“ Type: Brushes / Brand: E.L.F / Subcategory: Pen „
e.l.f.'s concealer pencil and brush is another product I purchased from them last year. E.l.f. stands for eyes lips face and they are an American company that produces cheap cosmetics to buy online.
I am lucky in that I don't get a huge amount of spots, probably because my skin is so dry, but when I do get them I prefer to cover them up. This concealer appealed to me because it claims to contain a medicated formula of salicylic acid and tea tree oil which will help clear the spot as well as cover it. They call it 'on the spot treatment'. Very amusing.
The concealer itself comes in pencil form, and the black casing is the same design as a few of the other products I bought from the e.l.f. studio range, namely the shape and define lip pencil and the eyebrow lifter and filler. The names of the products are printed on the pencils in white, but still when you're rummaging through your make-up bag it can be easy to pick up the wrong thing.
The pencil is double ended, on one side you have the concealer pencil and the other you have a brush to blend it with. There is a lid on each end and one of the lids contains a pencil sharpener which I think is a really handy little feature, and perhaps not one I would have expected to find from a budget brand, so I was pleasantly surprised.
There are three shades available: Fair, Light and Medium. Being paler than pale I opted for Fair which is the lightest of the three. It's always a bit of a gamble when buying make-up online, but I am quite pleased with the shade and it matches my skin tone quite well.
Application is very easy, you simply apply the pencil over any marks or blemishes and then use the brush to blend. The pencil is fairly chunky and it really glides over the skin easily. It is easy to blend too but I've found it's much easier to blend with my fingers than with the brush. The brush is quite a rounded full bristled brush, and because the concealer is in pencil form and not fluid in any way, it seems to merely stick to the bristles, making it pretty much useless.
I find that it has quite a waxy texture but it doesn't feel heavy on my skin and quite importantly doesn't just 'sit' on top of spots making them look more obvious as some other brands do, it simply covers them and makes them look less obvious. It doesn't look caked on which is another bonus for it.
I do find this provides fairly good coverage for under-eye circles, however saying that I very rarely use it that way as applying it seems to drag on the skin there a little and I think it is more suited for covering blemishes.
The concealer seems long lasting, I usually use it together with my foundation, although I have been known to use it alone and it rarely needs to be re-applied.
As for actually clearing blemishes with its medicated formula, well I can't claim to have noticed that at all. In fairness I'm lucky that my spots tend to disappear fairly quickly anyway, and whilst this could be doing something in all honesty I find it very difficult to tell.
This product costs £3.50 and can only be purchased at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk
Overall this is a good product. I think it would be better just as a plain pencil without the brush, and although it has quite a few downsides, I would still recommend it for covering spots.