After trying the foundation and loving it (see my blog here), I wanted to try Il Makiage’s other products. Next up is the F*ck I’m Flawless concealer.
Not only does it have great reviews, it’s not a bad price: £24. Well in range of other popular concealers:
- NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer £24
- Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer £24
- Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer £25
- Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer £25
Description from Il Makiage:
F*ck I’m Flawless is a long-wear, lightweight concealer that instantly covers under-eye circles, blemishes, dark spots & hyperpigmentation with an advanced vegan, cruelty-free, oil-free & paraben-free formula. Available in 30 diverse shades for all skin tones.
Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, it’s oil and paraben-free. Paraben’s are (in a nutshell) harmful chemicals. It’s also oil-free which great for us already oily folk. Oil clogs pores which can cause no end of issues.
Here’s my Youtube video where I detail how I apply the concealer using a sponge:
- over 30 shades to choose from
- choose out of 5 skin tones
- choose out of 5 undertones
How the heck do you choose a shade with over 30 available?
Answer = P O W E R M A T C H
Having this many to choose from isn’t my idea of fun. How do I know if my skin has yellow or pink undertones? It seems obvious but I struggle to tell.
They have this nifty P O W E R M A T C H concealer quiz that asks you several questions to help you figure out which shade is perfect for you. The quiz includes actual model pictures with the different skin types/colours, so you literally see the differences (I can’t tell you how helpful this is). It helped me find my match, 2.5, which is perfect for my skin.
If you’re still unsure about shade (it’s a lot to shell out for the wrong colour) get in touch with their customer service team. I did this for the foundation (see my blog here). I sent them a photo of my face. They matched me with the SAME colour as the result I got in their foundation shade matcher (without them knowing).
Benefits of the concealer:
- long lasting
- medium-to-full buildable coverage
- hydrating and moistursing
- hide spots and brighten the under eye area
One thing I’m not a fan of
I really don’t like it when companies call their products making reference to rude things. I don’t see the need. I’m not a prude but I probably sound like I am! ‘Better than sex’, ‘f**k’, ‘orgasm’ – why? No need! Rant over.
Comparing my current concealer
I’ve about to run out of my current concealer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place, so thought I’d compare it to my new Il Makiage. Estee Lauder isn’t vegan or cruelty-free so I’ve been looking to leave this brand for a while now.
Il Makiage has a softer, peach/warm colour; Estee Lauder is more neutral/yellow tone. Il Makiage 100% fits my skin tone better as you can see from my face pics below.
Combination skin – oily T zone
My skin is oily in my T zone, normal on my cheeks, and very dry to the sides of my nose and around the top of my mouth. I’m 34, so I don’t like to add too much concealer; just enough to cover the black in my eye corners and eye bags.
Concerns and ‘must-haves’ from a concealer (I’m not asking much)
- doesn’t dry too quickly and is easy to blend
- stays on as long as possible
- when it does fade, it to fade evenly
- no flakiness or creasing
- colour that matches my skin obvs and doesn’t change throughout the day
I can basically tick all of the above off my list with Il Makiage.
Consistency and texture
Estee Lauder is thicker no doubt about it. I often find blending it difficult as goes on TOO thick, whereas with Il Makiage, I can keep it light and build up which I do when covering my eye bags.
The texture is light and easy to manoeuvre around. It dries quick but not so quick I can’t blend.
Both wands are similar in design, which I like. One side is flat making it easy to smooth on where it needs to go. I only add a few dots under my eye – I’m 34 so I don’t need (or want) much. If I put too much on, it creases. I find a little goes a long way.
Il Makiage didn’t crease at all, at any point throughout the day, even after wearing for 8, 12+ hours. This was a concern of mine because if it’s too thick, it sits in my wrinkles which nobody wants to see.
Does it stay on all day?
It stays on all day but isn’t as obvious at night as in the morning. I’d guess 30% is left on my skin after 12 hours.
I’m not worried about this because for the remaining time of day, I’m at home and not out, so I’m not fussed if I’m wearing makeup or not. Plus I don’t think 30% is too bad at all. By the end of the day, I pretty much expect all of my face makeup to be hanging on my a thread.
It fades evenly too so I don’t get a weird colouring. This is actually really important to me, as previously I’ve had makeup that flakes around weird places, like the sides of my eyes, and on my dry bits like the sides of my nose.
Does using a primer help?
I’ve used Il Makiage’s primer and have had amazing results. But in the short of it, yes, primer helped my concealer stay on (evenly) for longer.
Final thoughts – would you recommend? What’s the price?
Yes I would. I like the brand plus the products I’ve tried so far are great, including this concealer (see my foundation blog here) and primer. I wanted a vegan and cruelty-free product, and a product that wouldn’t crease and stay on all day (8hours+).
What matters to me in a concealer is a nice texture, fades evenly, still covers darkness, and doesn’t flake.
If you want to try it, buy it from Il Makiage for £24 (plus postage unless you fill your boots and spend over £40).
Use code welcome10 for 10% off (it almost makes the £4 delivery charge bearable)
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