Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Make Up For Ever Cream Concealer Palette

I went on a Sephora binge earlier this month to test out all these products I've been wanting to try. Among them was the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in No. 1 and the Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Concealer in Mauve. I purchased the Mauve shade individually in a pot, but the above picture is just an example from the link of what the pot looks like. For a realistic depiction of the Mauve shade, see below.

This is Palette No. 2, also for Fair to light skin tones. The shades it comes with seem to have a more neutral or pink undertone, and the color concealer on the right is the shade Mauve. The picture accurately reflects what Mauve really looks like; it's a pale lilac or lavender..for some reason the Mauve individual shade example next to the add to cart button looks more magenta, in my opinion.

I think the packaging of these materials is quite nice. Though MUFE uses plastic, the palette feels very slim, light, and convenient. The dimensions are probably around 1.5 inches x 4.5 inches (sorry metric users, I don't know the conversion off the top of my head!). The pot is also very light, the opening is quite wide so the concealer won't be hard to get to as you deplete it. What I didn't like about the packaging on the palette is that the concealer looks like it was just poured directly into circular indentations in the palette--I can't tell if they're inside a tin because the top of the tin (if there is one) isn't showing. As a result, the concealer can get messy and onto your palette if your finger or brush isn't careful.

This is just going to be a super short review because I really did not like these cream concealers! I got them because of all the rave reviews, but they were just impossible to use. When I first opened the palette, there were little globs of oil sitting on top of the concealer and the sides of the palette--which can be expected and quite normal, since the product itself contains mineral oil. Thus, I expected the product to be quite creamy, but I was wrong. Even after heating them up with a hairdryer, the product felt too matte and cakey to blend out on my skin. I think you need to have perfectly smooth skin to use this product--I tried many different blending and application methods, but this concealer would still crease under my eyes, or just look completely unnatural. The winners of this concealer are the green and mauve, but they aren't even included in the same palette, which really annoys me.

So sadly, I will be returning this product. My search for the perfect creamy, moisturizing concealer continues...until then I will be sticking to my Skin79 Beblesh Balm, which has the versatility of covering flaws whether my skin is dry and flaking, or clogged and irritated.

1 comment:

fuzkittie said...

I hate anything cakey! Yuck.. This is main reason I stay away from cream concealers that come in a pan or pot. Perhaps the full coverage concealer in a tube would work better for you.