This is great for concealing blemishes. Use a very small, stiff brush and dot on just where you need it. If I am really breaking out, I will use my finger and pat on to a whole area. Pat up and down (rather than spreading back and forth) where you need it, and then spread out the edges to blend. The two colors allow custom blending for a good color match. I like this better than the MAC concealer pots, because LM's is less dry and cakey. Tip: use different concealers for blemishes than for under-eye (or large areas): blemish concealer should be thicker and dryer, and under-eye (large areas) should be creamier and easier to spread. For under-eye I use Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (in the pot).
This is my HG concealer, after trying MANY to cover my undereye dark circles. In order to work well, you have to properly prepare your skin with moisturizer (and primer, if you use it). To cover my undereye circles, I apply my foundation first (after moisturizer and primer) and blend with foundation brush/fingers. Then I apply the more yellow side of the compact (I use SC-2) with a concealer brush to the dark circles in a triangle under my eye and pat lightly with my finger to blend the edges. Then a small amount of the skin colored side of the compact and again pat lightly with finger to blend. Once done with that, I take a sponge wedge and lightly dab MUFE finishing powder over that. Then I finish the rest of my makeup.
Using this techinique and product, not only do my very dark circles disappear but the concealeer stays all day and looks realy natural. This is great stuff!
I use a Sephora concealer brush with this, and I feel like I have to keep using a lot in order for me to get the amount of coverage needed to put on my face. That's the reason why I took a star off.
Otherwise, I definitely think this is one of the best concealers I have used! I used to use Mac, but it didn't look great when I took photos -- it looked like I caked on a ton of light stuff around my eyes. But when I use LM's secret camouflage, it is really great in hiding my red blemishes and dark spots. When I take pictures, it looks natural, and it lasts a long time.
I love the results this gives, but I hate the mixing the blending bit.
It is dry, but not drying on the skin. The dryness makes it hard to blend this out but I just mix in a little bit of liquid foundation and that makes it so much easier.
I use this to cover some acne scars I have and redness on my face, it works very well! Even at the end of a very long night with partying and the works, it STAYS PUT. It doesn't separate or cake up. And it really does look like skin, very natural and undetectable.
It's really hard to use this under the eyes though, it doesn't spread easily enough.
I wear B20 in Chanel foundations, and #20 or #21 in Dior and I use SC3. I find that SC3 has more yellow pigment then the peachy/orangey colour while SC2 is the other way round. I need more yellow pigment for facial concealing so I would probably get more use out of SC3 than SC2.
I became addicted to this product without realizing it.
Let me explain how it happened. After purchasing it for an exorbitant price for a concealer, 45 euros aka 60 dollars, and driving to a different city to find it (Laura Mercier is a rare bird in Germany), I was disappointed and hating myself for once again falling into the trap of over hyped products. On my under eye area it dried the skin and emphasized my wrinkles and on the blemishes it just seemed like yet another full coverage concealer.
I also didn't understand the need for 2 shades. The peach shade (SC-2) was a nice color for my under eye area, but since it didn't work there, I thought I payed for the extra shade for nothing.
I continued using it because of the price I payed for it.
Then one day, months later, I stopped using it and instead used some normal concealer to cover my blemishes.
Well, that's when I noticed the difference. Immediate upon application, my skin look fine, but after two hours, it started showing imperfections. I do get oily on my tzone, occasional break outs, some redness around my nose and mouth area. I do need some skin evening.
Even if this concealer seems quite normal, it stays put. It adheres to the skin, without being over thick or cakey. It stays on your skin for some solid 8 hours.
And I found a use for the peach shade. When I get breakouts on my cheek, and I still wanna use blush (no shimmer of course), it's much easier to cover them with a peachy concealer then with a yellow one that stands out in the middle of the blush.
I don't know how this works on acne, but for me, it is now, unfortunatley, a staple (cos of the price and availability).
The colours are great cos it comes with one yellow toned concealer and a peach toned concealer. One good for undereyes and the other for redness. But i find it too sheer, needs a lot of layers to build up coverage, especially on my zits. I love it more for concealing under eye darkness. It's smooth and speads easily.
I agree with a lot of the comments here already, but here are my thoughts anyway:
This is a highly pigmented concealer with a dryish consistency, meaning you only need a small amount and it should last most, if not all day long. The fact that you have two colours to blend means that you can get the shade spot on, adding more or less of the darker colour depending on the colour and visibility of the blemish.
