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FINDING THE PERFECT CONCEALER!

I am not one to wear foundation every single day; it’s just too much sometimes. So on my more chill days I love putting some concealer under the eyes and skipping foundation for the face. I especially love this for spring and summer where you just don’t feel like wearing too much makeup. With this in mind, I have tested out a few concealers and figured out what works for me and what does not. So I will be sharing my fave concealers and others which were a fail for me. Let’s begin!

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“Hard Candy” is a brand which you can find at Walmart. I heard about a concealer they have in their collection and is supposedly very high coverage. This concealer is quite pigmented so WARNING ALERT, a little does go a long way. This is a heavy duty concealer and the coverage is great but they do not have a lot of shades to choose from. So if you are more of a deeper skin tone it will not work out with this concealer. That is the main downside. Overall this concealer is very full coverage and super pigmented. Another issue with this concealer is that if you do not use it long enough or put it way it does become watery and the next time you go to use it, a bunch of liquid will just come out. Shake it well before use. This is definitely not the best drugstore concealer in my opinion but the coverage does speak for itself.

Everyone is well aware of the “Maybelline Age Rewind” concealer; I do remember how much hype there was and still is surrounding this product. Unfortunately when I tested it out a few times I absolutely hated it. I do not like the consistency of it or the blendability of this product. Even when I blend it in as much as I can it still does not look seamless and it does crease. There is also not a large selection when it comes to finding your perfect shade. It doesn’t give off a natural finish, rather it brings more attention to your under eyes in a bad way. I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone looking for a new concealer, you can find a much better ones either drugstore or higher end.

My all-time favourite and go-to concealer is the “Rimmel Wake Me Up”. I have repurchased this product more than 4 times and use it almost every time I apply makeup. It gives me great coverage and it blends well. It comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator which is perfect to target specific areas. The only down side would be that Rimmel’s shade range in the concealer is very minimal. They only have light shades, which is a bummer for those looking for a deeper colour.

A new drugstore concealer I’ve been loving recently is the “LA Girl Pro Concealer”. There was also a lot of hype around this product being amazing and very affordable. The consistency is great, very creamy, and blends out wonderfully providing good coverage, but not full. LA Girl also came out with so many shades that you will definitely be able to find your perfect colour. This concealer has not creased on me and always offers a smooth finish to my skin. I cannot wait to try out the deeper tones for contour, as I have heard great reviews for using this product as a cream contour. For those more natural days I love skipping foundation and just popping concealer under the eyes and this one would be great.

Let’s talk about one of the most popular concealers at the moment, the “Tarte Shape Tape”. This does live up to the hype that it received. This product is only available online on the Tarte website. It comes with a good amount of product (10mL) and has a doe foot applicator. I would prefer a smaller sized applicator; I was quite surprised by it. I bought the shade “Tan Sand” and next time I would buy a shade lighter just so I can highlight as well. This concealer is full coverage and blends out well. It is scented, but not too strong. I am a bit fragrance sensitive, but it’s not extreme and I have no problem applying this concealer. Make sure to always set your concealer with either pressed or loose powder so it doesn’t crease or budge.

“Mac Pro Longwear Concealer” is one of those concealers that never seems to fail me.  It does provide quite a bit of coverage and lasts a long time. I love how this concealer does not cake up. I use this concealer for under the eyes and anywhere I may have redness. It blends out very well and is light weight. The downside for this product would be that it comes with a pump; I just hate getting it everywhere. Concealers should stick to doe foot applicators. You will see in the picture down below that I have the shade ‘NC42’ but I typically use ‘NC35’, it just that the MAC artist gave me the wrong shade so ‘NC42’ does not brighten my under eyes only provides coverage.

The best high end concealer I have ever tried would hands down be the “NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer”. It does not crease, blends amazing, and there is such a wide range of colours to choose from. I love that it does not dry out my under eye area, it hides any imperfections and redness. I can rave on and rave about this concealer but if you have not tried it you really should. This concealer trumps every other concealer I mentioned above. It is pricier and convincing yourself to continue to repurchase this product is difficult sometimes 😛 Nonetheless, the formula does speak for itself and I have not found a high end concealer that trumps NARS.

Let me know what concealers you love or would love to try next.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge ‘Tan’ (20mL): $7
  • Maybelline Age Rewind ‘Neutralizer’ (6mL): $14
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up ‘True Ivory’ (7mL): $9
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer ‘Creamy Beige’ (8mL): $7
  • Tarte Shape Tape ‘Tan Sand’ (10mL): $31
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ‘Medium 2 Ginger’ (6mL) $37
  • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer ‘NC42’ (9mL): $26

Until Next Time!


