It’s been a just over a month since I started using Roaccutane. You can see my initial and previous post updates here and here. As I mentioned one of the side effects of Roacctutane is an initial flare up of breakouts and whilst I’m using the products listed here to control it, there are still loads of pimples and scarring left behind which I cannot do anything about until my 3 month course is complete. I have been using makeup daily to try and hide my grotesque appearance but most of the time my foundation, even though it’s full coverage, cannot cover the whiteheads or scabs left behind. So I’ve decided to do a roundup of the concealers I most reach towards and though they are not all to conceal the acne, I’ll mention what I use it for during my makeup routine.
MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre – R270
There is nothing highlighting about this product. In fact, it’s actually a corrector so I’m not sure why MAC labelled it this way. Regardless, it is probably my favourite dark circle corrector of all time. If you check the swatches below, the peach lustre is an opaque, orange-y, peach perfect enough for the darkest of rings. I prefer it because no matter what shade I use to conceal or highlight under my eye (which I apply above this) never leaves any ashiness whatsoever, something I’ve noticed lighter correctors can sometimes not do. The formula is thin and lightweight so just applying a little and blending it out with a flat concealer brush masks everything
MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer in NC42 – R260
This was one of the first makeup products I purchased here and for a while I haven’t been using it because it is wayyyy to light for my skin tone since I’m a bit more tanned now. Luckily I managed to find a use for it. For the days I am in a rush and have no time to correct and highlight under my eyes, this shade has become my on-the-go, go-to, two-in-one concealer. The formula is thick enough to cover the dark circles yet light enough for it to look like I had time to highlight my undereyes. Because of the consistency, it is a bit drying and can crease easily throughout the day if not set immediately with a lot of powder which in turn runs the risk of it looking cakey. I’ve found patting it in with my finger warms up the product and allows it to melt into the skin before I apply powder.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW35 – R280
This is by far my favourite concealer of all time. The formula is lightweight and matches my skin precisely so I wear this for the most natural look. I do have to set it with powder since it can settle in my fine lines but only need the slightest amount. It lasts throughout the day and never looks cakey nor does it crease or melt off. My favourite way to apply this is with the sharp edge of a beauty blender or makeup bullet.
These products are available online at maccosmetics.co.za or MAC counters nationwide.
IGIA Instant Cover Spot Treatment Concealer
My sister picked this up at Homemark a while back and it seems to be discontinued. This is the concealer I use for the scabs and scars left behind by the acne. It has a doe foot applicator but I apply it with my finger so I can melt the product in without transferring any bacteria back into the bottle. I think it works so well because once it sets it turns to about two shades of a darker pink. It is completely water-resistent so it lasts the entire day without any cakiness. I have tried this as an undereye concealer/corrector as well but I just don’t like the finish it leaves behind because it does feel a bit tacky once dry.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Medium – R230
A world-renowned product I picked up from Muse.SA a couple months back. I was disappointed with the colour upon arrival as I noticed it was shades lighter than my own skin tone. What made it worthwhile was the texture and applicator. It has a soft, round, sponge top with little microfibre hairs that fill and smooth the skin’s surface. The red plastic section needs to be twisted a couple of times before the product comes out. There is no indicator for how much product is dispensed so I’ve found there’s either too little or too much and can sometimes result in wastage. It is indeed though an ideal match to hightlight the undereyes when I use my MAC Peach Lustre corrector. It it smooth and creamy, completely opaque and hydrating. I can definitely concur with what everyone raves about and hope I can get a darker shade to match my skin tone. Because it is full coverage and not readily available in SA, I prefer to only use it for special occasions. It also contains collagen and Goji berry which reduces wrinkles and has an SPF 18 to protect from sun damage.
Revlon Age Defying Concealer in Medium Deep – R125
I use this to highlight the area around my mouth since it can look a bit dark sometimes even after I have waxed. It’s just become a regular part of my routine. I find it is a bit too thick for my undereyes but it hydrates and doesn’t settle in the smile lines around my mouth. I’m constantly touching and dabbing the area around my mouth after I eat and I find none of the other concealers hold as well as this one.
LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Medium Beige, Toffee, Fawn and Dark Cocoa – R45.95
Probably one of the best concealers in the market out there with the likes of DressYourFace swearing by it and using it in all of her masterclasses and tutorials. I use the Medium Beige and Dark Cocoa for special occasions for a banging contour since I don’t own a cream contour palette yet but since it’s working for me I won’t need to right? I also switch between the toffee and fawn depending on which foundation I am using for the day. Fawn is slightly lighter and toffee has a bit more of an orange undertone. The formula is quite thick so it conceals beautifully but the undereyes need to be set with powder to prevent creasing. Majority of the 21 shades are available at Dischem.
I know these are a lot of different concealers but I’m a makeup junkie and love switching things up depending on my mood. If you love makeup as much as I do, I recommend getting these and seeing how they work for you. If you’re looking for tried and tested for all skin tones then I suggest MAC and if you’re on a budget then definitely check out LA Girl’s range.
What’s your favourite concealer picks?
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