In the last couple of years I have started to develop some dark circles under my eyes. Even when I make sure to drink plenty of water and get enough sleep they are still there, so all I can do is try to cover them. I have tried quite a few different concealers with varying levels of success.
I first tried Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer in Sephora in America where I asked an assistant to test out a few different products on me in an attempt to find one with a good consistency and lasting power which was a good match for my skin tone. I was not sure if this was really as good as the assistant seemed to think, because he had just taken my makeup off with a wipe and tried the concealer without primer or other makeup, so I found it hard to imagine what it would really look like. As the assistant seemed sure it was the best match for me, I decided to give it a chance. I bought the Secret Concealer in shade 2 as part of the Undercover Pot, which includes 0.8g of Secret Concealer for under eye circles (compared to 2.2g if you buy the solo pot of Secret Concealer). In the other half it has 1.0g of Secret Camoflague for blemishes and underneath there is 4.9g of loose setting powder.
I use the Secret Concealer on top of my foundation. On the undereye area I first use a primer, followed by a light application of colour corrector to cancel out the dark circles (usually Benefit Erase Paste), foundation or tinted moisturiser and then finally I apply a small amount of the Secret Concealer. I only need a little bit as it is very creamy making it easy to blend to achieve good coverage, and it is quite highly pigmented so it instantly brightens the area. It is a good colour match for my fairly pale skin. I apply the Secret Concealer using the Laura Mercier Secret Camoflague brush. This is a thin, tapered brush so the small end of it enables accurate, precise application in small areas and does not waste product. I really recommend using this brush or a similar shaped concealer brush with the Secret Concealer. If you apply with fingers you will waste a lot of product and it won't look as neat. I then blend it out with an airbrush concealer brush from Sephora, and roll a little bit of the Laura Mercier loose powder over the under eye area using the Laura Mercier Camoflage Powder brush. This keeps the concealer in place all day and stops it from wearing off, a problem which I had with previous concealers. I have often had a problem with concealers creasing or settling into a fine line under my eye, but I have not experienced this with Laura Mercier. I think this is because such a small quantity is required, so it doesn't build up and start sliding around.
Price and Value:
This is quite an expensive product but personally I feel it makes a big improvement to my appearance, helping me to look awake and brighter every day, so for me it is worth every penny. The 2.2g Secret Concealer pot costs around £18 and can be bought from Space NK or John Lewis. I haven't seen Laura Mercier products anywhere else in the UK but they will also be obtainable online, possibly cheaper. Since such a little goes a long way with this, I estimate that a full size pot could last up to a year. I will definitely repurchase when mine is finished.
I have really dark circles under my eyes and have spent a long time trying to find the perfect cover up. Having tried many brands all to no avail I read about Laura Merciers Secret Concealer and thought it worth a try.
It comes in a cute little pot which is easy to carry around. I was recommended shade 1 the palest. I was quite surprised about how orange it is but once over the dark shadows it blends with my skin tone well. Don't be fooled by the size of the pot as the concealer itself is only in the top half. Not as much in there as I thought there would be.
My only criticism is that it really creases and that looks almost worse than the dark circles themselves. However after reading another review about putting powder over the top I tried this and it does help.
Whilst I think this is a pretty good concealer I'm not sure I'd buy it again - probably try something else to see if I can improve on the cover up and creasing issues.
I have unsightly eyes. This is due to the long hours I work, staring at the computer screen and having late nights. As a result my eyes lack radiance, they look tired and I have dark shadows. I do use eye cream but I need something that will cover my veins and dark circles. I have learnt one fact that there is no make up in the world which will give you 100% coverage and will look natural at the same time.
The natural looking concealers do not (usually) have a lot of coverage and the high coverage concealers make your eyes look dry and caked.
I walked past the Laura Mercier counter in Selfridges (again I need a slap on my wrist), a young and stylish girl asked me if I required help, initially I wooed her away but then we engaged in a conversation when I started asking her about concealers. She helped me chose a concealer best suite to my tone.
Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer is beautifully packaged in a brown but shiny pot, which is light and easy to carry. It has a twisty lid so it cannot mistakenly flap open and is small enough to carry in your bag or pocket. This little concealer goes everywhere with me as it such a versatile product. Also now there are more colours to select from.
This concealer is designed mainly for under eye use or to cover discolouration as this glides on easily and moisturises. I would not recommend using this on spots as this is moisturising and may aggravate the spot.
The creamy textured concealer has active ingredients, which are Vitamin E, A and Petrolatum.
Vitamin E - This provides moisture to skin, prevents moisture loss and has natural antioxidant properties, which provide protection from external aggressions (except UV).
Vitamin A - Provides antioxidants and is anti-aging. Improves skin elasticity.
Petrolatum and Wax - Provides instant and long-term moisture, but unfortunately Petrolatum has long term drying properties.
Other ingredients in the No. 3 Concealer:
Petrolatum, Lanolin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Paraffin, Propylparaben. +/- [May contain]: Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Ultramarines (Cl 77007).
The No.3 Secret Concealer has a warm medium beige colour with a pink tint. The pink counteracts dark circles, which are usually a dark blue in colour.
After you have applied your skin care (and/or foundation), dip your ring finger in but only taking out a little bit, warm between both ring fingers and then smooth it into the skin, either by pat and glide or just gliding it straight on. If you require a little more coverage, repeat the steps again. You can use a concealer brush but advise for a cleaner and smoother finish, smooth it in with your ring finger.
When I looked at my eyes it had done a fantastic job, my eyes looked radiant and refreshed also the concealer had light reflecting particles (no it is not glitter), which brightened the eye area immediately. It didn't cover all the flaws but it did cover most and gave a natural everyday finish. The skin around my eyes felt hydrated and the product did not irritate my eyes.
