my MUA reviews: concealers



Yes, as with the last post: I admit, I have used Lancôme. They make damn fine makeup. They are moving over to cruelty-free-ness. Not least for legal reasons, in the EU. For more on cruelty-free-ness, see resources: cruelty-free-ness. (Current main concealer: Clarins stubby stick. It’s fab and a steal–will last for ever. I still have the LM stuff, will similarly last for ever, though I should be good and throw it out at the next retirement-and-burial sweep.)

Laura Mercier – Undercover Pot  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 3/23/2010 4:54:00 PM

[UPDATE 07/2010] Not changing rating or buy-again-status, but I’ve not actually used this in a while: I’ve found the LM Eye Basics in Linen perfectly adequate for all eye concealing purposes, including undereye–combined with the Clarins eye sunscreen–and have only used the Camouflage end of things very rarely; nothing wrong with it, just not needing it. But I’m not throwing it out, oh no! 🙂
I caved. I’d been stalking this for a while, and gradually buying some of the LM stuff. Some has been better, some worse, but the Undercover Pot and the cake eyeliner have been the big successes. No regrets, become a staple, used every day.
As others have noted, and as is obvious from the LM site, this is a nifty little container containing three items:
(1) on your left, a concealer for the face: Secret Camouflage* (1.0g);
(2) on your right, a concealer for the undereye area: Secret Concealer* (0.8g);
(3) underneath, some setting powder: Translucent Loose Setting Powder (4.09g).
There are currently four colour versions, containing some of the more commonly-used Camouflage & Concealer shades. #1 is a decent match for the pale. Kits are always a mixed blessing*, and rarely perfect. I was lucky, in that the Camouflage and Concealer shades were the lightest on offer and what I’d have picked anyway. I’m not using the powder: using TheBalm Sexy Mama as a finishing powder, though I’m keeping the (emptied-out) powder container portion for plain rice powder or similar for summer use.
Does its job. I use the Camouflage or Clarins Concealer Stick as my regular concealer on any spots, or healing spots, or other reddish bits on face (mostly old spots or irritated bits going through stages of fading). I use the Concealer on undereye darkness especially near the inner corners: it’s moist, slightly greasy, smoothes everything out too. NB not using it on the eyelids (the texture’s wrong); and my under-eyes aren’t dramatic. Not using powder on top to set it, as my skin’s on the dry side, especially around the eyes
Application: brushes are an option, I just use (clean) fingertips for the Camouflage and Concealer and a fluffy soft kabuki for the finishing powder (or whatever else you might want to replace it with).
Great for travel: all your face makeup in one perfect little package.
Price: CAD40.00; being perfect concealers on me, worth every penny. Fragrance-free, cruelty-free.
INGREDIENTS:
[Secret Camouflage] Diethylene, Glycol, Diethylhexanoate/Diisononanoate, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Oleth-10, Methylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isopropyl Myristate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (C1 77891). +/- [May Contain]: Iron Oxides (C1 77491, C1 77492, C1 77499).
[Secret Concealer] Petrolatum, Lanolin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Paraffin, Propylparaben. +/- [May contain]: Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Ultramarines (Cl 77007).
[Loose Setting Powder] Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Nylon-12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Lauroyl Lysine, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylparaben, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Methicone.
* For a perfect match, get separate Camouflage (7.7g) and/or Concealer (2.2g). The Camouflage has six versions, each containing two shades, which can be used separately or mixed to fit seasonal changes in skin-tone. Six versions providing a huge range of possible shades from mixing them. Less of a good deal if you only use one of the two shades, as is the case if you’re very pale. The Concealer is in 6 shades.

TheBalm – Time Balm  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 2/25/2010 2:34:00 AM

