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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Smashbox High Definition Concealer


Somethings I can stop myself from buying, like the 48th lip gloss I don't really need. But lately, foundations and concealers have not been those things. I justify it by the fact that I use it everyday, but I use lip gloss everyday too. That says a lot about my reasoning skills right there.

Precision tip applicator

"Smashbox High Definition Concealer covers imperfections and dark circles with a weightless, good-for-your-skin liquid formula that leaves a natural finish and provides buildable coverage. Cell-energizing Ribose renews the appearance of skin, and soft focus pearls deflect light to minimize the appearance of blemishes and fine lines."

I picked up this concealer from Sephora when I made my birthday haul. At $18 USD the price is pretty good, so I figured I'd try it out. I must say I don't buy the whole high def mumbo-jumbo, but I do like this concealer. It wasn't love at first application however. First off, I didn't read the tube (who knew concealer came with instructions?) which stated it was necessary to shake well before using, and it came running out in a separated watery mess. Like many oil free products, this can separate a bit and does require a shake every now and then. The problem there is that the tube doesn't really let the product shake very well, so you have to take the cap off and half squeeze the tube and shake at the same time to actually get any results.

Left: blended, Right: dabbed

The texture of this concealer is... well it is thicker than a liquid but not thick enough to be a cream. A creamy liquid. It is quite creamy and while I think I prefer a full on thicker consistency cream concealer, this is very easy to work with once you get used to it. For under my eyes I found it only takes a little dab of this to get the job done. I like to squeeze a little bit out onto a concealer brush and dab it on. I then use my finger to lightly pat it out, blending slightly then let it dry down a bit. I finish with a bit of powder and I'm all set. My biggest problem when I started using it was that I was trying to put too much on and it was creasing and not blending and being generally unruly. I mainly use this for under my eyes, but it does cover blemishes really well as well. Tip: squeeze gently! While this has a very fancy looking tip, I find too much is released.

The shade selection is great... if you happen to fall into the light category. There are three light varieties and three for everyone else. I would say anyone with darker skin might have a hard time finding a match.

Overall I am pretty happy with this concealer, it doesn't crease on me (when set with powder) and it isn't drying. The "soft focus pearls" they mention aren't visible (ie no glitter bombs, not even any visible shimmer) and it looks natural once on. I'd recommend this to anyone with dry skin as I have found this to be one of the best in terms of not looking cakey or dry.

Have you tried this concealer? Which concealer is your HG?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog and for reviewing this concealer. I haven't tried this concealer but glad you got it to work well for you, concealers on the undereye are so tricky! I use Estee Laudter Double Wear Foundation as concealer in my undereye or Maybelline Dream Mousse.


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