“ Brand: Lily Lolo / Conceal unwanted blemishes & smooth away imperfections. / What it does: Smoothes, „
From a quite a long time I was searching for a good cosmetic to cover up my redness on cheeks and overall, I tried many products, concealers, correctors etc. I've heard somewhere about Lily lolo brand and started to read...and watch films on Youtube. I was quite surprised when I saw they have two colours of correctors in the range, yellow (that was normal) and green! I know that green corrector is used to neutralize redness but I've also heard many bad opinions about zombie effects or ill effects.
This time I decided to give it w go and together with other Lily Lolo products I bought it for about £8. I hoped it was good because didn't want to spend more money for experiments...but I'm shocked and positively surprised!
First impression when you open a package is very positive. Nicely designed, very well done packaging contains 4g of the product. Corrector has kind of sieve that allow product to be applied, and it can be locked that prevents product from shunt. I think it's very handy and keeps your make up bag clean and tidy.
I apply it with a stampling brush, but any soft brush will do. You need a small amount of product at once.
Corrector is great for covering redness, believe me it works! it is very light and doesn't create a mask, it doesn't give a zombie effect at all and it doesn't clog pores! For me it's perfect, I can't see any minuses, I love this product and will recommend it to everyone.
I am a huge fan of Lily Lolo mineral make-up. It is the only thing that doesn't irritate my sensitive, acne prone skin. I use there foundation, bronzer, concealer and finishing powder. I recently purchased the Cover up in shade blush away, this is a green tinted concealer which is to combat redness, acne and other blemishes. It encompasses natural healing properties.
-- Packaging --
I love Lily Lolo's packaging because it is simple and always easy to dispense the desired amount of product. This comes in a 4g sifter pot, the lid unscrews and is really useful for tapping your product into before then applying with a brush. The container is also see through which makes it easier to see how much product is left.
-- Price --
I find the price to be extremely reasonable at varying between £7 and £8. As you only need a little bit of the product at a time, I assume this would last a long time just like the foundation has done in the past for me.
-- Application --
To apply this I simply tap a little bit into the lid, I apply using a concealer brush, making sure to tap off any excess so my face doesn't look too powdery. This is really easy to build up the coverage especially if you have a lot of redness, acne or scaring. This can take a little while to get used to buffing it in properly, as it does tend to leave a green tint to the areas applied, but once you've done it a few times it just comes naturally. I also tend to apply this before my foundation, just so that when I do come to apply my foundation if there is a green tint, the extra buffing tends to hide this easily so don't worry to much.
-- Available shades --
Blush away - Great for redness, acne and scaring
Peepo - Great for dark circles under the eyes
-- Effect --
I find this corrector absolutely brilliant and the best thing I have ever used to cover up my redness and acne scarring. It blends in perfectly once you get used to having to buff it in. When I first bought this I was a little worried as I could never seem to get the green powder to blend to the colour of my skin, but once I watched a video on Lily Lolo's website I learned how to buff it in perfectly using small, circular motions. I have definitely noticed the difference to the appearance of my skin even without make-up since I started using this, which I believe is to do with the included healing properties. The amount of breakouts I get has been reduced considerably which is great as I only have to use a small amount of this product of faded scars. The coverage is brilliant as it is easily built up, it covers everything which is perfect and really makes a difference when you apply your foundation. My skin looks healthier and has a beautiful glow that I haven't seen since before my teenage years. I have had problems with make-up only lasting a couple of hours before my face starts to go shiny and imperfections start to show through, but with this I can go without reapplying or touching up my make up all day, as the lasting power is absolutely fantastic. I can see this pot lasting a really long time as a little goes a very long way, you really do get the most out your money.
-- Final thoughts --
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has skin insecurities such as redness, acne and scaring as this is great for covering up all those imperfections and hopefully in the long run making your skin healthier. Great price for a great product!
Lily Lolo coverup (specifically Blush Away) is really the best concealer type product I've used for a long time. As a freakishly pale red head, I suffer with the annoying side affect of having milk bottle white skin...the terrible blushes. If I get hot or embarassed my face turns fire engine red, which I'm sure we can agree is not the best look. I've tried green cover up before which has done nothing more than make me look as if I haven't washed for a few weeks, so with much trepidation I decided to give Lily Lolo a go after seeing it in a magazine.
