Product Type: Lacura makeup
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Giving YSL a run for money
Lacura Concealer Pen
Member Name: kubs1989
Lacura Concealer Pen
Advantages: light reflecting and illuminating, easy to appy
Disadvantages: Easy to overuse, click dispenser is slow to respond, hard to tell when its running out
So after hearing rave reviews about this product in the press a few years ago, I wanted to see if this product lived up to the hype. At just £3.59 for 2.8ml of product from Aldi, compared to YSL prices, I couldn't wait to try it. According to Aldi, the light-reflecting micro-pigments conceal shadows, lines and fine wrinkles around the eyes, pigment disorders are covered and surface irregularities of the skin are balanced out. The complexion looks smoother and more radiant. The special "NMF" - Natural Moisurising Factor active agent complex, based on high quality ingredients like amino acid, urea and alantonin, reduces dark shadows around the eyes and keeps the sensitive skin in the eye area soft and supple and stops it from drying out. The product is long-lasting , smudge-proof and suitable for all skin types. The soft brush applicator enables a very precise application and the ideal amount can be released with the push button applicator.
The concealer comes in 3 shades, Cashmere (light) Savannah (medium) and Amber (olive). The difficult thing is selecting an appropriate shade as there are no tester in the shop, so it's a case of guessing based on the small shade sample on the box! Luckily I chose correctly for me, I have light/medium skin and use Cashmere.
The product comes in a pen format with a click button applicator - much like its more expensive twin. With the first use of this product, I had to press the button a fair few times and was convinced that there was nothing in the pen! Then after about 30 seconds of pressing and cursing the light, pinky concealer emerged out of the bristles. The consistency of the fairly fluid is light, like double cream and it is soft but slightly chalky to the touch. The bristles on the pen are wonderfully soft and smooth and non-scratchy. The concealer blends well and illuminates and reflects light where it is applied. It doesn't completely cover my dark circles so it sometimes helps to apply a regular camouflaging concealer first and then add this afterwards. I don't tend to apply tonnes of this around my eyes, just a small amount to the corners, as over applying it can cause 'raccoon eye', where there is an obvious white glow around the eye. This product is particularly effective when used around the eyes and nose, but it does help to lightly disguise blemishes and spots.
This product lasts well on the face, at least 4-5 hours, but I do like to re-apply this now and again to give my skin a lift during the day. The concealer was easily removed with make-up remover and cleanser at the end of the day.
The problems with the click application remained throughout my time using this pen, it wasn't a huge deal, but I had to click around 4 times before any product came out - and then when it did I got an overload. I think this issue I have with the product may be partly due to my impatience!
I used this for around 2-3 months on a daily basis before it ran out - but it is difficult to know when this is going to occur due to the packaging. The pen gradually stops dispensing product, so you have a couple of days notice to get another pen! Throughout my time using this, not once did I experience any dryness, discomfort or irritation from this concealer.
Overall, I would recommend this product to those who like light reflecting concealers. I wouldn't recommend this to those who have a lot of blemishes or those with large dark circles, as this concealer won't completely hide them and may accentuate them. It does have some flaws, but the price out-weighs them. It think this is something most women should have in their make-up bag.
Summary: Not perfect, but not bad for £3.59