Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 Collection review and swatches part one

Sultry, but subtle.  Essentials for day that can take you into night.  Tarte Cosmetics has a beautiful new LE collection for fall, and today I have reviews and swatches of the primers and concealers they sent us.  I previously reviewed the stunning Rainforest After Dark Palette HERE, be sure to check it out.  Tomorrow I will review five more products from the awesome Fall 2014 collection.

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

First up – primers.

1.  clean slate timeless smoothing primer ($39)  This is part of the new collection, although thankfully it’s a permanent product.  The clean slate timeless smoothing primer is a thick and creamy silicone-based primer that comes in a glass jar.  It leaves skin super smooth, filling in all those wrinkles and smoothing pores for flawless makeup application.  It keeps makeup vibrant and fresh and is an excellent choice for people who like silicone-based primers.

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

2.  colored clay cc eye primer stick ($21)  This is a color correcting eye primer that brightens the eyelid, primes it for eyeshadow application, and keeps eyeshadow from fading and creasing.  I have oily lids and this takes care of that issue stat.  I also like it as a base color all by itself.  My eyelids have an uneven color and some redness, and this primer stick does a great job of evening and creating a neutral base.  Another plus – it doesn’t need sharpening, just twist up from the bottom for more product.

The Fall 2014 collection features one color corrector and one concealer:

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

1.  colored clay cc undereye corrector ($24) is a CC cream that color corrects and brightens the under eye area.  It comes in two shades:  light-medium and medium-tan.  The shade I have swatched is light-medium.  This creamy color corrector has a tiny bit of shimmer that reflects light and camouflages darkness under the eyes.  It is a color corrector, not a concealer, so using this under concealer really helps to brighten and make eyes look younger.  Definitely PAT this under the eye for the best effect – rubbing or even buffing it with a brush will diminish the effect.  Follow your patting with tarte maracuja creaseless concealer and it takes years off your look.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

2.  maracuja creaseless concealer ($22) is one of the best concealers ever.  It is a very thick, creamy concealer that covers like crazy.  You don’t need much, a small amount gives creaseless coverage that lasts all day long.  If you have dark circles, you want this concealer.  It is a must-have.

Stayed tuned for the rest of the collection tomorrow, including the best in faux lash extending fibers, colored clay tinted brow gel, lipsurgence lip gloss in Envy, Amazonian clay dual liner duo gel liner, and the be charmed limited-edition picture perfect eyelash curler.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Bella Mari Natural Mineral Makeup

I have several items from the Bella Mari Natural Mineral Makeup line to share with you today. They kindly sent a variety of the facial items they carry. Their motto is Bella Mari All Natural Mineral Cosmetics will Help You Look Beautiful Without Chemicals. There are no synthetic ingredients in the products they have created. They don’t use dyes or preservatives or fillers that are often common in cosmetics that are called Natural.

I tested 3 types of items from them: Moisturizing Foundation, Blemish Concealer and Herbal Choice Mari Tinted Face & Body Lotion.

Bella Mari Moisturizing Foundation

Bella Mari Moisturizing Foundation

Moisturizing Foundation (on sale for $24.25) is available in 28 shades. The chart on the Foundation Page is a good indication of the depth and shades available but even then it’s a little hard to choose. I have sample sizes of Light Ivory and Light Honey along with a full size of Light Beige. One thing I really like about Bella Mari is that you can buy sample ($1) or travel sizes ($8.95) which I praise them for. Buying from an online swatch is difficult so this is a major plus for Bella Mari.

