I have horrendous dark circles. They're a great big pain - no amount of caffeine laced eye cream, nor copious amounts of rest have ever rectified it. Worse still, most concealers don't really hide the problem and instead turn things a little ashy. Sorry Bobby Brown Corrector, even you were a bit of a let down.
Enter my under eye concealing dream team: the star of the show, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Waterproof Concealer followed by Chanel - Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen and last but not least, Make Up For Ever Camouflage Creme Palette.
An accidental combination if I'm honest; Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Waterproof Concealer was purchased in France last summer. Highly recommended and hard to get hold of. It's essentially a really thick, very full coverage concealer which doesn't budge since it's waterproof. Surprisingly however, it's incredibly easy to remove with make-up remover in case you were wondering.
A little tiny drop of this stuff goes an really long way but the only thing to note is that it also dries/sets very quickly. Once set, it doesn't budge. The second (important) thing to note is that the shade range is nuts! I own number 6 (Ivory for medium skin tones with a yellow undertone) - but this isn't to suggest that shade 5 is any lighter, nor if it has a warm or cool undertone. Luckily for me, I managed to swatch them all in Sephora but I've subsequently found that Guru Make-up Emporium have an fantastically accurate description of the shades so if you're thinking of purchasing it, head over to their website. For reference, in MAC I would wear NW25.
On its own, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Waterproof Concealer is completely capable of covering up the heaviest of nights. It does it effortlessly and given the very small amount that I need, I can't ever imagine using this up. A fantastic investment and actually, incredible value. It brightens, it covers and it stays.
Thank you Make Up For Ever Gods!
The only downside is the drying time - a few seconds and it sets. Added to that, I always find that I need to make sure that the skin around my eyes is hydrated before I slap this on. In particular, this winter my skin has gone really dry so initially I was finding that it wasn't applying as smoothly and blending it out was a little tricky.
This was purchased on a whim. Seduced by the sleek packaging. It's a very light (in terms of consistency) concealer and unlike YSL Touche Eclat, I don't find that it gives any flashback when photographed. In terms of coverage, it holds its own and as expected it brightens and highlights subtly but very beautifully. It's also incredibly smooth and hydrating to apply.
Still, I didn't love it until I started to mixed it with my Full Cover Concealer.
Together they are a super power.
Incredibly smooth, subtle highlight, brightening, hydrating and capable of covering a magnitude of under-eye sins. The added benefit is that applying Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Concealer is now ten folds easier with a little longer before it dries into place.
When my Eclat Lumiere runs out, I don't suspect that I will rush out to repurchase it. I think that fantastic (cheaper) alternatives can be found in Boots.
Lastly, Make Up For Ever Camouflage Creme Palette. I picked this up at IMATS in replacement of my green corrector (it sounds scary but with a bit of practice and time on your hands in the mornings, it can work wonders). Although the need for green concealing has now been eradicated, I do love this palette when it comes to concealing everything else.
The choice of three creamy shades of high coverage concealers as well as two correctors - peach and green, make this super easy to cover an array of imperfections. The lightest shade also doubles as the best highlighter I've ever used. No shimmer, no light reflecting particles just concealer so blended in, it gives the impression that it's your natural skin which is bright and highlighted. Perfect for the brow bone and inner eye.
If you're in the market for a new concealer, I would whole heartedly recommend the Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Waterproof Concealer. In the UK it's available from Guru Make-Up Emporium and elsewhere, it can be found in Sephora!
Let me know what your favourite concealers are?