Although the saying usually goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, there’s also another one that goes something like “too much of a good thing…” blah blah.
I have been using the same concealer for as long as I can remember, which after three kids you could possibly suggest is not that long, but in all seriousness, I’ve used MAC Mineralise in NW20 for about 6 years and before that I used whatever the older version of that very same product was. MAC all day, every day baby.
And though the applicator has changed over the years from a little brush to a doe foot, and the handle shape and texture of the wand and shape of the bottle have too, the formulation has remained pretty consistent. I know my colour, it’s easy, better the devil you know, and all that.
But something inside me wanted to know if I was missing out by being so faithful to one product. I’ve become a little obsessed with watching make up tutorials and the artists are applying concealer in various other forms which got me wondering if maybe I should get out of my concealer comfort zone and test the waters.
So here I am, doing just that.
Over the past 4 months I have been switching it up my friends. I’ve been cheating on MAC, but I’ve made sure to do so only with other relatively high end competitors. I’ve been enjoying time with Benefit, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown & Clinique and I’m here today to tell you whether I’m ready to break up with MAC forever, and if so, why.
Read on to discover the results of my Mission : Concealer.
Since January I have worked my way systematically through these four concealers to really get to know each one – what I liked about each and what I perhaps didn’t when compared to my trusty old favourite, and compared to each other.
OFFICIAL INFO: This is a full coverage concealer designed to disguise dark undereye circles while helping to reduce the appearance of puffiness. It’s an oil free product designed to be long-lasting while at the same time moisturising.
PROS: This is a full coverage product, comes in a small portable sized tube. Comes in a wide range of shades.
CONS: Unless you have a brush handy at all times, you need to apply this product with your finger tips which for a product that feels a little heavy and thick to me to use only with fingertips, I felt it was a product that needed a little more working into the under eye area.
OFFICIAL INFO: Conceal and set in one portable kit. Bobbi’s Creamy Concealer blends easily to instantly cover, lift and brighten dark circles. It also helps maintain skin’s moisture levels for a smooth, virtually line-less look. Fuss-free pressed powder sets concealer for long-lasting wear.
PROS: Classy sleek signature Bobbi Brown packaging, slimline and easy to carry in your clutch or handbag. Can be used with or without a brush as it’s not a thick and heavy product that stays on fingers.
CONS: The pressed powder is a little tricky to apply without a brush. The powder needs to be carefully applied to ensure you don’t end up with a cakey look under the eyes. If you have brushes within easy reach, this shouldn’t be an issue.
OFFICIAL INFO: This magic multi-tasking duo for eyes—serum at one end, concealer at the other—does it all. On one end, the Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum dramatically smooths the appearance of fine dry lines and renews skin’s youthful look. On the other end, the long-wearing, hydrating Concealer helps erase dark circles, spots, redness and blemishes.
PROS: Two products for the price of one. A beautiful brightening serum to work with the concealer in giving the best disguise for dark circles and redness. Crayon like concealer stick, followed by the doe-footed serum work nicely together and product feels nice to apply.
CONS: The concealer feels quite thick and its’ scent reminded me a little of playdoh.
OFFICIAL INFO: This hydrating crease-control Concealer – with Vitamin E and apple seed extract – hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Proven to keep skin hydrated for 6 hours with it’s lightweight formula.
PROS: Cute packaging, looks like a lippy. Different concept in terms of formula and glides on like a dream. Feels noticeably hydrating and the finish is not dissimilar to a really silky primer – the formula noticeably fills in fine lines around the eye. Doesn’t crease, crack, run or settle. Easy to apply, you simply swipe on as with lipstick and use your ring finger to gently blend in the pigmented concealer.
CONS: Only available in 3 colours. Quite a light formula. If you’re wanting heavier coverage, or nighttime makeup, this is possibly not your go to.
OFFICIAL INFO: Enriched with minerals and nourishing botanicals, this creamy, easy-to-blend concealer covers and perfects while nourishing and moisturising the skin. Its cushiony texture makes the concealer comfortable for prolonged wear. Provides sheer to medium coverage with a natural satin finish.
PROS: I have always loved the way this product glides on. I love that it’s buildable and that it never ever creases, shifts or cakes. I love the fact that it’s virtually fragrance free and it just is so easy to apply.
CONS: The packaging. Somehow I find that the product ends up in the screwtop area of the packaging and can be messy if not wiped off regularly. Feels wasteful.
VERDICT: I have thoroughly loved experimenting with each of these different products. They are each truly beautiful in their own right and not much can be faulted with them. I guess because they are top of the range and quality products it would be hard to critique them too harshly.
However, because this was a mission, I have to say that I have two favourites of the four new products I have tried – for different reasons. My favourite for every day wear is the Benefit Fakeup – for it’s ease of application in an everyday situation and quick application when in a rush (which I always seem to be). And for special occasion makeup – a night out for example or important meetings (when I’m able to take time in front of the bathroom mirror to actually apply my face as opposed to my in-car special), I give that top spot to the Estee Lauder Duo, mostly for the brightening serum and it’s ability to lift the concealer to another level.
I hope you enjoyed this compare and review. I’m going to call this a Mission:Complete. Let me know if there are any other products you’d like me to do a similar comparison with – to save you having to undertake the task!
* Each of these products was gifted to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are genuine and my own.