[UPDATED 07/2010]
A solid waxy balm in a small clear plastic screw-top jar. No fragrance. To use:
Before applying this or other base/concealer, I moisturise and use sunscreen (the Clarins eye one, see separate review for that). Clean preferred hand, use fingers to rub out a very small quantity, allow to melt on finger-tip (rubbing two fingers together helps), apply to skin. Once it’s more melted to a creamy texture, it can be patted in gently, no rubbing needed. Can also be dabbed and dotted on using a fine-tip brush. Six shades are available.
My main use for this stuff is as a concealer for the corners under the eye, and between eye and nose. On me, the skin there is very thin and, partly from seeing every blood vessel, kinda blue/purple.
End result: not shiny or sparkly, not too matte or chalky. No irritation, no effect on mascara, no irritation from running into eyes, no nothing. And it’s easy to remove at night with other makeup: plain oil (in my case, some combination of mineral, safflower, sunflower, sweet almond, jojoba).
The shade LIGHTER THAN LIGHT, a neutralizing light peachy-pink, is exactly the same (on me, anyway) as Clarins’ Éclat minute/Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base in 00. Big differences though: the Clarins is a twisty pen, a more liquid formula (but drier once set), is only in two shades (both light), and 2ml/0.07 oz costs USD24.50/CAD. TheBalm’s concealer is 7.5g/0.26oz for USD18.00/CAD24.00. The finish is lighter, finer, and skin stays moist. So if you like the Clarins, give this a try.
LTL is slightly lighter and more yellow than Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1 (and several other similar salmon-peach things), but LIGHT is a good match. Time Balm’s texture is somewhat similar, creamy-waxy, but a bit lighter. So if you’re looking for a cheaper dupe, this would be worth a try.
Despite the initial texture in the pot, once warmed between fingertips and applied Time Balm is very lightweight. Fine for one layer, but not as super-concealing as heavier alternatives, and I found any attempts to layer and build just resulted in cakey grease. Not nice. So: fine for lighter application only.
I’m not using this as a concealer on the eyelid (Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen there) or rest of my face* (though it passes my standard personal irritation test) nor as a base for eye-shadow. But gets a general approximate thumbs up rather than down. [UPDATE 07/2010: Changed my mind from previous rave when I saw photos of me wearing this as an undereye concealer, and I’d put on too much: the result was really obvious, and the wrong colour. There are much better photos with LM Eye Basics used lightly on eyelid and undereye: looks like I’ve got no blueness or other discoloration, simply got flawless skin … I’m no longer buying that salmon-pink to counteract blue-purple business. So shoot me.]
Decent company, cruelty-free, sensitive-friendly. Note that this concealer has no bismuth oxychloride, no parabens, does contain beeswax (so is not vegan), and does contain talc. And I, too, am sceptical of the claims that this is also a night-time treatment: though I admit I’ve slept in it and have lived to tell the tale. But hey, that’s all part of the testing process besides being part of a product’s and user’s everyday life: from time to time, makeup gets slept in. That’s life. If you’re having any kind of a life.
INGREDIENTS (on base of jar): Tridecyl Trimellitate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Talc, Dioctyl Adipate, Isoeicosane, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba)) Wax, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Octyldodecanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Panthenol, Tribehenin, Ceresin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Glycine soja (Soybean) Sterols, Phospholipids, Silica, Propyl Gallate, Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil. May contain [+/-Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)]
* Though I’m not using this as a concealer elsewhere, I did test this out in my more irritable and spot-prone areas, and lo! no zits have appeared. I’m pale, so fading zits, even if years old, do show up quite pink in comparison: some concealment does help. But even this lightest shade, Lighter Than Light, is still too dark on my skin. So I’m stuck with the other main concealer: usually Clarins’ stubby stick concealer (very similar texture to Time Balm) in 01 and a powder dotted on top to set it. Mind you, these are super-light spot-concealing solutions for skin that’s otherwise in pretty good nick; look elsewhere if you need more more coverage, no oiliness, etc.

Clarins – Concealer Stick  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 1/12/2010 10:52:00 PM

