The Ordinary Concealer Review.
Let's start with the fact I'm a sleep-deprived mum to three children under five. I am very into concealers (and coffee) and if a product can’t cover my dark circles, then I can’t give it air time. Yes, even if it only costs $10.80.
I didn’t have high hopes for this concealer, but I was genuinely surprised. Firstly, the packaging is great. The nozzle applicator makes it hard to use too much product - this happens with some doe-foot applicators - and although small, the tube has survived months of being thrown all through my car and/or handbag. Win.
The first time I used this product, I was also shocked by how pigmented it was... for an affordable concealer. I love that the finish is very velvety and not too matte. The texture is also much nicer than a lot of other highly-pigmented concealers. It blends easily and doesn't leave a cakey or powdery finish.
In fact, if you’ve tried Tarte’s Shape Tape, I've actually found The Ordinary concealer to be a touch lighter in coverage, but much more hydrating (so better for drier skin types).
And yes, it covered my dark circles and made me look like I was getting much more sleep than I actually was. Because WOW, you only need a tiny bit.
I'm also impressed by how the brand have divided up the shades into undertones. Often, concealer colours are either way too light or way too cool for me, but the shade 2.0YG is The One.
Downsides? The foundations and concealers aren't a 100 per cent colour match, so you might need to try a couple to find your exact shade. On my normal to combination skin type, the concealer didn't last as well throughout the day as some of my other heavy duty high coverage concealers.
I got a good result applying with fingers on top of a hydrating eye cream and blending out with the pointy end of my beauty blender sponge. But if you’re buying a concealer for a special event or really want your makeup to last, this wouldn’t be for you.
It does live up to the skin-like finish promise though, which is definitely my jam.
If you prefer dewier or medium coverage concealers, I’d pass on this one.
But personally, I think this concealer does the job and covers what I want it to. So yes, it's good. I love it as an everyday high coverage option that doesn’t leave my under eyes looking cakey.
And for less than $11, I'd happily skip the toastie and make my lunch at home.