This product works great with a precision brush on individual spots and blemishes. However, it is totally the wrong consistency for under the eyes, and therefore in my opinion does not qualify for full marks. Also, you can not buff it on large areas, eg on your chin, between your eyebrows, because it is really, really drying, and sticks to dry flaky patches. For blemishes this concealer works, I only wish it worked under the eyes too. I would buy this again through just because it works so well on blemishes!
I bought this product because I read a lot of good reviews about it and sure enough, it was indeed a very good product. I bought it in SC-3 and I've mainly used the large side of the concealer so far. I find the smaller side to be too dark. I find SC-2 (smaller side) to be too pink even though the larger side is essentially the same shade. I figure I'll use the darker shade someday when I finally get tanned. The consistency is thick so it's good for blemishes. I use it for under eye dark circles occasionally too but I make sure to dab it on very lightly or I mix it with a little bit of moisturizer or toner.
For reference, I have light-medium skin with neutral undertone. I find NC20 to be too yellow/orange for me. And NW15 is too pink. I currently mix NW 15 and NC20 together to get the right shade.
I see so many reviews that this product is horrible for under eye concealer, too dry, cakey, etc. Well, that's because it's not an under eye concealer! The two colors are meant to blend to a perfect shade to conceal any imperfections on your face. Once you get used to it and figure out how many times to swipe your brush in each color, you will see how amazing this concealer is. Great coverage that lasts all day on all skin types. I would not recommend using this under your eyes, it's too dry and it's not formulated for under eye anyway. We have no oil glands under our eyes, this is why we need a creamy concealer to use for dark circles. A dry concealer will just cake and crease. I recommend reading usage and directions on LM website before purchasing, using, then giving bad reviews because you are using it incorrectly. I don't mean to sound rude, but being a makeup artist this just aggravates me. So there's my rant;). This product will last at least a year with daily use, has great sleek packaging, and full coverage. Please visit the website of whatever MU you are thinking of purchasing to read proper usage of the product.
This cakes and creases and slides all over within a couple of hours of application. It is a total disaster for my skin, even with Benefit stay don't stray undereye primer. Totally disappointing.
Ok so this is a very specific concealer in my opinion for a very specific skin type. I'm sure it's not wholly designed to be that way but I read a lot of reviews and feel this works so well for some and disastrously for others based mainly on skin type/complaint. I have skin that errs on the side of oily, is spot prone and scarred from hormonal outbreaks. It's pale in winter but very tan in summer.
I love this product but before I bought it I struggled to decide which colour combo to purchase. In the uk there aren't so many counters selling it and I couldn't find many reviews online comparing the shades to mac shades. I bought this via the web so really had to do my homework before deciding to pay out so much. So for anyone that this may help, I am anything from NC20-NC30 for foundation most of the year round. I tend to always use NC20 concealer for counteracting reddish scars. I bought LMSC in SC-3 and it's very close to my NC20 mac concealer. A touch warmer perhaps, but maybe even for the better. The larger palette has concealer close to NC20 and the smaller palette contains a peachier concealer. Both are the same consistency.
I find like others, this concealer is quite hard in the palette but to me the less oil and slip, the better it stays on my skin. I also find working it a little with a small concealer brush in the palette makes it creamy enough to apply easily. I need so little of this concealer to hide a spot or my scars and it definitely lasts longer than my mac studio finish concealer. The peachy concealer works great as an under-eye concealer provided it's not caked on. I prefer to use my fingers for this and because it's very pigmented a light covering blended well does the job. I warm a little on my ring finger and push gently into the dark under-eye area. I may then use a larger flatter concealer brush to lightly blend it all or a patting motion with my finger to even it out. I will say despite having more oily skin my under eye area can be quite dry so I really do feel this technique would work for anyone. Overall this is expensive but it will last me a long time and so far it's become a staple in my own makeup bag.
- Two colors allows you to blend to achieve a more custom shade
- Good coverage so sufficient for blemishes, with some eye cream it also works well as an undereye concealer.
- Compact is not bullky with a good mirror. No brush included.
- No fragrance and no prblems with skin irritation or breakouts.
- Good amount of product which lasts for ages (still havent finished my compact and it's been at least 12 months)
- Consistency is very dry which may not appeal to people used to very creamy or liquid concealers.
- Could have done with smaller pan size and added a green or purple corrector.
I am NC20'ish with neutral tone and use SC2 for fair to light skin tones - matches beautifully.
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.