Welcome to the ‘Best Bang for Your Buck‘ series! Each week for the next few months, I’m going to tackle certain types of beauty products, and list the offerings from popular department store brands and their sizes vs. costs. At a glance, you’ll be able to see which items are most cost effective in that category, and get a better idea if your money is being well spent, or if you’re being, well – a little ripped off! Also, if you’re hedging on picking up a certain product because of the cost, this will give you an idea of the true value of the product and if it’s worth your hard earned cash.
Many of the sizes and dollar values of products are taken from online websites; please let me know if anything is listed incorrectly and I’ll be sure to fix it! Also, for products which we don’t have here in Atlantic Canada, or for items that are more difficult to find overall, I’ll note in green where they’re located for your reference – though I tried to mostly include products relatively accessible as a whole.
Week Six: Concealer
As I was going through the list of the popular concealers, I started to notice a trend: all the expensive designer brands only seem to carry illuminators rather than actual full-coverage concealers. NOT INTERESTED!! After the flop that was Chanel’s Eclat Lumiere, I will not fall for your (expensive) ploys again.
This week’s list has been one of my favorites to research, as it really helped point me in the direction of which concealer to choose next, as I’m in the market :) I was especially thorough with the ingredient lists for each (as you’ll hear ALL about below), which made my selection that much easier. I hope it helps you guys out too! Any products that had high ratings on MUA with more than 30 reviews are also noted below (MAC beat out all the rest with the highest number of ratings – just over 1700!!!).
*TIE* Lancome, Cover FX & Amazing Cosmetics (0.5oz)
Chanel (0.04oz, 4.1 rating)
Best Picks (+0.25oz of product and less than $30):
Lancome (0.5oz / $26)
CoverFX (0.5oz / $27)
Clinique (0.37oz / $20)
Smashbox (0.27oz / $22)
Too Faced (0.27oz / $28, 4.0 rating)
theBalm (.025oz / $24)
*Honorable mention: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place (0.24oz / $26, 4.2 rating)
Worthy Splurges (+0.1oz of product and $30 or more):
Amazing Cosmetics (0.5oz / $43)
Dior (0.33oz / $30, 4.1 rating)
Stila (0.27oz / $30)
Josie Maran (0.32oz / $36)
Hourglass (0.12oz / $37, 4.1 rating)
Cle de Peau Beaute (0.17oz / $85, 4.2 rating)
So… I’m going to add my two cents here (like I don’t already!), since the perfect concealer is something I’ve been searching for forever: Though Cle de Peau’s concealer gets high rating on MUA, and it’s not as teeny-tiny as some of the other offerings, I still can’t get behind this concealer – and let me tell you, if it worked miracles on my circles, I’d willingly pay the whopping $85…but it didn’t. So that one is a huge fail for me. Also, I have to note that after my debaucle with Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer containing the super-allergic-for-me ingredient lanolin (which was the catalyst for all my skin stuff over the past couple weeks), I went through the ingredient list of each concealer here to see which others were guilty of the same crime. Take note for anyone else allergic to wool (as lanolin is a derivative of it), that Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer also contains lanolin (oil); thankfully, none of the other products did, which makes me HAPPY :) However, some of the ingredient lists were still a bit suspect: the noted concealers from Amazing Cosmetics, Benefit, Cle de Peau Beaute, YSL, and Bobbi Brown all contain high levels of petroleum/paraffin/mineral oil or some combination of the three. And Tarte’s Circle Defense lists canola oil as the first ingredient! I know that for some, the inclusion of petroleum-type products isn’t a problem, but for some of you it is (myself included) so I thought I’d note it to be safe. Mainly I just think of clogged pores and of the product sliding around and migrating a lot easier if it has greasy ingredients. That’s just me I guess!
Another comment I have is that while some of these products may be absolutely stellar all around, a lot of brands just DO not have an adequate shade range! The worst culprits? Cle de Peau, Korres, Tarte, Guerlain, Dior, Too Faced, Estee Lauder, and Josie Maran. So even if I wanted to try the Hourglass option (which I SO do), I can’t, because the shade is just too light for me (much like their foundation shade range). That really pisses me off.
OK! So, now that I’ve totally lost you with my crazy rant, I’ll wrap it up on a more positive note here :P After reviewing all the info, I think for myself I’m going to go with the Lancome Effacernes – not only because it comes out a winner economically, but it scores high in ratings, and they’ve improved their shade range considerably so I probably can find a color to match my skintone! I’d wanted to try this before but there used to be only like, 4 shades, which just wasn’t happening. It’s time to find my HG already (or near it): Wish me luck!
Are you on the hunt for the perfect concealer, or have you found your HG (if so…do tell!)? Do you wear concealer under your eyes predominately, or to cover other imperfections?