When the social media world goes nuts over bargain products, you know they must be really, really good. So as usual, I had to go ahead and place an order. I wasn't too sure which colors I really wanted, so I bought these five. Grand total? $15.
Yep, that's right. These concealers are only $3 each. They are thick enough to cover almost anything! They're opaque and quite long lasting. They have a brush applicator that makes them easy to apply, but you'll still want to use a sponge, brush or your finger to get them to blend.
Here's a closer look. Very pigmented, and distinctively warm or cool toned.
But there's a catch. The bad news is these oxidize. A lot. Just a few minutes after taking the picture, the outer perimeter of the swatches got darker and darker. I wore "Toast" on my wrist for about 20 minutes, then did a side by side comparison.
I'm not going to say these are a total bust. Again, people rave over them all the time. I've used these to highlight in the past, and the oxidation wasn't a huge issue for me. If you buy them, I'd say it's a good idea to do a test run with them before you rear them out. You might have to go a shade or two lighter than you anticipated. These definitely last all day, which is a bonus. All in all, not a bad find!
Oh concealer. The product that helps us hide, highlight, contour and everything in between. While you can definitely get the same effects by using fuller coverage foundations, there's something about the little containers that makes us feel more "confident". Here's a breakdown of some of my favorite concealers.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer
I bought the LA Girl Pro Conceal because I saw rave reviews on Youtube. You can get a container of this stuff for less than $5, and it comes in a wide array of colors. I like it because it's definitely full coverage and very affordable. However, it's on the bottom of my list today, because, let's face it, you get what you pay for. When you compare it to higher end products, it definitely isn't the best quality out there. But trust me, it does this job.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
This Studio Finish Concealer ($19) one of those holy grail products. Much like the LA Colors Pro conceal mentioned above, this is a product you have to "warm up" and work with on the right skin textures to get maximum effects. I typically swirl a flat or domed brush onto the concealer to pick up the product, then apply it to my face. If I'm using it all over, I scoop a bit onto the back of my hand and rub it down a bit with my finger. This makes it super creamy. But let me say that this covers anything. In fact, this is the little sister of MAC's Full Coverage foundation. Same product, smaller jar.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
My goodness, my goodness. This Bobbi Brown concealer ($25) is lightweight, super creamy and crazy powerful. I once bought this in a kit that had a pressed powder and eye brightener in it. And when I realized that this was such a stellar product, I picked up another shade. This is top quality.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover
MUFE makes this fantastic lightweight concealer ($32) that works wonders. It goes on creamy, then dries down to a satiny, beautiful finish. When I think of multi-purpose makeup, I think of this. I'll show you how to use it in this video.
Check out my favorites below: