Having found a few surprisingly good products in the budget 2true make up range, I have been trying out several more items to see if there are any more gems. That's easy to do as the products are always on a buy 3 for £4.99 offer, and £1.99 each otherwise. One of my less successful buys is the one I am reviewing today - the Cover 'n' Conceal stick. This is, as you can probably tell, a concealer.
2true never seem to offer a huge choice of colours in any of their facial cosmetics, and this is no exception. There are 3 shades to chose from - light, medium, and dark. I usually opt for ivory shades of foundation etc, so I chose the light one. There wasn't a tester available, but there may be one in larger stores. On the brands website the colours are represented oddly - the light one that I have is depicted as looking pale pink. Thankfully it is not in reality!
Acording to 2true, the stick is easy to blend and "will hide imperfections for a seamless look for flawless faces".
Considering the low price, I was not expecting a fancy looking package. The concealor comes in a twist up lipstick like tube which does look quite plain and relatively flimsy. It isn't necessarily cheaper looking than the offferings from slightly more expensive brands such as Rimmel though. I am going to be the only one to see it, so I don't mind what it looks like on the outside.
The concealer itself looks like a soft, flesh coloured lipstick. I was immediately aware that it isn't as pale as I expected a light shade to be. There is a certain warmth to it, not exactly an orangeness but it does not blend seemlessly into my pale skin. As the next shade up is definitely too dark, this is a problem. I did however plan to use the concealor with powder and foundation which were enough to help it look natural enough for me to wear.
CONCEALING THE FLAWS
My main reason for wearing the concealer is to cover dark circles, and less often, spots and red marks. I applied it both directly to the skin, and with a brush at different times. It is creamy and quite soft so it does impart onto the skin well. However, it is also thick and this means it is not easy to blend however it is applied. It felt heavy and looked too thick when just lightly dabbed on to a spot. If anything it seemed to highlight the spots presence as it sits stubbornly on the surface, and attempts to blend it in just cause it to slip off. I found that in order to cover up any redness, so much needs to be applied that the area looks cakey and very unnatural. If I could have got a closer match to my skin, this would still have been the case I think. As for dark circles, it dealt with those fractionally better. They did not disappear entirely but were considerably lessened. I still felt the need to use a foundation over the top in order to achieve a truly flawless finish. When I applied the concealer at about 7am, I found that the cover up effects, such as they were, had vanished by 11am. This was a much shorter period of use than any other concealer I have tried. I have an oily t zone so I am used to products sometimes lasting less well for me than other people, but it didn't fare any better on my dry and normal areas either. Considering the effort I had to make to blend it in, this was annoying. I like stick concealers because I usually find them quick to use, especially for topping up during the day, but not this one.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE CONCEALOR?
If my skin was otherwise in good condition, I like to just cover any blemishes and leave off my foundation. As the concealer did not match well enough to be used alone, I could not do that with this one. Even had the match been closer, I think the thick texture of the stick would have still made it hard to achieve an easy flawless look. I think it is just too "cakey". It didn't completely conceal spots or circles, and the coverage it did give didn't last all day. For that reason, I am not going to try and and finish the stick up. If you could find a good match for your skin, it may be worth trying this out considering how cheap it is, but I think there are other cheap concealers that last longer and have a better texture. For that reason I don't recommend it.
[This review is also on Ciao under my user name.]
2true / Concealers