I ran out of my favourite Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer, which I've already talked about here, here and here. So I promptly went out and purchased it for the fourth time, using a giftcard from Sephora to do so. But as always when buying this product in particular, I questioned its high price versus value and quantity. Instead of ripping into the new package, I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. Starting at the lowest range possible, I will work my way up from drugstore to high end in search of the perfect alternative. If such a thing is not to be found, the MUFE will always be there for me... right? Right.
My search led me to this Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer which was on sale at Pharma Plus for about CAD$5. As stated in my previous reviews of the MUFE concealer, I wear it in 340 Sand and it works well to cover undereye circles and blemishes. My undereye circles are not too bad, so I usually don't put on much concealer there if at all - sometimes a good foundation will work just as well. However, there are those days when you need a little something extra. The idea of a nice $5 concealer made me super excited.
Unfortunately it comes in only three shades. I am never the lightest, sometimes I match the second lightest at my palest during winter, so I picked the darkest shade which is 040 Soft Beige.
The product also claims to be a 2-in-1 concealer & highlighter. Great! It may perhaps replace the outrageously expensive YSL Touche Eclat as well. Its other claims are as follows:
"Banish signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area. With an oxygen complex. Lets skin breathe."
I'm happy with merely banishing the signs of fatigue. If it "illuminates," even better. But I'm ignoring the oxygen complex and breathing part as they're marketing embellishment BS. If I want my skin to breathe, I won't cover it up period.
Here's what it looks like with the cap off. It seems to be modeled loosely on the YSL Touche Eclat, with a brush tip/applicator.
However, this is a squeeze tube instead of a push-click. Either way, I don't mind.
What I can't get over is that this is the darkest shade offered. Even on me it looks quite light.
Let me take a moment to tell you that I'm being quite brave by putting up pics of my one very hooded eye in order to show you the effect of this concealer / highlighter / illuminator. This eye is a huge source of grievance as the other eye is nicely creased and much bigger in comparison. But for some reason I took shots of this eye. ANYWAY. Moving on.
As can be seen, not much of a dark circle. Just some slight bruising effect under the inner corner of the eye.
I took a liberal swipe all the way underneath. The concealer is slightly pink and too fair for my skin tone. I can't imagine how light the other two shades might be!
But when patted and blended in, the mismatch in shade doesn't seem too bad. In fact, it does illuminate. The coverage is light so it barely classifies as a concealer, but there's a marked difference when I wear it and when I don't. For a $5 product, it's not bad.
So, now that I have it in my possession, I'll use it until it's done. It's an okay product, but again, doesn't do much to cover major dark circles. In fact, it performs the way some people complain of the YSL Touche Eclat: that there's no concealing effect and that it's not worth the money. Well, $5 to "illuminate" is not a bad deal. While it certainly won't be replacing my MUFE HD Invisible Cover, it just might replace the YSL Touche Eclat which I'm not terribly fond of. Perhaps some other highlighter junkie/expert can defend the virtues of YSL, but that's an area in which I pay very little attention, so I just might be happy with the Rimmel for a while.
How do you feel about concealing and illuminating and what's your favourite undereye concealer? Discovered any good drugstore products lately?