I apply it sparingly with one of the big kabuki brushes every morning before putting on my normal foundation. Its not as green as the other cover ups I've tried, but it leaves my skin looking the colour it should be. I wore it all through summer and through hot and sweaty nights out and it stays put, keeping the redness at bay. I've never had to cake it on, a quick sweep is enough to hide everything. I can honestly say that this has really changed my life (in a very small way!) as I no longer have to feel paranoid. If I'm on a night out I'm not frightened to look in the mirror because I know my skin still looks good. It doesn't dry me out or make me look like a ghost, and my freckles still show through. Its also great for brushing onto angry red spots for concealing them. It lasts all day and doesn't look unnatural. Yes its quite pricy, but I have used it pretty much every day for 7 months and got through only a pot and a half so its not as bad as you would think.
So on to the downsides. I find it does tend to clump a little if I have any dry skin patches (nothing a quick exfoliation can't fix) and I have to dust a lot more after applications as what ever I do this powder does get everywhere! I would recommend applying it before you get dressed.
However, I can't live without it!
Lily Lolo Blush Away cover-up is an indispensable product from my mineral foundation face routine preparation.
This product is a powder that comes in 20ml sifter jar with 4 grams of product. This powder can last for ages, is only necessary a small amount of the product in order to achieve coverage.
This powder is green but does an amazing job covering spots or general red skin discoloration.
How to use it from my point of view, of course you can get even more creative:
After you moisturise you can use a concealer brush in order to apply the product to the desired area. Then you can go on and apply the mineral foundation. Sometimes ,if like me you apply three layers of foundation thinly with a kabuki brush, then the cover up could be buffed away so you should take care that before you apply the last layer of foundation you add a bit more cover up.
Another way, is if that you have a large area to cover then you can apply it with a kabuki brush right before you apply the minerals foundation powder.
The best thing about this is that it has the minimum of natural ingredients so no worries about extra filler and unnecessary chemicals.
I have 2 of the cover ups from Lilly lolo Blush away and peep-o and have very different opinions of both
Blush away I love, some times I use this instead of foundation if I just want a really light coverage. This is a matt green concealer (sounds strange I know) which is really effective at covering up redness, whether it red cheeks or red spots this it the item to make them disappear. Applied with the same Super Kabuki as for the foundation (synthetic hair £14) to prove a general cooling of redness or with the Synthetic Concealer Brush (£5) for more directed coverage.
Peep-O is yellow, and my skin is pink toned. I didn't see this until i caught myself in some bathroom strip lighting and realized I'd been walking around with yellow strips under my eyes. Not a good look! on the plus side it did cover up the dark patches, so the fault is mine and not the products, applied with the concealer brush gives good long lasting coverage.
Stuff you want to know....
Tubs 4g for £7
samples are 1/4 teaspoon in a bag for only 49p!
Ingredients; Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue (blush away only)
Lily Lolo sells only mineral make-up products, with all natural ingredients and only as many ingredients as necessary. Many of the 'mineral' products that have emerged in the past few years don't stay as true to the mineral definition as Lily Lolo. They're a company to be trusted in this sense, especially as mineral products is ALL they sell.
There are 3 different shades of concealers from Lily Lolo - light (Blondie), light-medium (Nude) and medium (Caramel). There are also two correctors - Blush Away (a green powder for eliminating red areas) and PeepO, which is what this review will focus on.
PeepO is a yellow powder that's formulated to balance out the blue tones in your skin, specifically the dark areas under your eyes. It comes in a 20ml sifter jar for £7, and as you only need a little bit each time you use it, the product lasts ages.
This product works really well. I apply a few dots underneath the eyes and then blend with a brush or my fingers, and it smoothes so easily into my skin and the colour tones down well. Dark circles are never a problem since I've started using this product, and the one application tends to last me most of the day.
As with all mineral products, I do find that it's quite messy and I end up with yellow specs over my clothes so I'll echo the advice I gave in my foundation review - use it before getting dressed!
