I’d picked these up at iKatehouse when I bought the L.A. Girl Lip Glazes. Like I said, I got them because everyone was raving about them and I wanted to see if they lived up to all the hype.
I got three colours, Fawn, Chestnut and Beautiful Bronze. On the site, the colours are not actually swatches of the product, but sort of a cartoony representation of what each colour looks like. Fortunately, I had already scoped out the colours from Chloe’s Makeover, a blogger with skin-tone similar to mine, so I thought I knew which colours to pick up.
Fawn I got for under eye highlighting and concealing, and although I wasn’t sure based on the colours which ones I should get, I purchased Chestnut for spot concealing, and Beautiful Bronze for light contouring. First let me say that the colours are way lighter in person than they look in pictures, yeah I should know that already, so I can’t actually use Beautiful Bronze for contouring cause it’s too close to my complexion.
The tube that it comes in is a squeeze tube with a brush on the end that I like because it makes application easier and that’s one less frikkin brush I have to wash.
What I don’t like is that the formula has a tendency to separate, and sometimes when I squeeze the tube all that shoots out at first is water. The first time that happened, I had it up to my face and it shot water straight into my eye. The second time it happened, yesterday, it shot not only water, but brown liquid all over my other foundation bottles, and the tan walls of the bathroom, in the house that I rent.. There goes my bloody deposit. After that, it came up clumpy and way too much. No amount of massaging the tube beforehand fixes it, because of that I’m pretty sure these won’t last very long cause if the water that keeps it moist is mostly gone, it’s just going to dry out and harden.
The second thing that I don’t like is that the brush attachment keeps trying to escape from the rest of the tube. When you squeeze, after a few uses, the brush attachment is halfway out of the tube and you have to push it back in. I’ve flirted with the idea of just super gluing that sucker in there, but I’m afraid of ruining it somehow, cause I’m really good at that.
Two of the colours that I got obviously have yellow undertones. Beautiful Bronze though has more neutral in the undertones even though they don’t come across in the pictures, and it’s more of a warm neutral anyway so I’ve been able to use it without too much issue.
Fawn is good for under eye highlighting, but surprisingly enough, although it looks so very light in the swatches, I can use it for spot concealing if I use it very lightly. Although I think that by January when all my summer colour is gone, I’ll be able to use it normally.
Beautiful Bronze is slightly too dark although I’m just coming off of summer skin, and the undertones are sort of wrong being neutral, but I still think it will work great in the summer time.
Chestnut is almost dead on my skin tone match, so much so that you can only just barely distinguish it from my skin in the swatch. It might be just a tad darker than my skin, but not so much that it’s noticeable and once it blends in, it’s seamless.
According to L.A. Girl;
Crease-resistant, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage, evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.
Yep to all of that. It does cover very completely, looks totally natural and I couldn’t feel it on my skin at all. And once it set, it didn’t budge until I took it off later on that night.
Ok, I’d just like to say that I don’t have the best luck with concealers, especially under my eyes. My dark circles are such that they almost always peek through any concealer that I use, except for Sleek Luminaire. Plus, because I have to use a concealer with a yellow base, sometimes the circles under my eyes can turn green, not a good look. With concealers for spot correcting, they usually for some odd reason either have a white base that looks unnatural and shows through my foundation. One concealer from Inglot had the best formula, and the colour was so perfect that I almost cried, really I did. But, it turned whitish on me, and I don’t dare use it under my eyes. Plus for some odd reason, it gets these little black veins in it that scare the mess out of me, so I never use it.
I did have those problems with Fawn under the eyes as well, just not as badly as I normally do. I tend not to use it too much anyway, but I did use it for these pictures so you can see it in action. It doesn’t always work, particularly when I’m super tired, and my circles are more prominent. But when it does work, it’s flipping spectacular, and the way that I mostly use it is not just for under the eye. I will usually bring it down onto the tops of my cheekbones to brighten up my entire face. I find when I do that though it interferes with my highlighter some. So yeah, It’s not going to put my Sleek out of business any time soon, in fact I have one on the way from London as we…em…type?
In the pictures below, I’m only wearing my BlackUp Fluid Foundation in FL07, my favourite foundation cause it’s light and simply looks like my skin. It doesn’t provide a tonne of coverage though. I’d probably classify it as light-medium coverage at best. I’m also not wearing any concealer under the eyes.
You can still see the hyperpigmentation spots on my forehead and cheeks, the darkness around my mouth and the dark circles under my eyes. In the pictures below, I’m using Fawn under the eyes and Chestnut for spot correction and around my mouth. I did however forget to use it on my forehead, mostly because those spots have started to fade so I forgot about them. I was more concerned about the cheeks because I was about to do a blush look and I’ve found that my blushes look so much better when the spots are concealed and not providing a distraction.
Finished look with translucent powder, brows filled in and shaped, liner and mascara. You can still see the spots on my forehead, and my under eyes aren’t completely covered like it would be with the Sleek, but everything else is kinda flawless. Especially in comparison with the photos above.
This concealer is flipping excellent. It works better for spot concealer than every other concealer that I own because it doesn’t go white, and shamefully, they all cost on average at leas $15. This costs $2.99. I mean what else is there to say? With 18 colours, I’m sure almost everyone can find a colour for whatever they need from under eye brightening to spot concealing to contouring. At $2.49 (iKatehouse) you can totally afford to get a whole bunch of them to experiment with, in fact, iKatehouse has the entire set of all shades for $38.99.