Splendid concealer: for use on the face, like LM Camouflage. UPDATE [2011-05]: also currently using this on the eyes: eyelids and up to brow bone.
Nothing fancy, just does what it’s supposed to. It’s a solid waxy stick in a slightly stubby white twisty tube with a nice shiny silvery cap: lacking Clarins’ usual labelling on the side. Exists in three colours thus far, of which 01 is good on pale skin with a cool to neutral undertone (tested on self and fellow PPP pals: NW5, 10, and 15). No oxidation / turning orange to report. As usual with Clarins, this is hit or miss – this time I happened to be lucky, but they can be poor for paler-toned people, and even poorer for the deeper-toned (as witness, other pals who are NW/NC 20-60: especially bad in the 45-60+range, any undertone).
The waxiness of the formula seems forbidding, but I found it easy to apply and blend (one can use a clean fingertip, a Q-tip, or a brush) and it neither caused nor aggravated spots. My skin seems happier with concealers like this that contain candelilla (and bees’) wax, OK with some silicones, less happy with cyclopentasiloxane (which is of course in nearly every concealer out there, and much else besides). Mainly using it just concealing redder bits (being pale, any old healed zits, scars, and so on show up a lot), sometimes concealing the odd spot or irritated patch. This sits there comfortably – neither greasy nor dry. Brush a dab of powder on top to be on the safe side, and ignore it for the rest of the day.
UPDATE: Good on eyes. Currently using this on eyelids and up to eyebrows, to even out colour. It’s moist enough–so no drying out and flaky skin–yet the waxiness seems to ensure it stays there. No migration or creeping into folds. It’s one of the only things I can use on my eyelids when in allergy season and/or eczema back. Note that the Stick contains no bismuth oxychloride, or indeed very much else besides waxes, silica, mica, and the less-likely-to-irtritate pigments.
I applied over eye cream and sunscreen, using a small brush. Using clean brush, transfer some Stick to back of hand. Use hand as palette to apply to eye from there.
Texture, feel, finish not a million miles from various other waxy concealers that are good around the eyes.
I wouldn’t want to jinx things by claiming that Clarins are upping their game, but – having tested many concealers high and low recently, from Almay to Chantecaille – this is a Good ‘Un. Price – somewhere in the CAD 25-30 range for 2.6g. Fragrance-free. As usual with Clarins, cruelty-free and fairly environmentally responsible.
INGREDIENTS: CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, OCTYLDODECANOL, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, CERA MICROCRISTALLANA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, CERA ALBA/BEESWAX, SILICA, HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE, ETHYLCELLULOSE, ISODECANE, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, POLYETHYLENE, RETINYL PALMITATE +/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77718/TALC, CI 77019/MICA, CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491/77492/77499 IRON OXIDES.

Origins – Quick, Hide! Easy blend concealer  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/31/2009 12:20:00 AM

UPDATE (01/2010): aaargh, breaking out, and those classic red irritated patches on the thin skin next to the nose. Not even used it for a full month. Apparently (says doc) blame the cyclopentasiloxane. And guess how many concealers out there don’t contain it, or very little? That’s right. B***er all. Rating down to a 4 and no-rebuy, as on all other counts it’s good, and it would be unfair to bring it right down. I’m not that mean and vengeful.
Great [ED. if it works for you]. Available in various shades, including – wonder of wonders – one that’s suitable for pale people (06/Lightest). Doesn’t oxidise on me (though it does on some other previous reviewers). I’m a redhead so that’s saying something. It’s alleged that we have more acidic skin. Whether that’s true or an old wives’ tale, lots of things do go orange on me. The facts that this doesn’t, and exists in the same shade as my skin, gives it an automatic thumbs up.
Quick, Hide! comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. Can be dotted onto hand, then applied from there, using a small brush or the humble (clean) finger. It’s a creamy texture, neither too runny nor too pasty. It does dry fast, and beware over-applying: the result is heavy chalkiness. A small quantity goes far. Applied carefully and fast, the result is impeccable skin, the targeted areas cunningly disguised.
My skin being on the dry side, I’m using this on old ex-zits that are still a bit pink and show up due to the contrast with the rest of surrounding skin being very light. I’ve also used this on fresh spotty and slightly irritated bits (though not on very irritated bits, I have learned some wisdom over the decades…). It doesn’t irritate, nor exacerbate anything already there, but calms and has a slight drying effect. Tried and tested after long-distance air travel, when my skin is at its absolute worst and most irritable.
I’m not using this “neat” around the eyes, as it’s too drying for that. Can be used there when mixed with some moisturiser/eye cream, though. Also, my skin doesn’t need much in the way of disguise and serious concealment, so I can’t comment on how good Quick, Hide! would be as a heavier-duty concealer. I also admit to buying this without meaning to – I was stocking up on regular items, and spending a little more in the shape of this concealer qualified me for a useful free gift (two items that two relatives happened to use regularly).
Like other Origins products, it’s cruelty-free and contains no animal ingredients. Around USD 14.50 for a 5 ml tube (similar price to various other similar department- and drugstore concealers: ex. Revlon and Clinique).
INGREDIENTS: water – anthemis nobilis (chamomile) – cyclopentasiloxane – dimethicone – butylene glycol – neopentyl glycol dicaprate – trimethylsiloxysilicate – peg-10 dimethicone – bis-peg/ppg-14/14 dimethicone – sodium chloride – chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract – hexylene glycol – cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract – polyethylene – stearyl glycyrrhetinate – c9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate – polysilicone-11 – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – tocopherol – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg-ppg-10/1 dimethicone – cyclodextrin – acrylates/dimethicone copolymer – silica – alumina – disodium edta – sodium dehydroacetate – phenoxyethanol – [+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – mica]

