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My search for a decent concealer - Chapter 1:
I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Arden's mineral foundation and Intervene moisturiser range, so when I was out shopping for a concealer, the Elizabeth Arden counter was my first stop.
They have 3 types of concealer available and this one I'd say was in the middle in terms of texture and coverage (there's a heavier cream one in a pot and a light highlighting pen type of concealer - most likely their answer to YSL's Touche Eclat and Dior's SkinFlash).
So I chose Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Concealer and off I went. I was pleased with my purchase at this point and the packaging, both the box and the tube, are elegant and sophisticated. (You know that buzz when you've bought something gorgeous and you generally just feel all happy?) I was certain that this would be a marvelous addition to my daily makeup.
My needs were simple:
1. Cover up and brighten my dark under eye circles
2. Brighten up skin around chin and nose
3. Cover / minimise the occasional blemish
I'm sad to say this concealer didn't really perform well on any of these points. And at £17 a tube I now feel very bitter on the whole concealer subject and I'm more inclined to try a cheaper option next time - to be on the safe side!
My main gripe is that it really, really settles into the fine lines around my eyes (at 24 years old I obviously have no wrinkles... but normal creases under my lower lids: yes) This concealer just makes them so obvious. And when you've spent the time to apply eyecolour, the last thing you need is your concealer going creasy or cakey under your eyes. It's not a good look. It has a very thin consistency and I wonder if this is what causes its awkward behavior?
I've tried using more, using less, using a primer, blending with my finger, blending with a brush, setting it with powder. It's no good.
In a vain attempt to make good use of the product I thought it would be ok elsewhere where I have no fine lines but it's no good anywhere else on the face either as it doesn't blend into the skin so well (quite possibly the colour is not spot on for my skin tone) and catches on any obvious pores or dry patches (clearly a flaw in the formula). Its undesirable effects are even noticeable under foundation. Terrible.
Elizabeth Arden - you've failed me this time!
If you're still interested in the product I recommend visiting the counter at a quiet time and having a good try and play with this product - I tried it out in store and thought it was a good product, and a good colour match. But in the end it's still another beauty boo boo.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Concealer works to reduce the appearance of dark circles and conceal fine lines and imperfections / '