Dare I Say We Have a Dupe? It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye VS Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer

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If you have read my last few blogs-frst of all thanks, but really if you have, you know that my financial situation changed, and I now have the challenge of finding high quality, low cost products.  This can be quite a challenge, because I know most of us expect to be somewhat disappointed in some of the drugstore products we purchase because of the old adage:  You get what you pay for.

I reviewed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye a while ago, if you are curious you can read it here, I was extremely happy with the coverage the concealer gave me, but the price is a little high, so I purchased the 0.11 fl oz. travel size.  For the travel size alone, it was $10 at Ulta.  I love Bye Bye Under Eye, the coverage and color concentration is awesome, and exactly what you would look for in a heavy duty concealer.  I picked it up in the Tan shade which is just a little too dark to use under my eyes, so that’s why I was still on the hunt for the right undereye concealer.

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I went to my local Walmart store last week, and while checking out the cosmetics department, I came across Hard Candy.  I always knew Walmart carried Hard Candy, but I never really considered the brand because I always felt it was a little on the cheesy/cheap side.  I remembered that there has been some buzz around the Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer, so I decided to purchase it.

I picked up Glamoflauge for $6 in the medium shade, to use exclusively on my undereye area.  I have been using it for the last week now, and I love it!  The packaging, consistency, and concentration is nearly identical to Bye Bye Under Eye!

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For application, I apply my foundation first, then apply Glamoflauge to my undereyes with my finger, and then blending the concealer with a beauty sponge, it comes out flawlessly.  A light dusting of setting powder finishes it off, and it lasts all day.

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I absolutely recommend Hard Candy Glamoflauge as a dupe for It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye if you are on a budget.  I am pleased I got Glamoflauge because at the moment this is my HG concealer.

Have you tried any Hard Candy products?  Do you like the brand?  What is your holy grail concealer?

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Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer

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I’m like a hunter in the wild, and my sights are always set on a good concealer.  I have always purchased stick concealer in the past for my undereye area but usually either Physicians Formula, or Covergirl brand.  Rimmel has been on my radar for a little while, a lot of people have been mentioning the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, so I thought I would try Rimmel concealer.

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I am not sold on the formula of Hide the Blemish Concealer.  It is not thick enough for me, and does not have enough coverage.  It also has a similar scent to the lipsticks from cheap makeup kits.  I will try to find a way to make it work, because I don’t like to return used makeup, I just wish I didn’t pick this concealer up at all.  If I make anymore Rimmel purchases, I think I will just stick to lipsticks and glosses.

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Even TicTac the Dachshund didn’t care for it!

Do you have any Rimmel London favorites?  If so let me know so I can try them and hopefully have a better experience!

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

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Maybe it’s Maybelline, or maybe it’s not this time.

I have been using Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer for about a month now, and I can honestly say I’m on the fence about it.  I really wanted to like this concealer.  People on makeupsocial app have been raving about it, so I thought I would definitely give it a try.

Dream Lumi is supposed to be a gel based formula, but it doesn’t seem that way coming out of the dial pen.  In fact it almost have a somewhat dry formula, or at least it does now a few weeks in.  I don’t do too much contouring, so my primary use for this concealer is to cover my dark circles.

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Maybelline says that you can get the best results by using it to:

To brighten face, apply over brows as well as to the inner and outer corners of eyes and blend with tip of finger.
Apply to sides of nose and on chin and blend to give your face a luminous glow.
To sculpt and highlight facial features, apply in small strokes to the cheekbones and blend.
To make lips look fuller, outline lips with lumi concealer and blend.
To cover imperfections, dot concealer onto desired area and blend.

So maybe I’m doing it wrong?

Dream Lumi’s container is just okay.  You have to twist to get the product out, and sometimes it seems the product isn’t coming out right away, so I keep twisting and clicking, then too much product comes out.  If you leave product on the attached brush, it will definitely affect the texture of the concealer on your next use.  Which is why it seems dried out now a few weeks later.

Don’t get me wrong, this concealer does work to conceal, but I don’t think that it delivers on the “light diffusing” or really have anything different in the formula that other concealers don’t have.

Honestly I purchased Dream Lumi because I heard it was a dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat highlighter.  That was me being cheap!  Dream Lumi is fine as a drugstore concealer, but I don’t think I will repurchase.

I have found that I much prefer a doe foot applicator with my cream concealers for more accurate application, so I will stick to my Maybelline FitMe concealer and my Nars Creamy Concealer.

Give me some recommendations on concealers to try!  Did you think Dream Lumi was a Dupe for Touche Éclat?

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Has My Dark Circles Running Scared

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Since my post yesterday was so uninspired and blah, I thought I would try to redeem myself today. 

(Note: I am super passionate about concealer so you will see a lot of CAPS!)

I have STRUGGLED my whole life with DARK CIRCLES!  YESSSS STRUGGLED!  I have always had dark skin, but my undereye circles have always been darker.  I could get ten hours of sleep, and I guarantee you my poor eyes would still look like I really got 3 hours of sleep. 

Always on the hunt for the best undereye concealer, I was in Sephora one day looking at the Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, when a Sephora associate steered me straight to the Nars display. 

I can’t thank that lovely lady enough!

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She showed me Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel.  It was GORGEOUS!  The formula of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is ridiculously thick but in a good way.  It is not a dry formula, so even though it is thick, it does not look cakey.   I have used some concealers that end up drying really matte and settling in my fine lines and making my eyes look more tired and aged.  Nars concealer does not do that.

After using this concealer a few times, I realize that Caramel, which has medium dark yellow and golden undertones is just a bit too dark for me, as I was color matched according to the makeup I already had on, which was a full face.  Side note:  Don’t you hate when they do that?  I like to highlight my undereye area, and not just blend it in, so I think a better shade for me would be Ginger which has a golden undertone for medium complexions.

