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Concealer, Make-up, Reviews

Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer

I’m a divil for a concealer. I had a Revlon voucher from Boots so I took the opportunity to check out their Colorstay Under Eye Concealer. I used it every day for a week before writing this review – just to give it a fair chance.

My thoughts after a week of testing:

Shade range Not great. There are only 5 shades, ranging from Fair to Medium-deep. The latter is still light. I bought 02 which is a little lighter than my skintone.

Applicator / Application I’m not mad on applicators like this. I would prefer to dab the product on with a doe foot applicator and then use a fluffy brush to blend it in. I feel this applicator doesn’t add enough product or it blobs out. It’s easy to blend into the skin.

Packaging Awful, you’ll never get the entire product out. The lid also got really messy. And I can’t help but wonder how much product is lost in the applicator mechanism.

Would I repurchase? No. That’s not to say others won’t like it, it just didn’t do enough for me. It also creased on me and looked a  little cakey.

Would I recommend? I couldn’t after my experience with this product. I’m sure that are plenty of people who like this concealer but unfortunately I’m not one of them. Revlon is expensive in Ireland for a grocery brand (icky term isn’t it) and I can’t help but feel that if you added a few extra euro you could buy something better quality. In the US Revlon is less than half the price so I wouldn’t mind testing their products but I think Irish girls would be wiser to put their money towards something better.

Have you tried this? Any concealer recommendations?

Concealer, Highlighters, Make-up, YSL

YSL Touche Éclat | Review

Often copied, never equalled. Those are the words that come to mind when I hear Touche Eclat mentioned. It is such an iconic product and has earned its place as a cult buy. It occurred to me that I have yet to have a little M&B rant about this beauty and yet it’s a product that I have used for years.

My most recent tube of Touche Éclat came is a Celebration Edition inspired by Stefano Pilati’s latest jewellery collection.

I doubt there is a make-up artist out there that doesn’t have this in their kit. When I first purchased this, oh maybe 6 years ago,  used it for skin emergencies only – exhaustion and dehydration due to partying namely. But in the last few years it has become a bit of an essential for me.

For those of you who have yet to try it, it works by casting light under the eye to lessen signs of fatigue, lines and hollows. The formula has changed over the years and YSL have also added a whole range of shades, finally.


I apply the product by dabbing with the applicator brush. However,  I don’t blend with the this brush. I either pat the product in with my ring finger or I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (MAC 117 all the way). Using the fluffy brush leaves you’re skin looking airbrushed. A little goes a long way – the reverse panda is not a good look. I don’t really use this right under my eye, where there is discolouration. I apply it right under the discoloured area – this draws the eye to the highlight. It works really well. I also like to use it down the centre of my nose, along my cheekbone and on my cupids bow. It leaves you looking really etherial.

A note on dupes

I have tried every single Touche Eclat-esque and inspired product I could get my hands on. I haven’t found one that does exactly what this one does. I dabbled with Lancome’s version for a time but was a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it worked, it just didn’t work as well as YSL. I also picked up Aldi’s version (recommended by so many) and although I found it an ok under-eye concealer is really didn’t offer the reflective power of Touche Eclat (that being said, it’s worth a look as a concealer).

Some Touché Éclat application tips from YSL:

  • Use around the eyes to brighten and diffuse imperfection.
  • Apply on the outer corner of the eye then blend in long strokes towards the temple.
  • Before highlighting with shade 1, using 3 over the inner eye can neutralise blue undertone.
  • Can be used as a base over the eye lid to improve the hold of eye shadow.
  • Use in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten tired eyes and to enhance the white of the eye.
  • Blend number 6 as a warm cream bronzer over the cheeks.
  • Use on bridge of nose, between brows, on top of cheekbones to sharpen your features.
  • Darker tones such as No 5 can be used to contour underneath the cheekbones.
  • Blend with fingers for finer result and for a professional finish with a fluffy brush.
  • Blend a line below and over the brow to sharpen the eyebrow definition.
  • Apply on the corners of the nose to neutralise redness and broken veins.
  • For fuller lips, apply to the middle of the lower lip over lipstick and soften.
  • Apply around the lips to sharpen and enhance the cupids bow.
  • Apply down the décolleté to enhance the neckline
  • Apply down the side of the leg to elongate.

I’m  obviously a big fan. Thoughts?

Amy x

Concealer, Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer Means Business!

I love trying out different concealers. Mainly because I’m searching for the elusive ‘affordable yet amazing’ one. I know, it’s a lot to expect but I think I may have found one that comes close.

I have using Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer for the past week. Not only am I very impressed, but I’m also delighted, I can’t help comparing it to YSL Touche Eclat.

It’s described as a 2-in-1 product. It claims to conceal and highlight in one, oh and blend to your skin tone. I was very doubtful, especially after my experience with Rimmel’s Recovery Concealer. It has a brush at the top of the tube for easy application.