You can order small samples of PeepO and all other of their concealer products for 49p each on lilylolo.co.uk
I recently ordered several samples from Lily Lolo, and three of them were concealers. I decided to try "Blondie", "Blush Away", and "PeepO". They were 49p each for a quarter of a teaspoon in a ziploc bag, which will last a long time although how long depends on how much they need to be used.
I apply these concealers after applying my moisturiser. I have found that it is very important when using mineral make-up that you use a moisturiser that sinks in properly and does not create a film on your skins. I use "Vanishing Cream" from Lush and once I mastered the art of using the right amount very sparingly I've found it works brilliantly with this make-up. I leave it ten minutes to sink in and then I get going with the concealer.
I only have one brush at them moment for concealer, a small cheap eyeshadow brush (not one of those sponge things, they really don't work for this stuff!), so I apply my concealers in the way that I think keeps each colour the most pure.
I start with "PeepO". I have found this more effective on the dark part under my eyes than anything else, but unfortunately it's still not perfect. It's a yellow concealer to counteract the blue and purple skin under the eyes and it does quite a good job however I do have to be very sparing with it as it can look yellow and powdery if I'm not careful. I like to carefully brush some "Blondie" over the top to make it look less obvious. All these concealers have to be used extremely sparingly - if you can see lumps of concealer on your brush that's too much, you want a thin dusting.
"Blush Away" is the next to be applied, again very sparingly (too much will come out white), on top of my spots. I love this stuff. It is amazing. My face looks about 70% less red thanks to this.
Finally I apply "Blondie" to correct any accidental over-use of the other concealers (easy to do) and to apply on my nose in general as it is always slightly red and "Blush Away" looks too obvious over such a large space!
I probably won't buy a full size pot of "Blondie" and will just use the foundation instead. It is slightly too dark for my pale skin and is not that effective or useful compared to the other two products. I am hooked on the other two, however, as they make my skin look a lot better than it did before with the liquid products I used to use.
A while back I bought a selection of Lily Lolo samples from the website, firstly I'll start by saying I think that it is a great idea to be able to purchase samples of products at low prices. I wish everywhere did this as it for one helps you sample more products for your money, but also it means you've not lost out much if you don't like a product, and you can see if it is worth spending on the full size product.
I had mixed success with my Lily Lolo samples. I despised the foundation but I loved the Stardust illuminating powder. I bought three concealer samples, for a mere 29p each. The ones I bought were Blondie Cover Up, Blush Away and PeepO.
Blondie is your lightest shade concealer, suitable for paler skin tones. There are also two more shades (Nude and Caramel) for darker skin tones, and because these concealers are in mineral powder form, if one colour does not suit your colouring you can mix two to make the right shade for your skin, which is a definite bonus.
Blush Away is a green concealer, which is used to counteract redness in the skin - be it if you have rosy cheeks or to tone down the redness of a particularly bad spot.
PeepO is a yellow concealer and is used for counteracting dark under eye circles.
I had varying success even amongst these concealers, it really is strange how Lily Lolo can make some things so abysmal and something's really great. I usually find I can largely rely on a brand to be consistently good or bad but that is not the case here.
My favourite of the three is PeepO. This is really great in many ways. Other than Benefit's Boi-ing, this is the best under eye concealer I have used coverage wise. Put this stuff over your dark circles and they won't just have faded, they will be completely covered. Before getting my Boi-ing at Christmas, PeepO was a must use for me on my dark circles. I find that most undereye concealers just don't do the job.
PeepO is far from perfect however. It does leave the area where you dark circles was looking, well, yellow. Additional cover up will need to be applied over the top. Given that it is a powder concealer, then liquid concealer couldn't be applied over the top or it will congeal and go all patchy and generally just look a mess. This means you really need to have a powder concealer, or perhaps even just powder over the top of it to cover the yellowness.
Another down point is that despite Lily Lolo's somewhat absurd claim that their products help hide fine lines and wrinkles, they do just the opposite of that. If you have so much as the faintest of lines around your eyes then this will crease around them and basically highlight them. I've discovered wrinkles I never even knew I had since using this product. Given that I have relatively young skin (in the grand scheme of things) the fact that it makes my eyes look wrinkly, and the fact that most people do have lines around their eyes even if they are wrinkle free elsewhere, that means you might not love this product.
