Erin’s Favorite Concealers, Part One

Erin's Favorite Concealers

Oh concealer. The product that helps us hide, highlight, contour and everything in between. While you can definitely get the same effects by using fuller coverage foundations, there’s something about the little containers that makes us feel more “confident”. Here’s a breakdown of some of my favorite concealers.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

I bought the LA Girl Pro Conceal because I saw rave reviews on Youtube. You can get a container of this stuff for less than $5, and it comes in a wide array of colors. I like it because it’s definitely full coverage and very affordable. However, it’s on the bottom of my list today, because, let’s face it, you get what you pay for. When you compare it to higher end products, it definitely isn’t the best quality out there. But trust me, it does this job.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer

This Studio Finish Concealer ($19) one of those holy grail products. Much like the LA Colors Pro conceal mentioned above, this is a product you have to “warm up” and work with on the right skin textures to get maximum effects. I typically swirl a flat or domed brush onto the concealer to pick up the product, then apply it to my face. If I’m using it all over, I scoop a bit onto the back of my hand and rub it down a bit with my finger. This makes it super creamy. But let me say that this covers anything. In fact, this is the little sister of MAC’s Full Coverage foundation. Same product, smaller jar.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

My goodness, my goodness. This Bobbi Brown concealer ($25) is lightweight, super creamy and crazy powerful. I once bought this in a kit that had a pressed powder and eye brightener in it. And when I realized that this was such a stellar product, I picked up another shade. This is top quality.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover

MUFE makes this fantastic lightweight concealer ($32) that works wonders. It goes on creamy, then dries down to a satiny, beautiful finish. When I think of multi-purpose makeup, I think of this. I’ll show you how to use it in this video.

Check out my favorites below:

Makeup For Beginners: The Easiest Eye Shadow Combo To Wear

 

DSCF1414-viToday I took a trip down memory lane. I looked at some of my old pictures from my Fotki account, the picture album site. Before blogs were big, we were all of forums and Fotki’s! In the picture above, I’m wearing MAC Patina eye shadow on the inner lid, and a touch of Femme Noir on the outside. I tended to always wear to shadows in a similar format.

I had a few albums–neutrals, bold, wild, lashes, random. And I realized some things that worked well for me. I have since ventured out, but here’s how it usually went.

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MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review + Swatches

Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Yet another product that made me gasp when I saw it. I mean really, look at how vivid this is! I can’t even! I waited for a couple of days so I could take pictures before I swatched the product. Remember MAC Hullaballoo High-Light Powder from ’06? It had that fantastic sheen on the top, and underneath it was an average blah powder? Well, Glorifiy isn’t like that.

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MAC Heroine Lipstick Might Be The Greatest Purple Lipstick Ever! Swatches, Comparisons + Review

MAC Heroine Lipstick Swath Permanent

Oh, sweet Jesus, this lipstick is just TOO good. I have swatched more lackluster lipsticks than I can count, and those pictures never make it on the blog. Heroine, one of four lipsticks in the “Reel Sexy” collection, is a stunner. It’s a matte lipstick that’s absolutely jam-packed with color!  You all know that Violetta (view swatches here) was my favorite purple ever, but Heroine is definitely taking its place. It would look outstanding underneath Afrobella’s All My Purple Life lipglass!

By the way…

So sorry that I don’t have a swatch of me wearing the lipstick, I have a small parasitic twin growing on my face blemish that isn’t camera friendly.

Edit: Here’s a picture comparison that I took a day later, 4/5/12.

MAC Heroine, Violetta and All of My Purple Life

The MAC “Reel Sexy” collection is available on April 5 nationwide.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company for consideration. I loved it so much, I had to feature it.

$3 Dupe for MAC Chestnut Lip Liner

Dupe for MAC Chestnut Lip Pencil

I happen to  have 4 MAC Chestnut lip liners in my collection. I’m a hoarder that way. Many of them are years old, replacements of lost pencils (that I later found) etc. And then, low and behold, I stumbled upon NYX lipliners. I’m almost positive I bought my first one at the beauty supply store when I was stocking up on false lashes. I’m not crazy about everything that NYX makes, but these are spot on.

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