“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Concealers / What it does: Protects, „
I bought this concealer around a year ago now - maybe longer. It was half price at the time so I only paid £4 but even at its retail price of £8 it definitely isn't bad value for money considering how much use I got out of mine and how good quality it is! I have used almost all of mine up now and don't use it much anymore but I went through a phase of using it everyday over the period of about a year, so it really is excellent value for money.
The first thing that attracted me to the concealer apart from the fact that it was on offer was the design of the packaging. I didn't actually realise that it was a concealer at first as it comes in a long, slim, stylish looking silver tube, which made a nice change from the short, stubby, cheap looking design of the concealer that I had been using previously.
The lid pulls off and you then just need to twist the tube and the concealer comes out. The concealer is in a stick form and it has a slightly slanted edge. I was expecting to be able to apply the concealer directly from the stick, however the middle of it is filled in with a silver thing which keeps the concealer in the shape it's in and I personally find that this interferes a little when it comes to applying it.
The concealer its self has the perfect consistency. It is smooth, light and it spreads over my skin really easily meaning that I don't need to spend ages blending it - I used to just apply and blend it with my finger and the finish was always even and it looked quite natural.
It has a really silky feel to it and it feels quite moisturising which I like and my skin never felt dry after using it - nor did it ever break me out or irritate my skin. Once on my skin it always felt nice and lightweight and it made my overall complexion look a lot better. I used it under my eyes which covered any darkness really well and made me look more awake, and I also used it on spots and it masks any minor discolouration but when it comes to bright red spots it doesn't do much other than make it look a little less noticeable - the redness is still there.
Close up it is obvious when I am wearing the concealer as it does have a slight peachy orange tone to it and it can also highlight any small creases under my eyes but from a bit of a distance this isn't that noticeable. I have it in the lightest shade and it matches my skin tone really well but it's a shame about the orangey tint that it has, which is especially noticeable in bright lighting & natural daylight. It can also look a bit shiny in certain lighting but not so much so that it makes my skin look greasy.
The concealer usually lasts for at least six hours before it starts to fade but it never goes patchy and worn-out looking which is good. I am going to give this concealer three out of five stars. It is a good product but it has quite a lot of disadvantages such as the slight orange tone, the slight shininess and it doesn't mask redness or blemishes too well. It does cover up dark under eye circles though and it lasts for a while and I also like the packaging. I definitely recommend this concealer.
I suffer from very bad dark circles around my eyes and have always needed a truck load of concealer and powder make-up products to hide them. I also have a small white facial scar I like to cover and sometimes suffer from spots and blemishes. My usual stick concealer is Rimmel's 'Hide The Blemish' which gives average to good results but I recently purchased this Body Shop Flawless Skin Protecting Concealer to see if it could perform any better.
The concealer is available in four shades, defined by a numerical system, and if you visit the high street stores you can test the products on your skin and even discuss the shades with a consultant who may advise you or even demonstrate the product. The concealer comes in a nifty four inch silver tube which has a secure lid. The lid is actually reinforced with raised rims so that it won't accidently come open if you carry it aound in a handbag, for instance. You have to twist the bottom of the tube to push the concealer out. It extends fully to about one inch in length but to apply you just need the tip of the stick.
The actual concealer looks a little odd. It has what appears to be a white marrow at it's core. This makes the concealer look like a sawn off fleshy finger with a bone exposed! The inner core is actually what the Body Shop define as a "clear active essence" which helps to "combat impurities" in the skin. The product is enriched with lush ingredients like baobab oil - a natural moisturiser and bursting with vitamins. The oil is said to regenerate the skin and restore it to health. The concealer contains vitamins A,C, E anf F which help to restore the skin's condition. The vitamin C in particular is supposed to "promote collagen growth". Collagen plumps out the skin and makes wrinkles look smoother.
I chose the lightest shade, number 1, as I found the other shades too warm. I think the shades 2-4 will suit sun-tanned or ruddy faces. I find the concealer quite easy to apply. At first I tried applying straight onto the face by just sliding the stick on like a pen. The end of the product is cut into a tip for easier application. This method works but for a more precise application you should apply to a fingertip first. I notice that the inner waxy moisturising core of the concealer does not melt as fast as the outer layer of coloured concealer. However when you apply the concealer the waxy core and the colour blend into one and there is no need to rub or worry about streaking.
The concealer is excellent at covering spots, scars and blemishes. It has a much more natural colour than my usual Rimmel product. On my eyes, however, I find that the redness in my skin is not as disguised as it is when I use my Rimmel product. The Body Shop concealer looks thinner over the skin and also seems to have a more chalky appearance - like a set powder. This means if I use set powder after application that it tends to look a bit overdone. On veiny areas the concealer does not hide the dark red colour very well. It does a little better on brown skin and minor blemishes though.
