“ Brand: ELF Cosmetics / Type: Concealers „
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ELF do a lot of products, including this corrective concealer. This is a product from their studio range - on the same page is a second palette (called Corrective Concealer - Erase & Conceal) but this is a review for the original corrective palette as in the picture.
These palettes retail at £3.75 currently, this is for 5.4g which is a fair bit of concealer for average people. In this palette are a lilac shade (which is quite pinkish to me), a green shade as well as beige and nude shades - I'm actually unsure which is the lighter shade, but I think that's "beige". The palettes themselves look nice - it has a window to see the concealers but is otherwise a basic black with white writing on. Nothing exciting but on the other hand it won't draw attention.
It comes with a small brush - this should be good as the size is right for concealing, but truthfully it just cannot pick the product up well, what it does pick up it really doesn't hold onto - it's awful to blend with as it goes all on your face the minute you touch. It's not a bad little brush on its own though and is lovely for using with eyeshadows.
I have a light skin tone, really just above porcelain so I didn't expect to make use of the darker shade - the lighter shade is ok for my skintone, not ideal but that's really the fault of my skin, not a product issue.
The 2 skintone shades are to conceal problem areas, the green to conceal red/pink tones and the pink (sorry, lilac) to hide yellow hues.
The usefulness of the colours isn't as versatile as I hoped - I don't really have yellow hues often so while I've tried the lilac on the odd thing, I cannot say how effective it it. The green I've used and didn't find it very effective - the colour looks similar to other green concealers I've tried, but only seems at all effective on pinky tones, not the full on redness of acne or spots. Those same pinks will be hidden with anything over a sheer coverage foundation anyway - I wanted something extra for redness, and it does state in the description it's for "redness like that of acne". The lighter skin tone is fine colour wise - a little dark for my skin still, but should in theory be fine once foundation is on. I'd assume the darker is the same - I've just done a few arm swatches and there's no nasty orangeness to either colour.
This is what concealer is all about, be it corrective colours or just good old concealer for blemishes. And this is where this product isn't great. I had quite good hopes for it - it was only about £3.50 when I bought it but ELF are generally good. But this coverage is mediocre. It works on the mildest of blemishes - but no better than most foundations would anyway. It doesn't stay on very well either - no matter what I tried I found putting foundation (liquids or powders) over the top moved it out of place. It's a creamy consistancy so should work well, but somehow it just doesn't.
And it doesn't blend well either - the green becomes useless at this stage as if you use enough to cover the red, it will show through foundation and it looks very green. I've used several green correcters with differing results but this just isn't good. The rest of the colours aren't great for this - while by the nature of their colours less obvious, the lack of blending is always visible.
I've tried applying with brushes (yes, multiple) a sponge (seemed a good idea as it's not so liquidy as to be all absorbed) and fingers - the best method, but still mostly miss.
I have to say I was overall disappointed with this product. It gets 2 stars from me - it's cheap and may do the job very rarely for a few things so I can't quite bear to lower it to 1. But ultimately - I'd try one of their other concealers.