a second. But if my first impression was the one that Sabah got, I would have been completely turned off.

Thoughts!?

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-Sara

Hello Bright Eyes: Smashbox BB Cream for Eyes!

Everyone is always on the hunt for the perfect under eye concealer. This is up there with the perfect red lipstick. There are so many things people don’t like about concealers. Too thick, too thin, too creasy, too yellow, too pink, too chalky. There are lots of potential issues that can arise when dealing with the eye area. I recently tried this one out, and I have to say, I am really liking it. On days where I haven’t been getting enough sleep, and my undereyes are darker than normal and a bit puffy, this concealer really does it for me. It comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Dark) in a 3.5ml tube and it retails for $29 CAD. It has a spin up tube packaging with a built in brush, which to be honest are never my favorite to use, as I never use the brush. I normally just get some on the back of my hand and apply from there. They have an SPF 15, and are very brightening. Smashbox gives similar claims as they do with their BB cream for face. These concealers will Hydrate, Protect, Perfect, Correct and Illuminate. I find the formula to be quite thin, but it still provides the coverage that I need. And they definitely have an illuminating property. One of the best things I found with this concealer, is the lack of creasing throughout the day. My eyes are completely susceptible to creasing, as they themselves are quite creased already! But this one held on, stayed quite smooth, and didn’t appear cakey or dry under the eye area. I think if you were looking for extreme coverage, this could also be layered on top of your favorite undereye concealer, given it’s thin texture and illuminating benefit.

For all you gals with undereye issues, go get you some!

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