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This review has been sitting in my drafts for ages now, so I thought it was about time I shared it with you all!
Whenever I’m tired (which is most of the time) I tend to get dark circles under my eyes. Not bags, just circles, and I’ve always had trouble finding an affordable concealer that will cover them. In the past I’ve mainly used concealer sticks, but they’re more suited to covering blemishes and they never do a very good job, so a few months ago I decided to pick up a liquid concealer to try. Whilst browsing Superdrug for the perfect shade I tried many concealers from different brands, most of which were too orange or too dark for my pale skin tone, but whilst checking the cheapest stand in the shop, 2True, I was surprised to find the ideal match – their 3 in 1 Concealer in Shade 1, for just £1.99.
The concealer comes packaged in a very basic looking tube, complete with a soft, angled wand for easy application. The packaging is nothing to shout about, and in all honesty it is fairly impractical as it gets very messy, very quickly (as you can see below), and it’s impossible to get the last dregs of product out of the tube. But for £1.99 I’m not complaining too much!
The concealer has a light, creamy consistency and can be blended easily with a fingertip into all nooks and crannies. It also dries fairly quickly so it’s perfect for the morning rush, and it doesn’t go powdery or tight on the skin. In fact, I actually find it quite moisturising, without being greasy, and it leaves your skin looking smooth with an even tone.
The concealer goes on very pale, but once blended it is a brilliant match for light skin tones, with its lightness giving the skin a little boost of radiance. For a bargain concealer the coverage is actually quite impressive, and it covers up my dark circles well, and stays put for a good while. By the evening the dark circles start to show through again however, so it does need touching up/reapplying if you’re heading out anywhere.
Other than the impractical packaging, this concealer is a little gem and at £1.99 you really can’t go wrong. I’m already onto my second tube and it makes a nice little addition to my make up bag, and I use it on a daily basis for work to hide the signs of tired eyes. It gets a big thumbs up from me!
In September last year I wrote a less than complimentary review of MUA’s Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick. I really wasn’t impressed by the greasy formula, strange colour and impractical packaging, but I was assured by other bloggers that I was just unlucky and had picked up a duff one! So, when MUA brought out a ‘new and improved’ version of the Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick earlier this year, I decided to purchase one to see how it compares to the old formula.
The first most obvious difference between the old concealer and the new concealer is the packaging, and I must say I quite like the monochrome look. Unlike the old one the lid stays put, and it hasn’t fallen off and caused any damage like the old one did constantly, which is a definite improvement. However, the twist mechanism is still very weak so the concealer doesn’t stay up when you’re trying to use it, which isn’t exactly ideal!
The consistency of the new concealer is somewhat different to the old concealer, but I still don’t like it. I find it quite waxy which makes it very difficult to blend, but once blended it makes my skin look horrible and greasy. However, the coverage is now far better than it used to be as the concealer actually covers blemishes, and the coverage lasts for most of the day too and doesn’t rub off easily like the old concealer.
Perhaps the best improvement is in the colour. The shade is actually now Light, as it says on the label, rather than orange like it was before! It’s far more suited to my skin tone and works well with my foundation.
Overall, MUA’s Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick shows a definite improvement, but it still isn’t quite up to scratch. It’s not bad for £1, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing – sorry MUA!
If you’ve ever read any of my past reviews of MUA products you’ll know that I love their wide range of low-priced, high quality products, so it pains me to admit that I have found a MUA product that really isn’t up to scratch – their Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick. I received this concealer stick in a MUA haul that I ordered back in April, but I’ve been so unimpressed by it it’s taken me until now to put the effort in to review it.
On first impressions, I have no issue with the concealer. It sports MUA’s slick black and silver packaging, and I like being able to see the concealer through the clear section in the plastic. However, the design is very impractical. The lid is far too small (it’s the plain black bit on the right) and doesn’t click firmly into place, so it constantly falls off in my make up bag. The concealer stick itself twists out of the tube, but the twist mechanism is very weak so it twists back in slightly when any amount of pressure is applied to it, which isn’t ideal when you’re pressing it onto your face! Furthermore, the concealer isn’t held firmly in place and has broken clean off at the bottom on several occasions – not good. All of these factors have led to the product being damaged, which has left a big mess on the plastic which you can see below…
I wouldn’t say the damage is every day wear and tear either, because I’ve used similar concealer sticks by different brands which have remained in good condition until they were fully used up.
The only thing I really like about MUA’s Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick is its smell, which is slightly nutty and sweet. Other than that, it’s pretty useless. The formula is very greasy, which even when used with my favourite MUA Matte Foundation leaves my skin oily and shiny. It doesn’t blend well either and rubs off easily, and it doesn’t ‘Hide and Conceal’ blemishes or spots as its name would have you believe!
When I first received the concealer I was slightly dubious about the shade as it looked very orange, so much so that I took it into my local Superdrug store to compare it with the shop’s stock. I thought maybe it’d been labelled incorrectly and I’d been sent the wrong one, but no, the orangey swatch you see above is in fact their ‘Light’ shade. This shade is supposedly suited to light skin, but believe me when I say it isn’t – I have a light skin tone and it doesn’t suit me at all as it’s far too orange! I know MUA’s products are cheap, and this only cost £1, but usually the quality of their products is extremely high, but this one looks as cheap as it costs.
I’m really disappointed with MUA’s Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick as I’ve always been so impressed by MUA that I didn’t think they could let me down. I don’t recommend it at all, and will be investing in a better quality concealer in the future!
Hello lovely readers!
The folks over at MUA recently hit 20,000 ‘likes’ on their Facebook page (congratulations guys!), and as a treat for their fans they have released a voucher code to receive an Immaculate Collection Palette (worth £8) FREE with any order!! I couldn’t pass up an offer to get 24 beautiful eye shadows for free, so my mum and I placed an order straight away and it finally arrived this morning 😀
My mum was very pleased with her lipstick and nail varnish, and this is what I got…
From Left to Right:
- Lipstick in ‘Shade 2′ – £1.00
- Love Heart Lip Balm in ‘Hot Lips’ – £2.00
- Eye Dust in ‘Shade 2′ – £1.00
- Nail Varnish in ‘Shade 3′ – £1.00
- Hide and Conceal Cover Up Stick in ‘Light’ – £1.00
- Immaculate Collection Palette – FREE!!!!
For £6 (plus £2.95 postage) I am SO pleased with this order. MUA products are such great quality for the price and I can’t wait to test everything out. I’ve already tried the lipstick and it is lovely and creamy, and the nail varnish is gorgeous. Here’s a sneak peak…
If you want to place an order and get a free palette for yourself, head over to MUA’s Facebook page and give them a ‘like’ to get the code. Then visit MUA’s website, choose your items, add the palette to your basket and enter the code at the checkout. They ship worldwide too!
Look out for reviews of these products coming soon!