Concealer Round-Up (Pat McGrath, Armani, Dior, Too Faced)

Soooo I went a little concealer crazy this past year. I used to have 2 concealers and didn’t seem to be bothered by that. Then for some reason, I got it into my head that I needed to try out more formulas. Admittedly, I’m still not the most experienced with concealer but since these were shades that I personally had trouble finding swatches of, I’m hoping this is helpful anyway.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection M21, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
L to R: Pat McGrath M21, Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie

I am in my late 30’s and my skin type is dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone. I look for medium to full coverage because I do have darkness both under and in the inner corner of my eyes as well as the occasional acne scar that I want to cover. Like many women of color, I also have discoloration around my chin area. If I do wear a foundation that doesn’t cover it well, I do rely on concealer to pick up that slack.

For shade reference, some of my best foundation matches are Estee Lauder Double Wear in 4W4, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8, and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Tahoe.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection M21, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Concealers (left to right): Pat McGrath M21, Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie
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Product Updates: MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Pro Longwear Concealer

If you are new here this is something I like to do occasionally. I revisit products when I have additional thoughts or new experiences with them. Things can change throughout the seasons or application preferences can change so I want to make sure to give you any new information that may help. Today we’re talking about 2 MAC Cosmetics best sellers. Let’s get right into it.

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Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45**

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (C8, NC45)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45

So I’ve polled the audience. I’m the only person that thinks this foundation looks sweaty. Everyone I ask says this foundation looks natural but more perfected. My husband says he can tell it is more matte than when my skin is bare, but he doesn’t think it looks sweaty at all πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ. He of course sees me the most often and up close, so I wanted to share his thoughts in particular.

Do what you will with that information πŸ˜‚. But seriously, I wanted to let you guys know that I’m alone in this assessment of the MAC Studio Fix Fluid. Just in case my initial review was holding anyone back from trying this foundation. You probably won’t look sweaty.

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My Love-Hate Relationship With The Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer (4WO, 4.5N)

I feel like this concealer from Dior has received a fair amount of hype since its release in January 2020. One of the big reasons I wanted to give this a try is that even after a couple of years, I still hear people raving about it.

I initially just purchased shade 4WO but I ended up purchasing the shade 4.5N to see if mixing a custom shade would work better for spot concealing. I had to do this because there is no 4.5W or 5W shade that I could have tried. Ideally, it would have been nice to see a 5WO shade. I’ve been trying this concealer out since September 2021 and I have to tell you, it took some serious experimenting before I came to love it. Now that I know how to use it, I actually prefer it to my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. There is a lot to like about this concealer but as with all things, there are some drawbacks. Hopefully, I can give you the rundown so you’ll know if this concealer might work for you or if you should choose something else.

Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer Swatches in 4WO and 4.5N
Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer in 4WO (left) and 4.5N (left)
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It’s 20% Off At Laura Mercier, So Let’s Talk Forgotten Best Sellers

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer 4W and 5W Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer in 4W (top) and 5W (bottom)
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder indiscretion devotion addiction
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighting Powders
Laura Mercier RoseGlow Forbidden Rose Caviar Stick Eye Color/Eyeshadow Medium Dark Skin Swatch
Laura Mercier RoseGlow Forbidden Rose Caviar Stick

Since the brand started a sitewide sale today it seemed fitting to continue on with my best sellers series. To keep it simple, I use the brand website’s best seller list rather than retailers like Sephora and Ulta. I have already done a best sellers post on both NARS, Bobbi Brown, and Clinique if you’d like to check those out.

I think all of these products are forgotten simply because Laura Mercier as a brand isn’t as hyped up unless people are talking about the setting powder. I am still in love with the Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (actually wearing it today πŸ™‚) and its no surprise to me that it isn’t on the best sellers list. I really hope that more people try this powder out so it can get the appreciation it deserves. Laura Mercier is going to be experiencing some restructuring since Shiseido sold the company. I’m excited to see what happens from here. In the meantime, let’s talk about what products I’ve tried that are currently on their best sellers list.

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