{Product Review} e.l.f. Studio Corrective Concealer

e.l.f. (Eyes, Lips, Face) is a brand launched in 2004. It’s a young beauty brand that boats of providing a cosmetics line that moisturizes, hydrates, and enlivens your complexion without taxing your budget.

While shopping for make-up, I chanced upon the e.l.f. counter–and their corrective concealer kit caught my eye. Not a lot of brands in the Philippines carry correctors and shades of concealer from most brands are limited. So when I saw the Studio Corrective Concealer kit, I immediately tried it out. I was content with the results–although not at the amount of time needed to put it on–and decided to get it.

Concealer is a beauty product that can instantly lift and brighten the face–if the color is chosen and applied correctly. A light yellow toned concealer can mask blue discolorations (blue veins in the under-eye area) and can brighten the skin.

Correctors meanwhile are used for more extreme cases. If concealer can’t fully lighten the undereye area, a peach or pink corrector can be used to neutralize the purple or green tone. The concealer is then layered over the corrector to brighten the under-eye area.

Of course, every individual case is still different. Sometimes, a corrector is enough to fix the problem while sometimes colors need to be mixed and blended in order to completely cover under-eye discoloration. Experiment and see which works the best for you!

This is the Neutralize and Conceal e.l.f. Studio Corrective Concealer. There’s another formulation–Erase and Conceal, but it’s not available in the Philippines. The Neutralize and Conceal contains a nude, beige, lilac and a light green tone in one kit.

According to the blurb, the e.l.f. Studio Corrective Concealer:

Conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel.

TIP: Using under-eye concealer on red areas will only highlight them. It’s better to use yellow-toned foundation that matches your skin tone. This will cover blemishes and scars.

According to e.l.f. the green shade can be used to neutralize redness. It didn’t work for me. The lilac color can be used to brighten and cover under-eye circles. The nude and beige are both under-eye concealers. Again, this will still depend on your skin tone so the colors that worked and didn’t work for me, might not be true for you.

TIP: If the concealer is too light for your skin tone, it will look gray if applied on a sunspot.

This concealer kit actually covers well. I use my fingers and a concealer brush to apply them. It’s pretty hard to apply, especially when using a concealer brush. I needed quite a bit of product to cover my under-eye discoloration. The lilac corrector works great on my under-eye area, as well as the beige and nude concealers. The lilac corrector and beige concealer together can also cover sun spots. What I love about this kit is that it offers four corrective colors and it is definitely multi-purpose and easy to carry around.

However, this product tends to settle in creases. It’s best to use an eye cream at the under-eye area first to moisturize and ensure the product won’t settle in the creases. The feel of the concealer is also quite greasy on your fingers, but it goes away after application. The brush that is included in the kit is pretty useless, but so does every product that comes with a brush. Lastly, the product isn’t pigmented, so it takes quite a bit of time to layer enough product that will completely hide the discoloration in the under-eye area (no matter how light)–and layering too much product will cause the under-eye area to become flaky / have obvious signs of using a concealer. Yipes.

At Php249, it’s a decent alternative while looking for better a corrector and concealer.

Overall rating: ♥♥♥  / 5
This is available in e.l.f. counters at the Beauty section of SM Department stores or in e.l.f. stands in Rustan’s and Crossings.

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