Tēnā koutou katoa class,
(I thought I should use a variation of greetings to start my posts seeing as that is what we do in class!)
Today I thought I’d have a go at contouring with the L.A. Girl PRO.conceal coloured concealers. I’ve talked about these before in a really old post here but I’ve since picked up a few more colours and used them for over a year so I feel like I have a good understanding and appreciation for the product now.
I am totally not a contouring professional. Everything I know, I’ve learnt from Shaaanxo (we all know shes basically a makeup goddess). However you can see me try (and maybe fail) at a bit of cream contouring and I’ll swatch and review the concealers for you – how does that sound?
I have purchased a range of shades in this product line because I really do love the concealer so much. I got most of mine from makeup.co.nz. They are $12 from makeup.co.nz which I think is pretty decent for NZ prices. I used to buy them from beautyjoint.com where they are $2.99 US. It’s the best place to buy if you’re from the US but if you’re from NZ makeup.co.nz is slightly more expensive but much faster shipping.
Here are the shades I own:
I use the shade Porcelain most often as I use it to highlight under my eyes. It’s actually a fantastic under eye concealer and finally it comes in a shade light enough to do a spot of highlighting on my pasty skin!
I think that the shade range is absolutely fantastic in this product line. There is literally a shade for everyone and everything. It is one of the biggest PRO’s for me. (See what I did there?)
Another PRO is the price point. $2.99 – well, you can’t really go wrong can you? Even $12 in NZD is pretty sweet. For that price, you may as well give it a try, right?
The formula seems sort of thick but it blends out really well so you don’t need too much product. It has fantastic coverage and it’s nice and creamy and long-wearing. My eyes are super creasy but I don’t find it creases too badly on me which is fab. It’s probably a little bit too thick but you could combat this by blending it with a fairly damp beauty blender, and only using a teeny tiny bit of product.
It lasts all day on me and sets really well so that it doesn’t move around or transfer.
I did find the formula on the yellow and green coloured shades can get a little bit watery and you can’t really mix it around very well unless you put it on the back of your hand first which is a pain. It still applies okay though.
The applicator is a stupid brush thing which I absolutely hate, however I combat this problem by squeezing it straight onto my beauty blender/brush/finger. It’s just a little bit harder to squeeze out than a normal pump concealer and you probably waste a bit of product. However, $2.99? Plus it’s better than a sponge I guess.
Overall – a flippin’ fabulous product for $2.99 that I sorta think everyone should have a try of.
There’s three correcting shades in the line (Green, Yellow and Orange) which all correct different things on your face. I didn’t manage to get my hands on the orange one unfortunately but to be fair it looks ultra dark!
The Yellow shade is to brighten the skin, Orange is for correcting darkness and Green is for correcting redness. I started with the Yellow shade under my eyes as I don’t have a super dark under-eye area so a bit of brightening is all I really needed.
I used my Porcelain highlighting shade to highlight the high points of my face – my nose, cupids bow/upper lip and forehead.
I used the Green shade to repel that pesky redness I have from some acne scarring and a few pimples here and there.
I used the Medium Beige shade to bronze the outer area of my face and the Almond shade to contour my cheekbones. (HUGE mistake – we will get back to this later).
Finally I used the Classic Ivory shade (which is most like my skin tone) to fill in a few gaps where I thought it might turn out super dark or super green.
I used my damp beauty blender to blend blend blend it all into my face.
This is when I realized I used WAY too much of the darker/green shades and not enough of my natural skin colour shade. I popped a bit of light foundation over top (as my face was literally green and brown).
It turned out okay, apart from the fact that my face was literally like ten shades too dark for my body. However the actual highlighting and contouring part of it would have looked amazing if I had used the shades more sparingly. The Yellow shade turned out perfect and I will definitely be trying it under my eyes again in the future.
I think I will use the Medium Beige shade for contouring next time and probably throw the Almond shade into the depths of my drawers as it is just far too dark for me. I could probably do with a lighter contouring shade actually.
Overall, it was easy enough to contour with these products. However USE THE PRODUCT SPARINGLY. The Green definitely corrected my redness, the Yellow worked wonderfully at brightening (it’s definitely my favourite of the corrective shades) and my old faithful Porcelain was amazeballs as usual. The others were fine, but weren’t really the ideal shades for me and I didn’t take my own advice about a little going a LOOONG way.
I wore my face like this for a few hours afterwards to see how the products lasted (luckily I was just chilling at home). They actually set down beautifully and didn’t budge on my oily skin.
Would I recommend the products? Yes.
Would I recommend highlighting and contouring with them? Yes.
Would I do it again myself? Totally!
Learn from my mistakes and let me know if you’ve had a go at this too and how it turned out for you! I’d love to hear from you 🙂