Monday, March 16, 2009
To Hide Flaws Go Seek Some Amazing, Inexpensive Concealer
I love inexpensive products that work well. Especially inexpensive makeup that works just as well, if not better, than department store makeup. I came across the discount bin in CVS the other day (and yes, I looked in the discount bin and you know you do too probably hoping you find an accidentally discounted and clearly misplaced tub of La Mer...) and picked up Physicians Formula Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer (phew) for $2.49. Not because I needed it. No, no. I have enough concealer to camouflage the dark under-eye circles of a small nation of online gamers with a relative population matching, say, that of China. The official website says it usually retails for $8.75. That's a deep 71% discount math majors. More importantly, I have to try everything. Whenever I see things discounted, I really have to wonder why they aren't selling? At $2.49, I really wasn't expecting any miracles. So, on with my morning routine and I'm using this stuff and I find that I'm quite impressed. But we all know that the true test of makeup is how long it lasts. By golly it did. I'm out of the house at 7 AM and not back till 5:30 PM and this stuff is still going....until I wash off my makeup at 10:30 PM (and I still look fresh and wide-eyed with no reapplication whatsoever.) It seriously competes with MAC Select Cover-Up at $15.50. The thing about MAC Select Cover-Up is that the consistency is quite fluid. Physicians Formula is thicker so you're not layering your concealer. Layering isn't a bad thing, but I just don't have time for it. MAC Select has it's advantages though: fuller range of colors; can be used under or over foundation and...yeah, that's about it actually. You'll do well to use a primer or line-filler so that any concealer you're using isn't settling into the laugh lines around your eyes (that's right, I said laugh lines! because no one here frowns). I personally think certain concealers go under foundation and other concealers go over foundation. Physicians Formula Rx definitely goes under foundation because it's an industrial strength foundation and the color should be brought back to match your face coloring with the foundation. There's also Soft Green and Soft Yellow for more targeted issues. I'm thinking about picking up another tube. Or two. Or fifteen.... Have you used MAC Select Cover-Up or Physicians Formula Conceal Rx? Let me know what you think! Happy concealing!