I am back yet again with a concealer review. I am pretty sure my obsession with concealers is quite obvious by now! Today I want to talk about a concealer that I have been using for a long time: the Clarins Instant Concealer. Do I like it? Read on to find out more.
Clarins Instant Concealer
Product: The Clarins Instant Concealer is a high-end concealer marketed for its Light Optimizing +Complex. The product also contains Aloe Vera extract for a smoothing, calming effect and caffeine to reduce puffiness and dark circles. The Light Optimizing +Complex diffuses light to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, imperfections and fatigue. Sounds like something everyone needs on a Monday morning, right?
Packaging: The Clarins Instant Concealer has the same iconic beautiful, luxurious packaging with the gold cap that we all adore and love to whip out of our makeup bags. This concealer has a squeeze tube and nozzle dispensing mechanism which is relatively simple and easy to use. It is not too difficult to control the amount of product dispensed and minimize the wastage, but the cap becomes very messy within a few uses. I think a pump mechanism or doe-foot applicator might have been a more practical choice for this concealer.
Consistency: This concealer has a thin, rather runny fluid consistency. Bear this in mind when squeezing the tube to dispense the product.
Coverage: In terms of coverage I would say the Clarins Instant Concealer has light to medium coverage, buildable to a degree. See the point below for tips to get optimal coverage.*
Application: On Clarins’ website they recommend applying and blending the product with your fingers. I am sure you all know there are few things I hate more than applying makeup with my fingers, so instead I opted for a Beauty Blender which works perfectly. I find that a brush can make the finished effect look more streaky instead of smooth and airbrushed. *If you are using a Beauty Blender for application and blending: squeeze out as much water as possible as the dampness of the sponge does affect the coverage to an extent. The wetter the sponge, the lighter the coverage.
Wear: Eventhough the Clarins Instant Concealer is not necessarily marketed as such, I find it to be quite a hydrating product and it works well with my dry skin. The concealer sits smoothly on the skin, looks natural and does not feel thick or heavy. There are definitely some minimal creasing during the day – I think purely because I refuse to set concealers with powder. Other than that it wears well during the day. I wouldn’t say this is the most brightening concealer on the market as it has a completely neutral finish, i.e neither matte nor illuminated. Seeing that I am anyway a more ‘keep it natural’ kind of girl, this doesn’t bother me in the least. The concealer covers mild dark circles and pigmentation well.
Shades: There are currently four shades available in the range. You can click here to view the shade range.
Price: R325/€23 for a generous sized product.
What did I think? I have been using this concealer for a long, long time and it often went with me on travels. I think the Clarins Instant Concealer does mostly what it says on the tin and is good value for money. What I most like about this concealer is that it doesn’t aggravate the dehydration of my under-eye area or cling to dry patches. I think this is an excellent concealer choice for readers with drier or mature skin. As the coverage is more on the light-to-medium-side I wouldn’t recommend this product to readers that have severe dark circles or pigmentation that needs coverage.
Will I buy this product again? Yes.