After using LM Secret Concealer for years by itself as an all purpose concealer, I decided to try this also for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Lisa Eldridge swears by it :) Secondly, it's MUCH more cost effective than Secret Concealer, that being £18.50 for 2.2g while the Camouflage is £26 for 5.92g. That's well over twice the size for only £7.50 more. I now use Secret Concealer just for under the eyes as it is much more emolliant and easier to blend and the Camouflage for redness and blemishes as it stays put. After some trialling, I've discovered the best way to apply this for me is using a small no-name firm lip brush and blending the two shades on the back of my hand. However in a pinch just my finger does the trick but requires a little bit more blending. This is a product you need to work with to get the best effect, swipe and go doesn't work here. I think that's why a lot of people seem to give up on it. But if you take the time, blend the two shades before you apply and apply carefully it really does conceal extremely well. It also has real staying power due to the relative dryness of the product.
A note about the shade range in this, do not depend on the fact that you are a particular shade in all other LM foundations or powders. Test the shades in store first, I thought for sure I would be the lightest shade as that is what I am in the Secret Concealer but in fact for this I am SC 2. I think due to the fact you are blending 2 shades don't think that one shade looks too dark for you, there is lots of play here to match it to your skintone. SC 1 would have been far too light and yellow for me, SC 2 while it looks quite pink is a perfect match.
Also, I haven't graded the packaging very high as I discovered the first time I bought this that one of the concealers was loose and broken out of the case after I had bought it :/ Thankfully despite being in the UK I was able to get an immediate exchange!
Of the Laura Mercier products I've used, this and my go-to Pink-Cocoa Satin Lip Colour, are my two favorites. Secret Camouflage is very blendable, making the match to skin almost perfect. I bought this product along with the Primer (hated it) and Tinted Moisturizer (what's the point) and found this alone over moisturizer and sunscreen is all I need. Coverage is good; helps even out some discoloration patches I have on my cheeks, and cream blush glides on. Compact should last a good year. Only downside is that I do need to re-apply it to my oily t-zone during the day, but honestly, who wants a product on her face that needs to be chiseled off her t-zone! Isn't that just inviting clogged pores?
I bought this and like many others returned it soon after because I couldn't get it to soften up and thought to myself "Self, you shouldn't have to make a product 'work' for you" so back to the store it went... alas I repurchased a few months later thinking I was going to give it one more chance and it's magical. I really like the coverage, the two colors so it will work on any area of my face. It's oil free and it looks like skin. A+ in my book. I have SC-1 and I'm N5. It's pricey but there's A LOT of product. Compact is big but not cumbersome. Has a mirror which is handy. Totally would recommend. Will buy again.
overall, i like this concealer. it covers blemishes and redness well(though i do not recommend for undereye as it can look quite cakey). the only thing that i don't like is having to mix colours everyday, as it makes the concealer look quite..gross, to be honest. i will continue to use this though until i finish. not sure if i will buy it again, probably not.
Shade ref- NC30/35- in secret Camouflage sc4
To start of with .. WOWW..
I absolutely love this product. It gives me that flawless finish tat ive always wanted. Ive always had troublesome skin. At any given time I have 2 or 3 blemishes on my face.What i love about this product is that i cn mix and match the shade's acc to my needs.
I use the darker shade to contour my nose., It might not be perfect, but it works jus fine.
The only issue with this is tat i cn dry up around the blemish, tats only if u haven moisturized the area. Apart from this , it is jus an amazing concelear.
Sometime i only use this along with translucent powder and am good to go. I jus loveeeeeeeeee ittt
I have sensitive acne prone skin and this product makes me break out like crazy. I purchased this product because of all the rave reviews...BIG MISTAKE. If I use any of it (at all anywhere on or near my face) I break out. I can't even use this under my eyes because I break out there too. Do not buy this product if you have sensitive acne prone akin.
The consistency is smooth and the color fits my skin perfectly (you definitely need a salesperson to help find what shades fits you though). I have a lot of scars and redness from pimples/breakouts that can be covered almost 100% when using this product. I've learned that this isn't the best product for under eye circles though.
