9 years ago
Overall, this was a big disappointment. I saw the high rating on MUA and thought, maybe finally I'll have my HG concealer! Unfortunately, this was not the case. Cost: The price was $22.50 USD for 0.1 oz, or $225 per ounce. This is a little steep. Consider, MAC Studio Finish concealer at $68.75 per ounce, or L'oreal True Match concealer at $52.65 per ounce. However, consider Yves Saint Laurent's Anti-Cernes concealer at $500 an ounce, or Cle de Peau concealer at $411.76 / oz. I would say this is a mid- to high- end concealer. Plus, you need less concealer to deliver a good amount of coverage (it is highly pigmented), so comparing it to less expensive, more "watery" concealers may be comparing apples to oranges. Packaging: This comes in a flip-top metal container that snaps tightly closed. The great thing about the packaging is that it comes with a mirror inside; small, but very helpful for touch-ups. The bad thing is, it's a cream, so, of course, is not in a tube, and dipping your fingers/ a brush constantly into the container is unhygienic. Texture: This is a very creamy, easily spreadable concealer. However, it is not easily blendable. How can that be? Well, as much as you attempt to blend it, it still looks cakey and the coverage looks spotty. Hence, spreadable but not blendable. Coverage: This is incredibly pigmented and thus high coverage. I wouldn't use it for marks, acne, etc. because I have pretty clear skin, minus a couple small but annoying acne scars. I would use it for dark circles under my eyes, which are dark and purple, even if I've had 12 hours sleep and 8 glasses of water. However, though it is high coverage, the coverage is spotty. The coverage is not continuous and looks heavier in some areas than others. I would not particularly recommend this concealer for acne, because I don't know if it is comedogenic or not. It is pretty creamy; it might clog your pores. Method of application: I use my fingers to apply most concealers, unless they're liquid, and I use a brush to blend it in around the corners of my eyes and the sides of my nose. (That's how far the circles span!) Since this concealer is so creamy, I would recommend using a brush; you don't need to warm it up on your fingers in order to apply it. Also, using a brush may be more hygienic. Finish: I waited awhile after applying to see if it would "set" and dry up a bit. It doesn't. It stays creamy on your face. The finish is wet and thus melts off easily. I tried setting it with powder; this does the trick and sets it well, but makes the under-eye area look dry. Endurance: This settles into my lines ten minutes after applying it, even if I set it with powder. Half of it melts off and the rest that lasts looks cakey and spotty. HOW did this get such a good rating?? Shades: There are ten shades: #1 through #10. I use a mix of number 6 and 7, for my MAC NC40-42 (winter) skin. If I wanted to continue using it in the summer (NC42-43) I would just mix more of #7 in. (To mix, scoop out some, put it in a separate container, and microwave it so it is liquid and mixable. Hey, if it was a good enough concealer, it would be worth the trouble!). I don't know if this will match the lightest or darkest of ladies, but the ones in between will find a shade. I am usually the last or second to last in foundation/concealer shades for the majority of brands, so I consider their shade selection reasonably good. Availability: I bought this online from dermstore.com with free shipping and hassle-free returns (so they say, I didn't actually return the product). They say if you test the product, you can still return it. However, shipping is free, so that was incentive enough for me to try it; unfortunately, I am now out $45 (for two colors) and past the return period. There are also 38 stores throughout U.S.A., but keep in mind that is not very much, and you might not have any stores within your area. There are several stores in New York city (including the original 3 Custom Color store, with testers) and one in Los Angeles. Other locations can be found at http://www.threecustom.com/pages.php?pageid=5 Bottom line: This may be a nice concealer for someone who wants to cover very slight discolorations or under-eye darkness. I think layering it so it could cover my circles made it spotty; it couldn't "handle" the layering and ended up looking terrible. No matter which way you use it, you will need setting powder, access to a big city (or a willingness to buy it off the internet without knowing your exact shade, like me), and an ample wallet. Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Parraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Ozokerite Wax, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Lanolin, Propylparaben, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, 77492, 77489), Ultramarines (Cl 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Cl 77288). Three Custom Color Specialists' product description: "This versatile formula is appropriate for all skin types and is designed to provide the most effective coverage for redness and dark circles. Use in isolated areas with our Concealer brush or your fingers. For full coverage all over the face, use with a dry sponge. For sheer coverage, use a wet sponge or blend with moisturizer. Also available in refills for your Refillable Trio Compact."
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