The texture of the concealer is really soft and gentle and it does feel like it is moisturising the skin as you apply it. It means you do not have to pull at the delicate skin of the eye at all. The added benefits of the baobab oil is clear to see as any rougher or flaky parts of skin are smoothed away when you apply the concealer. The product's "silicone gel" formula also has the effect of leaving fine wrinkles looking as though you've just had a shot of Botox! It's like a filler that matches your skin tone. The concealer does not seem to react to weather conditions (it does not melt away in the rain or dry up in the sun) but if my face gets hot and sweaty the concealer can tend to ruffle up on my eyelids a little bit.
I'm quite happy with this concealer although I would like it to perform a little better at evening out red tones. I have also had to change my make-up routine a little bit as the overall result using this concealer differs from my usual product. What I really like is the moisturising qualities in the concealer as I feel it's perfect for the tender areas on the face. I think at £8 a tube it's priced about right and this seems like an average price in today's market.
To find out more about this product visit The Body Shop website. They also produce a range of other concealer products.
This review also appears on Ciao!
I was looking on The Body Shop website for a concealer on my last order, and I opted for the Flawless Skin Protecting concealer. It promised a cream-to-powder concealer with contained baobab oil which would apparently care for my skin.
I have lots of blemish scars on my face so I like my concealer's to blend in nicely, and not look noticeable, so of course the first important thing is the shade. Concealer's, no matter what the brand, generally don't have a huge range of shades. The Body Shop is no different, there are 4 shades to choose from, with simple names, 01, 02, 03 & 04, with 01 being the lightest and 04 being the darkest. I have very fair skin so I usually end up with the lightest concealers (such as the 01 shade of Benefit's 'Boi-ing' concealer) however looking on the Body Shop website the swatch for shade 01 looks frighteningly light, bordering on a white colour! On this occasion I opted for 02 which still looks fair, but not too bright.
This concealer comes in a silver tube and works like a lipstick, you twist the bottom to get the concealer to pop up. It's not too small, but it's slim enough to be compact for your handbag. The product size is 2.3g and contains plenty of concealer. The tip is on a slant, which makes application so much easier than if it was just flat. Looking closely at the end of the concealer there is a 'core' to it, which I think is the moisturising side to it. All concealer's I've come across so far are just plain, this is the first I've seen that has a moisturising core to it.
The concealer contains Baobab Oil which The Body Shop claim, rather daring, that the oil is from the 'tree of life' with high levels of vitamins and natural moisturisers. They're hyping it up pretty well! They say this mysterious oil encourages the regeneration of skin cells and helps improves elasticity and prevents drying, for youthful-looking radiant skin.
The Body Shop advise using a concealer that is a shade or 2 lighter than your foundation, as I mentioned before, there isn't a huge variety of shades but I personally use 02 for my very fair skin. If you're using this for under your eyes, as the majority of people do, simply apply this concealer in a small arc just under your eye. I find that it glides on easily, and blends in just as easily. The concealer does feel nice and soft, and not drying at all. It conceals wonderfully and does make a nice difference to those tired eyes.
Using on blemishes and scars, I dab it lightly onto the area, and then use my finger to lightly blend in around the outside. You should use a concealer brush to be more hygenic but I prefer to use my finger, terrible I know! This concealer is great, sometimes my blemishes will be dried out from using my wonderful Clinique Spot Treatment Gel, but this concealer helps moisturise the area again, whilst covering it up! Once I have applied powder over my face, the areas I am covering up or not as noticeable at all. I'm impressed with how well this concealer actually.. conceals! My scars and red marks are much less noticeable, and the shade is great, it blends perfectly in with my skin and foundation and it's not obvious at all.
This concealer costs £8 from the Body Shop. If you have a 'Love Your Body' card this means £7.20. If you buy online make sure to use TopCashBack or a website similar as The Body Shop often have a £10 cashback rate, and check around for codes as there's always something about with extra money off or free gifts and delivery. Ordering online is very easy and a great service. Alternatively you can go instore, which has the added benefit of being able to speak to an assistant about the concealer, and asking them to check which shade is appropriate to you and give you a demonstration on how best to use it.
Overall this is a great concealer which I would not hesitate to use again.
A cream-to-powder concealer formulated with baobab oil, naturally rich in vitamins and moisturising agents to care for your skin and zinc oxide to help combat impurities /