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Review: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Thursday, 12 February 2015
If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this concealer popping up with increasing frequency in my #MOTDs. I purchased this because my other concealers, while amazing for dark under eye circles, just weren't cutting it when it came to concealing my spots. I thought I would do a review of this product to show you just how amazing it is and how it could work for you.

Price
So the first thing you are probably wondering is how much is it? I purchased mine from the Laura Mercier counter at Queen's Plaza David Jones for $49. For that price you get a substantial 5.92 grams of product which works out to $8.28 per gram. Her is a quick comparison of other high end, high coverage concealers...
  • Benefit Boi-ing $37 for 3 grams ($12.33/gram)
  • MAC Studio $32 for 7g ($4.57/gram)
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer $40 for 1.4 grams ($28.57/gram!)
So in summary, while it isn't the cheapest, it certainly seems to be good value considering it is one of the highest coverage concealers of the bunch!

Packaging
I absolutely love the packaging for this concealer. It comes in a sleek and solid compact that includes a mirror and a sturdy clip-shut design. The only bad thing you can say about it is it is a bit large just for a concealer but it does have a lot of product which is in two separate pans so it doesn't really bother me. 
Colour Range
This is one of the areas that the Secret Camouflage really excels! Originally I was looking at buying the Benefit Boi-ing but was disappointed to discover that none of the five shades (recently extended from 3) were light enough for me. It can be very difficult to find a good match for concealer that blends seamlessly into your skin but Laura Mercier makes it easy. Not only are their 8 different shades ranging from SC-1 (my shade) to SC-8, you mix your own match of the two included shades in the compact. I really can't see anyone failing to find a match in this range!

Application
First of all this is a very dry, thick formula which can seem a little weird or difficult to work with at first. Because of the dryness, it is not recommended for use under the eyes (I recommend Benefit Erase Paste and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for this area) although Laura Mercier has been known to use it mixed with eye cream. I would say this is best suited as a concealer for spots, either of the acne or pigmentation vareity. To mix my colour I usually take 3-4 strokes of the lighter colour and 2-3 strokes of the darker colour with my Nars #13 Precision Blending Brush (you could also use the similar and cheaper Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush) and mix them together on the back of my hand. This step is really important because the product needs to be warmed up before use to make the dry forumula workable! Usually this gives me the perfect shade but I adjust it with more of either colour if I need to. I then tap the concealer right over the spot and press it in with a finger tip. This pressing motion blends it in and you can repeat the spotting and pressing until you have the coverage you want although it is very high coverage with just one layer.

Longevity
As well as finding the perfect colour and the invisibility of the finish, the longevity of this concealer is perhaps most impressive. I have never ever had a concealer last more than a couple of hours on an active pimple (and most didn't even get to two hours) but this concealer literally lasts all day! Because it is a dryer formula, once it is set on your skin it is not budging. I am currently using it in Queensland, in summer, in 30+ degree and super humid weather. If that isn't a good test, I don't know what is.

The Bottom Line
I love this concealer! I could not be more happy with it and I don't feel any need to keep searching for a spot concealer until this one runs out (which won't happen for a long time) and even then I could see myself repurchasing. Because I am so pale, finding a colour match is difficult at best so I love this mix your own formula because I can get the perfect shade without it being hard work. The coverage is very high and it lasts exceptionally well. Basically, I cannot fault this concealer and I have officially added it to my HG concealer triad of the Benefit Erase Paste Corrector, Nars Radiant Cream Concealer for under eyes and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for spots!

I would love to hear about your favourite concealers or what issues you have been having in your search for the perfect one so let me know below in the comments.

Stay Rosy.


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