-Suman

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I have found some new brand faves and could not wait to share them with you. Tarte Cosmetics is a cruelty free makeup brand and has amazing products to offer. Let’s begin with skincare! Recently, I decided to try out the “Tarte Rainforest of Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel” and it has become my favourite cleanser at the moment. What I love most about this product is that it doesn’t make your skin feel dry afterwards and really locks in moisture. The packaging is absolutely lovely and best of all it comes with a pump. I use 1-2 pumps for my face. Prior to this cleanser, I was using the “Clean and Clear” cleanser and that product really does not lock in any moisture nor does it do the job too well. In comparison, the Tarte cleanser deep cleans and when I go in with my toner there is very minimal dirt or any left-over product on the cotton pad. I would highly recommend this cleanser to any skin type and its low fragranced which is great for anyone who is sensitive or just dislikes strongly scented products.

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Continuing with skincare, my next favourite product is the “Tarte Maracuja Oil”. I use this product when my face is intensely dry or dull and my skin needs that extra bit of help. I use it after I cleanse and tone and apply about 2-3 drops onto my clean hands and apply it to my face and neck. It really gives your face a brighter and healthier glow and helps with dryness especially during these winter months. I do not use it every day because I find it too ‘strong’ to use daily. There’s nothing wrong with using it every day, I tend to use it when my skin really needs it. The “Maracuja Oil” makes your skin softer and visibly lifted.

Let’s talk about one of the most popular concealers at the moment, the “Tarte Shape Tape”. This does live up to the hype that it received. This product is only available online on the Tarte website. It comes with a good amount of product (10mL) and has a doe foot applicator. I would prefer a smaller sized applicator; I was quite surprised by it. I bought the shade “Tan Sand” and next time I would buy a shade lighter just so I can highlight as well. This concealer is full coverage and blends out well. It is scented, but not too strong. I am a bit fragrance sensitive, but it’s not extreme and I have no problem applying this concealer. Make sure to always set your concealer with either pressed or loose powder so it doesn’t crease or budge.

Lastly, my favourite foundation at the moment is the “Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation” and I am in the shade “light medium honey”. This foundation is amazing! I first got a sample and used it about 3 times and just had to buy it. I have combination skin so some areas a bit dryer than others. This foundation works wonderfully for me. It’s hydrating and doesn’t cling to the dry areas of my face. Its medium coverage but definitely buildable and gives the face such a radiant finish. This foundation is very lightweight and perfectly covers any uneven skin tones and redness. The formula is unique; I’ve never tried anything like it before. This foundation does not cake up and comes with a pipette-style dropper applicator.  Highly recommend this foundation.

I cannot wait to try out the “Tarteiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette” and the “Aquacealer Concealer”.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Tarte Rainforest of Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (150mL): $30
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil (7mL): Sample Size
  • Tarte Shape Tape (10mL): $31
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (30mL): $51

Until Next Time!


-Suman

My First Set of Makeup Brushes

As we all know makeup brushes can be crazy expensive, sometimes even more than our makeup products. I remember when I first started getting into makeup, I of course needed a brush set that wouldn’t financially drain me. I did tons and tons of research and finally came across Coastal Scents. This cosmetics brand is known for its low prices yet good quality cosmetics and tools. This company is a great stand up against really expensive brands. Especially, if you’re new to makeup you probably won’t want to spend $20 on each brush or even $100 for a set. My first set of makeup brushes cost me $9.95 USD! That’s right, I bought a 12 piece brush set for $10. Normally, this brush set is listed for $25 on the Coastal Scents’ website, but they always have sales and promotions going on. I do remember, since I live in Canada, the shipping really took a toll. I spent around $35 total including shipping. Even though, for those who do not live in the United States, $35 for a 12 piece brush set is not bad at all.

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I bought these brushes in 2014 and still use them every time I apply makeup. I’ve washed them over and over again, and still they are some of my favourite face and eye brushes. This set includes:

  1. Powder brush (natural)
  2. Angled blush brush (natural)
  3. Foundation brush (synthetic)
  4. Medium shadow brush (synthetic)
  5. Blender doefoot brush (synthetic)
  6. Blender pointed brush (natural)
  7. Concealer brush (synthetic)
  8. Detail round brush (synthetic)
  9. Detail pointed brush (synthetic)
  10. Angled liner brush (synthetic)
  11. Bent liner brush (synthetic)
  12. Lash brow comb (synthetic)

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These brushes are soft, do not shed every use, and the quality is great. I have been using my Coastal Scents brushes for about 3 years, and continue to use them. Shipping was no problem whatsoever and surprisingly I received my package in a short amount of time. I will definitely repurchase from this company and try out more of their products. My brush collection has grown over the years and I use Coastal Scents brushes along with my Mac, Real Techniques, and Luxie brushes. My only regret would be not buying a bigger brush set. I do recommend these brushes to anyone just staring out with makeup or even individuals who are experienced in this field. It’s a great price for great quality brushes.

Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • 12 piece brush set: $13

 


Until next time!


-Suman