BURBERRY – Cashmere Concealer

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BURBERRY – Cashmere Concealer (Ivory) Review & Swatch

Price: $42 CAD
Size: 0.08 oz
Shade: Ivory (No. 00)

Burberry came out with a lot of beauty product recently and I picked up this one after hearing great things. It has become a staple in the routine and here is my review.


PACKAGING

The concealer comes in a tan colour and textured box which is quite unique. And the concealer itself comes in a plastic grey tube with a felt tip applicator that allows you to apply the product in an even amount. The applicator has a twist backing which controls the amount- to keep you from using too much (since it is not a cheap product – could also save you some money). Personally, I felt like the concealer did not come with a lot of product so the twist backing helps reduce displacing too much. Overall, the packaging is great however, for a $42 concealer I do expect a little more of a luxurious touch – otherwise the packaging looks pretty and functions well. Not to mention travel friendly too.


PRODUCT

The concealer comes in a couple of shades, and I found that the Ivory shade worked well for my yellow under toned skin (unlike many other brands). The concealer has a light to medium coverage that is buildable and is thin and weightless on the skin. I do not recommend this concealer if you are looking for a high coverage concealer as you will waste a lot trying too achieve what you want (not worth the money in that case). The concealer acts a lot like a light boost to the skin to freshen out the appearance under your eyes. The concealer does not crease (especially when set with powder) and wears well throughout the day, in addition the formula is lightweight and wears comfortably. Overall, the concealer works well to brighten and cover my undereye area while still being lightweight and natural looking. I would definitely, recommend this concealer if only the price tag was a little lower, especially since you only get a small amount of product.

– SL.

SMASHBOX – Color Correcting Stick

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SMASHBOX – Colour Correcting Stick (Get Less Red) Review & Swatch

Price: $27 CAD
Size: 0.12 oz
Shade: Get Less Red (Green)


PACKAGING

The product comes in a sleek plastic ‘pencil’ form which makes storing and travel easy. The plastic material is also a plus because sharpening tends to become messy with wood like material, this way the sharpening scraps come off cleanly and in one piece. The product also includes an appropriately size sharpener, which works great. Overall, the packaging is simple and clean, stores easily and sharpens cleanly.


PRODUCT

The colour corrector is a creamy formula that glides extremely smoothly onto the skin. It also applies the perfect amount onto the skin; a light thin layer that is buildable and light weight. As for pigmentation the product is highly pigmented and requires little to no effort to make a difference on red areas. The creamy formula blends well into the skin and your foundation however it does not set as quickly as I would wish. This does allow the product to move around if not set by powder. However, when it is fully blended out it does turn into a slight powdery texture which gives the product its smooth feel. Unfortunately, because of its stick formula I would only recommend this product to be used as a spot corrector (acne spots or around the nose) and not a corrector for larger areas. Overall, this product is great for spot correction as it is easy to apply and blends into the skin smoothly. However, it does need to be set with powder if you do not want the product to slip and slide around.

– SL.


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SEPHORA COLLECTION- Bright Future Color Correctors

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SEPHORA COLLECTION – Bright Future Color Correction Review & Swatch (Peach)

Price: $18 CAD
Size: 0.14 oz
Shade: Peach (4)


PACKAGING

The packaging is a relatively basic hard plastic tube with a rounded felt tip. The mouth of the tube has a piece that helps to scrape off excess that unfortunately takes off pretty much all the product off the sides making application difficult. A doe footed applicator would have made it a little easier but that would be the only con for packaging. The size is relatively travel friendly and because it is a affordable product I do not have to worry about it as much when I throw it into my makeup bag. Overall, the packaging is great and decent for the price however, the rounded applicator and scraper makes it a little hard to apply.


