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2 Dec 2015

Concealer or polyfilla?

FYI to any make up brand in the universe: market your product with words like "full coverage" or "camouflage" and I will most likely buy it. No foundation or powder can be too heavy and in fact, the more extreme the effect, the more excited I am to try it.

Nowhere is this adage more true than when applied to concealers. I want a product that disguises texture, hides spots from view and, when slapped on under the eyes, makes me look like an airbrushed supreme version of myself.

Fulfilling such a brief is a challenge and I have typically looked to the full coverage section of the market to meet my needs, with the odd corrector added in for good measure. These products are thick, fill in lines like polyfilla and laugh in the face of the natural look. I have no problem looking plastic.

I'll give you a run down of the ones I have been using most recently but be warned, this post is not all sunshine and lollipops. I'd say 3 out of 4 I wouldn't repurchase again and I wouldn't tell my friends to invest in either. I'm definitely still on the mission for the perfect concealer and although the answer is more likely to be a time machine that can rewind 20 years off my face, I'll pretend that I can buy it in Sephora :)

Cle de Peau
Honestly, for a concealer that hits the $70 mark, I'd expect the packaging to be a little less basic bitch.  It's all black plastic and minimal branding. This aside, I have waited for years to buy this. Numerous magazine articles repeatedly talked about it's apparent HG status and tempted me many times but really.....$70? It's also a brand that is not readily stocked in your average department store and so it becomes difficult to assess whether or not it's worth it when you cannot enjoy a touchy-feely moment.

Well, I got it and after a week of usage I'll say....no. No it's not HG.

I don't hate it. I think it's good. I just know that I won't exert any effort in seeking it out for a repurchase.

Coverage wise, it's medium-full. I remember reading that one of the Olsen's used this in place of foundation every now and again and I can see how that would be possible. It's a less greasy, and more expensive version of a Bobbi Brown foundation stick in terms of formula. Warm it up with your fingers and use a synthetic brush to cover spots and darkness/pigmentation.  It will last a good period of time - 4-5 hours - and won't oxidize.

Those interested in wearing it under the eyes should be prepared to moisturise beforehand because the formula will dry and settle if you are not careful. Of course this will result in a little creasing due to the added emollient so be prepared to mirror check. A further point to make is that it may also crust slightly around spots due to it's dryness.

What a delightful vision that last sentence conjures up. 

So - Good coverage/tick. Long lasting/tick. What's the issue then?

I just can't get over the thought that any quality foundation stick would probably replicate what this can achieve - and would do so at a lower price point.

Sorry Cle de Peau - right now, I'm just not that into you.

Kat von D Lock-It Concealer
I saw this was in stock in Sephora and salivated. I had visions of blanket coverage that would disguise EVERYTHING. I picked it up in Medium 22 and rushed home to apply it.

First impressions were positive. In fact I was bloody raving about it on Snapchat - I think I even used the most overused of all word in this community: obsessed.

It was surprisingly light and easy to blend - something I didn't expect - dried quickly and didn't look heavy on the skin.

But after a few days of experimentation I noticed two things:

1) A concealer has one job - to cover - and this doesn't always do that. You need to consider layering to disguise zits and for goodness sake, I cannot be arsed to do this. I'm not going to tap, wait for one layer to dry and then delicately tap tap tap layer 2 or 3. No bloody way.
2) Baking changes the whole scenario - if you let this bake on your skin (i.e., leave it for a minute under the eyes or anywhere where you need to cover sections of skin) it will turn into a thick, greasy mess. The texture will upset you to the point where you will want to run to the nearest bottle of micellar water.

It's such an odd product. On the one hand the texture is initially glorious and the effect pretty but look a little closer and it just doesn't quite fit the bill.

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer
My first question when testing this out was: are they having a laugh? The texture has all the subtlety of concrete and barely makes it out of the tube.

Once you have physically exhausted yourself trying to get a dot of product to escape from the packaging you need to warm it up between your fingers and then dab dab dab on your undereye area.

Sit back and marvel at just how thoroughly underwhelming the end result is. After all that effort, the "High Coverage" concealer will repay you by making your under eye look dry and wrinkly.

This is without question the worst of the bunch. Cle de Peau - all is forgiven!

Make up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
I added this in because it would be rude to leave it out of a full coverage concealer discussion.

How many years have I been using this? Well, YEARS! The consistency is thick but workable and the result dependable. It will conceal spots and veins and can also be used under the eyes to disguise sleepless night and long office days. Long-wearing, it will set quickly and stay there for a good 6-8 hours.

