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Testing Bestselling Powders & Concealers


bestselling high-end powders and concealers

Simply because you can't have enough of both!

Foreword

Despite the fact that I love collecting lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes, creating a flawless base is, hands down, the most enjoyable part of my makeup routine. I am easily fascinated by new launches, especially when it comes to powders and concealers. And since I have accumulated so many, I figured now was the perfect time to finally break it all down for you guys and decide what items here are the ultimate best. I will also mention my favourite product combinations, so if you are curious - please keep on scrolling!

My Skin Type: sensitive, dry.

bestselling high-end powders and concealers review

Dewy Finish

If you have a drier skin type (normal-dry, dry, very dry), there are two concealers worth trying: Becca Cosmetics Aqua Luminous Concealer (32 USD; Made in USA) and Bareminerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (22 USD; Made in USA). Both have a liquidy feel to them (after all water is the first ingredient here) and buildable light-medium coverage.

Formulas like this are great for a slightly drier under-eye area, as well as for those of you, who don't really want to wear any foundation. You can easily sheer out and use these concealers all over the face; they will easily add to that "is he/she wearing or is he/she not wearing makeup?" type of a look. They blend out easily and set to a youthful and glowy-meets-natural finish. I often wear both Becca and Bareminerals when I don't have time or desire to rock a full face of makeup; simply dot your concealer where needed, blend it out with fingers or a synthetic brush and you're all set.

Speaking of which - if you want to enhance your natural glow and set base at the same time, you won't find a better powder than Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (48 USD; Made in Italy). It adds no coverage, but gives the most gorgeous radiant finish and blurs your skin at the time. Go for Dim Light during the day and Luminous Light during the night. Another great option would be Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder in "Pink Haze" (currently reduced to 19 USD; Made in USA) to perfect and add vibrancy to the complexion in the most undetectable way possible.

bestselling high-end powders and concealers review

None of these products accentuate pores, dryness or skin's texture. If anything, they make it look perfect and offer a decent wear time too. Weightless, silky and overall flawless textures for you to indulge in.

Bareskin has a very limited shade selection though, which is a shame really, because the product itself is beautiful and the brand needs to step up its game (it's 2019, hello!); it can also settle into fine lines, so make sure to set it with powder. Personally speaking - I just pat mine with clean finger and that seems to do the trick.

Natural, Satin Finish

Now, for those of you, who prefer a natural skin finish (nothing too dewy or matte) - I have a few recommendations as well. While I enjoy a glowy base on my lazy or good skin days, there are times when I love using something with a bit more coverage to it. After all this girl has hereditary pandas and that is the last thing I want you to notice when you first meet me.

bestselling concealers review

At this moment in time NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (30 USD; Made in USA) needs no introduction. This bad boy has a higher chance to permanently reside in your makeup bag than any other concealer for a number of reasons. It comes in whopping 30 shades and is that perfect middle ground as far as formulations go - creamy, smooth, pigmented, buildable...the list goes on and on. It works great for pretty much all skin types, including those of us with Sahara skin, but has more coverage than the first two hydrating concealers mentioned in this post. I use mine all the time and for all sorts of occasions; be it work, downtime, playtime or travels - it has never failed me. Great for under-eye and problematic skin areas. On a side note - it never clashed with any of my foundations (both dimethicone or water-based), which makes it one of the best concealers I have ever tried.

But my ultimate favourite in this category is Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (29 USD; Made in USA); it truly deserves more recognition and love. This formula is your second-skin in a tube. I actually like it more than NARS (I know, I know!) mainly because it doesn't crease under my eyes as much. It creates the most undetectable and beautiful soft-focus finish, perfecting and smoothing your skin all at the same time (and who doesn't want a piece of that?). I also find that, compared to other brands, I don't need as much product when I use it. It blends like a dream, wears all day long and never looks drying or unflattering. It photographs beautifully and whenever I have an important meeting or event - it is my weapon of choice.

laura mercier powders review

Laura Mercier have a few special powders specifically designed for your under-eye. While I almost never set mine (it is too dry for powder), if I feel like I could use some blurring action - I will go for the brand's