PRODUCT

The Bright Future Color Corrector is a gel like formula that feels light weight but still has a surprising amount of pigmentation. The product is buildable and blends easily with a beauty blender or your fingers (not so much with a brush). The down side is the slightly odd smell that it has, luckily it is unnoticeable when applied to the face. As for longevity the product lasts the day and does not sink into my fine lines when I set the product with powder. Overall, the product does what I need it to do and comes with a nice price, it blends decently well and helps to correct the dark circles under my eyes. Unfortunately, it does have a little of an odd smell and does not do extra to brighten out the area as it claims to – but I am still pretty pleased with the product.


SHADE

PEACH
The peach tone was alright for my blue-ish purple dark circles but I do wish it did a little bit more to brighten out my under eye area. However, it helps to conceal the darkness and has lessened the amount of concealer I need to use.

– SL.


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BOBBI BROWN – Intensive Skin Serum Concealer

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BOBBI BROWN – Intensive Skin Serum Concealer Review & Swatch

Price: $47 CAD
Size: 0.24 Oz
Shade: Sand (5)

Moving on from highlighters – I will slowly start to write reviews on another trend: colour correcting. I will ease into it by review this hybrid corrector and concealer product


PACKAGING

This concealer comes in a palm sized packaging which is great for traveling and throwing into your bag for quick touch ups during the day. The packaging is a nice hard plastic with a gold detailing on the lid stamped with Bobbi Brown’s emblem. The cap clicks into place when closed and it has a basic felt tip doe foot applicator. Overall, the concealer comes in a convenient sized packaging which is great for traveling and also has a good feel and weight to it.


PRODUCT

This product is a light to medium coverage concealer with a serum included into the formula which is said to help reduce dark circles. The concealer also has a slight peach undertone which is known to ‘cancel’ out purple tones – often found in under eye circles. The formula is extremely thin and spreads and blends easily making higher coverage a little hard to achieve. The consistency tends to allow the product to slide around so it is best to pat the product in and powder to avoid creasing. After a couple of experiments I found that the product would crease and seep into fine lines when it was applied to unprimed skin. The peach undertone did help to cancel out the purple in my under eyes and the texture is a smooth and velvety matte finish when it sets (without powder). The blended swatch above shows this best, it was able to cover my blue-green toned veins. As for the serum portion of the product I did not find it hydrating or corrective in the long term (but I will keep testing it out as I have not used it consecutively).  Overall, the product is a little bit of a hit and miss – I do like to use it and find that it cancels out my dark circles well without the need to pile on too many products onto my under eye area. However, the shade availability is a little limited for lighter skin tones – but I was lucky enough to find a shade that actually matched me perfectly. Unfortunately, I did not find that the serum aspect improved my dark circles much but I will try to use it more consecutively to see if it makes a difference. This aspect makes the product a little on the ‘not worth it’ side however, I do enjoy the product for its colour and lightweight feeling but it is above all not a must have.

*tip: make sure your under eyes are well hydrated (maybe even a little over hydrated), definitely primed, and finished with powder.

– SL.


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Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

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YVES SAINT LAURENT – Touche Eclat Review & Swatch (2.5)

Price: $50 CAD
Size: 0.1 Oz
Shade: 2.5 Luminous Vanilla

Not sure why it has taken me so long to get around to this product because I have repurchased it a couple of times. It even has a place in my ‘daily’ makeup routine. So here it is – better late than never !


PACKAGING

I will first start with the aesthetics of the packaging– the luminizer comes in a gold, hard plastic (not sure) pen, which feels and looks luxurious as all YSL products do. The weight is not quite has heavy as I would wish but that is just me being picky. Functionality wise the product is dispensed through clicking the button and product gets pushed through the brush applicator. This is the part of the product which I have a love hate relationship with. I love it because 1 – it keeps the product sanitary and 2 – it keeps you from applying too much at once. However, I dislike the fact that it is hard to tell whether I have fully finished the product or not. Being cheap I would like to have the possibility of opening it up and grabbing out every last bit since there is not a lot and it is $50. Overall, the look and feel of the product are great and travel friendly – however the packaging makes it a little hard to tell when you have finished the product.


