I'm going to start off saying I am a huge concealer junkie - blemish concealers, redness concealers, dark circle concealers... I believe that there is a perfect concealer for every use out there, and I am on a mission to find all the perfect ones.
This concealer is very creamy but dries matte. Cosmo also claims that it was oil controlling properties that helps heal spots - meaning that it was way too dry for the undereye. In fact, I've noticed that it creases under the eye later during the day. On the other hand, this concealer works like a sweet sweet dream when it comes to blemishes. It's so easy to work with - I take a little with my ring finger and pat it on wherever I need it. Blends in like a charm!
The Good- Color range. Urban Decay added additional shades for this concealer to work on a bigger range of users. For your reference, I am a MAC NW20-25, and am in the shade "FBI" for this concealer.
- Long Lasting. As the day goes by, sweat and grease surfaces (yikes), but this concealer is here to stay. Does not budge! For extra long days, I swipe a light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to better set it.
- Looks natural. This is a MUST for concealers... you want your concealer to HIDE. Not to draw attention! This concealer blends in perfectly - not cakey, not flakey, just amazing.
The Bad- Packaging. As you can see from the picture, this concealer pencil is in a chubby stick form. So unless you already own the Urban Decay Double Barrel Sharpener (sharpens all UD eyeliners, lipliners and concealer pencils), which costs you a whole USD $10, you will need to dish out the extra ten bucks like I did. Although I must say the sharpener is also pretty decent - I now use it for all my UD eyeliners as well.
- Price. This is an apparent one. This baby will cost you USD $18 or more, depending on where you are in the world.
- Drying. Despite its creaminess, I do not use this concealer for drying blemishes, ie. dry patches, healing spots. I notice it tends to cling onto dry skin which is not a pleasant sight. (For such cases I recommend the Maybelline Mineral Concealer. Much more forgiving on dry skin)
Final VerdictI love it! This concealer has made its way into my daily makeup routine for redness and blemishes. I also highly recommend this for on-the-go touch ups or travelling, because its pencil form makes it uber easy to carry around in your suitcase or purse without any spilling/concealer-explosion-in-your-bag nightmare. If you have the extra few bucks to splurge on, give this lovely product a try.
What is your holy grail concealer?