Get a good brush - this concealer is quite solid so you want a firm brush nib and a quality make that won't shed bristles. I had birthday money to burn so I opted for the one Laura Mercier sell for use with the concealer. It was hearbreakingly expensive, but it does the job well.
Unless you live in an excessively hot house you will need to warm the product up before using. I usually use a hair drier until the surface of the concealer looks shiny, then use, but there are plenty of other ideas here from other reviewers that would work just as well.
Buy from a counter and ask for advice on which colour to get and on how to mix and apply. I wish I'd asked more questions at the time but with a bit of experimentation I'm now pretty good at getting the result I'm after.
The packaging is fine, although I think it's a bit mean not to have a space for the brush to go.
This won't magically flatten raised blemishes or smooth uneven skin tone so if your skin is bumpy beforehand (as mine usually is) then don't expect miracles - it can only change the colour of your blemishes, not make them disappear! I wouldn't use it under my eyes, despite what it says on the website, as I think the texture would be wrong and I personally think this is a product to use on small areas only.
Overall I'm very pleased with this concealer. Yes, it is expensive, but it does a great job of covering spots and other blemishes in a way that previous concealers I've bought just haven't. It stays on all day unless I touch my face (must. stop. doing that.) but in the summer I might need to dust with setting powder afterwards, I'll have to wait and see.
Overall, as you might have gathered it's not the quickest or easiest product to use, but gosh does it do the trick.
There are a lot of mixed reviews on this concealor. I really like it and it works for me. Mind you, I haven't been using concealor that long, a few years. Before this concealor, I was using a Ben Nye concealor wheel, which I liked but I only used 2 colors in it and it came with 6. When I first opened the LM secret camouflage, I was dissapointed. I bought the SC-1, the lightest but it looked too orange for me. I'm very pale with a lot of redness in my cheeks, chin, and nose. I tested it out and after a few tries I have had great success. This is what I do. I wash my face, apply lotion, then smashbox primer. While my face is still moist, I apply the lightest shade of concealor under my eyes, I pat it on, don't rub. This stuff is thick and it feels dry but it works. You need moist skin and a patting motion. The darker concealor, I applied it to my red areas, first patting and then slightly blending with my fingers. I don't use a brush at all with this stuff. I was shocked at how well it covered my redness. I was sure I would end up looking like an Oompa Loompa but it blended away all my redness. Then I used my foundation over it. I use a MAC stippling brush (187) to stipple on my foundation, I don't rub it in, I stipple. This gives me the best result. If you need a full coverage then it's worth checking out.
This is a good concealer with excellent coverage but it's not for everyone. I've bought this twice, the first time was years ago when my skin was going through a good phase and I was rarely breaking out. An SA at Nordstom talked me into getting this with my LM foudation. I didn't really need it then so I ended up throwing it out mostly unused when it got old. I think the key to this concealer, and the reason it gets such mixed reviews, is that you have to really need it. If you need very full coverage that stays in place, this is a lifesaver. If you dont have fairly serious skin issues to cover up (acne marks or other pigmentation, very dark circles), you wont like this. It is very heavy, dry and matte and there are many other options out there (smoother texture, nicer finish) for those that just want medium to light coverage. I decided to try this again a few months ago because I really needed a good concealer for hormonal acne. This time I used a different brush (wider than the LM one) and I have learned to blend it better so I am liking it more. It's great for covering blemishes, and the dryish texture can be hard to work with but is actally better for covering acne becase it stays in place. It comes with two colors to customize to your skin (I have the #2 shade) but I dont really mix them. I use the lighter part for under eyes because it's yellower and it works nicely as long as you moisturize the eye area very well first (I dont have dark circles so I dont need much.) The darker, pinker shade matches my skin pretty well so I just dot some on a zit with a brush and then lightly buff it with mineral foundation.
I don't really know how I feel about this product. I use the light color on its own to cover the dark circles under my eye, and I try to mix the 2 colors to cover the red acne scars on my face. It is a great concealer. I find it difficult to use though, and the texture feels a little dry when trying to blend it on the back of my hand. It really does work though, and I'd have to say it is the best concealer for coverage I've ever used. I probably just don't have the hang of blending it though. One lippie off for the fact that it isn't just one step to use it.