Bella Mari Moisturizing Foundation, Light Beige

Bella Mari Moisturizing Foundation, Light Beige

Bella Mari Light Ivory

Bella Mari Light Ivory

Bella Mari from top: Light Honey, Light Beige, Light Ivory

Bella Mari from top: Light Honey, Light Beige, Light Ivory

Besides being free of everything that you can think of, this is a vegan foundation and it’s gluten free. The foundation is called Moisturizing Foundation and it’s definitely moisturizing. If you have dry skin this is a brand to consider. The foundation is full coverage on me so it’s good to have on those days that my skin just won’t cooperate. I recently purchased Face Atelier’s Ultra Zero Minus ‘foundation’ which is white. This lightens up foundations that are too dark normally so it’s just right for the shades of Bella Mari I received. I apply this using a lightly dampened Beauty Blender sponge and I’ve been careful to use a light layer since I don’t want maximum coverage. I finish with Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish powder to set it perfectly. (Bella Mari has a translucent mineral veil powder in their line.)

Herbal Choice Mari tinted face & body lotion

Herbal Choice Mari tinted face & body lotion

Herbal Choice Mari tinted face & body lotion in Light Ivory

Herbal Choice Mari tinted face & body lotion in Light Ivory

Light Ivory

Light Ivory

For a much lighter finish I’d suggest their sister company, Herbal Choice Mari. They have a Tinted Face & Body Lotion ($17.95) that is lightweight and is SPF-30. It contains 21% zinc oxide which is an excellent sunscreen. This only comes in 3 shades (Light Ivory, Medium Beige and Dark Honey). The packaging is a dark glass container to protect the ingredients. The consistency of Tinted Face & Body Lotion is very thin so it’s easy to spread. Since it’s a tinted moisturizer and a sunscreen it’s one of those items that helps you get out of the house quickly. While Light Ivory is still a little dark for me it does blend easily so I can get it to appear lightly on my face.

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer in Light Beige

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer in Light Beige

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer - Light Beige swatched heavily

Bella Mari Blemish Concealer – Light Beige swatched heavily

The last item I have is their Blemish Concealer ($7.95). This comes in the same 28 shades as the Moisturizing Foundation so you can find a perfect match. Blemish Concealer is a stick concealer so it’s very easy to pop in a makeup bag to take with you. The consistency is firm but it softens up once on skin. I’d recommend this as a spot treatment for pimples, scars, freckles and spots you want to cover up. It’s also SPF-30. It’s not for under eye use (IMO) because of the consistency but it is good for extra coverage. For under eye use they have a cream concealer (Natural Under Eye Makeup Concealer with SPF-30).

from wrist: Light Beige Blemish Concealer, foundations in Light Honey, Light Beige, Light Ivory; Tinted Face & Body Lotion

from wrist: Light Beige Blemish Concealer, foundations in Light Honey, Light Beige, Light Ivory; Tinted Face & Body Lotion

Bella Mari and Herbal Choice Mari tick off all the right boxes when it comes to natural makeup. It seems to me that people with a lot of allergies would do well with the brand since they avoid using so many ingredients that you might find elsewhere. With their sample program too it’s easy to take a chance to find what products they carry that would fit your needs.

It’s always great to find a natural makeup company that is willing to share all the necessary information on their website. You’ll easily find everything you want to know about their philosophy and products, making it easier to choose. You’ve got to love a company that is willing to let you test with those $1 sizes too. — Marcia

 

Senna HD Hydracover Concealer gives you professional results

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

Senna Cosmetics has many hidden surprises on their website. Products that are created by Eugenia Weston for her studio and now available online. Once we receive a product from Senna we always fall in love and HD Hydra-Cover Concealer is one to add to that love list. This concealer kit is a makeup artist’s delight. It’s exactly what you’d find a pro would have in their makeup kit.

