4 April 2013

Covering Dark Circles: Natural Concealer Stars

Finding a concealer with good ingredients that will actually cover my under eye circles has been an ongoing search for me.  I still haven't found that one miracle product that does the job perfectly on its own, but I have discovered a few products that have been working really well in comination.  As an added bonus, they're all reasonably priced, so you won't break the bank, even if you end up trying all three!  


Vapour recently sent me a few products to try and the concealer has, hands down, been my favourite.  It's creamy and lightweight, but it also has a good amount of coverage.  I like to warm it up on the back of my hand and then apply it directly from the tube.  Then, I just blend it in with my fingers for a nice, natural look.  Super easy application and it does a great job covering my dark circles without looking cakey.  I have it in 010, which has been a great match, since it's light enough for under my eyes, but not so light that I can't use it in other areas too.

I can't even tell you how long I've been looking for a natural beige or skintone colored eyeliner!  My skin is pretty pink-toned, so without anything on my waterline, it sometimes looks like my eyes are red and irritated, even when they aren't.  It's been a bit of a conundrum, since I don't generally like darker eyeliner down there and I find white looks too harsh for everyday.  But no longer!  UNE's Skin-Glow Pencils are marketed as brightening concealers, but they work brilliantly in the waterline.  The pencil is incredibly soft and creamy, so it just glides on effortlessly.  To help it last longer, I like to dry my waterline with a Q-tip before applying it.  If I skip this step, it's more prone to smearing and tends to end up all over my lower lashes (really not the best look!)  I chose G02, the second from lightest shade, since in swatches, it looked more yellow-toned than G01.

Most recently this was included in my products I'd repurchase post, but I've talked about it many times before.  In fact, it's probably my most worn makeup item.  Even on days when I wear no other makeup, it's not uncommon for me to dust a little Sleep in a Jar under my eyes for some added brightness.  I wear Light Peach, and while it's by no means a full coverage product, it gives some coverage and does a phenomenal job diffusing any darkness in the under eye area.  I've worn it by itself for over a year now, but more recently, I've been enjoying using it in combination with the Vapour concealer.   Since it's a powder, it works to set the cream concealer and also adds a little extra coverage and brightness.

(L to R) Vapour Illusionist Concealer in 010, UNE Skin-Glow Pencil in G02, Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar in Light Peach

The Bottom Line
I'll be the first to admit that I find it pretty absurd using three concealers under my eyes, but the combination has really been working for me lately.  All three are great products and I'd recommend any of them either individually or together.  They're all pretty brightening, which is perhaps why they work so well under the eyes, but they all also offer a good amount of coverage.  I haven't tried the UNE pencil anywhere other than the eyes, but the Vapour and Silk Naturals are also effective at covering up redness or blemishes, so you can absolutely use them elsewhere on your face as well.

What's your favorite concealer?  I think it's safe to say I'm pretty stocked up for the time being, but I'd still love to know!



Disclosure: Vapour Illusionist Concealer provided as a PR sample.  All other products purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.




14 comments:

  1. You're one of the very few to write a positive review on the Vapour concealer. Most say it provides little to no coverage, maybe I should check it out after all. Super helpful post, thanks :)

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    1. I know! I've debated ordering it for a long time since everyone talks about how light the coverage is. I wouldn't say it's the heaviest coverage ever, but I'm really happy with it. It definitely does the job for my dark circles!

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  2. I use RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up...It works pretty well and does double duty for me an eye shadow primer. You've made me curious about the Vapour concealer though....I love their Liquid makeup and Skin Perfector so I just may have to try it! Great review!

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    1. Thanks! Un-cover up seems to be a favorite for a lot of natural bloggers! I definitely want to give it a try at some point :)

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  3. I'm forever on the hunt for a good concealer, so I might take a look at these. I don't think it's really absurd to use multiple products to target a problem area--if it makes you look and feel good, why not? :)

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    1. True enough. I suppose I just feel like my makeup routine has gotten a lot more extensive recently! But you're right, nothing wrong with it :)

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  4. I'm on the search for the perfect concealer too, I'm very fair as well which doesn't help! It looks like Sleep In a Jar would be perfect, maybe I should give in and see if they will post to the UK. :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure they ship worldwide. And, there's even one shade lighter, depending just how fair you are :)

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  5. I havn´t tried that many. I use the concealer from Inika. I do not know if you have that brand in the US?
    I am curious to try something new, so like your post! :-)

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    1. Thanks! I have the Inika, but unfortunately I ended up with a much too dark shade, so I haven't really been able to use it. I'm glad to hear it works for you!

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  6. You have to try Studio 78 that you can buy at NuboNau. I really love this concealer.
    http://thegreenproductjunkie.blogspot.com/2013/02/oh-my-word-studio-78-is-rocking-my.html

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    1. I remember reading your review of the Studio 78! I want to get through some of these first, but I'm definitely interested in trying it at some point! :)

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  7. I actually don't use concealer at all. I find that my foundation is enough to cover any dark circles I may have.

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    1. You're lucky! I don't find foundation alone has much of an effect on my dark circles.

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