Almay – smart shade  rated 2 of 5 gingerrama on 10/5/2009 10:48:00 PM

Foolish me.
I got this by trading in some Points in SDM. All I can say is better points than real money. It looks like a good idea, and Almay have done some excellent undereye concealers in days of yore – could be used on the lid too, as redness neutralizer.
Pro: no reactions on sensitive human, and no animal testing. But some major issues:
1. There are three shades. Optimistic or insulting, even if it were true that this “transforms into your idea shade”. And if that were true, why not just have one version, with the magic formula you need to utter written inside on a bit of paper between the tube and the paper packaging?
2. The palest shade is too dark on my skin. Anywhere on my skin. Let alone round the eyes. It also oxidised in *seconds*. And I promise you, I did not wish for mid/dark orange skin.
Maybe they forgot to put the magic words in the packaging around my tube, as I tried lots of words – mostly of the four-letter variety – and no transformation occurred. At any rate, I’m disappointed.
3. not that cheap, for an 11 ml tube.
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (4.0%), Zinc Oxide (2.0%)Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water) (Water, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Alcohol Denatured, Phenyltrimethicone, Nylon 12, Tribehenin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Alumina, Boron Nitrate, Galactoarabinan, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (Grape), Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Tauramide, Cycloheptasiloxane, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Talc, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Lancome – Effacernes  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 4/18/2008 6:58:00 AM

UPDATE (03/2010): there is escape, and I’ve moved on: for the undereye and other blue-purple areas–TheBalm Time Balm; for the eyelid–LM Eye Basics in Linen.
HG. There’s seemingly no escape from The Best. Like other reviewers here, that’s after trying many… Sigh. Rediscovered old tube from last year when clearing out old cosmetics. And it’s still perfect. Creamy concealer for eye area, slightly moisturising, long-lasting, sweatproof and waterproof, has gentle stuff (chamomile and cornflower extracts, no fragrance), and bonus mineral sunscreen (TiO2, SPF 12).
I’ve used this off and on for years for three purposes:
(1) On the eyelids, to disguise freckles and pink, lilac, and blue, due to very thin skin and blood-vessels showing through. I’m using shade 01 Beige Pastel, also called Porcelaine. It’s a good match, light and natural-looking on Gingerrama skin – eyelid discoloration aside, cool-tone v.v.v. pale (slightly lighter and more blue than MAC NW15). Lasts impeccably. Can be drying towards the end of the day in winter – I just stick cream on top if that happens, and all is well.
(2) It’s also meant to be used as an under-eye concealer. I can’t comment, as on Bad Under-Eye Days I used cold wet teabags, and I don’t have genetic dark circles, just self-inflicted ones. I know several people (and see the praises of further MUA reviewers here!) who love this stuff specifically for its circle action.
(3) As a general-purpose concealer: good – didn’t break me out – stays on well, and is sweatproof and waterproof, so great for hot summers and swimming. No reactions (on this sensitive skin). Currently not really using any face makeup, so not an issue.
On the eyelids, it blends well, and you don’t need much. Makes eyelids look YBB, discoloration erased, smooth finish, slightly brightening, not too matte, not too shiny: just right. Being in a tube means the cream keeps well, and one avoids sticking germs etc. into it. On initial application, it is slightly yellow, but dries to a more natural colour. Apply too much, and it goes very yellow. It does dry fast, so can be tricky to sort out excesses.
The Eff also has the added benefit of providing some mineral-only SPF (TiO2), without irritation. Lancome should be praised to the high heavens for this – the more sunscreen in skincare and cosmetics, the better. Especially around our more wrinkle-prone zones, and a good temporary solution if going out in a rush without putting sunscreen on. But the SPF is low (12). So not a substitute for sunscreen, but rather, a helpful supplement. I use my regular facial sunscreen all around the eye area (pretty much up to the lash line) before applying the Eff.
This stuff works at least as well as parallel products within my budget and that looked more suitable for sensitive skin (BeneFit, Bobbi Brown, Boots, Bourjois, Clarins, Clinique, Revlon, tested the legendary YSL). Results lay between “nowhere as good” and “plain disastrous” – managing to dry me out, turn me shiny and greasy, settle into and highlight every line and crease, float into my eyes, break me out, irritate (with comical inflammation! yay!!), etc. The Eff is markedly similar to a L’Oreal Visible Lift under-eye concealer in a tiny tube I used to use in the US, not seen it in the EU, hence initial reason for using the Lancome as the nearest equivalent here. Though the Lancome has far better consistency and staying power than the L’Oreal, which I found drying and smeary.
Costs around USD / GBP18.00 / EUR 24.00 for 15 ml, and the tube lasts a good year, used daily. It’s a very good buy compared to the twisty- or clicky-pen concealers that tend to contain 1.5 – 2.5 ml.
This stuff is so good that I took two lippies off and still ended up with 5. How good is that.
One lippie off as there aren’t many colours available. The shades tend to run a bit yellow – lacking in range, not covering the pink, lilac, and cyan undertones. None for any darker skin tones.
A second lippie off as I’m grudging in my return to this product not because it’s not good – it’s great – but for an ethical niggle.*
INGREDIENTS (c/o Productjunkie76): WATER / AQUA CYCLOPENTASILOXANE HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE PROPYLENE GLYCOL TITANIUM DIOXIDE ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE OZOKERITE HEXYLENE GLYCOL UREA STEARIC ACID GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS HONEY / MEL TOCOPHEROL SODIUM HYALURONATE SILICA CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT / CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE MAGNESIUM SULFATE DISODIUM EDTA DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER EXTRACT / CENTAUREA CYANUS DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE POLYDIHYDROXYINDOLE ACRYLATES COPOLYMER METHYLPARABEN PROPYLPARABEN DIAZOLIDINYL UREA MAY CONTAIN [+/- MICA TITANIUM DIOXIDE / CI 77891 IRON OXIDES / CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492 ]
*I’d sworn off Lancome due to animal testing issues. To be fair, the company is currently investing in alternative testing, and (according to one source but not two others) has a moratorium on testing any products sold on the European market. This is all partly due to current and impending EU law on animal testing in cosmetics. Anyway, I’m appeasing my conscience by corresponding and campaigning, and thought I’d pass on the good news that Lancome claim to be taking cruelty issues seriously, putting money into alternative testing methods, and using the cruelty-free experience of one of their companies, The Body Shop. Their reasons for doing so – couldn’t comment.

