A Really Good Concealer

18 Jul

A good concealer can hide dark circles, cover up blemishes, and even out any redness in the skin.

A good concealer gives that extra coverage when foundation just isn’t enough.

A good concealer is never cakey and lasts all day.

A really good concealer can be your best friend.

Ladies and gents, I give you, my new best friend.

Who is she? 

She’s the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit.

Website description: Conceal and set in one portable kit. Bobbi’s Creamy Concealer blends easily to instantly cover and brighten dark circles. It also helps maintain skin’s moisture levels for a smooth, virtually line-less look. Fuss-free pressed powder sets concealer for long-lasting wear.

My thoughts:

Packaging: It’s a small black compact with a mirror.  It looks like a contact lens case, measuring 3in across, 2in vertically, and a little under 1in tall.  It closes securely with a “click.”  It’s simple and a nice use of space.

Color: The concealer in the color Sand matches my NC30 skin the best.  It is the 5th lightest (out of 14) shade.  All of the shades have a yellow undertone to them.  You can use the Bobbi Brown Corrector (which has a pink undertone) underneath the concealer to help neutralize the color or the dark circles.  The powder is is the color Pale Yellow.

Formula:  The concealer is a thick, creamy, emollient.  It’s petroleum base helps seal in moisture in the under eye area.   It is meant for medium to full coverage.  It doesn’t settle into fine lines like a lot of creamy concealers tend to do.  This concealer works well for covering under eye circles and covering blemishes, which is a rarity (usually good blemish covering concealers are too thick to use under the eye).  The pressed powder is a light, sheer setting powder.

Longevity: 12 hours, all day baby!

Application:  Since this is such a thick creamy formula, I didn’t have much luck when applying with a traditional flat concealer brush (like the MAC 195).  It picks up too much product and doesn’t blend very well.  However, when using a large soft dome brush (like the MAC 286 or 224) application is a breeze.  Just dip your brush into the concealer and apply from the inner corner of the eye and follow along the orbital bone (this is where circles appear the darkest).  Repeat the “C” shaped motion up to the lower lash line and blend blend blend.

When covering blemishes or the redness around the nose, use a small concealer brush (similar to this) to apply to the skin.  Just dab on a small amount and blend out with your soft dome brush or your finger.

You can lightly dust the setting powder over concealed areas (using your soft dome brush).

Overall:  The trick to this product is the application, using the right brush will make or break this when using.  It’s very concentrated which makes it easy to overuse, so make sure to use a light hand.  I used the setting powder for testing purposes, but I really haven’t seen a difference since I quit using it.  From my experience, it doesn’t really add any value to the product and I would’ve been happy with just the concealer.

Who would like this:  Someone looking to cover under eye circles and blemishes.

Who wouldn’t like this:  Someone looking for some lightweight coverage, in which case I wouldn’t recommend a concealer all together.

You can purchase the concealer by itself for $23.00

Glitter rating for the concealer: 5 / 5

Glitter rating for the overall product: 3.5 / 5

The the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer kit is $33.00 for 0.05oz of concealer and 0.06oz of powder.  You can purchase at any Bobbi Brown counter or retailer, or purchase online here.

What’s your favorite concealer?


2 Responses to “A Really Good Concealer”

  1. Jamie's Esthetics July 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Do you think a make-up applicator sponge would also do the trick for applying said concealer? I am very much about keeping things as clean as possible… and if you are a make-up artist or someone that has sensitive skin lessoning the double-dipping factor is a concern. I know you test things out, so I was curious. I am in need of a new concealer and I think I will be checking this product out very soon! thanks for the great details!! 🙂

    • Peace Love and Glitter July 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      Great question! When I use creamy concealers in a pot (like this one)on clients, I usually dip a q tip in the product and apply to the clients skin, then use a fluffy dome brush to blend it out. Then I just use the other side to the q tip to do the other eye. Works like a charm!
      I haven’t tried a sponge with this, so I’m not sure how it would work with it.

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