The hunt for the perfect concealer is almost as hard as the hunt for the perfect foundation. I have quite dark circles and find it very difficult to get anything to cover them. In the last few weeks they seem to be getting worse and all my usual go to concealers were just not able to cover them. Next up on my list to try was Mac Pro Longwear concealer.
Just like with the Mac foundations, this concealer comes in NC and NW shades. I normally wear NC 25 foundation but as I like my concealer to be a little lighter under my eyes, I went for an NC 20. I use the NC 15 when I want a real highlighted look. It is worth taking a trip into Mac to get matched up, rather than chancing your arm with a colour online.
The concealer itself comes in a small little glass tube with a pump on the top. It is easy to pump out and if you use small little taps on the top of the pump, only small amounts will disperse from the tube at a time, meaning no waste.
This concealer gives really good coverage under the eyes. It gets rid of the rotten blue colour from dark circles and more or less hides them completely. I sometimes use it with Bobbi Brown corrector to make sure that there isn’t a sign of anything at all under my eyes.
When applying it I place it in dots around my eyes and then pat it in with my Sigma P86 precision tapered brush. It is important to pat it in here and not keep sweeping from side to side, as you are just dragging the product around if you do that. I blend it down into a triangle under my eye as this gives the best results. I finish off by patting it gently around my eyes to make sure it is really blended in.
While this concealer lasts for most of the day without needed to retouch. I do find that it has a tendency to move and crease, so setting is an absolute must. If it does crease, I just run my ring finger lightly under my eye, it will reset the concealer again.
Is this a holy grail concealer? I am saying yes and no. It is seriously good and many people swear by it, but at the moment I feel that an even more amazing concealer is out there for me. The grass is always greener and all that. Will I buy it again when it runs out? Yes, absolutely. s I really like the coverage it gives and I would put it up their with my top concealers.
The Mac pro longwear concealer can be bought on all Mac counters, or if you haven’t got access to Mac you can buy it here for €20
Deborah leonardFebruary 5, 2014 at 11:58 am
nice post, I like the prolong wear, but find it better to cover redness on the cheeks, I agree it can crease a little under the eye…you should also try the mineralise concealer, it’s lovely and slightly lighter. Again, great post..informative ..Debs (closer2Fab)
Alisha ShaughnessyFebruary 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I’ve heard so much about this but am yet to try anything from MAC!! You’ve fab eyebrows too! 🙂
Sinéad KFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm
thanks alisha. I have actually no eyebrows, I have to draw these on.
Pink Elephant BlogFebruary 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm
I swear by the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but I also quite like MAC Studio Finish concealer. For super heavy duty concealing the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage & Vichy Dermablend are absolutely brilliant too 🙂
alex @ pinkelephantbloggin.com
Sinéad KFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm
The bars concealer is my grass is greener on the other side one. I NEED it
Grace ZiegfeldgirlFebruary 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm
This concealer looks brilliant. I am sort of new to Mac products and would love to try these out! Can’t beat a good concealer!
Sarah BFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm
Great post! My dar circles are getting so bad I’m on a hunt for a great concealer, I’m tempted to try the Nars one but this sounds good
Sinéad KFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm
I really need the Nars one. I think this was a little more in budget at the time and I had heard good things about it
velvetMay 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm
I am nc15 so the nc15 concealer does nada for me.
I find it so tough to find a concealer paler than my foundation.
Sinead KMay 9, 2014 at 8:25 am
when you are very light it is hard to find a good highlighter. have you tried the collection 2000 concealer in fair. That is seriously light