Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: E.L.F. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer Palette!

Left: Light, Right: Dark
ELF Studio Complete Coverage Concealer


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Savvy beauty shoppers rejoice—now there is no need to buy new concealer from season to season for meeting the different needs your skin tone may have. e.l.f. introduces a sleek quad compact filled with four brilliant, customizable concealers ranging from light, medium and dark shades. A must have for anyone’s makeup kit these highly pigmented, professionally formulated concealers offer ultimate coverage to disguise a range of boo-boos and flaws including blemishes, dark circles, redness and uneven skin-tone for a flawless, makeup artist finish!

AVAILABLE IN THREE (3) SHADES: Light, Medium and Dark.  (I purchased all three, but I only received Light and Dark and was refunded for Medium because apparently it was out of stock)


READ MORE FOR MY REVIEW AND SWATCHES!


Like mentioned above in the description, all palettes come with a variety of four shades. It's great because if your skin tone differs through the year (lighter and winter and darker in the summer) you have a variety of shades handy, or you can customize your shade by mixing the colors. Each palette comes with a small applicator brush with synthetic bristles (shown below).

Applicator that's included in the concealer palette
It was a bit of a bummer that Medium was out of stock because it would have been the perfect palette for my skin tone. I am able to use the darkest shade in the Light palette though, and get a pretty decent match. I also like using the third shade in the Light palette because it has a rosy undertone, which works great for camouflaging dark circles.

Swatches of the Light and Dark palette on my NC30 skin tone.
REVIEW: I was never really interested in trying this product until E.L.F. had their 50% off sale, so $1.50 per palette was a pretty awesome deal. First off, the packaging is their standard black packaging with a clear plastic window. The same as their Studio blushes, eye shadows, bronzers, powders, etc. It's pretty sturdy and good quality for the price. As mentioned, a small synthetic brush is included, but it is so small that I don't find it useful for under my eyes. It's more useful for covering small spots. The consistency of the concealer is very creamy/slippery. Although it's creamy, I find that it doesn't spread that well on the skin, so for application, I like using my ring finger and patting it under my eyes. I expected this to be a sheer concealer that will almost disappear once smoothed under my eyes, but it actually has pretty decent coverage and doesn't really budge. The coverage is a good medium with two thin layers. It kind of just "sits" on top of the skin, so it can cake if you layer too much. I find that the less you work with it the better. The finish is a little dewy, so it definitely needs to be set with a powder to avoid creasing and transferring. One thing I noticed that I didn't really like was that once I applied my powder on top, the concealer underneath looked like it settled weird/caked up a little - common with some cream concealers. It wasn't very noticeable unless I looked closely in a mirror. Although I don't love this concealer, I don't dislike it either. It's a concealer with a good variety of shades, is quick & easy and is very in-expensive. I've come across several good reviews for this product, so it's worth a try!


You can check this product out on the website HERE (the photos of each shade are very accurate) and check out reviews on Makeupalley for this product HERE.

Have you tried this concealer?

11 comments:

  1. I also bought the palette in light & noticed that the brush isn't great. I bought the $1 concealer brush & that doesn't seem to work either. I will have to try using my fingers. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review :)

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  2. I've been wanting to purchase this. Medium would be a perfect match for me. Thanks for the swatches!

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  3. Excellent review! I may have to purchase this. :)

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  4. I just remembered that I got this in one of my hauls I did but I forgot all about it heheh

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  5. I just picked this up too! great review!

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  6. These look like such a great value. Unfortunatly I haven't seen them at my Target location. The lip balm look great too but I hate how bulky the packaging is.

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  7. unfortunately i was not a fan of these...they didnt translate well in flash photos =x

    JennyThay.blogspot.com

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    1. Did you try adding a pigmented powder on top? It'll help. By the way, anything with pigmentation(whether it be eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, etc.) has sun protection; the more pigmented, the more protection, especially if there's enough for it to be opaque; it just happens the FDA doesn't let companies say it'll protect from the sun for advertising(it's like advertising a regular old shirt for it's sun protection properties) unless it has an active ingredient used purposely for sun protection. :) Just thought you might like to know that. Hope you have more positive experiences in the future.

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  8. the formula is horrendous, imo..>__< Threw it out the week month I bought it (after a few failures)

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  9. incedible review! the best ive seen on the elf concealer!
    those swatches are perfect(:

    <3 BB
    btw i really want to get this now!

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