In some respects I think this might be as good as it gets. Although it is so very boring to just use the same product for a decade, it's longevity in my makeup collection is telling.

Should I just give up the experimentation and rely on this one forever or will there be an even better product out there that will tick all the boxes?

In writing this post I have realised that there are still a couple of brand offerings I want to try. I think Kevyn Aucoin and his Skin Enhancer might be worth one more shot and perhaps Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage requires a revisit.

If you have any other concealer recommendations for those days when high coverage is a must, do let me know. Although MUFE Full Cover has been acknowledged as "The One", I will never not be open to being enabled :) 


  1. I love your snaps and your blog ❤️❤️ So informative and genuine and you really do keep it real lol.

    I get dry issues under the eye and the ones that work for me are urban decay naked skin concealer - leaves a nice and non thick finish with good coverage. I get a lot of crease build up so find I don't get much build up with this and my second is Laura Marcier Secret concealer. The one in a little pot - using my fingers to pat on really does cover all and it's amazing for scars. It's creamy but but not too thick so you can control the amount of thickness. Also I get minimal buildable in my crease - having said that the colour I ended up buying after a little sample finished was slightly darker for me and a little orangey so use this as a correcter instead before hand under eyes and around mouth and it works beautifully. The coverage is great that after applying my foundation I most of the time don't need to use anything on top.

    Enough of the ramble - hope these suggestions help.


  2. I have been layering Cle de Peau with Clarins Instant concealer. Clarins is moisturizing but color selection is bad. I mix 1 & 2. Geez! All this work to make them work :)

  3. Hi, Laura! After years of experimenting, for me still MAC Pro-longwear concealer is no1. Also EL Doublewear, but I slightly prefer MAC one since I can choose more yellow based shades. Good luck in finding the perfect one!

  4. Cle de Peau concealer is my HG! I bought it July 2014, and it's still going strong (every day under the eyes, and yes I admit you def. need eye cream beforehand).

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  6. Kevyn all the way Laura. A loyal pot of gold that has lasted me years .... plastic fantastic X.

  7. I am still on the hunt, I can just tell you that neither Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer nor the Collection Lasting Perfection have managed to keep me pleased.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. I still love my Mac prolong wear concealer and urban decay's concealer.

    On a side note, can you please just be my personal makeup tester? I love the way you write and you tell it like it damn well is. No sugar coating and I love it. Sooooo basically I'm going to need you to do that for me. Thankyousomuch.

  9. Are you able to get your hands on CoverFX in Dubai? I've heard it's amazing!

  10. Clarins have one in a tube that admittedly I tried after seeing Lily Pebbles and ViviannaDoesMakeup rave about and IT. IS. GOOD. Really good. Barely creases (unless I have an emollient eye cream under it and then it's minimal) and doesn't dry to all hell horror like the ones you listed. Easy to get out, easy to use. Baked or not baked. I have even on lazy days used this instead of foundation to even up redness and it has lasted. :) I am the lightest shade though.

  11. My current favorite combo is the Clarins tube concealer layered over the Clinique pen. The best results I have had with concealer in a LONG time. This combo has even booted MUFE out of rotation. I recently bought the Clarins and Clinique on vacation, but the shades were just not quite right. The Clinique too dark and didn't brightened, and the Clarins too light which gave a grey cast. I slapped them on together one day and have not reached for another concealer since. They also play well with Laura Mercier Mineral powder uses as a foundation or setting powder. So happy you're doing Blogmas! :D

  12. My current go to concealer is Smashbox High Definition concealer. I am not a fan of the Mac ProLong concealer, it oxidizes like mad. I'm surprised by your review of the Cle de Peau concealer, I thought it would be the best out of the bunch...By the way have you tried Deciem NIOD's Photography Fluid, Opacity 12%? I've been using its really nice, it evens out my skin without actually containing any colour.

  13. So... this has absolutely nothing to do with concealers whatsoever, but I was hoping you might be taking requests on blog content for the month ;P

    I know that BNBL is your escape/hobby/fun time when you're not working but I would absolutely love to hear more about your experiences, seeing how successful you are, not only as a woman but overall. Making the change from London to Dubai -- I would love to know how this transformed your career, if at all?

    I'm young - 23 years old - but have high hopes but live in America and everyday wonder about the existence of the "glass ceiling" and how far I can go. I work in an analytical position and while I am grateful for having a good job and opportunity straight out of college, I feel as though I would like to explore other peoples' career paths in a mentor sort of way. I know you mentioned previously (yes, I've been following you since I was about 15 years old when you were still lollipop26) that your degree from college isn't closely related to what you're doing now -- correct me if I'm wrong. I would like to go back to school for a masters degree eventually but also want to know what other avenues I have, and what an international job move might look like.

