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Friday, 13 December 2013

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer

Concealers are one of those must-have products that everyone has knocking around in their make up bags or units because you never know when you're going to need it or what shade you might need. I like to keep a selection of different shade concealers in my drawers so that I can mix and match them together and create the best shade for my skin tone. We all have those days when we feel more pink or yellow so being able to combine different shades together means that I can disguise those fugly dark circles and blemishes pretty much all the time.

I heard loads about these Benefit Fake Up concealers and read reviews a-plenty with most of them saying how brilliant and hydrating they are so when I was sent all three shades to try, I got to work to see what all of the fuss was about.

There are three shades available in the concealer: Light, Medium and Dark
I already know most of you are probably thinking that having only three shades is already quite crap because they aren't going to suit most skin tones and I guess you're right. Brands that do at least 5 shades of concealer are okay, if they do more then that's even better but three shades is pretty weak in a day and age when there are so many different skin tones out there.

The concealers come in a sleek silver and pink twist up tube so you don't have to worry about it getting messy and dirty, plus the idea is that you apply it straight to your under eye area and not have to fiddle around with a brush either.
So the main point of different about these Benefit concealers is that the actual product is encased in a hydrating balm so it's designed to ensure that your concealer doesn't crease at all and your under eye area doesn't dry out at all. Does it work? I'll talk about that after the jump.

The shades are, well, okay. Light has a distinct pink undertone, Medium has a yellow undertone and Deep has a darker yellow undertone to it which would be best suited for darker skin tones. The hydrating balm around the concealer is light and non-sticky so is actually really good for touch ups during the day as you know it won't budge the rest of your makeup and it'll refresh your under eye area, too.

After all of that you would probably think I'd be ready to ditch my Bobbi Brown and Maybelline concealers because what's not to love about these, right? Wrong. These are not for me, at all. Aside from the lack of shades, these concealers just don't suit my skin at all and don't do a good job at concealing my dark circles either which is a massive shame because I really wanted to love them. I read so many reviews about these and read loads of tweets about how amazing they were that I was convinced that I would love them too but this was a case of 'different strokes for different folks'. Well, more 'different strokes for different skin types' but you know what I mean.

Sorry Benefit, I love your products and all but Fake Up is most definitely not my cup of hazelnut hot chocolate. Not one bit.

If you are interested in these concealers you can buy them from Benefit counters and stores nationwide as well as online from the Benefit website and they're £18.50 each.

Have you tried these before? What did you think?

Amrita xoxo


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7 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. So glad to see this review as i bought one and hated it! It literally covered nothing and the girl in the store assured me it had as good coverage as erase paste which was just a blatent lie. I seen so many bloggers rave about this yet none have mentioned it since. The idea is a good one but the coverage is poor plus the ampunt of product you get it ridiculous for the price, ill just stick with my trust erase paste :)

  2. Why oh why do some brands think pale = pink? Have they never heard of ivory i.e. cream/yellow and pale?

    These balm products never seem to work for me. The one exception is a kiko product where the balm is INSIDE of the pigmented product not in a ring around - perhaps that's the reason!


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