If there is one makeup product that can truly make a difference on its own, I have to say it’s concealer. It can take the edge off those pesky spots so they’re a little less noticeable, or minimise dark circles or even out your complexion. It can make the world of a difference between looking like a mess when I wake up, and looking more put together for when I head out the door. One concealer that has been in my makeup bag for a while is this concealer stick by Rimmel. I normally prefer to use liquid based concealers, but I was drawn to this one because of its convenient size and application. Can’t drip liquid concealer on my black skinny jeans (that totally happened to me today, ugh) with this guy. Another good factor is that it costs £3.99, which is great for the budget conscious. I have this in the lightest shade (cause I’m a pale lass, okay?) called “Ivory 001” (I’m pretty sure it is the lightest shade, it is the lightest one in the two Boots stores local to me).
The concealer itself is apparently meant to be a true multi-tasking concealer: “[it] effectively conceals spots, blemishes and under-eye circles”. The name itself clearly suggests it’s meant to cover up blemishes, but I rarely use it to cover up blemishes and spots. It mostly sits waiting to cover up my under-eye area when stress and lack of sleep gives me dark circles.
The product itself has packaging similar to a lipstick, which when opened you twist up to reveal the product. The concealer is also shaped similarly to a lipstick, so unless you plan on muting your lips, take care to make sure you don’t confuse it for a real lippy! All joking aside, the size of the tube is extremely convenient for keeping in my makeup bag for when I’m at uni, work or travelling on the train, while still having room in my makeup bag for my powder, eyeliner, lipstick, whatever else I decide to bring with me.
Like I mentioned before, I picked up the lightest shade which is slightly dark for my skin tone, but I get around this by blending it until it looks reasonably okay. Pale people problems… The texture is reasonably creamy, which makes it nice to blend. I suggest using your finger to rub a bit off the stick first and then apply to the skin, instead of applying straight from the stick. In my experience this is the most effective way to apply this without over applying and for it to look natural on the skin. The pigmentation is pretty good, which is why I apply with my fingers. Like many concealers, it is very yellow-toned, so slightly too yellow for my skin to use it for covering spots since it doesn’t match my exact undertone. However, it is still great for using on my under-eye area since it counteracts the purple of my dark circles. If you have a yellow undertone, then this concealer will be great as a general concealer, but for anyone who has a neutral or pink undertone, then you may need a separate concealer for general coverage. It does last quite a while as well, which is great, so it should last a day at school/college/uni/work, although you may need touch ups if your workplace/classrooms are quite warm and have the chance of making you sweat. But to be fair, that’s the case with most concealers and foundations.
Overall, this is a nice concealer. I’ve been using this inconsistently for several months, and still have a little bit of product left (about the thickness of my little finger if I held it horizontally against the stick of product… If that made any sense at all). For a product that doesn’t cost very much at all, you get a decent amount of product, and a little goes a long way if you develop a routine where you know how much you need to work with your skin. While I don’t use it for all the purposes it claims it can do because of my undertone, I think for anyone with a warmer undertone, you can make this concealer work as an all-rounder kind of product. And since it has a nice creamy texture, it’s great for anyone who feels inexperienced with concealers since it blends reasonably well, so it’s great for those struggle to blend, but also provides a bit of a challenge to help you practice.
Would I buy this again? Absolutely. It doesn’t break the bank and does tone down my dark circles, but I would love it if they made it one shade lighter so it worked better with my paler skin. It seems like makeup high street/drugstore brands especially, are ignoring paler and darker skinned girls who often have to compromise or miss out entirely because of limited shade range. However, if you don’t fall into that awkward category like I do, you should be able to find a shade that matches your skin and deserves a chance to prove itself as a worthy part of your makeup collection.
Do you use this concealer? If so, does it work well for you? Or are you considering trying it? I’d love to hear your opinions, or any suggestions for concealers for pale skinned girls like myself.