I have shade 030, Classic Beige (I’m usually a beige shade in Rimmel foundations). There are two other shades available too, one lighter (ivory I think) and one darker. It has to be said that none of the shades are particularly dark. I would have expected more shades in the range but then again it does claim to blend with your skintone. Originally I thought I might be somewhere between the lightest and mid shade since I planned to use it under my eye and wanted it to be a little lighter than my skin tone. Imagine my surprise when I brushed on some 030 and it blended seamlessly with my skin tone.

This blended with my skin tone, didn’t sink into crevises, looked light and fresh and was also easy to apply. What else could I ask for. I’m not a huge fan of YSL Touche Eclat, there are plenty of products on the market that are practically identical and that don’t have a hefty price tag. I wouldn’t buy it again after trying the Rimmel one. I am also going to pick one up for my mum who doesn’t wear foundation but has broken caprillaries, this will be perfect for her.

The brush idea is both good and bad. It’s great for easy application but brushes do harbour bacteria so I would feel the need to use some brush cleaning spray on occasion, especially since this product is used close to the eyes. That being said, I also applied at the outside of my eye and along the side of my nose too.

Love it!

For reference the tube contains 7ml. It costs £5.99 in Boots, chemists and supermarkets but I tend to wait for Boots 3 for 2 offers :)

Have you tried this? Do you have a favourite Rimmel product?

Concealer, Make-up

So good yet so bad – Benefit Boi-ing Concealer

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I bought one a few years ago and used it up, to be honest at that stage I was a little indifferent to it. My skin has changed a lot since I last tried it.

Enter pic from Benefit website (since I don’t own one!)

I passed the Benefit counter in Dublin airport recently and decided to have another look at it. The sales assistant encouraged me to try some on so I happily smeared some over the blotchy areas. It was creamy, easy to apply and had fantastic coverage. It’s pitched as an industrial strength concealer, which I wanted. It’s expensive enough though (€20 in Dublin airport / £16.50 / $18) so I wanted to be sure.

I popped off for something to eat having decided that if it looked good after an hour I would go back and buy one. But when I went to check how it looked before my flight it had disappeared on some parts of my face, smeared on others and caked over my blotchy areas. I looked a million times worse than I had when I first approached the counter.

The result was probably down to my skin type and the fact that I was wearing Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation underneath (I doubt Bo-ing would set over a foundation of that consistency without powder if you have any oiliness). I reasoned that the coverage was great initially and that I just needed powder so I boarded my flight and settled on picking one up when I reached the US.

It wasn’t to be.

I landed in O’Hare airport only to find my face was covered in spots, an allergic reaction I presume. The reaction took at least 48 hours to die down. I was not a happy bunny!

This may be a fantastic concealer for someone with normal or normalish skin. The oils in my skin ate through it in one hour without powder. I also have sensitive skin that is prone to over-reaction (the one downside to making YouTube beauty videos and being a beauty blogger) so other people are probably unlikely to end up spotty after using it.

This one is definitely not for me. I have used Benefit’s Erase Paste and quite like it so I think I’ll stick to that for now. I find it very surprising, and annoying, that Benefit concealers only come in three shades – light, medium and dark. With the difference in skin undertones and enormous variation in skin colour I can imagine that many people do not fit into three categories.

Have you tried Bo-ing? Are you a fan?

Concealer, Reviews

Concealer before dinner: Biotherm Forget It Instant Concealer

One of the joys of visiting the Canary Islands is tax free shopping. Add the numerous perfume and beauty stores into the equation and the option of haggling and I’m in beauty heaven. On my way out to dinner this evening I picked up a concealer (how on earth did I  leave the country without concealer?) by Biotherm, Forget It Instant Concealer.

This liquid concealer comes in a tube. I bought it to use under my eyes and for areas that need a little extra coverage. It provides a medium coverage which looks natural. It’s not drying or cakey but it’s not too creamy that it slides off.

As far as concealers go this one is a pleasure to use. It’s easy to blend and didn’t sink into pores. (I’m assuming it wouldn’t seep into fine lines if you have any but I can’t be sure).

It’s fragrance free and tested by Ophthalmologists so it didn’t irritate my eyes. It also didn’t clog pores or cause me to breakout. But everyone’s skin is different.

There is only two shades which is a bit of a bummer. It’s lighter than my skin tone but works ok under my eyes. Because it doesn’t match my skintone exactly I can’t apply it directly to other areas of my face. Instead I opted to mix a little in with a darker foundation. Having 2 shades is completely ridiculous!

I don’t know much about Biotherm as a brand, only that they are a division of L’Oreal. The packaging is quite dull but it looks like it means business. Mine was a bargain, being tax free and heavily discounted. I checked online and it costs £12.50 / $14 (couldn’t find euro prices).

Have you ever used any Biotherm products?

Aging, Bridal Series, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials

The World of Concealer

For me concealer is like fairy dust! When I look tired, dehydrated, spotty, blotchy…the list goes on, a good concealer always saves the day. Every girl should have a concealer in her arsenal for emergency skin saving!

I haven’t come across one concealer that I can use for everything. This is because my under-eye concealer is a different formulation and shade to blotch covering concealer. Concealers designed to cover spots will look cakey, dry and aging on the delicate skin under your eye. The same goes for concealer designed for under eye area, it won’t mask a spot very well. If you’re new to concealer I would recommend buying two.

Find your formulation:

Cream Concealers: Very natural. The coverage isn’t as thick as the stick types but a Continue Reading

M.A.C, Reviews

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer: A Review

This concealer has been in my make-up bag for nearly two years. I still have the same tube. It occurred to me that this is a product I use almost every day and I have never mentioned it. How very dare I!

The good

  • Not oily or greasy
  • Easy to work with
  • Light but good coverage
  • Smudge proof
  • Sanitary.No need to stick your finger in a pot of product, just squeeze
  • Works well under my eyes when I’m tired
  • Covers my old spot marks on my chin
  • Wide range of shades available for cool and warm skin tones
  • It didn’t break me out
  • Doesn’t look cakey

The bad

  • Looked a little dry when I used it on a spot (but most concealers I have tried do)
  • Plasticine scent isn’t really a winner
  • Can be too drying on people with a dryer skin
  • The cap is tiny, easy to loose.

Ok so it’s not a holy grail product but it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s reliable and that’s what I need in a concealer.

Have you tried select cover up?

Bridal Series, Concealer, Make-Up Artist Series, Tutorials

How to Conceal Rosacea

Rosacea plagues so many women. It causes redness and swelling, usually on the face. It can be difficult to mask but here are some tips for concealing the affected area.

  • Choose a yellow based concealer. Apply it to the red area only.
  • Use your fingers to blend the outer part of the concealer into your normal skin (then skin without Rosacea)
  • It’s important not to over-blend or rub in as you could wipe off the product.
  • Use a stippling brush to apply foundation over the area so it blends with the rest of your face. Avoid using fingers or foundations brushes as you could move the concealer.
  • Roll a light finishing powder over your skin with a powder puff.

Not that the tools you use to conceal redness are so important.

I have been asked about hoe to conceal redness quite a bit so I hope this helps.

Concealer, Reviews

What is happening with my Concealer!

I have mentioned Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo many times. It’s great for oily skin, it had brilliant coverage and it doesn’t move. It’s expensive but worth it, I thought!

I use this on a lot on clients with oily skin. It holds up well under studio lights and has great staying power. I also have one in my personal collection in SC3. If I had a breakout on my chin I happily smeared  it on for skin perfection.

Bet your wondering where this is going…

Well I wore it on my chin yesterday and after a few hours I passed a mirror and got a fright. And what is it that I saw?


Caking of the worst kind! I tried to blend it back but there was no saving it. I grabbed a makeup wipe from my bag and soaked it all off. I’d rather a bare chin than a caked one!

I am not happy about this. I don’t have a chin breakout at the moment, for a change, so it has left me wondering whether it only works when my chin is oily. At the moment the skin there is normal.

The caking may have occurred due to the mixing of the concealer with my foundation. An oil based product over an oil free one could cause problems. I will have to investigate this further!

I have to say that this has scared me off this concealer. It’s very off putting and even if it was a once off caking incident I won’t ever wear it with confidence. If I wear it again, I’ll feel the need to check it constantly to make sure it looks good.

Although this has never let me down before I’m not into high maintenance make-up and caked make-up is a beauty nightmare!

Have you tried this concealer?

Drugstore Make-up

Product Rave – Catrice Allround Concealer

Product rave time! It’s been quite a while since I’ve come across a product I really wanted to share with you. I have been on a mission to find good reasonably priced products. This is mainly due to the number of requests and questions I have received from YT subscribers who are on a tight budget.

catrice use

The product is by Catrice. To the best of my knowledge they are a German brand. Their products are generally sold in places that stock Essence. Their products are super cheap. I picked mine up at my local pharmacy.

I really like their nail polishes (one in particular…post coming soon!) and their lipsticks are average. I’ve only tried one of their eyeshadows, which I didn’t like so I can’t really comment on them.

Enter my favourite Catrice Product,  ‘Allround Concealer’ Palette. This palette is similar in style to the Make Up For Ever Camouflage Palette. Although it is not really comparable with MUFE version, it’s still great.

I paid €3.49 for  my palette, unbelievably cheap. It has 5 shades ranging from light to medium, it also includes a green corrector colour.

  • Beige – Covers imperfections
  • Cream – Concealer
  • Pink – Cover dark circles
  • Green – Neutralises redness

Bottom line, this is a very inexpensive product with a range of shades to deal with most problems areas. I would say that the concealer is quite sheer and is therefore not thick enough to cover major discolouration or breakouts but would definitely minimize them. Don’t expect miracles!

I’ll be buying this again!