Tuesday, 16 July 2013

High-Street Concealers For Pale Skin - The Impossible Task

There are two things I just don't understand about makeup stands in the high-street...
1. That finding a mirror is ridiculously challenging
2. The unflattering and far from day-light-like lighting makes it, as the title of this post suggests, an impossible task to find the right shade.

Getting tired of having to mix two concealers together on a daily basis to make a better (but still not perfect) colour match for my skin, I thought it was time to take a trip to the high-street/drugstore to see if I could find a better match.

The two that I had been mixing are the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 which is a little too light for blemishes but perfect for the under-eye area, and the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer in 02. I thought I had the lightest shade in this one but I think Boots just weren't stocking shade 01. The two mixed together were a much better colour but still a bit too orange for my skintone. I also found that although they applied well, after a few hours they would separate a little and become very obvious on the skin.

I have tried mixing the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer shade 01 with shade 02 but for some reason I just can't seem to find the balance of colour, and again they become far too orange.

So, on my trip to the high-street I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 010 and the 17 Hide Away Concealer in Fair. Without a mirror in site, I'm afraid I had to do the hand swatch and pray that I had a good understanding of the difference between the colour of my hand and the colour of my face. I didn't. Although the consistency of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is smooth and silky and would be great for the under-eye area, it was, yep you guessed it....way too orange!

The 17 Hide Away Concealer was actually a much better colour as it is pale and pink-toned but it doesn't have great coverage and seems to cling to dry patches.

It just seems impossible to find a concealer for my pale skin in the high-street. I often have the same problems with foundations and I think the main reason is that high-street brands just aren't able to offer a colour range as extensive as high-end brands.

I think it's time I took a trip to a department store and invested my money in a high-end product. I am hoping that there will be a much better choice of colours and that it will be worth the money.

The two brands in particular which have concealers that I am planning on trying are Bobbi Brown and Nars. Bring on pay day....again....

Have you had more luck finding concealers for pale skin in the high-street? Do you think that high-end products are a better option? Any recommendations? Let me know by commenting below....

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  1. Great blog post. Yeah its hard for peeps finding the correct colour for there fair complexions can sympathize. Love your pic on your about you look sooooo beautiful. Congrats on your wedding <3

    MLFx | May la Faye

    1. Thank you so much, that has really made my day :) x

  2. Oh, good luck cant wait to see what you find. It's so hard shelling out the money for high end cosmetics, but sometimes you just have to!

    1. So true! Not always but sometimes products do cost more money for a reason! x

  3. Oh I'm so glad I read this post. I wouldn't say I'm hugely pale but I do struggle to find foundations and concealers that go with me skin tone.

    I haven't tried any high ends yet but the best I've come to are the Revlon Photo Ready Concealer In Light and the Maxfactor FaceFinity All Day Flawless Foundation (which is supposed to be aprimer, foundation and concealer in one? - I will be reviewing this on my blog soon)

    I hope you find something...Let me know if you do..

    oOo Becky oOo

    BKY Bubble oOo Beauty, Life, Baby, Bits & Bobs

    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations, I will definitely give them a swatch and see if they will work for me. I have been meaning to try the Revlon Photo Ready range for a while, I want to try their photo ready primer as well. x

  4. I have very pale skin and very dark hair which makes my skin look even paler!have a look at Estée Lauder concealers if you can..that is my fav pale concealer..but then I manage to use the collection one and didn't think it was too dark!great post!:)


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