Our Editor Put This New Sweat-Proof, Tear-Proof Concealer to the Ultimate Test

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We've all been there. You take a look in the mirror after a big day to find your under-eye concealer is crinklier than a folded fitted sheet. Great.

While concealer is magic for reducing the appearance of very normal things like dark circles, eye bags, redness and pimples, finding one that looks as great at the end of the day as it did at the start is tricky.

That's why I was very excited to road test a brand new full coverage concealer before its exclusive launch at Adore Beauty: the MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Concealer

According to the product marketing claims, this concealer is 'everything-proof'. Water, sweat, humidity and even human tears are no match for it. But can it actually walk the talk?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this brand new concealer, as well as what happened when I put it through its paces.

What is the new Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer?

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Ask Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer's friends to describe her in three words and they'd say: loyal, resilient and hardworking.

This product is a full coverage concealer that can be used to conceal blemishes, pigmentation and even the darkest of dark circles.

If you've ever tried a full coverage concealer before, you'll know they have a tendency to crease and crack, which kind of ruins the whole 'I get eight hours of sleep every night' look you're going for. Thankfully, Make Up For Ever get it and have created their new concealer with an airy, breathable texture that results in a natural matte finish.

You can also use this friend to contour, colour correct and even out your skin tone if that's your jam, with 20 shades to choose from. The big ol' brush applicator with a precision tip makes it easy to glide product on and into any crevices.

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That said, these are the new Matte Velvet Skin Concealer claims I'm most interested in:

  • 24 hours of wear.

  • Waterproof.

  • Water-resistant.

  • Sweat-proof.

  • Humidity-proof.

  • Transfer-proof.

  • Tear-proof.

Considering I'm a sweaty person who also cries at the drop of a hat (it's true), I thought I would put some of these big claims to the test to find out if they're legit.

My Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer Review.

I decided to road test the Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer against four of the main claims: 24 hours of wear, waterproof, sweat-proof and tear-proof.

Using the shade 2.2 Yellow Alabaster, I applied concealer under and around just my left eye so I'd have a non-concealed eye to compare the product's finish to. I also trialled the product on bare skin and with a full face of makeup.

Here's how it went...

Is Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer Really Waterproof?

I take my road testing very seriously, so to find out if this concealer is actually waterproof, I asked my partner to throw water on my face. Yep.

You can watch how that moment went down in the video above, but essentially, the concealer was not phased by the water, at all.

I also noticed the product didn't transfer when I gently mopped my face up either.

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Is Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer Really Sweat-Proof?

You should know, I'm very qualified to make judgements on sweat-proof products because I'm a big time face sweater. Watch me walk up a slight incline and I guarantee you, sweat will pour out of my under eyes.

Usually, the best test of whether a product is sweat-proof is wearing it on my work commute, but since I'm working from home at the moment, I took this concealer to Pilates.

Predictably, I worked up a face sweat while walking to class in just a few minutes (it was a hot day, OK?). Through this and a 50-minute reformer Pilates class, the concealer held strong.

I wouldn't recommend wearing any makeup while working out, let alone full coverage concealer, but should you find yourself in that predicament, Matte Velvet Skin Concealer can get you through.

Here's a photo of me wearing the concealer before and after exercising. Pretty good, eh?

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Is Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer Really Tear-Proof?

As previously stated, I'm a crier. At work. During movies. Watching The Bachelor.

This is fine when you're in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Not so great when you need to look professional.

So, to test if Matte Velvet Skin Concealer could truly withstand a decent cry, I popped on an episode of Dirty John season two and let the tears flow.

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By this point in the day, I'd been wearing the concealer for around 12 hours and my crusty under eyes had started to suck the moisture out of the concealer. BUT true to its word, the concealer stuck it out.

Did it look amazing post-sob? Not particularly, but if I was at the office and only had a few minutes to dry my tears before a meeting, I'd want to be wearing this product.

Will Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer Really Last for 24 Hours?

I have to be honest... I couldn't go to sleep wearing makeup with a clear conscience. I just couldn't.

All up, I wore the Matte Velvet Skin Concealer from 8am to 10pm on my day of adventures, and 8am to 6pm the following day with a full face of makeup. Here's a photo of how the concealer looks when worn with the whole shebang.

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I'm not sure I'd want to be in a position where I needed to wear concealer for 24 hours (my all nighter partying days are gone!) but I reckon Matte Velvet Skin Concealer was made for all day/night events like weddings, wine tours and birthdays, or any occasion at which you'll have your photo taken.

My final verdict? If you need a new full coverage concealer that will stick by you through anything and everything life might throw at you, Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Concealer is it.