E.L.F. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer palette
Weight/ volume: 0.19oz (5.3g)
Shades: 4 per palette (3 palettes in light, medium, dark)
My shade: medium
Features: Highly pigmented 4-shade palette of creamy concealers, for use on undereyes, blemishes, redness and uneven skin tone.
Purchased/ sample: Purchased (online from http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk)
Top to bottom, above: Dark, Medium, Light
Savvy beauty shoppers rejoice—now there is no need to buy new concealer from season to season for meeting the different needs your skin tone may have. e.l.f. introduces a sleek quad compact filled with four brilliant, customizable concealers ranging from light, medium and dark shades. A must have for anyone’s makeup kit these highly pigmented, professionally formulated concealers offer ultimate coverage to disguise a range of boo-boos and flaws including blemishes, dark circles, redness and uneven skin-tone for a flawless, makeup artist finish!
+ broad range of shades to suit most skin tones – 4 colours per palette and 3 shade ranges to choose from. The dark palette is dark enough for most (but not all) ebony skin tones. This is a major PLUS, as many cosmetics companies consider dark asian skin as ‘dark’, and don’t cater for the demands of ebony-skinned women.
+ buildable coverage – You can start with light coverage and keep building up until you get just the right amount of coverage for the area you are concealing.
+ its waxy texture can be a good thing as it doesn’t crease or settle into fine lines. It also doesn’t look cakey as other creamier concealers can do. The texture has its down-sides too (see negatives below).
– waxy texture – E.L.F. describe it as a creamy concealer, but the texture is more waxy than creamy. This means that it does take time to build up the colour. Technique is also very important. The waxy texture lends itself better to pressing into skin with ring finger, rather than using the brush supplied or any other makeup brushes you have at home. If you need full coverage for certain areas like the undereye or acne scars, as I do, you will need to be patient and build up slowly for the most natural finish.
– sweating is an issue with these concealer palettes. The chemicals in the waxy formula do make the water separate a little and so you often find little ‘sweat-beads’ on the surface. Usually this is a sign that the concealer is too old and should be thrown out, but in this case, the concealer is fine, but it’s down to the formula. Just blot droplets with a kitchen tissue (not toilet tissue, as this will leave tissue particles on the surface – not good) and then it’s ready for use. I wasn’t impressed with the ‘sweating’ which I noticed even when brand new. I always store my makeup in a cool, dry place for maximum freshness and so I know that storage conditions are not the cause of the ‘sweating’.
Yay or nay
Yay if you have the time to really build the colour over the skin, but nay if you need a quick conceal. At the bargain price of $3 (in US) or £3.75 (in the UK), you might as well pick it up and see how it works for you.
Personally I use mine when I have a wedding to attend where I really want to look flawless (and have the time to patiently build up the coverage), but on an everyday basis, I stick to my Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer routine. It’s a shame as the relative costs of the two products mean I would rather use my £3.75 concealer everyday, but with the Bobbi Brown concealer I’m paying (a lot) more for the ease of application.