Right, I have to be completely honest here I have never been that much of a fan of any of the Benefit concealers. None of them have every wowed me the way that NARS ‘Radiant Creamy Concealer’ and Bobbi Brown ‘Creamy Corrector Kit’ have. However, when I began to read such great reviews from other bloggers about the Benefit ‘Fake Up Hydrating Concealer’ I had to see if it really did live up to all the hype.
One thing that makes the Benefit ‘Fake Up Hydrating concealer’ unlike any others that I have seen is that it is a two in one concealer. On the shell it has a hydrating moisturising balm, which includes skin smoothing and anti-ageing ingredients such as Vitamin E. While right in the centre there is the concealing pigment used to hide any flaws.
So how did this two in one concealer measure up?
Coverage wise the ‘Fake Up Concealer’ is more for covering up minimal flaws rather than any larger blemishes. Although it did conceal the dark circles around the eyes, I wouldn’t say it was able to provide the full coverage look that I normally go for. So if you want a more ‘heavy duty’ cover then I wouldn’t recommend this one for you. However, if you want light weight cover, then ‘Fake Up’ is ideal!
One of the most important aspects for me in a concealer has to be its stay on power. Even if a concealer can make you look utterly flawless it is useless if it has melted off by the time you have walked out of the door! Personally, I found over a few weeks of using the product that I would have to reapply it several times during the day. The lack of staying power is probably due to the hydrating balm in the shell of the product, but it can be easily fixed by using translucent powder around the eye area after usage. However, if you do use a translucent powder it takes away from the dewy, hydrating effect that the product gives you under the eyes…thus proving it a tad pointless.
Similar to the rest of Benefits concealers there isn’t a huge selection in regards to shades. The ‘Fake Up’ concealer range only contains three shades; light, medium and deep. I decided on the ‘medium’ shade as it was the closest to my skin colouring, however I would have preferred to have a larger selection of shades!
Overall, although I do really like the concept of having a two in one product, (well who wouldn’t? ) I found that it proved to be more work in the end and not measuring up to what I thought it would be! Maybe I was asking for too much at only £18.50?
Did the Benefit ‘Fake Up Hydrating concealer’ live up to your expectations?