On my recent trip to MAC to indulge in the latest Shop MAC Cook MAC Spring 2012 Collection, I picked up a few old favorites in hopes that my love for them would be renewed. One of these was the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($17 USD / $19 CDN) a product that both wow’ed and let down…so why did I buy again? Well..things change. Check it out!
The concealer comes in a glass tube with a small pump-top dispenser. You’ll probably get more frustrated at this pump-top than anything else in your makeup collection because it really likes to pick a fight. It pumps out way too much concealer with a full pump, and it takes a skilled ninja to press down on the pump gently enough to only dispense the tiny amount of product needed. I think MAC just likes having their different formulas in different containers/dispensers…but I’m begging them to put this in a doe-foot tube like MoistureCover or a squeeze-tip like Select! The packaging is a pain, but we all know beauty is pain right? The product itself is worth the fight.
The product is a liquid concealer boasting super long-lasting wear in a vast array of shades (both NC and NW, of course). I would classify it as a medium-coverage concealer, because it doesn’t cover like my Bobbi Brown Corrector can, but it sure can do the job of lightening the area (plus its buildable, and that helps too).
It can be a bit tricky to master the application, as I’ve tried many different ways and the only way I found success was by applying 2-3 very thin layers of concealer with a finger, patting in each layer and only doing one eye at a time (once this puppy sets, it doesn’t move for anything). That’s also why its brilliant- it does NOT move for anything. Not even pesky fine lines! This is the only concealer on the planet that does not crease in my fine lines under my eyes or on my lids (I actually use it as an eye base- that’s how crease proof it is)! The shades run a bit light… for someone who is usually an NW20 shade, I go for NW25 in this product. Quick tip: it doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, NW shades (aka. pink undertones) will look best for covering up under eye circles.
I find liquid concealer generally difficult to use to cover up blemishes and spots on the face, so I stick to my trusty Studio Finish for that… I just can’t get the precision that I can with a drier cream concealer. But this stuff is a miracle worker for under eyes, especially for those with mature skin.
- Price: $17 USD / $21 CDN
- Availability: MAC
- Overall: A miraculous medium coverage concealer in less-than-pleasing packaging; crease proof and long wearing- this concealer is amazing for under the eyes once you’ve mastered working with it quickly and in thin layers.
- Rating: A