Concealer is one of the makeup items I struggle with the most. For years and years the main concealer I used was the Kat Von D “lock it” concealer. It did a great job for me, and despite trying and testing other options I have never found something as good as it. I never seemed to be able to find another product that perfectly matched my skin and was long wearing and had good enough coverage to hide my dark circles! Much to my sadness it was discontinued this year. This meant I had to start looking for other options.
Tarte Shape Tape was one of the concealer options I started exploring. Although I liked the product in general I found there wasn’t a shade that was 100% for me, either I wore a very light shade and got loads of flashback, or I wore a darker shade which made me look a bit orange without a tan! Shape tape is also very expensive at £20+ after postage. So when I saw Makeup Revolution’s new conceal and define concealer doing the rounds as a dupe for shape tape at £4 I knew I had to try it out!
The Shade Range
There are currently 18 shades in this collection which is amazing! Makeup Revolution also announced the other day that the line was going to be extended to 25 shades in March. I think this is brilliant. Brands making product in a large variety of skin tones at an accessible price point needs to happen way more than it should. So hats off to Makeup Revolution for leading the charge.
I had to go on a bit of a hunt to a variety of different Superdrug stores before I could start swatching to see the shade that I should go for. I started by looking at shades C1 and C2. I’m definitely a pale skinned girl but I felt that these would be too pale for me. I know from buying Shape Tape that purchasing an extremely pale toned concealer doesn’t always work out for the best even if you are pale.Whenever someone took a picture of me whilst I was wearing it I had massive white areas under my eyes from where the shade was just that bit too bright.
In the end I opted for shades c3 and c4. I found that c3 had pink undertones which I find are usually the most complimentary to my skin. C4 was a slightly darker shade which I wanted to use for more definition.
On the Makeup Revolution website the shades are described as below:
C3 – For fair skin tones with pink undertone
C4 – For light skin tones with neutral undertone
Formula and Application
The concealer comes with a large doe foot applicator. (exactly like shape tape..) That basically means a lot of product is deposited with one swipe. A little goes a long way. I actually found the product very easy to blend and it didn’t feel heavy on my skin. The coverage is great and I do love a high-coverage concealer.
I always set my concealer with Laura Mercier powder to stop it from creasing. After carrying out my usual make up routine in the morning after incorporating this concealer I set my face with powder and then went about my business. I am usually out of the house for about 12 hours a day whilst at work. When I got home that evening the concealer was still going strong! No creasing or slipping off my face, it really did a great job.
Above you can see swatches of C3 (right) and C4 (left)
Overall I don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this concealer. For £4 you can hardly go wrong for a full coverage, long lasting drugstore option. I am very excited to see the new shades that the brand bring out in March. If you’re browsing Superdrug stop by the Makeup Revolution counter and check these out, you won’t regret it!