Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My New HOLY GRAIL: The Clarins Instant Concealer | Review

As I mentioned in my recent haul here, I was left lusting for this concealer after having read so many raving reviews by a variety of bloggers and vloggers whom I've long respected for their critical honesty. A lot of the time, I think it's very easy to get drawn into a hype, buy something and end up realising that it just wasn't for you. For this however, it's a totally different story. From experience, I've found that you only really hear miraculous things about a concealer if, at the very least, it is good at doing what it says on the tin - concealing. & wowwweeee is this good!

The Clarins Instant Concealer is made up of a very light, wet formula. Not only does it contain useful ingredients like caffeine extract to help the under eye area appear less puffy, alongside aloe vera to help soften the skin, but it also contains light-blurring pigments that help to blur out (clearly Hannah), and essentially 'cover' any dark circles or other 'impurities'. Due to its very runny, liquid formula, I found that applying this product is joyfully easy, particularly on the under eye area. It's runny consistency means that you can get to grips with where you want it, and then blend to your hearts desire before it even thinks about drying and setting on you. It honestly blends far superiorly to any other concealer I've ever tried (All be it, this is the first high-end one I've ever used) - making that 'cakey look' you sometimes get with concealers easy to avoid. 

At first, I was worried that its runny texture would mean that I'd have to layer up the product to see any results, but oh was I wrong. The Clarins Instant Concealer's formula possesses such beautifully rich pigmentation, enough so that you literally only need a few tiny drops to conceal even the darkest of circles. Whilst I don't necessarily have the darkest under eyes (any more), I do still struggle with them, and I find that this product successfully manages to hide them, which is just a dream as in the past I've always had to layer multiple products to get a similar result. It's such a delight to use something that's so lightweight, and somehow manages to gets the job done ten times better whilst requiring far less product - leaving a very natural, discretely brightening trail in its way (Y'know, no jazzy sparkles or anything).

Additionally, not only does it cover my under eyes well, I find that it's also brilliant at covering redness on my chin and around my nose. One again, I only have to use the tiniest smidge and it somehow manages to last all day. IT'S A MIRACLE! I don't really suffer from that many spots (TOUCH WOOD), but even when I do I never try to pin point my concealer otherwise the blemish can't breathe and might become even more congested. As a result, I can't say whether this is the concealer for you - if it's blemishes that you're specifically looking to cover. Nonetheless - due to its lightweight formula, I'd recommend it anyway (mostly because I feel that its consistency won't prove to be 'too heavy' on your problem areas). Plus, there's nothing worse than cakey looking concealer on a blemish so I think that the thin, natural finish of this would prove desirable.

I personally found that 'Shade 01' was perfect for my slightly tanned, yellow-toned skin, whereas someone who has more pinky undertones would probably suit the peachier nature of Shade 02 instead. I just thought I'd mention this as I know a lot of people buy online without trying on in store so that's just something to bare in mind. I suppose the biggest negative of the Clarins Instant Concealer is that there are only three shades overall, which obviously isn't very broad and there are quiteeee significant differences between each one - so please do go in store to make sure that you pick up the right shade for your skin if you are thinking of picking this up!

Lastly - the packaging. When I first handled the tube of the Clarins Instant Concealer I found it quite weird as it isn't anything like the thick plastic tubing that I'm used to. As I mention in my 'first impressions' review here - I have every now and again found myself in my sleepy morning state easily squeezing this a little too much which really isn't ideal, as like I've said, you really don't need very much of this bad boy at all. Although, it's also worth mentioning that because of this, you know that this concealer is going to last you a very long time, and at £21 per 15ml of product, I think that that is an absolute steal, and would encourage you to not be totally thrown off by the price tag (as I nearly was) if you're seriously looking for a good concealer. I'm expecting this to last me a very long time and that's just an added bonus on top of just how good it actually is at doing what it's meant to do, plus everything it manages to achieve beyond my previous expectations of a concealer. 

Overall, I am so so sosoSO pleased that I picked up the Clarins Instant Concealer, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in search for a new concealer. It's so easy to apply, it isn't toooooo expensive (in terms of the amount of product you get and how little you actually need to use), it just gets the job done with minimal fuss and the final result is FAR superior to anything I've ever tried. I can honestly say that I wish I had discovered this a long time ago, and I think that this will prove a staple in my make-up bag for a long long while yet!

What's your holy grail concealer?


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