I love the packaging and the coverage of this concealer. However it is too thick and too heavy for me. Also, the lightest colour is too dark for me. When I first put it on it looks okay and I can work with it. However after a couple hours it turns darker and I look worse than before.
I'd say if you are interested in this concealer, get a sample first!
I'm the type of person who just does not feel comfortable wearing a full face of foundation. I think the only time I ever did was on my Wedding Day. Granted, I just might not have ever found the right product for me, but I typically apply concealer where I need it and leave the rest of my face bare, or dust with a loose powder to set the concealer.
I most typically wear liquid concealers, as I find solid ones to be too drying or cakey. I've used many different brands, but usually wound up with MAC's Moisturecover in NW20.
Recently, i was looking for something a little lighter as my skin has gotten paler this winter than it usually does. I wound up at Sephora and on a whim tried the Hidden Corrective Concealer. I originally tried it in "Fair," but felt it was a tad too light for me, so I tried it in "Pearl" and it was a perfect match for me. I applied it not only under my eyes, but also on a could of blemishes I had on my chin and forehead and the coverage was surprisingly wonderful. It looks like a matte satin finish on my skin and you can't really tell I'm wearing anything, which is exactly what I seek in a concealer. I don't find it cakey at all or drying and it doesn't settle into any of my fine lines. For reference, I have combo skin - oily t-zone and dry elsewhere.
I just could not make the color(s) work for me, the 2 lightest colors. They just did not blend in with my skin tone, and it looked very unnatural. Have had this issue with most of the Hourglass / Foundations, either very yellow or very pink. The texture was nice, but it did dry to a powder finish, again giving me wrinkles under my eyes.
Threw away after using less than half.
There are many better concealers on the market. With Hourglass you pay a bit more for nice packaging. Not so sure it is a HE product as much as a HE packaging.
If you can get a perfect match to your skin - well then perhaps it will work; doubt any will perfectly match your skin, and it dries to a powder
I really wanted to love this concealer, which was recommended by the S/A at Sephora. She applied it under my eyes and it looked under the bad lighting at Sephora. When I got home, I realized the concealer was way too pink for my and it dried my undereyes out. It is creamy and easy to blend but buy it only if you don't have dry skin.
Summary: Creamy, full coverage, doesn't settle into lines, and brightening. The coverage is so good you won't even need a corrector. Suitable for normal to dry skin. Unsure about lasting power for oilier skin.
Prior to purchasing this at Sephora, I used 2 products to cover my hereditary purple-brown dark undereye circles: a Bobbi Brown corrector followed up by a concealer. I have tried many concealers and I have never found one that I could use alone because they never gave enough coverage or had to be caked on and aged my appearance. I bought this product in the shade Natural (suitable for light-medium skin tones) on a whim as I read it was a more affordable alternative to the cult Cle De Peau stick concealer. And thank god I did! I hardly reach for my corrector anymore because this concealer covers my circles so well. Only on days where I haven't slept at all do I add a corrector. To increase the longevity of this product and prevent creasing, I set it with Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder for an extra brightening effect.
For comparison purposes, I tested the Cle De Peau concealer at a counter and noted how that was much more drying on the skin than this product. I live in a city where the temperature is typically 55-65F and this product stays creamy no matter how cold it is outside. I have normal to dry skin and it glides effortlessly under the eye and does not crease when I set it with powder. Those with oilier skin may want to try this at a store first to test the longevity.
I have since purchased a backup of this product. Definitely worth the money for sure. It has reduced the number of products I have to apply to cover my dark circles and has cut down on my makeup application time also.
I've used this almost exclusively as an under-eye concealer, so this review covers the product in that capacity.
I want to love it. I really do. The packaging is so nice, and the "natural" color is really good on me. On the upside, the coverage is really full with a nice finish. When I first apply it, the concealer completely covers my moderately-dark undereye circles.
But then the fun begins. It creases. Every concealer (lancome, tarte, NARS, benefit, various drugstore) creases into my lines, but because this one is so pigmented, it stands out more. I also used it to cover a blemish near the corner of my mouth, and it creased there too. I also don't find that it has amazing staying power--maybe 8 hours?
At $32, I won't rebuy a creasy concealer. I'm not returning it either, but I mostly use it for travel when my normal undereye routine (erase paste + lancome) is too cumbersome.
Great at covering dark circles, blemishes of any kind, birthmarks, scars and discoloration.
I have the lightest shade (Fair) and I thought it would be too light on me. I like it for the under eye as it's not too drying. It's medium-high coverage and because it's moisturising, it gives me some milia, compared to Estee Lauder's Double Wear concealer. The latter is drying on my eyes during fall/winter though. I guess all concealers have their plus and minuses! Might repurchase but looking to see if there's anything better.
My favourite concealer. perfect coverage, perfect finish without nasty dry cake looking finish. love it. only downside i think it could cause little whiteheads on my acne prone skin..
I don't know why everyone likes this so much. It does the job but I feel like I could find something better. At first I didn't like this but now I use it with a damp beauty blender and it works better. I got this for $40. Will no repurchase because I feel like I can find something better for cheaper.