stila perfecting concealer review

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I have had the same tube of Revlon colorstay blemish concealer since I was like 19 and I genuinely thought it was gonna be a lifelong relationship. Like, for real, that bad boy is still going and only just starting to show signs of running out. But because I’m addicted to buying makeup I thought I’d preempt the end of this long term love affair and branch out, you know? Try something new.
So I ended up buying this Stila perfecting concealer. It wasn’t super expensive, NZ$28.88 from Beauty Bay which is a lot friendlier than the $50 I paid at Ballantynes for a Nars creamy concealer (which I’m in love with but that’s a story for another day). So it definitely wins in the price category. It also comes in first for packaging, the cute wee tube is so clean and medicinal looking. Another thing I like about it is how a little goes a long way with this product. You just need the tiniest blob on your finger and it’ll cover your whole under eye area.
And now for what I didn’t like… it was super tacky and sticky. I didn’t feel like I could apply it with my fingers because I almost felt like I was taking off whatever makeup I had on underneath. This is definitely a job for my concealer brush and I hate having to use brushes for my concealer because my mornings are a rush and I’m a swipe and go kinda girl. You also absolutely need to set it with powder because it’s so sticky and if you don’t, you’re gonna have so much fluff on your face. Unless fluff is your thing. I could actually see this stuff being pretty good as a primer for glitters because it’s so sticky.
Other than that, it only creased a little bit and it gave decent coverage. It also lasted the day fairly well except for on top of blemishes, I felt like after a few hours some redness showed through on the blemish itself but the area around it was still covered well. So perhaps a touch up may be in order.

So yeah, price point is awesome and packaging is also awesome aaand coverage and staying power get a tick from me. But for overall performance and ease of application, I’m gonna roll with my Nars. And if my Revlon ever gives up the ghost, I’ll probably get another one. We just have too much history together.

P.S. This blog post is entirely my own opinion, nobody paid me to write this and I do not represent anyone or anything

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