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer in Shade 1

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer in Shade 1

The palette consists of three complementary shades to correct any imperfections. If you look at your bare skin you’ll notice that it’s not one uniform shade. I personally have some darkness under my eyes, redness by the sides of my nose, and some pigmentation problems on my face. Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer takes all of those issues in stride by giving you three shades to use on their own or mix/match to create the perfect shade for that area.

swatches from Shade 1 of Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

swatches from Shade 1 of Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

swatches from Shade 1 of Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

swatches from Shade 1 of Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

There are 3 sets:

Shade 1 for fair to light and medium skin, Shade 2 for medium to tan skintones, and Shade 3 for tan to dark skintones. One shade in your trio will be the lightest and peachiest to counterbalance the darkness under your eyes. There will also be one that has a more yellow undertone to it so that you can easily conceal any redness on your face. The last shade is going to be a deeper neutral that is great for pigmentation issues, blemishes and facial flaws. For me that last neutral could also be used as a foundation shade if I needed.

concealer brush 12

concealer brush 12

The concealers are concentrated creams so you have to work with them to use them. They don’t have the ease of a liquid but they have better coverage. It’s recommended to use a taklon brush like Senna’s #12 concealer brush. You want a taklon brush since that spreads a cream like this more evenly. For my undereyes though I prefer to use my finger. I usually dab a small amount of eye cream on first, let it set and then use the warmth of my fingers to melt the peachy color under my eyes. I’ll then go over it with a concealer brush to make sure it’s well blended. I’ve previously reviewed Senna’s Mineral Eye Lift Powder and I love using this over the concealer to set it and lighten up that area.

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer

As usual Senna’s packaging is very attractive. This is a slim palette with a full mirror inside (and a tiny brush) that you’d enjoy pulling out of a cosmetic bag. I like having a variety of concealers and foundations in my life since you never know what your face will demand of you each day. If it starts demanding some pro type concealing then Senna HD Hydra-Cover Concealer is just the product for you. — Marcia

INGREDIENTS:

PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Silica, Ozokerite, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Water/Aqua, Malachite Extract, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492 CI 77491 CI 77499. Made in USA.

*sent for editorial consideration

Susan Posnick knows how to give good face with ColorFlo and ColorCorrect

Susan Posnick ColorFlo Foundation

Susan Posnick ColorFlo Foundation

Susan Posnick has created some great innovative products but what really stands out about the line is her method of delivery. We’ve been sent some Susan Posnick products for review and are impressed with what we’ve found. ColorFlo is an unusual foundation because the packaging is mineral foundation in a self-dispensing refillable brush. With 12 foundation shades from Porcelain to Chestnut you are sure to find a match. And to make it even easier if you look at the link you’ll see models and the right shade for them. On those same models they will also picture the ColorCorrect Pencil that works best for your skintone.

ColorFlo is a natural mineral foundation that helps block the sun. It has a natural SPF so no numbers are assigned. This foundation is so gentle that it’s recommended to be used even if you’ve recently had dermalogical work done like facials, light peels or photo facials. There are many benefits that Susan Posnick shares about the foundation.susan posnick awardBenefits: 

  •  Invisible finish with flawless coverage-your skin….better
  •  Quick and easy application and sun protection
  •  Compact and portable-great for travel, even goes with you on the plane
  •  Enriched with Vitamins A and E to nourish the skin
  •  Softens fine lines and doesn’t crease
  •  Water and sweat resistant
  •  Hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, and anti -bacterial
  •  Environmentally thoughtful, with a refillable container

Lisa’s ColorFlo review

SIMPLY BRUSH AND GO COLORFLO mineral foundation ($68) is a truly terrific mineral powder foundation. I am completely in love with the ingenius packaging and refill option. The mineral makeup is in the base of the brush; just one flick of the wrist and the brush fills with the powder foundation.

Susan Posnick foundation

Susan Posnick ColorFlo foundation

the brush

the brush

fills with loose powder foundation

fills with loose powder foundation

pull the brush protector up so the brush doesn't splay

pull the plastic sleeve brush protector up so the brush doesn’t splay

This is THE perfect foundation for traveling thanks to the amazing packaging. The foundation gives medium coverage as well as sun protection. It does not look powdery on, more along the lines of smooth and creamy. The finish is beautiful and glowy. I find it does a terrific job of covering redness in particular. I use this on my face, neck, chest…it even works on arms, hands, and legs to cover up veins and discoloration. It also works great as a finishing powder.

