Friday, September 19, 2008

Amazing Concealer - It's not so amazing.

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In my quest to find a truly great concealer I have come across only one real gem. Unfortunately Amazing Cosmetics Concealer is NOT that gem. It's nice but not a holy grail.

Amazing Cosmetics is a smaller brand, this concealer has a hefty price tag ($40 for .half an ounce of product) and limited color selection (8 shades including a white shade you can use to add to lighten foundation or as a highlighter) can be a bit off putting. But, if you are able to find a good color match, Mine is Fair -Ultra Light, (For reference I’m a MAC NC20 / MUFE F&B 20 / Chanel Limpide .5) you will have a good experience.

$40 for an entire years worth of concealer. Would you pay that?
Would you pay, knowing it was a concealer you can put on under eyes, on blemishes and anywhere else you need concealer without worry of creasing, breakouts, cakeyness?
Maybe it doesn't do all that but it doesn't break me out and it didn't get cakey until my skin got dry. So I guess that's good.
It does crease if you don't use a setting why would you spend the money?
That's what I am here for. I spend the money, like and idiot, so you don't have to!

There are pros to this concealer. Don't get me wrong. It's decent.
You really only need the tiniest amount to cover dark circles under your eyes and to cover up small marks (old acne scars, blemishes, moles, etc)
A have heard complaints of this concealer not being good for under eyes, that is creases or can look cakey. If used alone, with certain skin types I can see that happening. But if you choose to use a setting powder (Amazing Cosmetics Pressed Powder Set or Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder – what I use) you will not experience any of these issues. In fact I believe this concealer works better when used in combination with a setting powder.

For reference I have combination acne prone skin, Oily T-Zone, and a normal to slightly dry under eye area. I do not use a morning eye cream. I pat on concealer under eyes and use a brush for any acne spots. I set with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder after I apply the concealer.

I believe if I used a eye cream in the morning this concealer under my eye would look less cakey and most likely not crease as much w/ the setting powder...but that is too many steps. I want to conceal and move on to the next 3 kazillion things I put on my face in the morning.

I am prone to cystic acne. I get TOTM cystic acne and sometimes they are on my forehead and chin. I have used this concealer on those awful and painful eruptions with a lot of success. I apply w/ a concealer brush, use a setting powder and even though acne can be oily the concealer stays on for a good 6 or more hours. Best of all it does not aggravate current blemishes nor does it break me out. I was using another concealer for years wondering why my acne was always so bad. When I stopped using it, my spots seemed to come less often. It was probably due to some other skin care changes but at least I know that Amazing Cosmetics Concealer is not going to hurt my skin. Those sensitive to mineral Oil may want to steer clear, but it has never bothered my skin. *see ingredients below.

The concealer comes in a small black tube. That’s a con, because I don’t know how much is left, but after a year of use I’m finally having to start squeezing from the bottom to get out product. The neck of the tube where the product comes out split about a month ago so some product seeps out the side when I squeeze it but I don’t really waste much as I clean it up using a concealer brush to remove any from the treads on the neck of the tube. Still annoying though.

The final verdict. = Meh.
It's a decent concealer. If you want to pay the maybe a year + of use, go ahead. It's not recommended for dry skin as I think t accentuates flakes. If you have normal to oily skin this is a great product for you. I just hope you find a color that works for you.

Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Lanolin Oil, Ozokerite, PVP/Hexadecene, Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Cucumber Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, BHT, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review! I always wondered about this concealer but never tried it due to the hefty price tag.


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