Review: Concealer Comparison

12.21.2010


I finally finished editing this video!  I think all the text is what made me take so long getting this up :P  And I don't know why but I forgot to sit off to the side so I didn't have a lot of room to put the text :(


I thought about posting swatches of these concealers but I decided not to because ultimately, how well a concealer works is particularly dependent on your individual skin color and tone.  Not to mention your skin condition (oily/dry/combo), what kind of foundation you use over it, what kind of scars you're trying to cover etc all come into play.  So, I thought it would be best just to write the most objective observations I can in terms of texture and blendability, which doesn't vary too much between different people.

NYX Concealer In A Jar (Green)
Purchased at: Cherry Culture ($5)

I was not impressed.  It had the notorious gray overcast and while it did neutralize redness, it just did not hide my scars and zits.  I have almost nothing good to say about this except that it was quite cheap so I don't feel too bad about throwing this away.  I tested this out on very "typical" sized zits (smooth but red, about 3-4 mm in width) and this does not cover those.  Blending the edges without fading the green color is next to impossible and causes caking if you use a powder foundation.  I have heard that some people have had good results with this but their acne must be very light.  Overall, I find that this was too difficult to work with.  I would rather spend a bit more for a better concealer and I don't recommend this, especially for makeup noobs like myself :P

L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
Purchased at: Walmart ($7-8)

I commented that I find this setup unhygienic but it really isn't any less unhygienic than the jar set up, so I don't know why I said that :P  I think I was thinking about mascara and how bacteria grows inside the tube if you don't remove the brush in a twisting motion...I dunno.  Anyway, although 9 shades sounds like a lot of colors to pick from, I couldn't find my match.  There are 3 warm, neutral, and cool colors each.  I personally tried Fair/Light Cool 1-2-3, Light/Med Cool 4-5 (the one in the video), and Fair/Light Neutral 1-2-3.   None of them worked for me very well for one reason or another.  I bought the Light/Med C4-5 in August, so when I was tanner, the color wasn't "that" off but as I've gotten quite pale for winter, this concealer has become a spectacularly bad color match.

The coverage is rather good I think, much better than what the NYX Concealer in A Jar resulted in.  It's also blendable, doesn't cake much, quite creamy, and decently long lasting.  However, the tendency to oxidize and the bad color match killed it for me.  I don't really recommend this unless you're on a tight budget, willing to test out a lot of colors, and don't need to wear a lot of concealer (aka you only need to cover redness around your nose and a zit or two).  Otherwise, the oxidation isn't worth the trouble.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (Medium 02) 
Purchased at: Sephora ($18)

I like to fancy myself as someone who favors drugstore brands over higher ends most of the time, but in this case I have to admit, I'm willing to dish out more money for the higher end.  Mara recommended I try this and I don't regret it because the texture, coverage, lightness, and blendabilty were far superior to the NYX and L'Oreal concealers. I picked this up during Sephora's annual 20% off Friends & Family sale and it was definitely the best thing I hauled.  Don't get fooled by how NYX concealer jars have .23 oz ($5) and the Boi-ing has only .1 oz ($18) because this pot is going to last you awhile.  You just need a dab of the this to pat on your face, I can honestly see this lasting at least a year for me.  The texture is silky smooth and it just sticks to your face somehow, so it doesn't fade as you put foundation over it.  Needless to say the staying power is great and it does not oxidize.  The one thing about this concealer is you need to "warm it up" with your fingers to maximize blendability; this is a common characteristic for most creamy concealers so this is not a negative.

Shade 02 Medium is little dark for me right now but it has a peachy yellow undertone so it blends passably enough without leaving an orange or ashy shadow.  Like I said in the video, Shade 01 would probably be best for me but I am so lazy I just never got around to returning the one I have *sigh*  But I really have no complaints about this.  $18 is an excellent investment for a good concealer but since everyone's skin is a little different, I highly recommend poking your head into a Sephora one day and trying it first.  This way you can be sure you aren't allergic and are pleased with the results before buying a full-sized jar.

