It’s week three of my affordable beauty series and this week I’m going to talk about concealers. I hope you enjoy this post ☺
Concealer is something that I love. I love it for what it does, but I hate that pretty much every concealer creases on me. I have quite dry under eyes and a good few lines (more than I care to admit 😝) so I need concealers that are creamy and without a matte finish.
I have yet to find a concealer that doesn’t crease on me so I never hold it against a concealer when it does crease on me. I’ve found a few affordable ones that I really like and would recommend.
The concealer I’ll talk about first is the L.A Girl Pro Conceal concealer. I’ve been using this for years and I continue to repurchase it because it is, in my opinion, on of the best affordable concealers there is.
It’s creamy with high coverage that does not look heavy and doesn’t make my under eye area look drier than it is. It works well with pretty much any foundation and doesn’t cake up either which is a plus for me.
Because it is so high coverage you need the tiniest amount especially if you use it with a corrector underneath. I love that is comes in a tube too, so it’s easy to get product out. The only thing I don’t like is the applicator. It has a brush applicator that works well, I just prefer doe foot applicators, but that is a personal preference and nothing to do with the concealer itself.
This one comes in a whole range of shades as well as colour correcting shades so there is a colour for everyone and for me this is a big plus. Often with limited shade ranges it can be difficult to find one to suit you, but with this you don’t have that issue because of the range of shades that they have.
It’s a nice concealer to use for cream bronzing too. Sometimes in the warmer months I prefer to cream bronze rather than use a powder bronzer and I struggle to find a bronzer that suits my complexion, but because there is a great range of shades with this concealer it’s easy to find one that suits me and that I can use as a bronzer.
The Liquid Camouflage by Catrice is another one that I really like. It offers high coverage, it’s creamy, it’s long lasting and it looks lovely, but it comes in six shades, two of which are new releases and I am unsure if they are available in Ireland at the moment.
I have shades and I need to mix them to get a good colour for me, one is quite pale and the other is quite yellow toned which isn’t so great, but by mixing them I get a good colour match.
I use my Becca corrector first and then dot both of these concealers in the area I want to conceal then blend them together with my finger before using a beauty blender to blend into my skin. I find this is the best way applying them.
The Liquid Camouflage can be purchased from Sam MccCuley’s Pharmacy.
Another concealer by Catrice that I have used in past and liked for covering spots and redness is their Camouflage Cream. This is supposedly like the Studio Fix concealer from MAC, however as I have never tried that I can’t say if they are really alike.
The Camouflage cream offers high coverage and a very thick consistency which is why I preferred to use it on spots and redness. It’s too thick to use around the eye area and around my nose it just did not apply well at all. When I used it on spots I found it covered them well without clinging to them and emphasising them more and it lasted really well too.
I found the best way of using this was to mix it with some foundation to loosen it up and then apply it with my finger to the area I wanted to concealer and use my fingers to pat it then before going over with a beauty blender. It took a little more work that I liked which is why I don’t use it anymore, that and I don’t get spots as often now so I don’t really need it, but if you want a high coverage concealer for spots, this is one to check out, at €3.95 it won’t break the bank.
This can also be purchased from Sam McCauley’s Pharmacy.
My final recommendation is the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer (which I’m out of at the minute, but will be repurchasing). This is an absolute beaut of a concealer. It’s creamy, blends out beautifully, creases very little and offers full coverage without any caking. It’s only €10.95 too which is a great price.
I’ve used this for years and always go back to it. It reminds me of MAC Prolongwear. They have similar coverage and a similar finish, I just find Prolongwear to be slightly better wearing on my skin which is why it’s my holy grail.
I’m such a fan of this concealer that I bought the neutralising and brightening which are currently winging their way to me. I’m quite excited to try them as I’ve heard Sinéad from The Beautiful Truth mention them before so I’m hoping they work as well for me as they have done for her.
That rounds up this post, thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful.