Showing posts with label Concealer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Concealer. Show all posts

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Edward Bess Black Sea Extreme Cover Cream


I have quite a few things to share with you from Edward Bess. Mark your calendars for this Friday evening because he will have his first 1 hour show on QVC September 5th at 9 PM EST. There will quite a few new items he will be featuring during his show and I'm thrilled to be able to share some of them with you as a preview.

First up is his Black Sea Extreme Cover Cream with Expert Retouch Brush. This was initially launched earlier at the beginning of the year on QVC (video segment still available online). It's one of those things I dove into immediately and fell in love with, I should have reviewed it months ago, it's been on my to-do list for quite some time. The Extreme Cover Cream is a full coverage creamy concealer with intense but blendable pigment. They are packaged in small pots with a twist off cap that locks into place to seal the product completely. There is also a brush included. These cover up areas on the face flawlessly and completely. The texture is on the medium-to-thick side so blending is key, but it is very easy to blend. You only need a little bit to get full coverage. No packing on needed.


Rouge Louboutin on the nails

Below is the Light shade shown with the brush, you can see the pots are quite small with a medium-sized brush that has a wide head and flat tip:

The Extreme Cover Cream comes in four shades: Light, Medium, Tan and Deep. I was worried I wouldn't find a good match due to the limited shade selection, but Medium is a perfect match for me.


Swatched with a small concealer brush, one swipe each shade shows how rich the pigment is:


Here are the ingredients:


Close up of the Medium shade I use to show the texture:


I like the way the brush works to blend the product but since the pots are on the small side and pigment is really intense, I prefer to apply with a smaller concealer brush (like Chanel #10) and then blend out with a Beauty Blender. I know many of my readers are experts on different concealers and know a lot more than I do. I am super picky with concealers, the ones I've tried during makeovers or received mini GWPs of often disappoint. They either disappear completely on my skin once blended or look cakey. Until this year I have never really had a need for extensive concealer use. For several years, I have exclusively used two: Clé de Peau Beauté and By Terry Touche Veloutée. This year is the year my skin has acted up and had all sorts of flare ups and issues. So I've started using the concealers more. I've been using Edward Bess's Extreme Cover Cream since around March for times I really need full coverage.

It's ultra creamy and pigmented so I only need a little. It has an emollient texture that makes it blend flawlessly. I always set with a powder and find it stays put all day without budging, but the key is to not use too much. It covers imperfections completely and is also good under the eye (it doesn't cake but you need to make sure you set it with powder).

For reference, swatches of Light and Medium next to a few other foundations and concealers I own:

It's bottom line love. It blends out perfectly on my medium olive skin and gives full coverage to areas when I need it. It does have a smooth finish (which is a must for me) although if you have skin texture issues, your skin's texture will still show through underneath. I only use this on spots that need extra coverage and it layers very nicely over foundation. Since it's extremely intense I won't use a lot under the eyes, just an extra tiny dab on days I need evening out is all I need. The shade selection is limited, so you may not fall under the four color options. I hope Edward will expand the shade offerings eventually. The brush is nicely made and also works well to blend out cream products, but it's a bit large for me for this particular cream. For concealer I prefer using a smaller detail brush.

You can find the Edward Bess Black Sea Extreme Cover Cream now on QVC. There is a video from February's QVC segment to show it's applied. I hope it makes another appearance on Friday's show too!

The Extreme Cover Cream was provided by Edward Bess for review consideration. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond / Amande


Clé de Peau Beauté has two new additions to their shade lineup for the Concealer ($70 for 5 g/.17 oz, made in Japan) in Almond (Amande) and Mocha (Moka). The Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige has been a long-time staple for me (original review here). It's the only concealer I use, it blends out perfectly and covers imperfections like no other, evens out dark areas under the eyes and doesn't cake on my skin. Beige can pull bit too light for me when I have a tan but it still works. The next shade up in Ochre has tempted me for a long time but I've found it pulls a bit ashy on my skin because it has so much olive. I was thrilled that Almond has been released because it is the perfect match for me. It's almost as dark as Ochre but is warmer with a slight honey tone.

For those new to Clé de Peau Beauté concealers, they come in a navy twist up tube. It's quite small but a little bit goes a long way. My Beige concealer lasted a little over two years before I had to replace it with a new tube after using it up. The tube is very sturdy.

On the nails, Chanel Secret


Here is Almond vs Beige:



Swatched side by side:


Here is the full concealer line up of current shades from Clé de Peau Beauté, taken during a shopping trip with the Beauty Professor. These were taken with an iPhone and it was really warm and cloudy outside making everything look yellowish.

Ivory, Beige, Almond, Ochre, Mocha and Honey


Indoor counter lighting:


Outdoor lighting:


For better comparisons I pulled a few foundations I've been matched to and swatched them side by side. I'm usually a Chanel 30 Beige, but depending on how light or tan I am I have been matched to both 20 and 40 Beige (I tan really easily). Left to right:



The Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer is one of my holy grail concealers and even though it has a super steep price tag I do think it's worth every penny because it works. I've tried a number of other brands at makeovers and from gift with purchase mini samples and for me nothing compares to the Clé de Peau. Finding a good concealer that doesn't cake or slide has always been a challenge for me. Even those that have a good color match end up disappearing after I blend it out. (I've tried MAC, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and old NARS ones.) For this one I prefer to either apply straight from the tube and pat blend or apply from the tube to my fingers to warm it up and then dab it on the face.


You can find the new shades of Clé de Peau Beauté concealer now at counters. Clé de Peau Beauté is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman.

Do you have a holy grail concealer?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige


You've all read the hype and raves about Clé de Peau's Concealer virtually everywhere. If you haven't tried it yet, believe the hype. It's the holy grail of concealers. The quality, consistency and finish cannot be beat. It has full pigmented coverage but blends out naturally to even out dark circles under the eyes (which I did not know I had before trying this concealer), tone down red areas on the face and brighten the overall appearance of your skin.

I was gifted Beige courtesy of Neiman Marcus and Clé de Peau about a month ago and have been carefully testing it out with a highly critical eye. Upon opening it I was a bit concerned it might be too light for my skin, but after testing it out I've found that it's actually perfect. I am around a MAC NC30-35, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau on 03, Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Warm. Upon first swipe it's clearly lighter than my skin. Blending it out with the fingers makes the product disappear and blend naturally with my skin to even out any areas that need extra help.




A bit of concealer history for me: I've neglected concealer in almost a year now. I've postponed repurchasing my usual Chanel or Laura Mercier loves thinking any shade I purchased would soon become too light (I've been trying to build my summer tan). Still, even though I've tested a hefty number of concealers, I have never been fully convinced it was really a necessity (like foundation or powder or good makeup brushes). Most concealers fail to pass the test of having good coverage, having long lasting power, being non-creasing, being non-drying and a having a good color match. There are many that look great upon immediate application but do not work well with the skin as the day progresses. The Clé de Peau Beauté meets all requirements of what a concealer should do. I don't think I've ever seen a bad review yet before trying this I was skeptical due to the hefty price tag of $70 a tube. After testing this out for a few weeks I can say this is the best concealer I've tried. Whether or not it's worth a full $70 is another question, but when this is used up I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Application tips: I've tested this concealer for several weeks using several methods and found application is key. A huge thanks to Karla Sugar's in-depth review and also tips from one of my readers Laura R., I've found the best method is really to apply over a moisturized face (or if you just use on the eyes, make sure your skin is well moisturized) with the fingers.

I'm going to quote Laura on some of these tips combined with my own thoughts:
  • Prepare face and apply moisturizer, primer, foundation first
  • Next prep the eyes with eye cream by pressing into face, not hard, but not tapping either
  • Apply concealer with your index finger and press lightly and blend 
  • If other areas need concealer to tone down redness or even out the skin, apply with your finger in a press-then-blend method (using the fingers help to warm up the product)
  • Top with a soft dusting of loose or pressed powder (but with a brush)
Things to avoid based on my trials:
  • I don't recommend applying this over any type of powder, the result will be cakey
  • Skipping moisturizer also results in a cakey looking finish
  • Swiping directly from tube to skin can result with too much product on the face and use up the concealer too fast, if you do this, do with a light hand to avoid too much product to the face which can also result in a cakey look (even after blending)
Clé de Peau's application tips that come with each concealer:


Plus the ingredients (click to enlarge):


Since first trying this out, I haven't skipped using it for a day. If I were slightly darker I think Beige would be too light but I haven't looked at the other shades in the lineup in person but you can see Karla's swatches here and I found the user comments in the bottom of her post useful. At first glance it would seem better if CdP had a bigger color selection for their concealers - I'm not sure how hard it is to find a color match, I'm glad I found mine, but this is something I highly recommend having an expert try on you in person. They will know which one works best for your skin and show you how to apply as well.

For inquiring minds, other Clé de Peau loves of mine include: La Creme (although I've survived off mini samples), Extra Silky Lipsticks and a few of the Lip Glosses.

Have you tried Clé de Peau's concealer? What shade do you use and what other foundation shades are you?

Many thanks to Neiman Marcus and Clé de Peau for providing this concealer for review.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Foundations, Primers, Concealers + Powders I Love

I wanted to thank everyone who filled out my survey! I received quite a few special requests for certain topics, I'll be covering the ones that received more frequent requests every once in a while. The first requested topic I'd like to cover includes foundations, powders, concealers and primers that I personally like.

I wrote about all the foundations I've been matched to and have purchased HERE. To clarify, these are the shades I've been matched to in both summer and winter months. I don't use all 13 foundations right now, the darker colors were swatched from nearly-empty bottles that I had neglected to toss. And, yes, my skin is very odd in that so many different colors match my skintone.

My Skintype: I have normal but sensitive skin. I react to most sunscreens. I cannot use any MAC foundation, Kiehls lotions, Trish McEvoy skincare, Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation because my skin reacts horribly to all of these. I have not tried every single foundation or brand out there, but the ones listed below are the ones I have tried, liked or repurchased. At this stage in my life (28), I don't have wrinkles, large pores, or much sun damage.

My Skin Coloring: I'm Asian and have yellow/olive undertones. I tend to tan easily - but often times I find I am in between shades for a lot of lines which makes it a challenge to find the right match, but being the foundation junkie I am, have been able to find quite a few that work with my skin-type and skin-tone. Right now, for MAC reference, I'm in-between NC30 and NC35.

How Do I Find My Matches for Color and Formula? I usually rely on the expertise of the makeup artists and sales associates I shop with. Anytime a new foundation comes out, I test them at the counter. I always request them to try on 2-3 shades along my jawline so we can both see the range, how they blend in etc. There are times when I will just match myself. If the artist isn't busy, I'll ask her to apply it all over so I can see the full effect and finish. If I'm ever unsure, I usually ask for a sample - I find it easier to get one when you make a purchase, even if it's a small one.

Current Foundations in Rotation: I typically go for sheer to medium coverage. I don't like SPF because there are some sunscreens that I get a reaction to. I also don't like the way they photograph, but these days it's almost impossible to find a foundation that doesn't have some SPF in it.


  • Chanel Teint Innocence Shell 30 Liquid ($47) & Beige 40 Compact ($56) - Sheer to Medium Coverage and photographs great. Long-lasting coverage with a slightly dewey finish. There is a very subtle iridescence in the liquid version but it's not noticeable on the skin. The texture prevents it from looking flat on your face. I also find the compact shades run a bit lighter than the liquid. These 2 are my Holy Grails of all time. (Repurchases = too many to count, but at least 4 of each)
  • NARS Oil Free in Punjab ($42) - I love the finish and color of this foundation. Right now, it's just a tad dark. I've been matched to Santa Fe since I bought Punjab, so I simply mix a lighter highlighter with Punjab. It looks oddly peachy in the tube and swatched on the hand. It can oxidize and darken on the skin if you're oily. I've heard that it makes some people break out, but I haven't had any problems. I don't think it's for everyone so definitely get a sample to try out first. (Repurchases = 0, I have yet to hit the halfway point on this one.)

  • Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Natural Radiance ($42) - This is a nice sheer tinted moisturizer with a visible glow. Not recommended for oily skins. I like to use this and set with a powder foundation on the good-skin days. (Repurchases = 3 times to date)

  • Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk 5.5 and 6.5 (mixed because I'm in between shades) - if you tried the Luminous Silk, loved the finish, but thought the formula was too heavy/oily, Lasting Silk is the solution to giving you the same coverage and finish, but with a more matte finish.

Current Powders in Rotation:


  • Chanel Double Perfection Powder in Tender Bisque ($50) - My Holy Grail powder foundation. Good natural coverage, long-lasting, easy to apply and great for touch-ups. I also use Medium Beige when I'm darker. (Repurchases = too many to count, probably over 10 times)

  • NARS Powder Foundation in Fiji ($45) - This is the newest powder foundation I've tried. I was a bit confused about whether this was just a pressed powder or a true powder-foundation. It seems a bit too sheer to be a powder-foundation. I like to use this to set my foundation for a flawless finish. Using this alone over moisturizer gave me a chalky look.

  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose ($34) - I like using this with a brush or puff. I love the colored powders, but unfortunately, I can only use Beige in the summer months and Ivory is way too pale.

  • Giorgio Armani Microfil 2 ($49) - Soft and sheer with a subtle glow. However, the shades in this product line are extremely limited. No. 2 is the darkest shade they currently carry. I don't know what I'm going to use from Armani when I get tan.

  • Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation 40 ($28 for refill, $14 for compact) - One of those oldies-but-goodies products. I've been using this ever since I was in high school in the late 90's. I find it's best when you use this to set liquid foundation for a flawless glow. (Repurchases = 4)
Current Primers:

I have no loyalty to one specific primer. I use something different everyday. I know it's probably a big no-no, but often times I skip moisturizer and just use a primer. I alternate between the following:


  • MAC Strobe Cream (mini size from a travel kit) - I've repurchased this numerous times. I apply it all over the face under foundation for a subtle glow. It also works when applied over foundation/powder on temples to add a very subtle highlight.

  • Chanel UV Essential ($52) - I actually love all 3 Chanel Primers. This is my most recent love. Looks white but blends out clear on the skin. It has SPF 50 and supposed to protect your skin from environmental pollutants. The only downside is the steep price for the amount of product you get. I like this, but I'm not sure that I love it enough to justify purchasing again.

  • MAC Prep + Prime Skin Without SPF ($25) - This is a silicone-based primer with subtle pearl particles to smooth and even the skin. I like this because it helps my foundation last and look smooth.

  • NARS Primer ($33, regular version) - This one contains no silicone, oil, or synthetic fragrances. I find this works the best with NARS foundations. The formula has a gel-like texture.

Current Concealers:

Concealer is a product I neglect to apply on a regular basis. For many years, I avoided concealer because I couldn't find one that didn't emphasize my lines under the eyes. Most were too thick making me look aged. I typically only use concealer under the eye and around the nose. I've yet to find a concealer that works for blemishes. I find most of them emphasize blemishes rather than conceal them. A few that I like include (do note that I've never repurchased a concealer to date):


  • Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightener in Revive ($36) - I call this my wonder eye product. I apply this after I've put on my foundation and powder under the eyes and it evens skin tone in a full coverage powder without looking cakey or emphasizing lines. The only downside is that it comes in 2 shades. When I bought Revive it was a perfect match. I've since gotten a bit lighter and it's too dark for me now, so I will have to save it for the summer months.

  • Laura Mercier Undercover Pot UC-3 ($34) - I like that this has both the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer with a mini translucent powder on the bottom which makes it convenient for travel. It's sturdy enough to throw in your purse. The fact that it has 2 shades and 2 different textures makes it nice to blend and mix according to whatever you want.

  • Chanel Correcteur Perfection (Long Lasting Concealer) in Beige Ivoire 20 ($40) - Pricey, but works wonders for under the eyes and around the nose. It has medium coverage that's natural enough to blend in with the skin, but enough coverage to brighten the face.

If I had to pick just 1 brand to use powder, foundation, concealer and primer, it would hands down have to be Chanel. They have a wide variety of formulas for different skin types, ranging from sheer to full coverage. Their face products photograph really well and don't give you that whitish cast that some foundations give with high-flash photography.

Please note that these are simply the products that I like best out of ones I've tried. I haven't tried everything. I can't guarantee that you'll like any of these that I've listed.
 

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