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Susan Posnick Simply Brush and Go COLORFLO in shade M3

There is great depth in terms of shades offered, with 12 shades from Porcelain to Chestnut. My perfect shade is M3, Light Neutral. The foundation has nine ingredients, including zinc oxide to block UVA rays and lots of antioxidants like vitamins A and E. It does have Bismuth in it, which I know bothers some people, but I have been using the foundation for several weeks and it hasn’t broken me out at all.

my Susan Posnick FOD

my Susan Posnick FOD

Overall, I really love this foundation and throw it in my purse every morning. It’s great over other foundation or just by itself!

Marcia’s ColorFlo shade and ColorCorrect review

I was sent ColorFlo foundation in M1 Porcelain, their lightest shade. I probably should have gone with M3 aka Light Neutral since the porcelain is so light and ethereal. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not using Porcelain. M1 Porcelain is a shade I’d recommend to you as a finishing/setting powder. It’s great for me to use at home or out & about. The packaging keeps it from spilling and I don’t need any other tools when I want to “powder my nose”.

Susan Posnick ColorFlo in MI

Susan Posnick ColorFlo in MI

I also received ColorCorrect ($22) which is a dual ended brightening/correcting pencil. While there are only 4 pencils, it’s possible to match every shade of their foundation. To help match the company has a great Shade Selector but you can also use this chart:

  • Use C1 with COLORFLO shades M1-M5
  • Use C2 with COLORFLO shades M5-M8
  • Use C3 with COLORFLO shades M8-M11
  • Use C4 with COLORFLO shades M9-M12

    Susan Posnick ColorCorrect (C1)

    Susan Posnick ColorCorrect (C1)

I have the pencil in C1 and it too is a great tool for home or out & about. One side has the Brightener and the other side the Corrector.

The Brightener has so many uses for me. I’ve used it under my eyes as a concealer; on my browbone as a highlighter; and as an ‘almost’ lipliner to help with making my lips look fuller. I especially like it on the inner corner of my eye since it camouflages the darkness there.

The darker side is the Corrector and that’s very useful for neutralizing discoloration wherever they are. I always have redness by the side of my nose so I can pinpoint this area easily with the pencil. Dot it on a leftover pimple mark, small sunspots and broken capillaries. I use my finger after I’ve applied it and just hold it on the corrector to warm it and then lightly melt it into my skin.

ColorCorrect swatches for C1 (corrector and brightener)

ColorCorrect swatches for C1 (corrector and brightener)

With these Susan Posnick babies I’m ready to go at any time. I think they are a great travel companion (and they never talk back).

You can purchase Susan Posnick products online or go to their finder to see if there’s a store near you that carries the line.

ColorFlo ingredients

ColorFlo ingredients

ColorCorrect ingredients

ColorCorrect ingredients

*sent for editorial consideration

Dark circles begone with Teamine Eye Complex and Concealer

Teamine Eye Complex and Concealer

Teamine Eye Complex and Concealer

This aging stuff has got to stop. It can be a little depressing to see a new line in your face. Unless you partake in plastic surgery you need to take care of your skin and help slow down the signs of aging. The newest weapon in my arsenal comes courtesy of Revision Skincare and their Teamine Eye Complex and Teamine Concealer.

These are two separate items that work in tandem. Each work well alone but combined they are superpowers sort of like Batman and Robin. The eye complex is Batman and the concealer is Robin.

Teamine Eye Complex

Teamine Eye Complex

Teamine Eye Complex aka Batman

Teamine Eye Complex aka Batman

Batman, aka Teamine Eye Complex, is the work horse in this duo. It’s the more potent product and the one I’d pick if I could only have one. Revision Skincare realizes that there are many causes for dark circles so they’ve worked to address this problem in a variety of ways. Their goal is to visibly diminish dark under eye circles, smooth the appearance of fine lines under and around your eyes and to firm and brighten. That’s a lot to ask of one cream but then again this is Batman we are talking about.

