As promised, here is a longer review of Rimmel’s new concealer with one caveat – this is not a review, but a rave; I can finally say I’ve found a concealer to rival my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage that’s delightfully thrifty.
To preface: I’m a concealer nut, primarily because my entire adult life has been blighted by blemishes and I’m partial to the appearance of perfect skin. Over the years I’ve concealed spots, pigmentation, scars, redness and patches of eczema, all with varying degrees of success.
The best attempts I’ve made have always been while using my trusty Secret Camouflage, but I’m aware that it’s expensive and not available everywhere, so have constantly been on the hunt for an alternative. Up until now I’ve struggled and have always had to carry SC alongside the other concealer I’ve been testing.
Not so on this trip to Budapest: I’ve made the unprecedented move of travelling with only Rimmel’s Lasting Finish High Coverage Concealer (£5.49 here, or the lighter three shades are on sale for £4.40 here), and am amazed to find I’ve not pined for my favourite – the formula and coverage are almost identical to that of SC: it is thick and paste-like in texture and can be applied with a brush or tapped onto the skin with fingertips to really blend it seamlessly into the skin. Once on, it covers everything from under-eye bags to angry, red spots.
My singular complaint is that while SC offers two colours in the one pan for perfect shade-matching, the Rimmel pot contains only the one colour. Hardly a huge hurdle, I’m sure you’ll agree, and one that’s easily overcome by buying the two closest shades to your skin colour and mixing them – it’ll still cost you just over a tenner and last double as long as the single pot.
Rimmel Lasting Finish High Coverage Concealer in 020 Ivory blended to cover a rather red healing cut on my hand.
– If using fingers to apply, always wipe the surface of the concealer post to minimise bacteria (do so particularly if you suffer from spots).
– Tap, tap and tap again to really get the best finish from your concealer and help it melt into skin. To stop it slipping around your face, set with a (very thin) layer of powder.
– If you find it’s a little thick and looks a touch occlusive (I find this is often the case under my eyes), just thin it out with some foundation on the back of your hand or one of those illuminating pens under your eyes. Again – tap and tap to blend.