The Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer is a product that has developed a pretty big following on YouTube and with beauty bloggers in both the UK and US because of its exceptional performance and (very) low price point. Just recently the brand came into the Philippine market (available at SM department stores and Landmark’s beauty section) and thankfully the prices have stayed nice and affordable. I picked this up for 299.00 Php at Landmark about two weeks ago and have been using it daily ever since. So, does it really provide the “ultimate wear” of concealer for up to 16 (!!) hours?
The K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer is amazing. It comes in three types: 01 natural beige, 02 yellow beige, and 03 orange beige. Each is formulated not only to cover up dark circles, but also to address the three main problems that cause dark circles. Type 1 works to moisturize your skin (this is what I have! No more flaky under eyes!), type 2 counteracts dullness to brighten the area, and type 3 remedies poor blood circulation and covers up blood vessels around tired eyes. I still use my MUD Blue Corrector, but I put this over top when I’m feeling/looking extra tired.
The Zero Kuma concealer is great for medium to light skin tones, but those with darker skin tones may have a difficult time using it. Being a Japanese brand, I’m not surprised that they just came out with universal shades. However (and this is especially true with type 3), these work more like correctors than concealers, meaning they primarily address discoloration as opposed to providing opaque coverage, so if you apply a thin layer, they should work on many skin tones. The SA I was talking to at Beauty Bar told me that with regular use these concealers reduce the appearance of dark circles and the idea is that after some time you won’t have to use as much concealer, if any at all. Hmm, that’s quite a claim! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go completely without concealer, but I love this one all the more for making such a bold claim. Plus it just tells you how much effort they put into making it a remedy and not just a plain concealer.
So if you’re a medium to light skinned girl, definitely give one of these a try! You can swatch them at Beauty Bar, so you won’t have to blind-guess the best shade for you. They go for 850.00 php, which is not bad considering this tube has a hefty 13g of product in it and you only use a tiny bit. I will also sneak this in here: I like it better than the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer, which dries me out and is mega expensive! Ha, there. I said it.
I thought I was going to write a three-liner about this at most, but when I love something I do tend to ramble. Love, love, love indeed. ♥
Ever heard of the trick of lining your waterline with white eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger/more open? It’s a nice effect, but sometimes using a stark white on the waterline can make your eyes look a bit yellow in comparison, especially if you don’t have a full face of make-up on. Beige or champagne-coloured eyeliner can do the trick in a much more natural-looking way.
My dream champagne-coloured liner is from Make Up Forever and it costs close to 1000php, so when I came across this Nichido pencil concealer (yup, not an eyeliner!) at Watsons I thought that it would be worth a try! For under 200php (134.00 to be exact) this is a fraction of the price of a MUFE liner!
There were three shades to choose from, namely: beige, neutral, and natural. I picked out “natural” which was the most neutral of the three, as “neutral” leaned towards the pinkish side and “beige” was more of a yellow shade. It’s meant for use as a concealer but as I mentioned, I haven’t used it for that purpose (nor will I, as I have a good spot concealer already). I’m happy to report that it works nicely on the waterline since it is supposed to be water resistant and it’s easy to apply because it’s in pencil form.
The tip is soft enough. It’s not so hard as to become a threat to the safety of your eyes nor is it soft enough to smudge all over or deposit too much product. I’ve tried Nichido eye pencils before and they have improved their formula over the years.
It isn’t perfect, but I do like this product for the alternative use I’ve employed it for. The thing I like the least about it is that it smells like a coloured pencil— as in the type used for actual drawing and coloring. Haha! But the smell does not linger and I can live with it.
Swatched on my hand, you can barely see it, which is ideal! Very happy I decided to try this out. I’m a sucker for a bargain!
Any cheap thrills you’ve come across lately? :) Do share!