Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Coastal Scents White Liquid Color Corrector. (To lighten your foundations)

Coastal Scents Undercover Liquid Color Corrector - White
Coastal Scents Undercover Liquid Color Corrector - White
When you purchase a foundation that is too dark for your skin, there is little you can do to lighten it. Your one basic option is to purchase a foundation with the same undertone, that is lighter, and mix them. Depending on how dark it is for your skin, you may need a shade that is only one shade lighter and mix them 50/50, or if it's much darker, you'll need a shade that's significantly lighter (at least three shades lighter) and mix the two. For a cheap drugstore foundation, that's easy. But if you purchased an expensive department store foundation, it's not very practically (or affordable) to purchase a second bottle. At that point, you may get stuck with the foundation, gift it to a friend, or "swap" it on makeupalley.com for a different used or un-used makeup item you will use.

When I discovered Coastal Scents Liquid Color Correctors late last year, I was pretty psyched. Back in November I purchased "yellow" to add to my foundations that fell short of the yellow tone I need to match my skin coloring. It's become a useful item in my makeup kit for foundations that are too neutral/beige or pink. (See my review for the yellow correcter here).

Coastal Scents has the options of purchasing Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black and White. (View them on the website here)

The description on the website for white, as goes.. "This is not a color, it is a tint, tints are used to lighten all colors. When you are in between shades in your color range white can be used to lighten, black to darken. White can be used to create a foundation one or two shades lighter than your regular makeup and to be used for highlighting."
The consistency of these is fairly thin, and when they are smoothed out, they are fairly sheer. I would compare them to the consistency of watercolor paint - thin, but not watery, creamy, but not thick. I personally don't find that it changes the consistency or coverage of my foundations, but I suppose it all depends on how much you put. 

In the following photos, I used my MAKE UP FOREVER HD Foundation in the shade #128 to lighten. #128 is for medium skin with beige undertones, and it's a good match for MAC NC40-42. It's a little dark now for me now, as my current MAC coloring is around NC35. 

In the first photo (top left) I swatched the foundation twice. In the bottom swatch, I added a small amount of white corrector to the color. As you can see, it has lightened the color a couple of shades. #128 lacks the golden factor, so I added a little yellow corrector in photo #2 (top right). In the bottom photos, it shows the difference of #128 alone and #128 mixed with the white and yellow correctors. When mixed with the correctors, the foundation is a shade that I'm able to wear with my current coloring.

I actually used it for the first time yesterday and it worked really well. I used it to lighten up my Nars Sheer Glow in the shade Stromboli. It worked really well.
I'm really happy with my white corrector and I'm sure I'll be using it very often as many of my foundations are at times too dark because I self tan often. I think these color correctors are a really great product to have in your kit, especially for makeup artists, to match the clients skin as perfect as they can. 

Coastal Scents Liquid Color Correctors are sold exclusively at www.coastalscents.com. They are $3.95 for an 8ml tube.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Coastal Scents and was not in any way compensated for this review. The thoughts in this review are my own, based on my personal experience with testing this product.

13 comments:

  1. This would make a great addition of any MUA's kit, I'm sure! Thanks for the review!

    http://girllivellovely.blogspot.com

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  2. Great review! I have the white and yellow also and use them all the time for myself and in my kit. Love them!

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  3. wow, that is a genius product! thanks for the review

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  4. This is great. I often find myself inbetween shades and in that dilema of whether or not to purchase another foundation to mix shades. Most times, I cave because I figure I can use the darker shade when I have a tan.

    I'm really interested in trying out both the white corrector and yellow corrector. I'm Asian, and when Im really fair, sometimes it can be hard finding a light shade that isn't too pink for my undertones.

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  5. This is so cool. i have never heard of these before, I definitely think I may have to give them a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. There so nice and so afforable!

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  7. Thanks for this review! This might be the answer to my foundation prayers!

    www.allthingsmakeup.net

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  8. Thanks for sharing this with us :) your amazing!

    I really really want this! But cannot find it anywhere in the UK :( Does anyone know where in the UK I can find this from?

    thanks

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  9. Thanks for sharing this with us :) your amazing!

    I really really want this! But cannot find it anywhere in the UK :( Does anyone know where in the UK I can find this from?

    thanks

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  10. just to let your know they've discontinued the white color corrector, I contacted them about it.

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  11. thanks for this post!
    great the white one is discontinued and they are out of the yellow one.. :((
    i absolutely need this product, i have never been able to find a shade that works for my skin tone.
    this is a great idea and a great product!!

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  12. I need this corrector so badly

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