Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it along to the Benefit Fake Up event in London a few weeks ago, which I was gutted about as I love their products and it would have been great to meet other beauty bloggers in the area! Very kindly however, the Benefit PR team sent me the three fantastic shades of the product that the event was held in aid of – the Fake Up Concealer.
I will say before I start that concealer and I have a love/hate relationship. I tend to find that concealer collects under my eyes or clings to my skin, meaning that it looks really dry and horrid. One of my favourites is the Lacura Concealer Pen, because it’s quite liquid based and very hydrating, therefore the product doesn’t collect or settle as much as others. However, with it on it’s last legs (I am literally using the last dregs of it now) and on the lookout for another, I was eager to give Fake Up a try.
Advertised as a crease-control concealer, Fake-Up contains a hydrating ‘outer layer’ (vitamin E and apple seed extract) and an inner colour concealer layer. Together, they claim to hide dark circles and diffuse fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra natural look. The packaging of the product, in true Benefit style, is very pretty, with the ‘Fake Up’ name emblazoned upon the front in swirly writing, complemented by a damask style beige print.
The shades of the product come in Light, Medium and Deep, which can either be used singularly to cover up pesky red patches, blemishes or imperfections, or they can be used together to create a ‘contoured’ look, which is becoming increasingly popular on the red carpet.
I never really know with concealer whether it supposed to be lighter or darker than your skin/your foundation (does anyone know the ‘rules’ with regards to this?) but I always tend to go for something slightly lighter, especially under my eyes so that when the light hits the concealer, your under eye area looks brighter. I would probably use the ‘light’ version of Fake Up if I wanted to use just one to conceal blemishes, however there isn’t an awful lot of difference between the light and the medium, so I could probably get away with using either.
All three, true to Benefit’s claims – are very hydrating, and although they aren’t liquid based like my normal concealers, they are really suited for dry/dehydrated skin types because they glide on easily, don’t collect or bunch up and stay put without drying out for at least 8 hours.
I think all three of the concealers are fabulous products, well worth the £18.50 price tag. They claim to be crease free and they definitely live up to this, as I wore all three shades on a night out recently and upon returning home – my make-up was still in tact and there was no horrid lines or concealer ‘collection’ (as I refer to it). I also wore the ‘light’ version under my eyes and over blemishes for my bloggers lunch last Saturday (see post here) and was really impressed by its staying power.
For more information on Fake-Up, visit the Benefit page here.