Teamine Eye Complex

Teamine Eye Complex

Teamine Eye Complex contains natural minerals, mica, silica and titanium dioxide, to help immediately brighten the skin and diffuse light to minimize the look of fine lines. It’s a wonderful daytime eye cream. I always mix a little bit of eye cream with the concealer or corrector I’m going to use under my eyes so when I first started using the Eye Complex that what I did. I absolutely noticed a firmness and brightening. Teamine Eye Complex also contains green tea and THD ascorbate to help with anti-aging benefits.

Teamine Concealer

Teamine Concealer

Teamine Concealer

Teamine Concealer

Robin, aka Teamine Concealer, is great alone but works even better with his partner. Teamine Concealer isn’t a heavy duty concealer. It’s better to think of this as a treatment that works to reduce dark circles and fine lines since it only lightly conceals. It’s meant for long term use and not as a spot concealer. It contains anti-aging benefits with powerful antioxidants like Troxerutin, Brazilian Ginseng, South American Marapuama and White Lily Extract all to help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Other ingredients (green tea, co-q10, vitamin E, grape fruit extract and THD Ascorbate) provide the antioxidant benefits.

Teamine Concealer in Light

Teamine Concealer in Light

Teamine Concealer in Light

Teamine Concealer in Light

I use Teamine Concealer after I use the Eye Complex. I like to apply concealer in a V shape under my eyes and I do that with Teamine too. I’ll then go on to the rest of my routine. If I need more concealing I’ll try to use a concealer over my foundation and blend it carefully with my fingers. The warmth of fingers and as little manipulation as possible is what gives the most natural look.

Revision Skincare and Teamine products are sold at local medical spas and doctor’s offices. I put my zip code in the locator and found 16 locations that were available within a 25 mile radius of my home and three were actually extremely close by. My Batmobile would get me there in no time flat.

Batman and Robin from tomztoyz.blogspot.com

Batman and Robin from tomztoyz.blogspot.com

If you are looking for your own personal Batman and Robin then check out Revision Skincare’s Teamine line. — Marcia

*sent for review purposes

 

New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! It Cosmetics Collection – one day only QVC sale

 

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IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Collection

I am so excited about this one day special offer!  On Saturday, December 28th, QVC.com is offering a set of five fantastic It Cosmetics items as the Today’s Special Value.  For an unreal price of $59.96, you get a Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum, a Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, a Celebration Foundation Illumination, a Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and a Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Brightener Dual End Concealer.

Everything comes in a pretty white and silver box.

Prepare to get beautiful...

Prepare to get beautiful…

All the goodies inside

All the goodies inside

It all starts with a truly fantastic primer/moisturizer and brush, the Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum and Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, along with a silver stand to house them together.

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

a view from above

a view from above

Heavenly Luxe

Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup.  For a really luxurious experience, use the fan brush to sweep it on.

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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

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the top compartment

the bottom compartment

the bottom compartment

Celebration Foundation Illumination is IT Cosmetics new version of their powder foundation with extra ingredients for illumination.  It’s got some pretty cool packaging.  The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it).  The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror.

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The Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

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Medium swatched

This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties.  This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions.  It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.  Right now, the only way to get this foundation is with this set.

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Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

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dual fiber brush hairs

IT Cosmetics has flipping fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception.  The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing.  This really is a fantastic brush.

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Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer

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Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium

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Hello Light Brightener in Light

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Top:  Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium; Bottom:  Hello Light Brightener in Light

The final item is worth the price of admission alone.  I adore the Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer.  One side is the iconic IT Cosmetics concealer with a sponge applicator.  This is my favorite concealer because it really covers all skin sins.  It blends beautifully and leaves skin looking flawless, which is pretty impressive given my super dark under eye circles.  The other end is the Hello Light Liquid Brightener, which is fabulous for highlighting under eyes, tops of cheekbones, the center of the nose to slim its appearance, the inner corner of the eyes…there are so many ways to use this!

