As much as I remember using stick concealer, they could be drying or cakey. I can’t deny that they are easy to use as you could just glide on wherever you want to conceal, blend, set and you’re ready to go. At most time, stick concealers are not recommended to be applied around the eye area since there is a chance on drying up the skin on the area and users are unlikely to risk their skin for so. Normally, it is recommended to use liquid concealer as they are much versatile for the delicate area such as under-eye. There is one concealer to beat all that risk which is Benefit Fake Up Crease-Control Hydrating Concealer.
‘Cover-up goes incognito! This hydrating crease-control concealer – with Vitamin E & apple seed extract – hides dark circles & diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for 6 hours!* *Instrumental test
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Results too good to conceal!
- 100% said fakeup hydrates skin*
- 100% said fakeup feels comfortable on skin*
- 100% said the texture feels silky*
- 94% said the effect is long-lasting*
- 94% said fakeup doesn’t run*
- 97% said the formula is lightweight*
- 91% said fakeup conceals dark circles*
- 91% saw a natural appearance*
- 97% said the packaging makes it easy to use*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey.’ – Benefit
Their ad is very interesting, it is a must watch and it’s not like your typical makeup ads. They come in three shades and the shade that I have is the lightest shade of all which is ‘fair’ and I’m a little worried that it may turn out to be too fair for my skin tone.
This was the manual that was included with the concealer, sharing where are the beneficial ingredients are contained and tips on where we could use it. It never came across my mind that it can be used on eye area and it seems like a promising concealer especially when it claims to control on creasing of this concealer. We will look upon it on my lasting test.
The concealer comes in a twist up metal case, embossed with the word ‘fake up’ with twirl patterns. It looks really similar to a lipstick packaging. Identical to the structure of the concealer and hydrator, you could see the layer of hydrator that goes along at the sides of the concealer seems like balm texture in the swatch. It blends easily as the texture feels creamy, along with that now I’m worried if the texture could be too rich.
Here is a mini tutorial on how I use the concealer. It glides on easily and I went on a trigger-happy mode concealing all around my face.
I was right about the shade of concealer, it was too fair for me. When I use it for the first time, I only conceal on my under-eye and it was very contrasting between my cheek area. Therefore, I had to use it all around my face to keep everything well balanced and even. The coverage is sheer to medium as the redness on my under-eye and other part of my face is still seeping through. It was tricky to conceal breakouts even though I have tried to double conceal.
Here comes the lasting test of the day. I have had the concealer for more than 9 hours and what I like about it is that it didn’t oxidize as much. However, the concealer doesn’t have any oil controlling property and loses its coverage as you may compare the obvious redness at the sides of my nose.
Particularly, this concealer claims that it controls creasing, I was very skeptical if it does especially with the tropical weather in Malaysia. Both may look almost the same but I do have fine lines on my under eye and if you look carefully, there is some creasing happening on those fine lines. If this doesn’t convince you, let’s have a look on the next photo.
Could you see the evident line on my eyelid at 6:50PM? The line proofs that this concealer is not as crease-control as it claims. I would say this concealer may not be suitable for you if you have oily eye lid like I do.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Ethyhexyl Palmite, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Strearate, Hexydecanol, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Brasicca Campesteris (Rapeseed) Steroils, BHT, Tocopheerol. [+/-: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007, (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
I think this is more suitable for normal to dry skin types as it provides good hydration. As for me, I have combination skin which is not as suitable as this concealer doesn’t come with any oil controlling property. Even so, I like how it glide smoothly without tugging. Personally, I would prefer greater coverage and this coverage goes on more natural, it doesn’t build although I tried to double up the application. Do bare in mind that this concealer also contains silica, I personally do not have any problem with this ingredient.
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- Easy gliding smooth application
- Natural coverage
- Creases on fine line and double eyelid crease
- Loses its coverage after 9 hours
- Non-buildable coverage
My Rating: 4/5
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