Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about the concealer I’ve been using lately. This is the Revolution Fast Base Concealer, which I use in the shade ‘C1‘. This is the second to lightest shade, with the lightest being called “0.5” which is too pink-based for my skin tone. This retails for £3.00 at full price, so this is an extremely affordable option. I picked mine up from Superdrug, but you can also purchase online.
In terms of packaging, this is one that I have some mixed feelings about. The applicator is a spongey feeling and the product comes up through the tube and disperses through the sponge. This isn’t particularly hygienic, although I only ever use it on my own face.
The tube is very slender and tall, so it sits nicely in my acrylic makeup storage. I keep this upright, and make a point to have it facing downwards so it’s hopefully easier to twist the product out. I’m not a huge fan of the applicator, but the packaging overall is very convenient. It sits nicely in a makeup bag without taking up excessive amounts of space, so great to take with you if you want to touch-up throughout the day.
In terms of claims, the packaging is fairly minimalist in that regard, but it ultimately aims to “conceal dark circles and imperfections” as well as having “lightweight buildable coverage”.
I haven’t used this on my under-eyes as I don’t like putting makeup under that area because my skin is so prone to reacting badly. I have used this to help minimise the appearance of acne, acne scarring, etc, so I will be discussing my experiences for that use.
So in terms of the shade, it’s a fairly pale neutral tone, which matches my skin fairly well. It blends into my natural skin tone on my hand fairly well, and on my face it’s also a good match. You can swatch this to be more obvious by twisting the product up through the sponge, but I wanted to avoid being wasteful. Swatched it does feel very lightweight though, so that part of the claim is true from my experience.
I am including a comparison today, so let’s start with my bare skin. I did my eyebrows and eye makeup ahead of time, so that’s the only makeup on my face at this stage. I typically do my brows and eye makeup first, then do the face last, so I was going about this in my normal makeup routine. Otherwise, the only products applied to my face are my normal day time skincare routine. I have purposely left out the primer as I don’t use one every single day.
I do have some imperfections, although my skin is fairly clear at the moment. There are some acne scars on my chin, as well as acne on my cheeks that the camera didn’t pick up very well. There’s also bits of redness on my cheeks, which is a mix of normal redness but also post-showering/drying my hair making my skin look a bit flushed. I do have visible pores on my nose and cheeks, but I think the camera downplays that quite a lot.
And with base makeup applied. I definitely noticed that my camera really helps big up the effect of the concealer. My chin looks much clearer and smoother, and the acne on my skin appear to be gone in this photo. In-person, I find the acne and scarring is still visible through this concealer, but it is much more toned down.
Both on camera and in-person, I do find this concealer toned down some of the natural redness my skin has. Some of the redness from showering and drying my hair did also settle on its own as there was a 15 minute period between these photos.
So I applied the concealer on my chin to cover the acne scarring, and on my cheeks to cover up some small acne areas. I left my nose alone as I prefer to put as little makeup there as possible. I also left my forehead alone as I didn’t feel like anything needed concealing there. I prefer to use my fingers to tap this in, as it creates a very soft appearance. I have used the EcoTools Wonder Cover Complexion Brush as well on days I wore foundation (I use the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation in ‘F1‘), and it does work, but I don’t use this brush specifically for concealer unless I’m wearing foundation that day.
This is a concealer I consider to be light coverage. If you have very faint acne scarring or redness, this will help tone it down. But I don’t find this builds nicely on top of itself, so ‘buildable’ is not a claim I personally agree with. On days when I have more persistent acne or imperfections, this doesn’t provide the coverage I’m looking for.
So I’ve moved this out of my concealer routine to introduce a new concealer, but I am currently enjoying this as an eyeshadow base instead, and this includes the makeup look photographed above. The lightweight texture is really nice for my eyelids, and blends out nicely that I don’t aggressively pull or tug on my skin.
I’ve been trying out the Chica Y Chico One Shot Eyeshadow Palette in ‘#7 Mellow Sand‘ from my YesStyle Haul lately, and I find this helps the pigmentation of the eyeshadows be more potent. I’ve only done this a couple of times, so I can’t say for certain this is going to work long-term, but so far I’m enjoying this.
I feel relieved to have re-purposed this concealer for the time being, as I was really let down by the lack of coverage for my more persistent skin issues. This isn’t a terrible product for me, but it isn’t versatile enough for concealing skin issues for my needs. But I plan to continue using it as an eye base until I either use it up, or it expires.
I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to buy this again to be an eyeshadow base, but if you are also struggling to make this work and looking for ideas, if you haven’t tried this yet, I advise it. That said, at £3.00, this isn’t going to break the bank, so if you’re on the fence, I’d say test this out in-person if you can.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.
- L’OREAL Brow Artist Plumper (in ‘Medium/Dark‘)
- NYX Eyebrow Gel (in ‘Espresso‘)
- I Heart Makeup Eyebrow Kit (in ‘I Woke Up This Groomed‘)
- Revolution Fast Base Concealer (in ‘C1‘)
- Chica Y Chico One Shot Eye Palette (in ‘#7 Mellow Sand‘)
- The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow (in ‘Sand By Me‘)
- Collection Work The Colour Nude Eyeshadow Palette (in the matte/satin cream shade)
- Barry M Dazzle Dust ( in ‘105 Athena‘)
- Chica Y Chico One Kill Liner (in ‘One Kill Brown‘)
- GOSH All In One BB Powder (in ‘02 Sand‘)
- I Heart Makeup I Want Candy Blush (in ‘Blushing‘)
- Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Lipstick (in ‘Velvet‘)
Makeup Brushes Used:
- Primark 242 Angled Liner & Brow Brush (from the PS Pro Eye & Eyebrow Brush Set)
- B. Cosmetics Eye Contour Brush
- EcoTools Bamboo Eyeshadow Brush
- EcoTools Blending Travel Brush* (from the 6 Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set)
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- EcoTools Large Eye Brush (from the 6 Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set)
- EcoTools Detail Eye Brush* (from the 6 Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set)
- EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush
- Real Techniques Instapop Cheek Brush
*Brushes are too worn for me to reference their actual names anymore, so please bear this in mind.