Concealing Tips
1.) Less is more, particularly with concealers.   Even the Boi-ing will start caking if you add too much.  Just start super light and don't try to completely cover blemishes with the concealer because remember you are probably adding foundation over it.  You need to just blend out about 40-60% of the blemish's redness and your regular application of foundation/BBcream will do the rest.

2.) If a concealer/foundation looks ashy/grey/dirty, it means the color is too light.  Most people can tell when things are too dark ^_^  Asians tend to do best with peachy concealers with a hint of yellow for spot-concealing, but ultimately, you need to go by your own individual skincolor/tone.

3.) Concealing spots and concealing undereyes are two different things and may require two different concealers.  The concealers I reviewed today were for spot-concealing.  I never tested any of them on my undereyes and fyi, I do not cover my undereyes because I like to fancy myself as someone who doesn't really have too.

4.) Concealers/makeup in general should never have orange undertones, it just means it's oxidizing and has a bad formula. Also I don't think orange undertones are flattering on anybody :\

Overall
It's pretty clear that the only concealer I recommend in this video is the Benefit Boi-ing.   I probably will not be reviewing anymore concealers till I run out of the Boi-ing since I am very pleased with it.  The next concealer I'll probably try is the Kevin Beautymaker BB Mineral Concealing Cream.  In the meantime, please do leave your thoughts/experience with these concealers if you've tried any of these :)

13 comments :

  1. Hey Hooch...I've been waiting for this review. I was getting nervous b/c I was thinking "i hope she likes it, i hope she likes it".

    Im glad you did the review on NYX concealor in a jar. I hear mix reviews about it. Believe it or not I use to use green concealor all the time but I stopped b/c like you said in theory it works but when you apply there really is no difference.

    I can say I won't be wasting my $ on NYX concealor. BTW what the hell is L'Oreal's true match if there ain't no matches for you. What a bunch of BULL. :(

    Anyways, love you and your videos. You always look adorable. :)

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  2. Thanks for the concealer reviews! I didn't end up using up my NYX concealer either and tossed it, creased too much on my under eye. I've heard great things about the Boi-ing concealer, I'm tempted but I don't cover acne/scars, just my dark circles. You're so lucky that you don't have to cover them. ^^

    Thanks again Elle. I've used both the Kevin Beautymaker concealers (Aqua cream and bb mineral concealing cream), eh not too impressed with either for my dark circles but probably better for spot concealing. :)

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  3. I love Boi-ing! It's so smooth and creamy, so it's easy to blend under the eye area. And I agree, the little pot lasts quite awhile :)

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  4. What a thorough review! I am going to try Benfit's concealer soon. I like to hoard concealers for one reason or another and, like foundation, I collect many of them ! :p

    I really like Maybelline's mineral concealer. It comes in a lip gloss tube but it works really well even though it's a little unsanitary like the L'Oreal one :p

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  5. thanks for your review. I never bought any concealer for my skin except one for my undereye, I hate my panda eyes T_____T it just won't go.

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  6. Awe thanks for the review. My next haul is definitely the Boiing concealer. I've been trying to see which concealer I should try next since my MAC prolong wear totally SUCK. =)

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  7. I bought the nyx concealer in a jar in normal flesh tone and HATED it. Unfortunately I was completely broke at the time and couldn't buy a new concealer, so I mixed it with some foundation and now its alright... still not so great though! xxxxxxx

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  8. Thanks for the tips for concealing! I can never live without concealers!

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  9. Thanks for the reviews on these :] I'm on the lookout for a new concealer!

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  10. Thanks so much for this review! I've been using the Loreal Truematch for awhile (just to use up the bottle) but I think I'll test out the Benefit one now. Thanks for reviewing the concealers for their acne/spot coverage as opposed to just under-eye, which a lot of people tend to only do (and like you, I don't really need under-eye concealing).

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  11. I've actually just went on a concealer trial and error thing, since i've hit pan on my mac studio finish
    but for the most part nothing really compared to the coverage and color choice
    so i purchased a new one =p
    but lovely review...
    i was actually interested in getting the NYX concealer in a jar
    but it's kinda on the fence now lol =p

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  12. thanks for your review. I never bought any concealer for my skin except one for my undereye, I hate my panda eyes T_____T it just won't go.

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