My HG concealer - may I never, ever be without it! For me, this is the concealer equivalent to a rubber eraser - it literally disappears my redness and blemishes. I am perfectly matched to SC-5, and love I can customize my colour depending on the season (currently, for instance, I use more of the lighter concealer and add a drop of the darker). I use this on my nose around my nostrils and around my mouth to conceal hormonal redness, and also on my cheeks to cover my redness there. Finally, I apply it to blemishes and happily watch as they become invisible. Because this concealer is quite dry and hard, it clings to skin easily and stays put throughout the day...I find it to be very long-wearing. I have oily skin, by the way, and this never slips around on me.
My preferred way of using this product is to begin by wrapping it in a dry hand towel and tucking between my upper arm and side of my body - this warms the product up, which makes it much easier to work with (I do this while I apply my foundation!). Then, I pick up the colours as needed, using a brush, and mix them on the inside of my wrist...the advantage of this is that I generally don't have hand cream in this spot (no mixing it all up!) and, as a pressure point, this further helps to warm the product. If it needs a bit more heating, a couple of deep breaths directly onto the product does the trick. Using a brush (I find a finger picks up too much product - a brush gives me more control), I dot it onto the areas I need to conceal, and then blend it out using clean fingers. I am always amazed at how "flawless" (pfft...as if!) my skin looks...this really evens me out and hides any naughty zits!
I just want to briefly address the use of this product under eyes, as this seems to be a contentious issue. To be fair, the LM site, where this product is described in depth, does say this is effective for concealing dark circles...no wonder people use it this way! However, in my experience, I have found that this concealer is too dry for this purpose and can sink into fine lines. I do use it in the corners, where my circles are especially dark, and slightly up onto the side of my nose - I haven't had any problems with it looking dry or cakey in these areas. But directly underneath my eyes, this does not look good - I use Secret Concealer for that purpose. However (I know, I'm full of "however's"!), I have used it right at the very bottoms of my dark circles where they meet my cheeks, if you know what I mean...and, again, cakiness or dryness hasn't been an issue for me in those spots. Basically, there is a Bermuda Triangle under my eyes that I won't go near with this concealer...but around it is totally fine. ;)
All in all, I love this concealer and intend never to be without it. It lasts EONS, as well - my current one has lasted me nearly a year and probably has another 6 months left on it, possibly longer. I highly recommend it, but suggest finding a separate concealer for dark circles.
I love this concealer! I've been using this for probably three years, and while I've tried one other concealer since, I haven't felt another urge to stray. I can't help but be a bit confused, however, by the big fuss/debate going on about the "proper" way to use this product, or whether one has to be "educated" on it. While I did buy it from the LM counter, the SA didn't teach me any special method for using it. The only thing that remains a constant in my application is that it's always applied AFTER I put on my foundation and loose powder, as opposed to before. The concealer doesn't move around as much that way. Seems like it should be the opposite, but hey, whatever works for each individual, I say!
Overall, it's a great concealer which covers up any current blemishes and acne scars, and it blends in beautifully with all of my current foundations. For the record, I use SC-1 (I'm around NW10).
I find the texture of this stuff to be well, hard and dry, which doesn't sound good for a concealer right? And no, its not one of those easy to work with pen style sheer ones that you can just dot on and blend. I find it not very suitable for the under eye since its dry, so it accentuates dryness down there and its hard, so not easy to blend.
But it is very pigmented and this is when I find a pigmented, dry and hard concealer comes in handy-spot concealing. Used with a very brush, like an eyeliner brush, dotted onto specific spots on top of foundation and then just slightly pat on the spot with your finger to blend...and its great for that purpose. Since its hard and dry, it actually stays on well. And its very pigmented, so its great for covering specific spots where there is the most pigmentation.
Overall, this is not a versatile concealer at all. It's only good for doing small spot coverage. So I guess if you are into making your base look completely flawless this would be great. But beware that it will be a bit time consuming. But once you get it on, it will stay on well, even on my very oily skin it does so it could be worth it. I just can't be bothered to do that on most days so I'll probably not repurchase continued >>