The New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Five-Piece Collection is an outstanding value.  Make an appointment with yourself to check in with QVC on Saturday, December 28th so you don’t miss this absolutely fantastic bargain.  – Lisa

*pr sample

Top Ten Tuesday – favorite concealers

Every other Tuesday the Top Ten bloggers share items we’d like you to know about. Concealers are something very few of us can live without. As I age it seems that there’s more to conceal. I’m not ready to give up the fight. These are concealers that I own and use all the time. Can you find 10 that you love? — Marcia

1. YSL Touche Eclat – Technically this is not a concealer, it’s a highlighter. But I find that it gives me a lift with its luminizing quality that takes people’s eyes (or my mind) away from the dark circles. Unfortunately the price keeps going up on this but one can last me for a year so the $40 that it costs is more than worth it. I buy and I try every product like this but none seem to compare.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer – I’ve mentioned this concealer about 254,690 times on Beauty Info Zone. It was a miracle when I first discovered it and it remains a miracle to this day. Absolutely a favorite of mine.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector Concentrate* – This is the newest concealer from IT Cosmetics and it’s much more heavy duty than the original. It’s actually a “corrector” which you can use to conceal or correct.

4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin Conceal* –  When I need true concealing then I pull out this OCC Concealer. It’s incredible since it comes in 12 multi-ethnic shades, is paraben free, is cruelty free and is free of all the other nasties. This $20 pot will last you forever since it’s so concentrated. I wear this in Y1 (light yellow based skintone) and in RO (palest red based skintone) though not at the same time.

5. Benefit Fake-Up – When I bought this I had some misgivings. I hadn’t had a lot of luck with Benefit but there was something about it that appealed to me. I ended up using it almost every day this past summer. The outer core is an eye balm with the inner core being the concealer. It’s moisturizing and a double duty product. I probably need more moisturizing now that it’s colder so I should start using it again.

6. Senna Highlight Concealer – As much as I love this Senna Concealer in Lite, I miss the original concealer that got me stuck on Senna – Cameo. Luckily I have some in my possession. The light peach of Cameo counteracts my dark circles. I’ve used up at least 3 of them. Lite is close but not quite peachy enough. Yet it’s a great creamy concealer.

7. Three Custom Colors aka 3CC – This is another concealer that I’ve used for quite a while though I haven’t bought it recently. It’s very creamy and doesn’t settle into my undereye creases. It also can be used as a foundation using a damp sponge and patting it on your skin. On the 3CC website it comes in 10 colors including two very dark shades which is nice for a change.

8. Tarte Smooth Operator* – Tarte’s concealer in stick form is an affordable alternative to Cle de Peau and Le Metier de Beaute in my opinion. They feel and look similar on my eyes yet Smooth Operator won’t hurt your credit card. It’s one of their more full coverage concealers. I’ve been using this so much lately that I’m worried about finishing it which means more shopping (what a hardship!).

9. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer* – Maracuja Concealer was my first Tarte concealer love and I haven’t forgotten it, I just cheat on it at times. I had to buy a backup since I’m so close to finishing my original. I love this creamy liquid for under my eyes especially.

10.  Dior Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer – That’s a mouthful but it does what it says. This is a revamp of their original Dior Nude Concealer and this newer one is more hydrating than it used to be. Color and texture are the same so if you loved the original, you’ll love this one more. It was recommended to me by a Nordstrom MA that I trust and she was absolutely right about it.

Well I could go on and on since I haven’t mentioned Dior Skinflash or any of my half dozen MAC Concealers but I decided not to cheat (this time). Have you used any of my Top Ten? Which concealer is your favorite? — Marcia

* items were sent for review
Now it’s time to find out what concealers the other bloggers love and want us to buy!!
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