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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two Wrongs Make a Right | MUFE Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer & UD Naked Skin Concealer

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I have been doing an A1 job of finishing up concealers lately. Maybe even a little but too great, as I'm running alarmingly low on my HG (this guy, if you can believe it.) As much as I like it, I've gone through a couple of tubes and was ready to explore something new, and as we know, there is always something new. Like the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer. I know, self-setting. What a time to be alive.

make up for ever ultra hd & urban decay naked skin concealer (5)
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The thing is, I chose the wrong shade. It's not something I tend to do, as I have a knack for getting my shade right when ordering online, but shade 10 (Alabaster ) is incredibly light. I was feeling shade 11, but I was thrown off by my last concealer purchase, wherein I went too dark. Always stick to your instincts, kids.

When I was questioning exactly what I was thinking with my shade choice, I couldn't help but think of my too-dark tube of Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. What if, just maybe, the two shades could balance each other out? Would MUFE's self-setting technology mesh with another formula? You know I just had to find out, but first things first, yes?

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer in 10 (Alabaster) 5 ml $28 USD / $35 CAD

The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer is the newest addition to Ultra HD fam, replacing the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (you know, in the squeezey tube.) As the name implies, the formula self-sets. I didn't really know what to expect by that, but it essentially sets to a crease-proof, natural, skin-like finish that wears for hours (MUFE says 12, but I haven't tested it longer than about 8.) The concealer offers a truly natural-skin look that gives a brightened, smoothed effect with buildable, medium coverage. I have creasing under my eyes (not wrinkles, they've been there as long as I can remember) and tend to powder all of my concealers to prevent creasing and bunching. I also have dry skin. I wondered if this se;f-setting technology would wreak havoc on drier skin, but I can happily report that while this sets, it's not a drying cream-powder type of formula. It's some kind of magic.

Also notable, if you're a concealer as eye primer kind of person, this is the formula for you. Granted, my shade is a little light, so it gives a really great base to work on, but the self-setting element means you can skip setting concealer on your lids.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral 5 ml $29 USD / $36 CAD

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer has been around for a minute, but what initially drew me to it, funnily enough, is the shade range. It's not that often that a brand includes neutral concealer shades, and being a neutral-toned gal, I jumped to try it. I wasn't feeling ultra-pale the day I ordered this though, and opted for Light Neutral instead of Fair Neutral. Light Neutral is not in the realm of 'light' I expected. It's quite a bit deeper than any light shade I've encountered, and also quite peachy in tone. The peachy element is what made me think I could make this work in some way, even with the shade being too deep.

make up for ever ultra hd & urban decay naked skin concealer (3)make up for ever ultra hd & urban decay naked skin concealer before and after
before & after concealers

The UD formula is pretty great, as it offers great coverage without being heavy feeling or cakey looking and when left to dry on skin, creates a natural finish that sets beautifully. To get it to play nicely with the MUFE concealer, I used it two ways- as a corrector and mixed. As the MUFE Ultra HD is so brightening, it looked a little too stark when used over the UD concealer as a corrector, but neither formula went funny, and still blended easily and set well. My second attempt, and how I've been using these two since, is to mix them. I get the perfect shade and still find that the self-setting element of the Ultra HD comes through giving me the option of powdering or not. The coverage is exactly what I look for, as imperfections and dark circles are well concealed, but without a full, heavy coverage.

Now, I know neither concealer is priced at a budget-friendly level, but should you be curious, they can be mixed with no issue. I love that I can get use out of both shades, as wrong as they are, and that I'm able to mix up a lighter shade for under they eyes and a deeper one for my face and get a great match. That said, when it's time re-up on either, I'll be more careful selecting my actual shade match. What do you think? Have you tried either of these concealers? Do you like to custom mix for the perfect shade?

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