Overall I did really like PeepO, it is one of the best things for hiding dark circles, but I had to be very careful to only get it on the dark bits and avoid any lines like the plague or I aged myself about twenty years. I probably won't buy it again because nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to Benefit's Boi-ing but it is an option to consider when the budget is too tight to allow any Benefit purchases.
In second place we have Blondie. This bit of the review would also I think apply to the other two shades of the 'normal' concealer. I found that this gave okay coverage, nothing exceptional. Definitely not enough to make me want to buy it again. The powder formula looked very dry on my skin although it didn't thankfully give the talc effect that the foundation gave. It was however a dry, powdery look. I do believe I could have got as good coverage just from a normal face powder. I found that because of the powder formula it again, highlighted any fine lines and wrinkles and aged me a lot. It also didn't work as a spot concealer as it just made any imperfections look (I'm sorry for the image I'm about to give you but) crusty. Crusty skin is not the look I'm going for believe me. The powder formula is also highly incompatible beneath any liquid products, so kiss goodbye to highlighters and the like.
Lastly we have Blush Away. I had high hopes for Blush Away as I actually think green concealers are great. I have a cream one from my college course and when you have one of those spots that are practically flashing "Look at me! Look at me!" in bright red neon, they really make all the difference in hiding them, than just plain old skin coloured concealer. After applying it it does take the red away, although obviously, like with PeepO you are going to need to apply a skin coloured concealer over it to take away the greenness and of course this will have to be a powder as creams won't work. The problem here is that on spots, it just provides a crusty, horrible look that actually draws attention to the spot instead of hiding it. If this was used to hide rosy cheeks it may work better however you cheeks will be incredibly dull then as you wouldn't be able to apply any cream blushes, Benetint, or highlighter. If you use powder blush and like a matt finish then this would possibly be okay underneath. I would rather get a cream green concealer personally.
All in all there is nothing I would re-buy here with the exception of the possibility of PeepO. I got the sample sizes for a mere 49p each and they each come in ziplock bags with enough to last you for many applications. It's hard to say how many but I've had probably ten out of mine and still have plenty left. I suppose it depends how much you need to cover up on your face to begin with though. You can buy full size pots for £7 which contain 4.5g of product. All the products need to be purchased from the site but postage is cheap (£1) and quick (a few days) and the company were easy and reliable to order off.
***Who are Lily Lolo and what exactly are Mineral cosmetics in general?***
Lily Lolo are an internet based company selling only mineral cosmetics including brushes and sponges etc. Their range includes mineral foundations, cover ups, blushers and bronzers, eye colours and lip and nail
colours.Their web address is: www.lilylolo.co.uk
Mineral cosmetics are pure crushed minerals containing no harsh chemicals, dyes or fillers, are gentle on the skin and contain zinc oxides which have healing properties - perfect, they say, for those who suffer breakouts or have sensitive skin.
My review concerns the Lily Lolo Cover up, which is described as a concealer for hard to cover areas such as spots and blemishes.I decided to try it because, now in my late fifties, I have developed small, broken capillaries over my cheeks which one would usually associate with over-indulgence in gin but as I don't drink I can only assume it comes with the territory after exposing my English Rose complexion to a harsh and unforgiving Scottish climate for the past thirty years, despite daily smotherings of moisturiser and foundation. Oh yes, and age! Trying to cover up those little red veins with an extra layer of foundation just wasn't working. I've tried other specialist cover ups like Dermablend but found them to be far too thick and heavy.
Because Lily Lolo offer very reasonably priced samples I reckoned that at 99p for a quarter teaspoon sample packed in a little Ziploc bag (which is enough for a good few days experimentation) then I wouldn't break the bank if the product didn't work.
***What Lily Lolo says about Cover Up***
Conceals blemishes and gently smoothes away imperfections. More densely pigmented than the Lily Lolo foundation formula for maximum coverage.
***Well, does the hype live up to the claims?***
Absolutely, yes. I was extremely pleased with the results I achieved.
