After hearing good things about this drugstore cheap concealer I thought I'd give it a go. I was hoping that I'd be pleasantly suprised by the formula considering I'd heard some good reviews.
I primarily use this concealer as an everyday thing if I've got a dark or large spot/ scab to conceal. I begin by applying a layer of moisturiser, followed by my medium/low coverage foundation. After doing this I apply a small amount of this concealer on the back of my hand and use a small firm makeup brush to lightly brush a really thin layer of the formula over the desired area. I find that if you apply the concealer in a blob or directly onto the spot it just clings to the gaps or scab and doesn't actually end up concealing anything.
This seems to be the only way to successfully use this concealer as it just looks awful under the eyes. When applied on the under eye area it clings to any wrinkles (even if you don't usually have any!) and basically emphasises them dramatically, making you look much older and more tired than you really are . For the under-eye area it's better to use a thinner, more shimmery formula that won't weigh your skin down, emphasising unwanted bags.
To conclude I'd say that this concealer is ok if you know how to use it properly, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for under eye use as it just makes you look a whole lot worse.
Concealer is a must have in my makeup bag. I have been blessed with dark circles under my eyes that need some serious coverage, otherwise I just look so tired even if I have had lots of sleep. I normally use concealer sticks but thought I would give a cream concealer a chance, I wish I didn't now....
This product caught my eye whilst I was browsing the makeup in Boots, i needed a new concealer but i couldn't afford anything less than a fiver. This was £3.99 so fitted the bill. It promises to hide dark shadows and imperfections. Colour choice is quite limited, just the standard Light, Medium, or Dark and as i wanted to lighten and brighten my dark circles and i am as pale as snow i chose the light. I was in a rush so didn't have time to swatch it on my hand, but once i used it i thought the colour was good - not too orange or pink like i have found with other concealers.
Sadly, the colour match is about all that is good with this concealer. Its consistency is too runny to cover anything, it just disappears when blended into my skin. I tried patting it on to see if that would help but it didn't. Along with providing absolutely no coverage it actually made my undereye area look worse, and highlighted all the dryness i had.
One thing that annoyed me intensely was that after i had it for about a week ( i don't know why i kept it to be honest) if i touched it i would get black bits over my hand from the lid, it was like it was disintegrating. These bits on my hand would then transfer onto my face, not a good look! Not only that but my makeup bag was ruined as there were black bits everywhere.
From a previous review you will see i had a very bad experience with 17's foundation, i think from this most recent experience i am going to give the whole brand a miss from now on. Yes its cheap but that is exactly how i have found the products they sell, they are almost not fit for purpose.
Another one for the bin!
I find concealer a key staple to my make up bag. It covers up my dark circles in the morning, as well as hiding my spots and blemishes caused by my oily skin. Until recently, I had always bought drugstore, cheaper concealers such as this one from the brand 17. This was the last ever one I purchased for such a small price, and there is a good reason for this. Read on for a review on a disappointing concealer.
I always use foundation on top of concealer, therefore I am not too worried about how strong the coverage of the concealer is, because I know I will have another layer on top of this. I then apply powder too. After running out of my previous concealer, I popped into Boots to just pick up another. I have never really been fussy with concealer, as long as it is from a reputable brand. I can not stand the concealer sticks as I find them to be quite drying on spots and blemishes, therefore I always go for a concealer cream such as this one. This is from the brand 17, and it is their Hide Away concealer cream. It is only stocked in Boots stores and on their website. The retail price of this is £3.99. When I purchased this I'm sure there was some kind of deal on such as 3 for 2, which is why I ended up opting for this particular one.
I did not feel that £3.99 was expensive, and I was happy to pay this price. I knew it would not deliver miracles, but having been impressed with other 17 products, I thought it would at least give me a decent finish. The concealer cream comes in a tube very similar to lip gloss, as you can see in the image.
There is not much good to be said about this concealer in all honesty. One thing I did like was the applicator brush. I felt it distributed the concealer evenly under the eyes, as well as making it easy to dab on to spots and blemishes. Obviously, it does require blending in by finger tips.
The only other relatively good thing I could add is that it does work to some extent. If you have virtually no dark circles under your eyes, and you are lucky enough to have barely any blemishes - this could work for you. It does cover lumps and bumps to an extent, but it is simply not good enough for me.
The very first negative point I can say about this concealer is the poor colour range. This concealer cream is available in the shades 'Fair' and 'Medium'. Although it is fine for me being relatively fair skinned, I still find this appalling. Many women have darker, or olive toned skins and this would not be suitable for these ladies. 17 should really work on this.
When I opened up this concealer cream, I noticed that the texture of it was quite thick. I thought this was a good thing, because I have quite oily, blemish prone skin. The more coverage, the better in my opinion. However, this concealer when applied is just cakey and does not sit right on the skin. It feels thick on the skin, and looks awful after a few hours. It slides off and leaves a blotchy look under the eyes which is not good. I have also found it to be flaky when too much has been put on. It does absolutely nothing for spots, and leaves them looking worse than originally.
This is a disappointing concealer cream from 17. I would not personally recommend this, nor would I purchase it again. After using this product, I decided to invest in a much more expensive concealer (review coming up soon). I can not award one star, because with perseverance and a LOT of blending, you can get this concealer to work. But as someone who is often in a rush, I want something quick and effective to hide my dark circles and blemishes. Unfortunately, this concealer cream did not deliver.
I have always been a concealer person. Concealer is my go to product and I can't leave the house without it. I have tried many different types of concealers throughout the years and so I know when something is worth the money or not. If I remember correctly I bought this about a year and a half ago. I was in desperate need of concealer and so I rushed to Boots and picked up the first concealer that came in front of my eyes. I hadn't tried many items from the brand 17 except a lipstick which is my all time favourite so automatically I thought this will be good as well. I was wrong. Oh so wrong...
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
This is available in Boots and is priced at 3.99. Which is totally reasonable for the amount of product you get.
I chucked my one away a year ago but recently I went in to Boots to give this another try and I still hate this stuff. I applied this under my eyes because I have some severe panda eyes due to little sleep. I simply pat it on like any other concealer and it and then set it with a powder. Within 2 minutes and I'm not joking here, 2 minutes and the concealer has started to crease and look so cakey. So I immediately wiped it off and I just applied the concealer without the powder thinking the powder must have made it look cakey. Wrong. This time within 1 minute the concealer starts to move and slide down and worst of all the creasing is soo bad that it makes me look like I have wrinkles under my eyes. I tried everything to stop this from happening. I even used an eye primer underneath my eyes before applying this concealer and that just helped the concealer stay on for about 5 minutes. So at that point I realised this is probably not the right concealer for under the eyes.
So I decided to use this on my blemishes. As I have dry skin I thought this would be ideal as it is a cream formulation so it will be more moisturising. I popped this on a few random blemishes. This isn't a really pigmented concealer so I had to use quite a lot to cover up a small little spot. Which was disappointing as this made the areas around blemish all cakey and just horrible. At that point I realised that this concealer doesn't belong on my face but rather in the bin.
I have never hated a concealer so much as this one and I advised everyone out there to not even consider buying this product. You might as well flush 3.99 down the toilet if you buy this. There is nothing good about this product. The colour shades are limited and are too orangey. The consistancy is just not workable. This was hell on dry skin, if you have oily skin just imagine how horrible it would be on you. It creases and looks cakey. Will I buy this again? Definitely NO.