I seem to be always looking for the “perfect” concealer – if that even exists. About a year ago, I discovered Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. I’ve been really happy with it, but with a price tag of $25, I was open to something else. I read a review, on a blog similar to mine, about Maybelline’s Master Conceal. It received rave reviews from the blogger and from others commenting on the blog. So, I thought I’d give it a try. I was really hoping that it would provide the same coverage as the Tarte concealer and at a fraction of the price. Here’s my take on it.
Although I had high hopes, it just didn’t meet my expectations and needs. The coverage wasn’t that great, compared to Tarte, and it didn’t seem to stay on as well. I’m sure this is a great product for someone looking for a light – medium concealer (and who doesn’t live in Florida with the crazy humidity!). For me, it was too “thin” of consistency. As with any liquid makeup I use (concealer, foundation, etc.), I’d rather have to “thin” it down (which can be easily done) than making it cover better by layering and layering (which can give you a cake-y effect). In a side-by-side comparison, here is what I think about the two concealers:
Maybelline Master Conceal
Pros: Cost, lightweight
Cons: Adequate coverage, not completely heat/humidity withstanding
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Pros: Great coverage, stays put (even in the humid Florida weather)
If you’re looking for an inexpensive concealer, I would definitely recommend you give the Maybelline one a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you – it clearly has a strong fan base. If you are willing to pay a little more, check the Tarte concealer out.
As with any concealer, I recommend starting out with a pea sized amount. This amount covers my under-eye circles, any blemishes I may have, and allows me to do a little contouring. If you use more than that amount, you will likely either over-apply or waste it. Start out with a small amount, see if that works, and then adjust the quantity accordingly. You’ll fine that your makeup will last you a lot longer if you use just the right amount.
As always – stay beautiful! ~Devon