    I'm fascinated in your work in analytics as you've mentioned previously, but you have never really gone in depth, for understandable reasons. I figured since you will be trying to post everyday, maybe this would be a good time to bring in this content? :)

    Thank you! I very much admire you and your work ethic!

  14. There is always the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer?

  15. There is always the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer?

  16. I remember almost purchasing the Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer - thank goodness I didn't! I actually think the Secret Camouflage concealer (the little pot, not the duo) is really brilliant, and I've got blemishes, left over blemish marks, dark circles.... it's great! And the secret camouflage is the first concealer that's managed to provide pretty decent coverage for all of those concerns. It would be a dream to find a concealer that actually manages to disguise the raised effect of a spot, so had to learn to accept it!

    She's So Lucy

  17. I like the Diorskin Star concealer, although I've been finding that since I started wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation I don't really need to use concealer as much as the coverage is good, longevity good, & is buildable.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  18. IT Cosmetics bye bye under eye is pretty heavy duty, it covers up my dark shadows (ref: night sky levels of darkness)

    it is emollient enough to not dry out your under eye area/ can bake with powder and it will look pretty flawless. Kevyn Aucoin is good too, but the dipping in to a pot thing freaks me out a bit!

  19. Nothing worked for me except Anastasia concealer buffed with wet beauty blender mini.

  20. I love the Makeup forever concealer and I'd love to try the Kat Von D one!

  21. Have you tried the Urbank Decay Naked concealer? It's a good one! :)

  22. You have to try the Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer, I find it too heavy so if heavy is your thing, go for it!

  23. Bobbi brown corrector and creamy concealer are staples of mine. I also like her serum concealers except they aren't as full coverage.

  24. I have the Shiseido perfecting stick concealer that looks very similar to the Cle de Peau- which I have never tried but the Shiseido is supposed to be a more moisturizing and cheaper dupe. I like it for under my eyes (have never tried it on blemishes). Two more for under the eyes that I really like are the Tarte BB under eye corrector for every day (never creases or looks dry to me, even after a long work day), and the Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer when you want a very full coverage/air brushed look. For blemishes I only use one thing- EL Double Wear Maximum Coverage foundation as a concealer, it will last you forever and it covers EVERYTHING. Enjoy your holiday! :)

  25. I think you would like the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer. It's high coverage, doesn't settle into fine lines and it lasts all day. It does have a strange texture (slightly sticky), but the finish is amazing, and I use for both face and under eye area.

  26. I have severe dark circles and have always struggled to find a concealer that provides enough coverage without creasing. It's been a frustrating and costly journey and I almost gave up with the belief that all concealers were destined to crease.

    And then it happened.

    I found the INGLOT cream concealer.

    It changed my life forever (a tad dramatic, but it was honestly revolutionary for me).

    Firstly, the packaging is great because it comes in a tube so you have complete control over how much product you want to dispense (I'm looking at you MAC Prolongwear).

    Secondly, the product itself blends like a dream and has excellent coverage. I do admit that I apply two layers when I've had a bad night's sleep, but on general days, one is enough.

    The finish is lovely, it looks just like skin. I always find that concealers make my under-eyes look drier than they are but this one I think has vitamin E in, so it keeps the area hydrated and looking natural. It also doesn't feel heavy at all. I set it with Soap & Glory's Kick Ass powder, and they were honestly made for each other.

    And now onto the best part, it lasts all day and doesn't crease at all (MIRACULOUS)!

    I actually bought the conceler in Dubai and it was only 50 dirhams so I'd definitely recommend trying it!


    Lots of love,
    The girl with pink hair from Snapchat.


  27. I love Laura Mercier secret camo but never under the eyes! Nars creamy concealer and urban decay naked skin.

  28. Have you tried Cover FX cream concealer? It has a slightly tacky texture, I find it melts really well into the skin and gives great coverage when layered in small quantities. Sets almost all day with powder.

  29. Tarte creasless concealer has been a go to. I've also heard rave reviews about both Nars creamy concealer and Urban Decay's Naked Skin!

  30. You should try the Amazing Cosmetics concealer! I the MUFE, but the Amazing one is a bit better

  31. You should try the Amazing Cosmetics concealer! I the MUFE, but the Amazing one is a bit better

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