Mineral foundation has always provided me with good coverage and I never quite saw the need to use concealers, until recently, when I decided to use less foundation. Thanks to Avene’s Diacneal/Triacneal and other natural skincare products, my complexion has been much better (still does not read zit free) and sometimes I just go with concealer and loose/pressed powders.
Meet my current favourite concealer de jour:
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This was purchased earlier in the year for SGD$20 at Sephora Ion in Singapore. It retails at US$15 on the Sephora site http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P260202
Imo, one of the fairer-priced products in Sephora Singapore.
02 was a good match for my medium yellow/beige toned skin (NC25 – 30).
Sephora says:Lasting and Perfecting Corrector
What it is:
A two-in-one corrector that ensures long-lasting, targeted correction for dark circles and blemishes.What it does:
Conceal dark circles and blemishes with this non-comedogenic, double-action essential.For dark circles, a gentle, rich-textured, vitamin E-infused formula ensures perfect coverage, brightening the look of tired features. A wide tip makes for easy, single-stroke application.To camouflage blemishes, a beige-gray shade neutralizes redness. A dose of salicylic acid dries blemishes to improve the complexion throughout the day. A thin tip is ideal for precision application.What else you need to know:
Choose between fair, medium, and dark to match your skintone. To select your shade, choose an anti-dark-circle shade that is lighter than your skintone; a dark circle is a hollow that causes a shadow. To hide the shadow, you have to brighten it with a light color. The skin between your index finger and thumb is perfect for testing a dark circle corrector!
Many of Sephora’s house brand products are Made in China, but this is Made in Germany, for those concerned about such stuff.
It is dual ended with 1 larger and rounded end for the eye area and a small, finer-pointed end for spot /blemish concealing.
The finer end has a net weight of 0.009 oz, the thicker end – 0.042 oz. Not an impressive amount for that price but not out of budget for most too.
And all shades contain:
Anti-dark circles (fatter end): Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Nylon-12, Paraffin, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Phenoxyethanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite. May contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
Correctors (finer end):
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristalllina (Microcrystalline Wax), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77019 (Mica).
The texture for (1) – for blemish concealing, is not as moisturising nor creamy as (2) – for undereyes. There is a variation in shade as well as seen in the swatches. 1 tends to be yellower and more beige, with 2 having decidedly peachier undertones. I only saw 01 (Light) and 02 (Medium – mine) at Sephora Ion, but there’s a 03 (Dark) on the Sephora site and I’d imagine Singapore probably has it too if it isn’t OOS.
These by no means last the entire day on my normal-oily combination skin. However, there’s not much caking except at the undereye, if I’m too heavyhanded with the finishing powder. For spot concealing, the fine end is a spot-on shade for me. Much love & props. For undereyes, it doesn’t quite cover that much. I do use it for spot concealing too, when I’m lazy and to even out the usage between both ends 😛 but it doesn’t quite blend in that well being peachier. Coverage is about a medium and touchups would be required after a few hours of wear.