Battle of the MAC Concealers

8 Feb

There are billions upon jillions concealers out on the market, it’s hard to know which ones are going to work the best for you.  MAC has a legendary reputation in the make up world and it’s assumed that they make quality products.  Today, the topic is their concealers in:


Who will win? 

I have 3 (of the 6) MAC concealers to compare.

Lets start with the Select Cover Up.  It is $17.00 for 0.33 oz.

Website description: Liquid camouflage for the skin. Texture-free, virtually invisible. Comes in a tube. Blends in. Brightens and lightens dark areas, erases spots, evens-out skin tones.  Makes skin flaw-free. Use pre-foundation, or on its own. Don’t reveal it, conceal it!

My thoughts: It gives light-medium coverage.  It doesn’t feel thick and spreads easily.  The tube packaging is nice because it’s easy to control how much you dispense.  It works for under eyes and the redness around the nose, but for blemishes I need something thicker.  Downside, the light coverage.  It almost has a “watery” consistency.  It also doesn’t last all day, maybe 6 hours (but less on my oily skin).  If you have close to flawless and normal skin, this may work for you.

Next, lets discuss the Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer.  It is $17.00 for 0.24oz.

Website description: A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin’s imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin’s oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush (try the 242 Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips.

My thoughts: This is the BEST for covering blemishes.  It’s pretty thick (even though the description says lightweight) but it doesn’t feel cakey if you apply it correctly.  I use it for blemishes and it’s like they were never there.  A true HG product for me.

Downside, although it’s great for blemishes and redness around the nose, it (quite frankly) stinks for under eye circles.  It’s too thick and looks cakey when applied on the under eye area.

And lastly, we have the Pro Longwear Concealer.  It is $17.00 for 0.30 oz.

Website description: A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Colour-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations. Comes in a clear glass vial with a matte black pump.

My thoughts: This is the most versatile concealer, it works for under eyes and blemishes.  I really like the formula, it blends easily under my eyes (I use the 286 or the 224 and my finger to blend) and even effectively covers blemishes.  It’s a liquid concealer (as opposed to the Studio Finish cream) but the consistency is thick enough to get good coverage.  Downside, the pump packaging.  It’s easy to dispense too much product (which I do… every time I use it).  I wish that it came in tube form!

*Note— the far left (Select Cover Up) is in shade NC35.  The two on the right (Studio Finish and Pro Longwear) are in shade NC30.  Click any image to enlarge.

Overall: I could do without the Select Cover Up, I just see a need for a light coverage concealer.  The Pro Longwear is the most versatile but I absolutely hate the pump package.  The Studio Finish earns a bonus having the SPF, but loses points since it stinks for under eye coverage.

The winner: The Pro Longwear!  Even though the Studio Finish is my favorite for blemish coverage, the PL wins me over with it’s versatility.  It does a great job of undereye and blemish coverage, it’s a one stop shop!

Glitter rating for Select Cover Up: 2.5 / 5

Glitter rating for Studio Finish: 3.5 / 5

Glitter rating for Pro Longwear: 4 / 5

You can purchase these on their website or at any MAC counter or store.


2 Responses to “Battle of the MAC Concealers”

  1. Melli February 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I’ve actually been wondering about the MAC concealers lately and couldn’t decide between the Studio Finish and Pro Longwear. My under eye area is what bugs me the most, so will definitely be picking up the pro longwear soon! Thanks for a great post Kayla! 🙂

    • Peace Love and Glitter February 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      I’m glad that it was helpful! They’ll let you sample the Pro-Longwear before you buy it, they put it in one of those little sample tubs so you get a pretty good amount! Just FYI!

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