Bourjois – Anticerne pour petits matins  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 4/14/2008 5:46:00 PM

Love it. Revised this – up to a 5! This is amazingly like Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base. Suitable for use in the under-eye area and on the lids, for evening-out pinkness, blueness, purpleness, veins, and so on. Slightly “illluminating” effect, so can also be used as a highlighter. Not the kind of concealer meant for hiding blemishes, zits, scars, and so on: although not as much of a “revealer” as the YSL TE kind of highlighting-pen products.
Same general idea in format for all four: pen with a fine brush end. Like the Clarins, the Bourjois is a slim pen. The Clarins has a slightly finer brush, and might be marginally more durable in packaging (has a more solid cap). I don’t think the Bourjois would survive knocking around in a bag, but fine for sitting around at home. The packaging, as ever with Bourjois, is absolutely gorgeous: pink, tongue-in-cheek fluffy, rather 60s French sex-kitten.
The Bourjois exists in two shades, a paleer one – “Peau claire / Medium” – and a middling to deeper one – “Peau mate / Halée.” I used the former; slightly lighter than the Clarins (which is in one tone only), a flesh tone with pink and peach. Good on redhead skin that’s so pale with such cool undertones as to be basically pale blue. Many eye-area concealers are far too yellow-based to look other than odd on the ginger of hair and washed-out Smurf of skin (and that’s being polite and under subtle lighting). I preferred the Bourjois’ colour to the slightly darker Clarins.
This stuff is quite liquid. I used it on top of eye cream (applied and left to sink in a good half hour or so before) and sunscreen. Easy to apply, smooth, light, and doesn’t settle into lines and creases. Worn as an eye base, I found it stayed on well. Some people have found that the staying power isn’t that great, or that it doesn’t work well with other makeup on top. I found it OK; my silicone-based sunscreen underneath might be helping here.
Nice price in Europe – a 1.5 ml tube for about EUR 9.50 here in Ireland and Boots’ current line in vouchers knocked 3 EUR off. In the US and UK the Bourjois would appear to be more expensive. Still wayyyy cheaper than the Clarins.
Note that the Bourjois does contain some fragrance and alcohol denat., near end of ingredients list. If I left this on overnight, I found it migrated into eyes and stung them a bit in the morning: but not a full-on reaction (I’ve had these, believe me, I know the difference – eyes so puffed up they don’t open, need for antihistamines, etc., etc.). But leaving makeup on overnight is, admittedly, very naughty, and I do usually remove in the evening like a good girl. No migration etc. during the day. It is not tested on animals (the mother-company, Chanel, ditto).
INGREDIENTS: (from kaboodle.com, please note – not confirmed with Bourjois themselves) AQUA (WATER), CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TALC, SILICA, DIMETHYL SILYLATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, ALUMINA, ALCOHOL DENAT., DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, PEG-8 MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, METHICONE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, TOCOPHEROL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ASCORBYL PALMITATE, ASCORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID [ +/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES) CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)

