The packaging for the concealer is a small glass bottle with a pump. For me, the entire packaging is problematic. First of all the bottle is glass. I mean, if it smashes then you’re whole makeup bag is basically screwed. Touch wood this hasn’t happened to me (yet!) but honestly, it’s just an accident waiting to happen. The second big issue that I have is the pump. It is the worst thing in the world because you can never get a tiny bit out, it’s either a literal drop or half the bottle. It’s so frustrating! I’ve even considered depositing it into another container just so that I’m not wasting so much product but it dries out in other small tubs. Lastly, a slightly smaller but still relevant issue is that the shade names are put on with a little plastic sticker on the bottom. You might be thinking, yeah so what? But trust me, this is an issue when you’re trying different shades out to see what works for you and your sticker falls off and you’re basically back to square 1. Not fun.
I have one other gripe with this product that I just want to get out of the way. I don’t know how to put this really so I’m just going to be frank. The formula smells. I mean when you first buy the product it’s not so bad but as time goes on it develops this damp like (basically kinda pissy) smell. It’s not very pleasant especially when you’re applying it so close to your nose.
Now I know you’re thinking OK Rosie, so you basically hate this product so why on earth is it your “holy grail”? Well honestly, the the packaging (and smell) aside, the actual concealer itself is pretty flipping fantastic.
Let me break it down into the 3 C’s.
- Consistency – The formula is a nice consistency that is neither watery nor thick, which makes it SO easy to work with. You can blend it really well into your skin/foundation with ease.
- Coverage – The coverage is fantastic on initial swipe which means a little goes a really long way but if you have serious dark circles or a whopper of a spot, you can even build up coverage without it caking or cracking.
- Creasing – It does not crease. No this is not a joke it really doesn’t crease! I mean, you do have to let it dry completely which takes a few minutes but once it’s dry, that’s it. No need to set it either (unless you want to).
It’s priced at £18 which might seem a little bit dear for a small bottle but really it does last a very long time. You can see from the swatch below that just a small amount dabbed onto my arm really does provide great coverage. There is no sign of the blue veins on my arm which are quite prominent. I haven’t altered or edited the image below so that you can see what the actual colour is like too. NC30 is more yellow toned and although it will most likely cover your dark circles when applied correctly and left to dry fully, I do recommend correcting any blue/purple under the eyes first.
These swatches haven’t been edited either (photo taken in natural daylight).