Beauty Product Reviews
Great for under-eye circles!
I always use this as an under-eye concealer. It has excellent coverage, yet maintains a natural finish, It's smooth, creamy, lightweight, always easy to blend, and never cakey.
The ONLY problem I have with this product is how easily it creases. I find that I need to hurry up and apply setting powder before it starts settling into the lines around my eyes. But once I've powdered the area, I'm good to go for several hours.
For some background information, I have oily/acne-prone skin, and I'd describe my skin tone as light (NC15/NW15/NC20/NW20) with neutral undertones. I'm prone to burning in the sun, but I almost always tan once the sunburn heals. I also have some acne scarring, but it's not severe and can easily be covered with a medium-coverage foundation.
This product is one of my favorites for summer. It provides a natural-looking glow while adequately concealing most of my imperfections. When I wear this on my relatively "good skin days", my skin looks absolutely flawless and concealer is virtually useless to me. People have complimented me on my skin and asked what I do to keep it in such great condition. No one ever guesses that I'm wearing makeup, and they even seem surprised when I finally tell them that I am.
However, it doesn't match my skin perfectly. It's too dark and slightly orange-y, so when used in excess, my face becomes a completely different color from my body. Granted, my face is much lighter than my body, and just the right amount will even out my skin tone and look VERY natural. That said, if I use concealer at all, I must match it to the tinted moisturizer instead of my actual skin tone. On my skin, it's like a lightweight foundation and bronzer in one. I say "lightweight foundation" because it provides more coverage than an average tinted moisturizer.
It sets and dries very quickly, so it's important to work fast. I find that the best way to apply it is with fingers. Otherwise, it could look streaky. It's also rather sticky, but it's not harder to work with than Revlon ColorStay, which seems to have similar staying power. This brings me to my next point...
From the beginning, I found the longevity impressive. In fact, the first time I wore it was on the 7-mile bike ride to home from Sephora (where I purchased it). I was sweating buckets by the end of it all (I'm rather out of shape), but the product stayed in place for the most part. Even so, a little bit of setting powder never hurts.
While the color stays in place for several hours without touchups, it doesn't do anything to control shine. My nose may not look red, but it still feels greasy and looks shiny. I'm still on the search for a good powder to control this throughout the day.
I recommend this to those with normal, oily, acne-prone, and/or sensitive skin types who want light-to-medium coverage and a natural, satin-y finish to their skin. I would not recommend this to those with drier skin types or people who are extremely pale, as this would probably look very fake against porcelain complexions.