Boots – No7 Radiant Glow Concealer in 01  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 4/2/2008 7:03:00 AM

Alternative names: “Radiant Glow Concealer” or (UK/IRL) “Instant Radiance Concealer” – so cross-posted review.
A cheaper version of YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, and assorted others out there. Similar principle: brush tip pen, twists or clicks up (in this case) from the base. Decent eye base / eye area concealer. I have, however, now gone back to others that are better for my purposes.
The Boots is unperfumed, has a light and moist formula, and a fairly wide flexible-nylon-basting-brush (but makes no difference if finger-blending). It comes in two shades; one is more yellow, the other – 01, that I used – is more pink (and slightly paler), luminous.
Uses: intended as an under-eye concealer /brightener, as the Boots blurb says, “reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Light-reflecting particles brighten your skin.” A teeny dab in the inner corner of the under-eye helps, where my skin’s a bit blue.
Other uses: given their resemblance (see ingredients listing below), the Boots could be used any way you use YSL Touche Eclat. As a highlighter. Like it, it’s too luminous (from the mica) to use for concealing zits. It also, incidentally, broke me out – but this was before the days of better, simpler skincare and no makeup on my lovely cystic acne, which is now happily negligible. Essentially, this is more of a revealer than a concealer.
Why I’m not buying it any more: I need something that can be used on the eye lid for smoothing out discoloration (freckles + very thin skin so a purple-blueish tinge from visible blood vessels). The Boots is not good on the eyelids: too liquid, then settles into creases. Not as long-lasting as some other eye concealers: not even remotely comparable to the great Effacernes. No darker shades appropriate for a wider range of skin tones, which is not so good. So it’s pot luck if this will work for you. I much prefer the pinker shade and wear of Clarins’ Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base and its much cheaper dupe, Bourjois Anticerne pour petits matins.
Lovely price if you’re in the UK or the US, less of a good deal in Ireland: GBP 12.00 / EUR 17.50 / USD 12.99 (Target). The Boots tube is 25% bigger than the Clarins. So the Boots works out nearly 1/3 less in EUR than the Clarins, or half the GBP and USD price. And under half the price of YSL TE. Expensive compared to the Effacernes, 15 ml tube lasts over a year used daily.
INGREDIENTS: water, cyclomethicone, glycerin, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), dimethicone copolyol, magnesium sulfate, methicone, C12-14 pareth-3, methylparaben, squalane, ci 77891, talc, ci 77492, ci 77491, ci 77499, mica.
NB Compare to the ingredients for YSL TE, and you’ll see a remarkable resemblance:
YSL TE INGREDIENTS: water, cyclomethicone, glycerin, talc, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, magnesium sulphate, trideceth-3, methicone, methylparaben, squalane, [+/- may contain: CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 75470 (carmine), “NF8897”]

Boots – No7 – Instant Radiance Concealer  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 4/2/2008 7:02:00 AM