(1) Using the Cover Up on clean, moisturised skin: The result I achieved was a natural cover over the offending areas on my cheeks. Building up the thin layers (two or three) gradually, I watched as the red capillaries faded to almost nothing.
(2) Using the Cover Up on moisturised skin and a thin layer of my usual liquid foundation:
Even better. Because of my age, my complexion needs a helping hand in the brightening department. For this, I use one of the liquid foundations by L'Oreal. (I did try the mineral foundation) but didn't like the result.
*** How to apply ***
Once I've applied my liquid foundation and allowed it to settle for a minute, I then apply the Lily Lolo Cover Up (in the shade Nude Cover Up) over my cheeks and chin area.
Using my cheapo Kabuki brush (details later) or a short bristled brush which came with a blusher compact, I apply a couple of thin layers.
Tip a small amount of powder into a clean saucer, pick up powder with brush, swirl the brush into the saucer to ensure an even covering over the surface of the brush. Don't load too much onto the brush at once; a little goes a long way.
Gently tap the base of the brush on a flat surface to settle the powder into the bristles, this will prevent you from applying too much powder and getting a dry or chalky look.
Apply using small circles over the area which needs cover. In my case, I start at the side of my nose and gently apply the powder in small circles up to my temples.
This method of application takes a little getting used to, especially if you have ever applied face powder using a large brush. The method of that application and the method of applying the mineral powder is different but, once you know how, the results are excellent.
You could also use a Kabuki brush. These have been developed specially for the application of mineral foundation products. They are priced at £14 from Lily Lolo but are available elsewhere at various prices. I do have one, but it only cost me 99p as a special deal elsewhere. It's not of the highest quality but it's good enough for my use. I begrudge spending out more for a brush than the product it's designed for.
*** What are the results/how does the product compare to traditional concealers?***
I might mention here that in the Lily Lolo product description for the Cover Up, it says: "All the concealers can be mixed with foundations for those who require "very heavy coverage all over". I really don't think that the coverage I achieved when applying the Cover Up over my liquid foundation resulted in 'very heavy' coverage.
Compared with other traditional concealers I've used, providing you take care and apply the product lightly, Lily Lolo Cover Up gives excellent results.
I don't suffer from acne or other blemishes so I can't report on the coverage of that type of blemish, but certainly, the product will 'wipe away' the redness.
One thing I must say is that the product does give a matte finish, which I don't like. That tends to look very dull. So, to finish off my makeup, I use the Lily Lolo Blush (also reviewed) and a light sweep of my usual Body Shop Buff balls and this adds a slight sheen over the cheek and chin areas.
*** Staying power ***
I find that the Cover Up lasts all through the day and still appears fresh in the evening.
***The shades available***
Light: Blonde Cover Up A matte light concealer suitable for pale skin tones. Can be mixed with the paler toned foundations.
Light/Medium: Nude Cover Up A matte light-medium coloured concealer. Can also be mixed with light-medium toned foundation .
Medium: Caramel Cover Up: A matte medium coloured concealer. Can also be mixed with medium and tan shades of foundation.
The Cover Up products contain: Kaolin Clay, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides.
*** Price ***
Samples sizes of Cover Up = 99p
Full sized (4.5g in a 20ml sifter jar) = £7
P&P =UK Orders weighing up to 50g = £1 (although I have only ever paid 85p at the checkout for both sample and full sized products)
Full details of products and p&p details can be found on the web site (www.lilylolo.co.uk)
*** Finally ***
As mentioned in my other Lily Lolo reviews, I have picked three of the FAQs from the Lily Lolo website which might answer your immediate queries:
Are your products allergy-free?
Whilst our products are as simple as possible in formulation and made from the gentlest ingredients we can find no one product (or ingredient) is guaranteed to be allergy-free for everyone.
Do your products contain parabens?
No, none of the Lily Lolo range of cosmetics contains parabens, fragrances or fillers.
What is your animal testing policy?
We do not test any of our products or ingredients on animals or ask anyone to do so on our behalf. Our products are made from ingredients which have been used for cosmetic purposes for many years and are already considered to be safe. All our formulations have been assessed and conform to European Cosmetic Regulations.
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© Louise Saunders - 2007