Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, Clarins Instant Light Concealer: In Search Of The Flawless Face

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review-2

 

I have been hearing great things about this cult undereye product for years now, but it was only after reading about it on Karima’s post on Shameless Fripperies (she uses this together with Clarins Instant Light concealor- reviewed below) did I seriously think about making it part of my makeup routine.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review

Applied heavily on the left swatch, blended out on the right.

This is a silica based powder designed to set undereye concealer as well as brighten the area and diffuse light around fine lines. I like to use a fluffy brush to apply a fine layer of this on top of concealer.

The Secret Brightening powder has a very subtle brightening effect, and a subtle light diffusing/mattifying effect when worn on top of my undereye concealor. I’ve photographed myself wearing it under my left eye only in the picture below. As you can see, it’s a very subtle effect, but it does seem to give a more ‘awake and refreshed’ look.

 

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Left Eye

 Secret Brightening Powder worn over concealer in the left eye only (right side of photo). Clarins Instant Concealer worn in both eyes.

 

 

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder Review-3

The Secret Brightening Powder (right) compared with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (left).

 

Clarins Instant Light Concealor 02 Review Swatches

Clarins Instant Concealer is another product I’ve heard great things about, and the other recommendation that I’ve taken from Karima’s post.

This concealer is a liquid formulation with a lightweight feel and a velvety, light diffusing finish which looks natural and not at all cakey on my skin. It wears well with no creasing or collecting in fine lines. This has medium pigmentation, which is easily sheered out or increased with layering.

I have the shade in 02 which has a strong peach undertone to counteract blueish undereye circles- I find this works well on me, although to be honest my undereye circles aren’t that bad and although this is better with colour correcting, a regular (non colour correcting) concealer does an ok job.

It’s available in 4 shades. I feel that 02 is the closest match to me.

 

Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)

 

Swatches: Clarins Instant Concealor in 02 (left), and my foundation shade- NARS Fiji (right)

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Jane Iredale Corrective Colours palette, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 14: In Search Of The Flawless Face

Being able to achieve a flawless makeup finish is a great thing for most occasions – it’s even more important for special events. With my wedding coming up next year, I am really paying attention to products that can give the highly sought after flawless-but-natural-looking face, especially looking for those that photograph well.  I’ll be trying and reviewing makeup and beauty tools for this purpose over the next few months- watch this space for more!

The Corrective Colours Kit ($54 from ry.com.au) is a camouflage/concealer palette with 4 colours that can be used alone or combined. Yellow corrects for redness in skin and blemishes; peach counteracts the bluish green tinge of under eye circles; beige for a general neutral shade that can be blended with other colours, and lilac to counteract yellow and sallowness.

Jane Iredale Colour Correcting Palette

 

I’m mostly happy with the texture of the product- the peach shade sits well on the undereye area without noticable creasing through the day. The only problematic shade texturewise is the yellow shade- which is a little drier, and catches on flaky skin a little bit. On normal skin it’s not a problem, but on flaky blemishes it’s not ideal.

I use the peach and yellow shades the most. The peach does work  fairly well under the eye area to cancel the bluish green tinge of undereye circles, and there’s no noticable creasing if you use a thin layer.

I find the yellow works well at cancelling redness around the nose, and the lips- although my one gripe here is that it’s really quite a pale shade. Probably a touch to pale for my fair to medium skin, and most likely too pale for anyone darker than me. I get around this problem by patting on some foundation on top with my beauty blender. You could probably also try and mix it with your own concealer.

I haven’t really found a use for the lilac shade yet- I’d love to know what you guys use this type of shade for in terms of spot correcting.

Jane Iredale Colour Correcting Palette

 

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF

According to Kiehl’s…

” Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 is a multi-action formula that provides both immediate and long term benefits.
1. Instantly brightens and perfects the skin: Formulated with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to instantly help diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
2. Brightens overtime by reducing hyperpigmentation: Activated C and Licorice Root are used within the formula to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
3. Protection: Developed with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, utilizing a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration”

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF

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