Hi again. So one of my greatest insecurities is my dark circles. I’m fortunate in that they are not too deep-set, but they are very discoloured and hard to cover. So I’m on a constant quest to find the best undereye concealer.
I’ll be honest though. It’s been a struggle.
I’ve tried all sorts of concealers, including everyones holy grails at ridiculous prices. Lemme just put it in list form for you all to see how much money I have thrown at the beauty industry:
- Revlon Age Defying: A really good concealer for undereye circles, but discontinued
- Maybelline Fit Me: A lot of people like this, so maybe the formula has changed since I bought it a few years ago. It was terrible – hardly any coverage and too watery.
- Maybelline Age Rewind: Still my staple undereye concealer, but does not work well with other concealers in the mix.
- Skinfood Salmon Undereye Concealer: This is weirdly shiny and never sets, but it honestly saved me when my undereye got all dry and patchy – it was the ONLY concealer that didn’t cling to the dryness. I recommend it for dry skin, the shininess can be mostly covered up by foundation or powder.
- The Saem Cover Perfection Tip: Supposedly a dupe for Nars Radiant Creamy but that is definitely not the case – the consistency just isn’t as good as the RCC, it just isn’t as thick and creamy so it doesn’t have as much coverage. It isn’t that bad, but I was too scared to continue using it with its strong floral scent.
- Inglot Undereye Concealer: Super, ridiculously watery so impossible to get high coverage from it. Unsure if the product has changed since.
- YSL Touche Eclat: basically no coverage, it is not suitable for concealing. It’s ok as a highlighter.
- Nars Radiant Creamy: Lovely texture and consistency, but can be drying and obvious. I still like it, but it doesn’t do the job 100% for me (and its forty bucks tho, I die).
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye: Very thick and heavy, people swear by this but I don’t think it worked well for me at all. It’s very hard to blend due to the thickness, fingerprints basically get fossilised in it if you aren’t careful so your dark circles show through anyway. Cannot use a brush to blend it effectively, must use warmth of fingers making it fiddly. Also, mine leaves an odd cast under the eyes – with their limited shade range I just don’t think it is suitable for me.
- Tarte Maracuja Creaseless: Very thick texture like Bye Bye Undereye, but it was pretty damn terrible overall – similar issues to Bye Bye Undereye. I also think my skin also reacted to it so I haven’t gone back.
- Tarte Shape Tape: I bought it in a shade WAY too light. Light sand is light, everyone. Not like Maybelline shades at all. Still, it is obvious why everyone loves this concealer. It has great consistency and coverage. However, it can be drying and emphasises dryness, which is a problem if you have dry undereyes like me.
- MAC Pro Longwear: Mine is a shade too dark, and it oxidises a LOT. The pump sucks, so it is hard to control the product. But I still don’t mind it overall – it has excellent coverage and not a bad consistency. Works well mixed with other concealers. Can be a bit drying.
I think that’s all of my concealers. These days I’ve been using most of them in rotation to see which one works best. So far, I enjoy mixing the Shape Tape with other concealers such as the MAC Pro Longwrar, then baking with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, mainly because mixing them matches my skin tone, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. While I love the smooth result from baking, it can really dry your skin out and it can be risky if you mess up your concealer somehow, because you CANNOT fix it after the powder is on.
Honestly, because of where I place my concealer (under the eyes where there are the most wrinkles), I find the concealer far more important than foundation because if I need to use too much or the wrong formula, it looks cakey, dry or it ages me. Sigh, I can’t wait for the day that find the perfect concealer so that I can rest my wallet.
Ok, so foundations. I used to use BB creams but these days I’ve been leaning towards foundations more because my skin is a little darker than most bb creams. I used to use Holika Holika Aqua Petite Jelly but since it ran out, I just haven’t bothered to purchase it again despite fairly good results. I still LOVE my Lioele Triple the Solution BB cream (it has run out and I haven’t repurchased but I would still say it’s the best bb I’ve tried with it’s gorgeous finish and full coverage).
I wasn’t a fan of any of the pact or cushion bb creams I’ve tried – from the Face Shop to Mamonde to Clio. They all seem to sit on top of my skin weirdly – possibly because even the darkest shades are too light. Skin79, Missha, and those old school bb creams are far too grey. So I’ve moved on.
My first semi higher end foundation was the MAC Studio Finish. I can’t really remember how good it was but I liked it at the time, but now NC35 is way too dark for my skin. My true awakening was when I discovered Estee Lauder Double Wear. I’m shade Ecru, but I could go to Desert Beige if it is summer. I still love this foundation pieces – it is super high coverage and has a lovely matte texture. When I wear it, I don’t feel like I’m wearing makeup which is why it’s so great. However, my skin is becoming drier and less oily – it used to be combo/oily but now I would say it is all over the place but leaning dry. These days I’m looking for something less matte and more “skin-like” and natural. Double Wear looks amazing but you can certainly tell you’re wearing makeup.
So I dropped a whopping $60-something on Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in Shade 5 on sale at Cosme-De. In Australia, it retails for like $99 or something which is INSANE. Like actually nuts. Double Wear is only like, $40-50! Anyway, I wanted to splurge on it after returning my Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, seeing as it has many people raving. It’s supposed to give a luminous finish but I would say it’s pretty matte, which is kind of disappointing. It is LOW coverage imo and buildable only to a medium at best. I don’t really understand why people think it’s medium to full when it does nothing to cover my sunspots with 3 layers – am I missing something? Have I been spoiled by the absolute 100% full coverage I get from Double Wear?! It also has an old lady scent, which I hate because I hate fragrances lol. For something that retails at almost $100 I was expecting so much more.
Anyway, the trick with this foundation is that you must get a color match – too light or too dark will not work and it is not forgiving about that (my hand is a bit darker than my face and I could see the lighter foundation settle into my skin texture). A brush is not very effective with this foundation – the beauty blender gives a much, MUCH nicer finish. Additionally, you have to wait a while and let it set before you see the full effect. When wet it is very movable, blendable and sheer. I’m disappointed but I’m going to keep trying with different primers and we will see how it goes. I’ll probably do a full review after I’ve tried this out for another few weeks. See you next post!