Alternative names: “Radiant Glow Concealer” or (UK/IRL) “Instant Radiance Concealer” – so cross-posted review.
A cheaper version of YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and assorted others out there. Similar principle: brush tip pen, twists or clicks up (in this case) from the base. Decent eye base / eye area concealer. I have, however, now gone back to others that are better for my purposes.
The Boots is unperfumed, has a light and moist formula, and a fairly wide flexible-nylon-basting-brush (but makes no difference if finger-blending). It comes in two shades; one is more yellow, the other – 01, that I used – is more pink (and slightly paler), luminous.
Uses: intended as an under-eye concealer /brightener, as the Boots blurb says, “reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Light-reflecting particles brighten your skin.” A teeny dab in the inner corner of the under-eye helps, where my skin’s a bit blue.
Other uses: given their resemblance (see ingredients listing below), the Boots could be used any way you use YSL Touche Eclat. As a highlighter. Like it, it’s too luminous (from the mica) to use for concealing zits. It also, incidentally, broke me out – but this was before the days of better, simpler skincare and no makeup on my lovely cystic acne, which is now happily negligible. Essentially, this is more of a revealer than a concealer.
Why I’m not buying it any more: I need something that can be used on the eye lid for smoothing out discoloration (freckles + very thin skin so a purple-blueish tinge from visible blood vessels). The Boots is not good on the eyelids: too liquid, then settles into creases. Not as long-lasting as some other eye concealers: not even remotely comparable to the great Effacernes. No darker shades appropriate for a wider range of skin tones, which is not so good. So it’s pot luck if this will work for you. I much prefer the pinker shade and wear of Clarins’ Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base and its much cheaper dupe, Bourjois Anticerne pour petits matins.
Lovely price if you’re in the UK or the US, less of a good deal in Ireland: GBP 12.00 / EUR 17.50 / USD 12.99 (Target). The Boots tube is 25% bigger than the Clarins. So the Boots works out nearly 1/3 less in EUR than the Clarins, or half the GBP and USD price. And under half the price of YSL TE. Expensive compared to the Effacernes, 15 ml tube lasts over a year used daily.
INGREDIENTS: water, cyclomethicone, glycerin, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), dimethicone copolyol, magnesium sulfate, methicone, C12-14 pareth-3, methylparaben, squalane, ci 77891, talc, ci 77492, ci 77491, ci 77499, mica.
NB Compare to the ingredients for YSL TE, and you’ll see a remarkable resemblance:
YSL TE INGREDIENTS: water, cyclomethicone, glycerin, talc, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, magnesium sulphate, trideceth-3, methicone, methylparaben, squalane, [+/- may contain: CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77019 (mica), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 75470 (carmine), “NF8897”]

MAC – Select Cover-Up in NW15  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 2/5/2008 8:28:00 PM

Ugh. Took me a while to realise this is too dark and yellow on me. Beware, pale people.
NB cross-posted for main MAC Select Cover-Up posting and for the specific NW15 one.
New HG concealer and colour-element for home-made foundation. OK, I know, it’s not exactly new. But I finally caved and got it: NW15, best match ever for the Gingerrama pallor. No reactions, light smooth texture, sits well, blends completely, and neither drying nor oilifying. Is in a dinky squeezy tube, with tiny nozzle applicator and screw cap. And it’s not tested on animals. What’s not to love?
And then… you can mix it with other things: mix it with eye cream, and you have an eyelid primer/base (in theory: in practice, that didn’t work for me – it settled in the crease). Mix with moisturizer or primer, and lo, a foundation (I’ve done this in the evening, being the only time I use a foundation, and rarely at that: this technique works really well).
The shades are hit or miss, sure; and it’s not Prescriptives Custom Blend; but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, and there are an awful lot more shades – and degrees of coverage, kinds of application, etc. – than you get with most department store parallels. The real competition would be Bobbi Brown, maybe LM (but wayyy expensive here). And these parallels are a lot more costly here in Europe. Price-wise, the MAC is closer to drugstore here – we are talking under EUR/USD 5.00 difference between this and the likes of Revlon, L’Oreal, Max Factor, etc.
I’m still using trusty perfect Lancome Effacernes around my eyes (which replaced a similar L’Oreal concealer that’s not available here in Europe). NW15 can be recommended for the pale redhead sort of individual with blue-purple undertones (especially around the eyes). Obviously, try before you buy, and try the different formulae; and look at the shades under different lights. That is: not just in the shop, and outside, but different lighting situations in both.
I’m impatient shopping but also annoyed about bad colour matches – products are almost always not pale enough and too beige/yellow for me. And let’s not go into the SA who tries to sell you something inappropriate for your skin-tone, especially if she’s an intriguing shade of orange that clashes with the behind-ear region. I also tend to politely distrust any SA who is not a fellow redhead. So I brought a small mirror with me, and tried colour swatches out dotted on face. Yes, outside as well. Worth a few minutes’ embarrassment to get a product that does actually match one’s skintone. Plus it’s a public service: as it’s surely good for members of the public to be occasionally perturbed and/or amused when going about their everyday business. In a non-harmful way. I hope.
Having said that, huge points to the MAC ladies of Dublin though, who were patient with this weirdness, had suggested which colour was best, and didn’t look in the least smug when it was the one I picked. And not a redhead among them. Bless ’em.
This cost me EUR 17.00; it’s cheaper in the US, I’m not even going to check and type the price as it’ll just depress me.
INGREDIENTS: water – butylene glycol – hydrogenated polyisobutene – tea-stearate – caprylic/capric triglyceride – propylene glycol stearate – magnesium aluminum silicate – cetyl esters – lecithin – polybutene – shea butter – dimethicone – tocopherol – xanthan gum – polysorbate 85 – stearic acid – cetyl alcohol – stearyl alcohol – methylparaben – propylparaben – butylparaben [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – ulramarines (ci 77007)]