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This concealer comes with a doefoot applicator which is perfect for me because i can apply it so precisely. 

I love this concealer because I am a full face kind of girl, so for those who don’t wear a lot of makeup, I’m guessing this thick formula might not be for you, however, if you’re good at blending, then it would definitely work out. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $29, so I suggest you play around with it in store to see if it would work out for you. 

Concealer and foundation are the two items I don’t mind shelling out dough for, and I usually have no regrets.  Will I ever find the perfect foundations and concealers?  Nah, but it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.  😉 

Do you have dark circles?  Do you treat them, or do you cover them up?  Any favorite concealers out there?  Let me know!

I Used a BB Primer and It Changed My Life! (Not Really, But I Did Look Good)

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Last week I dashed over to tartecosmetics.com, as soon as I heard they were having a friends and family sale.  

I had my eye on the BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer for a while, and since I had the chance to grab it at a discount, I went for it.  I purchased this in the Medium-Tan shade. My purpose was strictly to use it as a primer under foundation for a smoother/flawless application and finish.

Yesterday morning was my first time using this product. I applied it with a real techniques stippling brush but I brushed it on, I didn’t use stippling motions. This BB Primer does have a matte look, and I could most definitely wear it alone because it does set nicely with a light finish.  Since I am one of those girls who wears a full face for a bike ride, I will probably not use it alone.

The finish of this BB primer was not unlike other primers I have tried, in how it feels on my face.  It doesn’t feel heavy or like it is causing damage to my pores.

It made my skin smooth like buttah!  Because of the added pigment in the BB cream, and layering my foundation over it, it covered my blemishes really well, and I did not have to pack concealer over them at all.

I did not have a case of oiliness yesterday, and I dabbed my face out of habit and there was barely any oil on the tissue.  That was huge for me.

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Wax on, wax off.

Wax on, wax off.

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I look forward to trying this primer out with all of my other foundations to see how they will hold up.  The tube feels somewhat small to me, so I will try to be conservative with my use.  Maybe not wear it to work, but wear it on the weekends for an extra glamorous full face look.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment is Photoshop for the face.  I love it and will definitely buy it again after this tube runs out. I have not once had a bad experience with a Tarte Product (Maracuja oil SAVED my skin last year) and will continue to support them.

How do you feel about using primers?  Are there any Tarte Products you swear by?

 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer

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For me, foundation and concealer go hand in hand.  As much as I am always on the hunt for a holy grail foundation, the same goes for concealer. 

I came out of the womb plagued with dark circles.  Yes, PLAGUED!  I get them from my mom’s side and she gets it from her father’s side, and so on and so on. 

I always feel like I am fighting a losing battle with my pillows of darkness and have been using yellow stick correctors for as long as I can remember. 

I have no idea how I came across IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer, but once I heard about it, I just had to have it.  (Which pretty much goes for any product people claim as a holy grail.)  I read over and over again what a miracle concealer this is for dark circles and as an overall concealer.

I was lucky enough to find a travel size 0.11 fl. oz. of Bye Bye Under Eye at my local Ulta for $10.00 in the tan shade.  The travel size seems really tiny, but because the formula is so concentrated, it feels like it would take forever to put a dent in it.  The full size is 0.28 fl. oz. and retails for $24.00.

This is what Ulta says about the product:

Why did IT Cosmetics create this product: To finally give women a concealer that doesn’t crease, doesn’t make them look older and completely covers anything and everything!

What is it: An award winning anti-aging, treatment concealer that delivers highly pigmented perfect coverage, anti-aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots and redness, conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles; and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles instantly.

Who is it for: Anyone who wants anti-aging benefits and wants to instantly conceal imperfections, diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the face, and achieve a more radiant looking, flawless and air-brushed looking complexion.

Why is it different: Developed with leading plastic surgeons, and using anti-aging ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, and vitamins C & K, this award-winning concealer helps treat skin with anti-aging benefits and give a more youthful radiance while providing instant coverage for imperfections. The creamy, crease-proof formula glides on easily and lasts all day.

First Impression:

When I squeezed a bit from the tube onto the back of my hand, I was surprised at how thick the formula is.  It reminded me of those acrylic hobby paint that comes in tubes, it is that thick!  You really only need a small amount of product for coverage.  I wasted quite a bit on my first go.  I used my index finger to dab the concealer under my eyes and then blended with my finger.  The product is very tacky to the touch and I would not be able to wear it without setting it with powder.  I really liked the amount of coverage Bye Bye Under Eye gives and I would definitely buy the full size if and when my travel size is finished. 

Wearability:

I used this product a few times, and really liked the richness of the formula, and the concentration of color. Tan was a color match for me, but for my circles, I prefer going lighter than my foundation color, to counteract and brighten the darkness. 

I wore Bye Bye Under Eye for a full day at the office, and while it held up great, the product did settle into my fine lines. I will definitely use this product again, but only for days when I need more coverage, as I felt it was just too thick and heavy to wear during a normal day at work.  Boo for harsh office lighting! 

Where to Purchase:

Ulta: Online and in store.

IT Cosmetics: https://www.itcosmetics.com/bye-bye-under-eye

Also QVC is running a special where you can get Bye Bye Under Eye with Collagen and a double ended concealer brush for $29.00. 

http://www.qvc.com/It-Cosmetics-Bye-Bye-Under-Eye-Concealer-with-Collagen-&-Brush.product.A211531.html?sc=A211531-User&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-11-_-A211531&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/a/31/a211531.001?$uslarge$