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OK. Here's the deal. I think I have claimed at least 2 different concealers as "Holy Grails" on this blog. But what might work for me, may not work for you, so I keep trying new stuff because, as I have recently been informed, much to my chagrin, it's not always about me. Feh.
So when I was getting my epic makeover from the one and only Mikey Castillo of Le Metier de Beaute at my local Neiman Marcus, I asked about getting a new concealer. Mr. Castillo introduced me to the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer. It was a small-ish concealer, NET WT. 0.08oz. (2.3g), and it came with a SPF of 18 in 12 different shades, but despite the size I was intrigued because the consistency and level of coverage reminded me a lot of my beloved Cle de Peau concealer. And well that concealer only has 3 color choices...Le Metier de Beaute had 12. I think I was sold on that option alone.
Now here's the thing. I need to conceal dark under eye circles but I also need to conceal occasional acne flare ups and some sun damage I have from when I was a foolish teen in the 1980's trying to tan with baby oil. This concealer needs to be multi-tasking. It needs to cover enough but not look cakey. It needs to be nice to my skin and not break me out and it needs to stay on for a decent amount of wear time on this oily mug of mine. Not an easy request. That's why, like most concealers I had low expectations.
Just like Pedro, from the movie, Rio, I was ready to get down and dirty with this Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Concealer.
According to the Le Metier de Beaute website, the Classic Flawless Finish Concealer is designed to blend away dark circles, slight blemishes and imperfections, while nourishing and protecting the skin. "Perfect for quick touchups, the unique slim-tip design glides the contours of your face, including hard-to-reach areas under the eyes, leaving a veil of high level SPF 18 sun protection, without chalky film deposits. The Nylon 12 base holds smoothly, to breathe with the movements of the skin. Natural active ingredients include Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to replenish and revitalize."
Yep. Truth in advertising. Gotta love it! I say that having used this concealer since October, everything they say is true.
First off: The color choices. I was all ready to grab color #1. I mean I'm white...white-white. But Concealer number 1 had too much pink in it. Concealer #2 was almost too orange. Now I was getting worried. Concealer #3 was perfection. it was very fair with neutral undertones...like my skin! It was an almost exact match to my skin color. I was thrilled. Of course women of color may or may not have a harder time finding a match. they do offer several darker shades, but I neglected to test them out. Fortunately Christina from Lovesong For My Lipgloss has swatched all the concealers. You can find them HERE.
Now here's the deal. Did it work?
Well. Let's just say that I am not really one for using up product. I tend to move on to the next "great" thing that comes along. I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to cosmetics. If there is something new and shiny out on the horizon, I'm on my way! But there was something about the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer that kept me grounded.
Was it the excellent coverage that didn't crease under my eyes or slip off my oily skin?
Was it the smoothness of application? I could use my fingers or a concealer brush and obtain fantastic results.
Was it the divine color match? I had no issues with reverse raccoon eyes or splotchy coverage...in fact it was seamless almost invisible transition from concealer to foundation (which wasn't even a Le Metier de Beaute brand!)
Had I finally matured past the toddler/magpie state of concealers and settled?
See for yourself!
That, my darling readers is PAN! Concealer PAN! on a freakin MONDAY! I am almost out of my beloved...yes. I said beloved Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer in #3. I am scraping the dregs out with a Q-tip and concealer brush. I apologize for showing such graphic pan p0rn without a warning. but I think this pretty much says everything I need to say in one photograph. n'est–ce pas?
So. do you NEED this? YES if you like stick concealers. I know that this form of concealer isn't everyone's bag. but those that do like this form should check it. It's on the pricey side at $55 USD but if you have an exact color match in a concealer that actually preforms well, then it's worth it. The only issue is that the small amount only lasted me 4 months...I'll admit that I have more imperfections that need to be covered than most and I do apply a new face of makeup more than once a day some times (for the blog)...so with NORMAL use I say 6 months will be the longest this lasts. Then the price seems a bit better. Will I be purchasing this again? YES! But I have a few other concealers to test before I pick this one up...which actually makes me sad because I actually MISS this concealer. Oh man. I need mental help.