MAC – select cover-up  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 2/5/2008 8:27:00 PM

Ugh. Took me a while to realise this is too dark and yellow on me. Beware, pale people.
NB cross-posted for main MAC Select Cover-Up posting and for the specific NW15 one.
New HG concealer and colour-element for home-made foundation. OK, I know, it’s not exactly new. But I finally caved and got it: NW15, best match ever for the Gingerrama pallor. No reactions, light smooth texture, sits well, blends completely, and neither drying nor oilifying. Is in a dinky squeezy tube, with tiny nozzle applicator and screw cap. And it’s not tested on animals. What’s not to love?
And then… you can mix it with other things: mix it with eye cream, and you have an eyelid primer/base (in theory: in practice, that didn’t work for me – it settled in the crease). Mix with moisturizer or primer, and lo, a foundation (I’ve done this in the evening, being the only time I use a foundation, and rarely at that: this technique works really well).
The shades are hit or miss, sure; and it’s not Prescriptives Custom Blend; but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, and there are an awful lot more shades – and degrees of coverage, kinds of application, etc. – than you get with most department store parallels. The real competition would be Bobbi Brown, maybe LM (but wayyy expensive here). And these parallels are a lot more costly here in Europe. Price-wise, the MAC is closer to drugstore here – we are talking under EUR/USD 5.00 difference between this and the likes of Revlon, L’Oreal, Max Factor, etc.
I’m still using trusty perfect Lancome Effacernes around my eyes (which replaced a similar L’Oreal concealer that’s not available here in Europe). NW15 can be recommended for the pale redhead sort of individual with blue-purple undertones (especially around the eyes). Obviously, try before you buy, and try the different formulae; and look at the shades under different lights. That is: not just in the shop, and outside, but different lighting situations in both.
I’m impatient shopping but also annoyed about bad colour matches – products are almost always not pale enough and too beige/yellow for me. And let’s not go into the SA who tries to sell you something inappropriate for your skin-tone, especially if she’s an intriguing shade of orange that clashes with the behind-ear region. I also tend to politely distrust any SA who is not a fellow redhead. So I brought a small mirror with me, and tried colour swatches out dotted on face. Yes, outside as well. Worth a few minutes’ embarrassment to get a product that does actually match one’s skintone. Plus it’s a public service: as it’s surely good for members of the public to be occasionally perturbed and/or amused when going about their everyday business. In a non-harmful way. I hope.
Having said that, huge points to the MAC ladies of Dublin though, who were patient with this weirdness, had suggested which colour was best, and didn’t look in the least smug when it was the one I picked. And not a redhead among them. Bless ’em.
This cost me EUR 17.00; it’s cheaper in the US, I’m not even going to check and type the price as it’ll just depress me.
INGREDIENTS: water – butylene glycol – hydrogenated polyisobutene – tea-stearate – caprylic/capric triglyceride – propylene glycol stearate – magnesium aluminum silicate – cetyl esters – lecithin – polybutene – shea butter – dimethicone – tocopherol – xanthan gum – polysorbate 85 – stearic acid – cetyl alcohol – stearyl alcohol – methylparaben – propylparaben – butylparaben [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – ulramarines (ci 77007)]

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