PRODUCT

I will first explain the product before breaking it down because I have seen many people use it ‘incorrectly.’ The Touche Eclat often gets misused as a concealer and it is not thick enough to be so. The Touche Eclat is a ‘luminizer’ – luminizers are more like highlighters than they are concealers. They will not give you coverage and instead is meant to be used on top of concealed areas to diffuse light a certain way and brighten your complexion. As for the Touche Eclat it is a brightening fluid that helps to give your face, lift and dimension. The product is thin and light weight which makes blending over other products easy and comfortable to wear. The luminizer does not have any shimmer or glitters giving you a natural looking brightening affect – especially to your under eye area. It sets slightly matte and lasts a full day (especially if set with powder). It also does not crease near the end of the day or become oily and greasy. Shade wise the Touche Eclat shades are not well represented on the sephora website and I recommend that you swatch them in stores. The product has a decent availability in shades and come in different undertones to match different skin types. I use the shade 2.5 which is ‘luminous vanilla’ which is a light tone with slightly peachish yellow undertones and this matches my skin well. Overall, it is a great product that will give a natural brightening affect to the skin without looking too drastic. Application is quick and easy and blending flawlessly (if the right shade is chosen). It also wears well throughout the day and I have not had any issues with it creasing or melting off my face (even through my travels in humid countries). It is definitely a great product however, I do wish it came with a little more product – as one does not last you a very long time (so use a light hand and do not use it like a concealer it will not give you much coverage). If you can – try to wait for the annual Sephora 20% off – I usually stock up a couple during that time.

*tip: use this as your last step before powder in your foundation routine – only a bit is needed to brighten out your skin if you have concealed your under eyes well. I use roughly one click each time for both eyes. I usually apply it to areas that I want to highlight (ie. under eyes and high points of my face)

– SL.


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L’OREAL – Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

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L’oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

Price: $15.99 CAD (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Size: 10mL

PACKAGING
Honestly speaking I am not a fan of the packaging; I do not even remember what drove me to give it a chance. The label and overall look reminded me a lot of my mother’s old makeup. L’oreal carries great products for its price, and have been changing up packing to keep up with times, however, this product did not look new at all. On the positive note, I loved the indented portion which allows you to hold it like a pen. This gave me more control over the concealer allowing me to quickly and easily place the product on desired areas. I also enjoyed the applicator, which is a roller ball that does not tug and pull on your skin. Like many other roller ball product it feels cool to the touch, which is amazing for delicate areas. It is a well known fact that applying cold temperatures onto your dark circles will aid with minimizing the dark and puffy look. Also the roller ball gives you a light message as you apply the product onto your delicate skin. Overall, I loved the functionality however I feel like the look could be re-vamped, because I was not really drawn to the product.

PRODUCT
The coverage it provides is about a medium – light coverage, which I found just perfect because I do not have a serious problem with dark circles. The product did just enough to cover my dark circles without looking caked on and thick. The product is more of a liquid, which makes blending it into the foundation and skin very easy. The product covers my dark circles but still does not feel like it is suffocating my skin. I have used this on others, when doing their makeup and have also noticed that it blends well into the skin without looking cakey. However, for the ‘correcting cream’ claim I have not noticed anything significant but on the positive side I have not noticed my fine lines getting worse. As for longevity, it lasts all day on my dark circles and does not show signs of fading away. Overall, I loved the product despite its dated packaging; I would recommend this if you are looking for an affordable concealer.

HOW I USE IT
For this concealer I tend to apply the concealer on my dark circles after I apply my foundation. I find that this gives the product a smoother surface to sit on; therefore the product will not sink into the fine lines under my eyes. I apply it using long curved strokes a little lower than my water line, starting from my inner eye and moving outwards. Once the product is on my face is use my Sigma foundation brush (F60) in a light patting motion and I slowly blend out the product. After it is all smoothly and nicely blended out I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder to set the concealer so it stays in place.

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– SL.