Mo’s Day Off: Lisa Needs a New Concealer

March 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm 4 comments

Hello again, its me Jen.  Mo needed a week off from beauty duty due to an incredibly harsh week at home.  She promises to join us next Wednesday with some new great beauty finds from her trip to Seattle! 

I recently received a letter from Lisa V in Minnesota.  She has been searching for a new concealer, read on…

“So . . . after the last few days I realized I’m getting more overwhelmed and frustrated with this whole trying to find a new concealer.  I know you already suggested a few options, but I think I’ve narrowed down my main criteria, so wanted to ask again.  And please let me know if there is another source on the Internet you know of that could be helpful with my search (I’m going to be completely out of concealer in a day or two!).

Cream/Liquid Concealer Criteria:

  • USAGE:  for undereye (I use it over a yellow concealer to cover dark circles so people don’t tell me I look tired all the time)
  • COST:  prefer to pay less than $15 (current product is .35oz for around $9), if it’s more product I’d be OK with more $$$; need to be able to purchase in a store (like Target, ULTA, SEPHORA, drugstore, etc.).
  • INGREDIENTS: no talc, no fragrance
  • Other:  It doesn’t need to be an acne treatment as I don’t usually need to use it elsewhere . . . and I would like to go more organic/natural as long as I don’t have to fork over my paycheck.”  🙂

Jen’s Picks: 

My favorite concealers would be TheBalm’s Anti-Aging Concealer ($17 at Sephora), and although I haven’t tried the newest formulation of Alison Raffaele’s True Concealer ($23), the previous formula was one of the best liquid concealers I have ever used!   Since January, I have been using a wonderfully creamy 3 in 1 Camouflage Series concealer from Profaces ($21.50) from my friend Aly’s website Authentic Beauty.  Profaces is a great concealer, has a very soft, velvety feel and covers my under eye darkness well.  Only Alison Raffaele’s is considered organic, but all perform well with my sensitive skin.   Note:  none of these are under $15, and all need to be purchased at either their specific websites or at Sephora. 


I am also curious about Prescriptives Camouflage Cream Concealer ($17.50), and it gets very high ratings.  I have loved everything I have ever tried from the Prescriptives line.  Lisa also mentioned that this tube will probably last a while, and Prescriptives is available at most major department stores.
Lisa V also wanted to know if anyone has used or has experience with the Garden Botanika brand concealer, and if you have, please comment!  I have been lusting after the Chantecaille’s Bio-Lift concealer ever since I found out that Marcia Cross (Bree from Desperate Housewives) uses it, but cannot quite stomach the thought of spending $65 on a concealer, no matter how wonderful it might be!  Ahh, the agony!

SO!   What does everyone use as their concealer product?  Do you use one concealer for everything, or do you use one specific formula for your eye area, and another for covering imperfections and blemishes?  Why do you love it, or are you still searching for that holy grail of skin coverage?  

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kate2004rock  |  March 26, 2008 at 11:49 am

    The Balm TimeBalm Anti-aging concealer. It’s consistancy is so great – eye areas, blemishes, evening tone. Its $17 but I really believe you get a lot of bang for your buck because those darn little pots last forever! I can never seem to get rid of them – and I actually have three different one’s going right now. One in the purse, one in room makeup stash and one in bathroom makeup stash. You can’t go wrong!

  • 2. IFW  |  March 27, 2008 at 4:52 am

    TimeBalm. I’ve used the Prescriptives Camoflage and, although good, TimeBalm is faaarr superior! Kate’s right – it’s a lot of bang for the buck – I may wind up leaving it to someone in my will…

  • 3. jen38  |  March 27, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Kate and IFW are serious cosmetic gurus. Thanks so much for your comments, good information!

  • 4. Mo  |  March 27, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    MAC, MAC, MAC!!!


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