Monday, October 14, 2013

Battle of the Benefit Concealers

Benefit Fake Up Boi-ing Erase Paste Concealer Comparison

Benefit Erase Paste Concealer

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
Benefit Fake Up Concealer

Battle Benefit Concealers

In corner #1 we have... Benefit Fake Up Concealer, weighing in at $24:  Cover-up goes incognito! This hydrating crease-control concealer - with Vitamin E & apple seed extract - hides dark circles & diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for 6 hours!* *Instrumental test

In corner #2 stands... Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, weighing in at $26: Signs of stress & fatigue are a thing of the past with this concentrated cream formula! Available in three shades with brightening melon undertones to suit every skintone.

And in corner #3 is the formidable... Benefit Erase Paste Concealer, weighing in at $20: Signs of stress & fatigue are a thing of the past with this concentrated cream formula! Available in three shades with brightening melon undertones to suit every skintone. 

I won't go into too much details about each individual concealer here, since I've done in depth reviews on each of them already.  {You can read those concealer reviews by clicking on the formula name above.}  However, I will say this:  Each concealer formula by the amazing Benefit Cosmetics has its own set of strengths and its own set of weaknesses.  The trick to finding the perfect formula for you is determining what you need it to cover and what your needs are from a concealer in general.  It's a good idea to have a few different concealer formulas in your makeup wardrobe to suit your needs most effectively.  Just like our skin changes throughout the year necessitating a switch up in our skin care routine, our areas needing coverage also require us to switch out our concealers to most effectively cover our less than perfect areas.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to use a concealer that is creamier and more hydrating on areas that are dry, like the under eye area or rough dry spots caused by environmental assault or dehydration.  If your skin is more oily in the area you want to cover, like a zit or your t-zone, stick to a formula that is drier.  If you have dark circles with a bluish tint, go for something with an orange tint to it to help you neutralize those dark circles.  

That being said, each formula of concealer by Benefit has it's key defining element that makes it better suited to a particular area of the face needing coverage.  Otherwise, they'd all just be the same.  The Fake Up Concealer is super hydrating, due to its pigmented core surrounded by a stick of pure moisture.  This is the least pigmented in my opinion, and I'd recommend it for those who need hydration under there eyes and minimal coverage.  It's not a great idea to use it in the t-zone where you'd be oily or over a breakout.  The Erase Paste has an orangey undertone to it, so it's perfect for concealing dark circles under the eyes, but it's also very thick and sticky and works best under a liquid or cream foundation.  Steer clear of it if you're using a powder foundation or just a tinted moisturizer.  The orange can be too apparent without some creamy formula pigmentation over the top to blend it seamlessly into the surrounding skin.  The Boi-ing concealer can do under the eyes if you make sure they are well prepped with a great undereye cream.  It's dry consistency can cause it to settle into fine lines without enough hydration to plump up the area first.  Boi-ing works best on breakouts.

And the winner is...   It all depends on what you're looking to cover, but I honestly recommend having Boi-ing for your breakouts and either Erase Paste or Fake Up for your undereyes, depending on how much coverage  you need and whether you top it with a liquid or powder foundation.  If you have to pick only one, the Boi-ing will give you the most bang for your buck, because you can still use it under the eyes layered over a good undereye cream.  But seriously, just invest in two for the most effective coverage, and they'll both last you twice as long!

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