A couple of hours later I checked and the product was there, coverage still in place but it had creased. After this I started using a little bit of pressed powder to stop the creasing.
The Laura Mercier Secret Concealer does not have a mirror which means you will have to carry a compact one.
I use the concealer in various places such as the nose to cover redness, around the arch of the eyebrows so it defines the eyebrows and around the lips to give a perfect shape to them. This concealer is little but goes a long way.
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (0.08 oz./2.2g) is £18.
You can find Laura Mercier in most department stores and SpaceNK.
Go online to Harrods or Liberty to order or visit your nearest counter for advice what colour is best for you.
I tend to try new products that catch my eye, but have certain ones that I stick with as they are the best. This is one of them. Laura Mercier secret concealer. I love the little pot it comes in, the colour is great for around my eye area and it is not at all drying or cakey. I got mine in Space NK (currently £17.62) before it was so well known, but it is now sold in House of Fraser and other top cosmetic departments. This is specifically for the eye area due to the creamy texture which hides those dreaded dark circles, you woudl use the secret camouflage for the rest of your face. I would recommend going in to try your shade first as buying online without seeing it is always a risk. This little pot lasts for ages and you don't need to apply a lot as it gives great coverage. Laura Mercier is a renound make up artist and her products have the feel of being luxurious and professional. Once you try them you will not go back.
Laura Mercier is truly the Queen of creating perfect skin and the Secret Concealor is no exception! I have very dark circles under my eyes so was more than happy to try this. I worked as a Laura Mercier make-up artist so had the privilege of trying a lot of her products. Firstly I love the cute little pot. Secondly I love the creamy consistency of this concealor. It is best applied with a brush due to the way it is packaged (in fact take a tip from a pro ladies you will always get better coverage if you use a brush to apply your concealor - its more precise and you use less product so it lasts longer). The concealor has light reflective properties and goes on smoothly and evenly around the eyes. For more coverage you can mix it with the Laura Mercier secret camouflage but even on its own you will find it makes the eye area look much brighter and more evenly toned.
This concealor is best for under the eyes and any areas you wish to highlight and even out - around the nose, around the mouth etc. This is not a good concealor for spots as it highlights (not what you want to do to a spot) but its great for what it is intended for and lasts really well once set lightly with powder. I found that my dark circles looked a lot less prominent and the concealor was easy to blend and a pleasure to use. The product doesn't last you as long as the Secret Camouflage and is pricey but it's a great concealor that almost justifies its large price tag.
My mum asked me for ideas for stocking fillers at Christmas, and I told her I needed a new concealer. I expected her to just pick me up something from Boots, but instead she asked my sister to tell her the name of a good concealer and my lovely sister replied "Laura Mercier".
Laura Mercier's skin products often receive rave reviews in magazines. Her "secret camouflage" concealer is considered by beauty editors and make-up artists to be the best, and I've read so many good reviews of her tinted moisturiser that I'm quite tempted to try it out. When I saw this little concealer in my stocking, I was very pleased to see its face, because now I could test it to see what all the fuss was about.
It comes in a little dark brown sleek pot, and lid screws on and off. It looks very chic and aesthetically is a nice addition to any stylish make-up bag, if that's all you are interested in.
When I unscrewed the lid for the first time, I felt a little reluctant to use the concealer. This is not because I didn't want to spoil it, but because the colour just looked a bit unsuitable. My complexion is the same as Eva Longoria's- a pale olive which can tan well, with yellow undertones- and this concealer seemed a bit too apricot tinged for my liking. The shade my mum had got me was shade 2, which according to the Laura Mercier website is a "light intensity with warm undertones". There are only 3 shades in the range, and of the 3 shades number 2 is the most suitable for me, but it is by no means a perfect match. Anyway, after a quick visit to House of Fraser to ask a beauty counter lady if shade 2 was definitely the one for me - and being looked up and down snarkily before being told "yes" - I trotted off home to try the concealer out.
Now, I just assumed that this concealer was for blemishes, because I have become so accustomed to using light reflecting pen concealers for under the eye area. Because of this, I was using the concealer to even out my skin tone by covering any slightly red areas of skin. I was getting really angry with it because the consistency is extremely creamy, so I couldn't get it to stay put and it was only providing a thin layer of coverage, which is not good enough when you have a PMT induced beast of a spot on your chin.
I was cursing the concealer and telling it that I couldn't believe it was so rubbish. I told it that even my crap concealer from Boots no17 was better. Then I started to wonder if secret concealer was perhaps only intended for the undereye area- that would explain its creaminess. A quick google search confirmed that the purpose of this concealer is indeed to cover up dark circles under the eyes.
Armed with this knowledge, I tested the concealer on a morning after a big party the night before. My dark undereye circles were the perfect level of "just been punched" to merit trying a fancy new concealer on them. And do you know what? It is actually quite good. It blends very well, and its creaminess ensured that my undereye area didn't dry out. After being set with a dusting of powder, it stayed on well throughout the day. However, the colour definitely isn't ideal for me. It would be perfect for someone who is very slightly tanned, with pink undertones, but if you have any yellow undertones then this concealer - while not looking completely ridiculous - won't be a perfect match for you. I also still prefer to use a light reflecting concealer, because this type generally makes you look fresher provided it is used sparingly.
If you go to a make up counter and find that either of the 3 shades of this concealer are good for you, then I would certainly recommend buying it. At £18.50 it certainly isn't cheap, but I can tell from the consistency of it that it would last a good while. It is just a shame that it isn't available in more shades!
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