Happy Monday! To kick off the new week, I want to talk about the concealer that I added to my routine recently, which is the Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect CC Eye Cream Colour Correction Concealer. I had this stashed away for a while, so when I ran out of my E.L.F. Under-Eye Concealer & Highlighter, which I talked about in my Pre-Move Honourary Empties 2018 post, I decided to pull this one out next to try.
As of the time I’m writing this post, Bourjois as a brand are allegedly not cruelty-free, so I won’t endorse this product or brand to anyone who want cruelty-free cosmetics, and under my new circumstances I wouldn’t buy this until Bourjois change their policy. I did however buy this way before I went actively cruelty-free, so rather than throw the product away and be wasteful, I am working through it instead. I realise for some that’s not what they would do in this situation, but my stance is to avoid waste, as the damage sadly has already been done.
Moving on from that, you can find this brand in Boots and Superdrug if you’re in the UK, and this product retails for £9.99 at full retail price. This isn’t the cheapest high street/drugstore concealer you’ll find on the market, but you can find this on sale or part of offers, so that’s worth keeping a look out for.
Off the bat, while it is named to be an eye cream concealer, my use of this product negates it’s intended use. I use this as a spot-concealer for toning down and covering acne, acne scars and minor redness. I don’t like to use concealers on my under-eyes as the skin on that area of my face are extremely sensitive, and I’m too paranoid to risk aggravating my skin further. This is worth bearing in mind as I talk about this concealer, because none of my experience is for what it’s designed for, so if you’re looking at this review hoping to get my perspective on how it performs under the eyes: I apologise, but I can’t help you. However, if you’re looking at it as a multi-use product, then I have some experience that might be worth considering.
There aren’t many claims for me discuss that are on the packaging, aside from “24 hour hydration” and containing an SPF of 15, so I’ll go through this quickly. The ‘hydrating’ aspect is what stood out to me to pull it out of my stash of concealers, as the weather is getting colder in the UK and I decided I wanted a concealer that tackled this since I tend to make concealers last several months if not longer. So we have potentially 6 months of colder weather in progress so I thought this was a good time to try this concealer out. If you’re not familiar with my blog, I have oily-sensitive skin so while I don’t have ‘dry’ skin, my skin does get dehydrated and irritated. Because of this, I try to accommodate my skincare and makeup around my sometimes very demanding skin. The presence of SPF is also welcome, even if it’s a lower SPF amount than I would prefer.
As far as packaging goes, it’s a slim tube, with a twist-up mechanic. The applicator is a plastic tear-shaped applicator with a hole near the centre for the product to push up through. I prefer this much more than the brush-applicator which get gunky and is a major in the backside to keep clean. With this plastic applicator, this is much easier to keep clean, although I wanted to demonstrate in my photo what it looks like when the product pushes through.
The twist-up mechanic is one I have a conflicted relationship with: on the one hand, there are times I can get decent control over how much gets pushed up through the tube. There are other times though where it just spurts out the nozzle… Which creates mess. So my advice is to twist in tiny bits at at time, have a hand or a tissue ready to catch product if you think the tube got clogged, then work slowly. Doing this, I minimise accidents significantly. So it’s not the most convenient packaging, but it’s not impossible to work with.
As far as coverage goes, this concealer is thick but creamy enough to create a thin enough layer that my skin doesn’t feel suffocated with it on. I dot this over my acne, acne scars, etc and pat this over my problem-areas to create that thin layer I described a moment ago. While the excess oil of my skin does threaten to break this up, as long as I touch up with my mattifying powder, I can maintain the coverage relatively well throughout the day.
I forgot to mention this earlier, but I use the shade ‘21 Ivory‘ which was the lightest shade, from what I remember. It’s a relatively yellow-toned shade, with a little bit of peach. It’s slightly too yellow and too dark for my skin, but I can make this shade work by blending the shade well enough onto my skin, and using my powder compact to lighten the shade slightly when I set it.
Overall, I’m relatively happy with this product. While I would prefer to use a concealer that’s a closer match to my very pale skin, I picked this up a year or so ago knowing this was a compromise of sorts. I can’t vouch for the product or the brand as one I would repurchase because Bourjois is not currently cruelty-free, but if that’s not a concern to you, then I encourage considering it.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.