Okay so I was far too excited to quote the words from “let it go” for the title of this blog post – you can tell that I’ve watched ‘Frozen’ far too many times with my little cheekies! Babysitting has led me to know the words to more Disney songs than I’d like to admit…
I decided my first blog post should focus on the one beauty product that I cannot live without. This is for all the girls who, like me, suffer from dark under eye circles or ‘bags’ (thanks asian genetics). I totally empathise with you, no matter how many hours of sleep we may get, looking in the mirror in the mornings is not a pretty sight – the struggle is real. I realized that unfortunately these bags are staying with me so I managed to perfect a simple routine to cover them within minutes. Depending on how I’m doing my make up the routine can be modified, i.e. if I’m doing day-to-day make up for work or dressing up to go out with friends or for an event. I’ve done a review of some of my favourite concealers which I’ve tried and I hope you might find it useful as I know how it feels trying product after product and not being quite satisfied with the end result…let alone the toll it takes on the old bank balance.
I’m going to start with my favorite product, one which I use every day and am OBSESSED with. The Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin. I came across this product by accident last July and honestly do not know how I ever did my make up without it. Personally, I like quite a good coverage when it comes to under-eye concealers and I’m very fussy: it cannot crease, it must stay all day and it must be a flattering shade that not only covers but also brightens the under eye area. The SSE by KA does all of the above. I have this in two shades; I use SX09 (right) every day and it is the perfect shade for me with an undertone of peach to brighten. I also have SX04 which I use under a highlighter when I’m going for a more dramatic look. It is an expensive product but a little goes a long way, as you can see the SX09 tub is more than half full and I’ve been using it since last july so its lasted roughly 8 months and I’m less than half way through! When applying use a little to start with and blend, gradually using more if necessary – it is very heavy coverage.
Mac Select Cover up – NW30
The Mac Select Cover concealer is another of my favourites. This isn’t as heavy coverage so I tend to use it on a more day-to-day basis. It provides good coverage and sits well, however I do tend to find that after all day wear it can begin to start creasing and because its light coverage I tend to find I use a lot more of it than I’d like. All in all, I think it would be good for someone who is looking for a light coverage and doesn’t have a big issue with under eye circles. It’s also good for covering scaring and imperfections.
LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer – Creamy Beige
I love this product! It gets a lot of hype and I was excited to try it and I was not disappointed. I use this more as a highlighter rather than a concealer and I do tend to still use my Kevyn Aucoin SSE underneath as a base layer (this is probably unnecessary for anyone else, I’m just a bit obsessive.) This product is really good value for money too and you can order them in sets of 3 like I did which personally, I thought was a bit of a bargain compared to the rest of the products I’m reviewing! This comes in a variety of shades so you can also use a darker shade as a cream contour tool. I just wanted to show that the tube comes with a brush applicator so can be applied straight to the area and then blended out.
Make Up Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream Waterproof Concealer – shade 6
This is long lasting and as it is waterproof its staying power is great, but it is really hard to blend because it is quite thick and it can look cakey and crease. I would use this to cover up blemishes and imperfections rather than to disguise under eye circles because it doesn’t seem to sit well in that area.
Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium (shades from top to bottoms, left to right: NC30, NW25, NC35, N35, Mid-Yellow, Mid-Peach).
This product looks great, but I think I had unnecessarily high expectations! I find it difficult to get much product out of the palette and it seems too dry – I like working with a creamier base. I also find that you have to scrape out a lot and it didn’t give particularly great coverage especially under the eyes. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this palette.
Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Number 2 (contains shades: 11, 12, 13, 14, 18)
Again, I don’t think this is the best product for under-eye circles as I found it too dry and that it didn’t give enough coverage. You could use it as a touch up kit to have in your make-up bag for on the go fixes but I wouldn’t recommend it for a perfect base. I had high expectations for the lilac shade as a colour corrector but I wasn’t too impressed.
All in all, my HG (*holy grail) item has to be the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – trust me and try it, you will love it!
I hope this review was useful! Comment and let me know about your favourite concealers or any tips you recommend – I love trying out new products so any feedback is always welcome!