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Quickie: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

One of my pet makeup peeves is seeing someone with obviously mismatched and unblended concealer. I'd even go so far as to say that it's worse than a bad foundation shade since the skin looks mottled and uneven. Better to have a floating face than a speckled one, if I had to choose!

My advice is to choose your concealer shade carefully and to spend some time blending it down until it looks like skin. This is particularly important if you're wearing heavy coverage concealer, like the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (P1,750 from BeautyMNL). I got this a few weeks back, so here's a quick review. ^_^

I'm sure you've seen this Laura Mercier concealer around - it's that popular. Makeup artists and bloggers all over the world have raved about it at some point. Its fame comes from the fact that it's one of the heaviest concealers out in the market, with coverage that is completely opaque and a staying power that will not move throughout the day. 

It comes in two shades so that you can mix your perfect match. The catch? Once it's on your skin, it's very difficult to blend. The texture is seriously hard! You have to be able to mix your color on the first try because you won't get a lot of leeway in melting it down. This really frustrated me for a while until I found my correct combination. It's like opening the lock to a treasure box.

The palette I have is SC-5, which is recommended for medium skin. Not one of the two colors match my skin on the get go so I have to use a small, pointed brush to create my shade.

I use a Real Techniques brush from the Core set. I've tried so many brushes from my collection, even following Lisa Eldridge's recommendation to use an eyeliner brush, but this pointed synthetic brush is the only one that worked for me. It's stiff, so it can pick up the product easily.

The concealer + brush in action. I mixed a bit too light on my chin, but the concealer on my cheeks is almost imperceptible.

The concealer + brush in action. I mixed a bit too light on my chin, but the concealer on my cheeks is almost imperceptible.

The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer is great to try if you have seriously dark blemishes and oily skin to boot. If you just have light blemishes, honestly, it's not worth the hassle. Just pick an everyday concealer with a not-so-heavy coverage and fussy application (like the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer).

Speaking of, I have a new article up on the BeautyMNL! It's about the different types of concealer and how to wield them to your advantage. Hop on to read it!

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