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How many times have you bought a concealer that really has been rubbish and done nothing at all or you've found that the concealer may be good at concealing a slight blemish but not under eyes shadows/circles and so on? For me over the past 24 years of using make up this has been the case. I can't think of one brand or style of a concealer that has just been good for all of my facial needs and has meant I havent had to have loads of products of the same kind in my make up collection....until I stumbled upon this one last year and now its a product I am faithful to and highly recommend to any age of woman.
The packaging of this is simple and it comes in a lipstick style casing and then on the side of it in gold writing we are clearly told what it is and who it is by then on the base of it we are told what colour is it (Mine is Ivory though many shades are available from this range) and contact details for Max Factor are given).
This is suitable for anywhere on your face and where you want a bit of extra coverage. The case is easy to twist to reveal the slightly cosmeticky smelling soft block of colour which the first time you get it is slanted and you can use this under, over foundation, on spots, blemishes, dis-coloured skin, under and on eyes, from from the case, blend with fingers, use a brush..... you get the idea I'm sure and what I'm saying is that this is a very simple product to use and very versatile.
This comes off the block of colour sheer and I apply it straight under and over my eyes for a pep up and to conceals darkness and then for hygiene purposes I wipe it on a clean cosmetic sponge just the once and dab the sponge over spots and the likes.
This blends ever so well with no effort required from me at all and it really does brighten and lighten the skin, it covers blemishes and spots without sliding off them or clumping up on them up and works by simply making the spots look lighter in colour. Once I have applied it I then gently apply foundation over the top and some pressed/loose powder over that to set it all and this I find stays put and works hard for me all day long till I choose to remove it. For me this is a little miracle worker though I am conscious that as I use it often I do run low often and have to replace it but this is really a product I am never without and I paid about £6.99 a tube from Amazon.co.uk though Google it if interested and I did see this in my local Superdrug on sale too in various colours just recently.
I really do give this one a thumbs up even though it runs out fast for me because it does what I require from it, is simple to use and simply highly effective!
I first tried this Max Factor Erace concealer about 10 years ago. I was looking around Boots the Chemist when it caught my eye. I liked that it was in a stick and decided to try it out. This product comes in various shades and I always buy beige, even though beige is slightly darker then my skin tone but I feel it conceals better, as I tend to conceal spots and blemishes and this shade takes away the pinkness with a natural skin colour look.
The concealer is in a small stick like container similar to lip sticks that can be easily applied where and when needed. I always wear a moisturiser first before applying this product. I have sensitive skin that can dry out easily so I avoid wearing much foundation and this product blends in well. I feel this concealer is so good at concealing that I do not have to worry about wearing foundation, powder, or any other concealer. When on it does need to be rubbed a bit to blend it in with your skin tone and it really covers up blemishes and spots. I do not really use it for dark circles but it will do the job for that too. I would recommend a lighter shade for under eye circles and a darker shade to cover up spots etc.
When I use to purchase from Boots it would cost roughly £5, which I found very reasonable and I am pleased that I stocked up on this item as I have discovered it has been discontinued for a couple of years now. I am so disappointed with Max Factor as I felt this product was exceptional and can not understand why they would discontinue it. However this happens a lot I have realised most of the products I have liked in the past do get discontinued and this leads to me having to spend a fortune testing out various other product until I find the right match for me again. The current Max Factor concealers have been purchased and tested by me and I do not like them, they do not provide the amount of coverage and natural look that Erace concealer gave.
This Max Factor Erace concealer is still being sold from the Internet from sites such as eBay, however the price is raised by three times, as I have just bought one for £14.95. I am desperately trying to find a replacement for this concealer so will be looking at many reviews to make a list of the ones I should bother to try out. As this product has been discontinued I am sure websites selling this product will have quite old stock so I would not recommend to buy it now.
Max Factor erase concealer stick has been concealing my spots for over 10 years, it is a product i can truely trust. I can use it most of the year except when i get a tan and then i need to use a different darker product.
I remember before i found it i was buying and wasting money on so many brands of concealer, because they werent the right colour (id test them on my wrist in the shop but when i tried it on my face it was too pink or too yellow) or because the coverage wasnt good enough to conceal some spots. I also needed something that was going to last the whole day and not rub off when my skin got greasy or i leaned on my face with my hand.
"Erase" comes in many different colours or "numbers" i know this because im often searching through them all looking for the one i use (number 7 -ivory). Not all shops will have my colour and im sometimes going to three or four shops in town looking for them, they really do sell out fast as another review said at least this means they work but annoying for me! The price can vary but is usually around 5 pounds, ive had a search on the net now and found it at 4.75.
The stick can last me a couple of months of using it every day it is simple to use just twist up as much as you need like a lipstick, you do not need to use a lot as it is a very creamy and thick texture and really covers well and it so easy to blend especially when you have the colour just right it looks like you havent used any. One possible annoyance is that it is quite highly fragranced and this could potentially irritate sensitive skin types.
It is best to use the concealer on cleansed and moisturised skin, i have used it on its own or on top of foundation for extra coverage, sometimes i used some power on top aswell but ive found it lasts just as long on its own. i also carry it around with me for "top ups" in the day if needed.
I think a concealer is the most imporant makeup product you can buy and its so imporant to get one that is the right colour and texture for your skin type and tone and im happy to say ive found it in max factor erase!
Max Factor Erace is terrific stuff, the only problem being that the most popular shade, which I believe is No 8 (I can't tell because the label has worn off mine), sells out very quickly. I haven't been able to find it for a long time although my local Superdrug sells it. Just goes to show how good it is. I will now order it online to be sure I don't have to do without.
The coverage of this product is excellent and, at around £8.99, very good value for money. The formulation is not too sticky and certainly does not feel heavy or look too noticeable. This is one of the products that you hope Max Factor continue to make; it's very annoying when you find something you have complete confidence in yet it suddenly gets discontinued and you have to start your search all over again.
I find Erace very effective at disguising dark circles beneath the eyes, a problem many of us with busy lifestyles have, and also for evening out skin tone and covering minor skin imperfections.
We all know that Max Factor has stood the test of time and Erace is a product you can trust.
Though we are normally advised to buy cream/fluid concealers for those ugly under-eye circles, the solid stick-form of the Max Factor Erace Concealer copes suprisingly well!
The consistency of the formula, though slightly greasy, means that a very thorough coverage of dark circles is possible without all the heaviness of a more matte base. Once the concealer has been used for a few days, its creamy consistency becoems very easy to apply and does not drag on the skin a lot (especially if applied just before a sparing amount of moisturising eye cream).
Once applied, the concealer appears to reflect light, diminishing not only the dark colour of the circles, but also the deep-set look that they can sometimes have. This light reflecting look does, however, reduce as the day goes by, and the concealer can come to look slightly cakey and cracked (if applied too heavily to begin with).
Overall, i thought the Erace was a wonderful concealer for the undereyes due to the fact that it is much more substantial than normal cream/fluid under-eye concealers. so is perfect for those people with darker circles. At around £8, the concealer is reasonably inexpensive (considering others) and lasts a very long time - i have had mine for much more than a year now and there is still around 1cm left!
To avoid that cakey look/racoon eyes, i did develop a certain way of applying the concealer.:
- moisturise the under-eye area with a very small amount of eye cream (make sure that this soaks in enough so that the concealer won't slide off)
- using a lip-brush, apply a small amount of Erace to the part of the circle where it joins the normal-coloured skin, and to the inner corner of the eye
- blend the concealer in by PUSHING it firmly into the skin. I find that slightly twisting/rotating my finger whilst doing this reduces the risk of finger-print marks.
Max Factor Erace Concealer helps to conceal dark circles, flaws and lines and its creamy formula allows you to blend with ease.