Nothing to Hide: Department Store vs. Drugstore Concealers

11 Mar

The last time I had my makeup done was in October. I went to the Clarins counter at a department store and asked for a simple—but glamorous—Betty Draper look:


While I ended up doing a lot of touch-ups once I got home (as is usually the case when someone else does my makeup; they don’t know me!), there was one product that I just couldn’t leave the store without:


I had never seen concealer in a tube with a brush like this! And it’s easy not to use too much, because you just click the bottom a couple times (kind of like a mechanical pencil) and just enough comes out to coat the brush.

This was at the end of October, and I just ran out the other day, so the $32 hit I took ended up costing me 32 cents a day (4 months of wearing it 25 days each month = 100 days). I think 32 cents a day for concealer is probably worth it, but if I can get it even cheaper, you know I will.

So off I went to the drugstore, where I found similar products offered by a few different brands. I ended up going with this one because of price, shades available, and amount per tube (.22 oz):


And I gotta say, I can barely tell the difference between these products! I liked the flat brush Clarins used, but the Almay brush is softer. The actual concealer feels and looks the same when I apply it, but the Almay gets a little flaky towards the end of the day. And I could buy four Almay concealers for the price of one from Clarins…now we’ll just have to see how long it lasts.


Now talk amongst yourselves! I’ll give you several topics:
-The last time you got your makeup done at a department store makeup counter. How’d it go?
-Buying generic/cheaper products with the hope that they’re as good as the brand names. Any not up to snuff?
-Sensitive skin woes caused/exacerbated by makeup.



6 Responses to “Nothing to Hide: Department Store vs. Drugstore Concealers”

  1. Mom March 12, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    I have that Almay concealer! It works well. You know how it went when I had my make up done in October. Way too much foundation, in fact cakey, but I liked the way she did my eyes, except for the fact of glowing concealer/highlighter (I’m not sure which it was) around my eyes. Would rather just do my own make up anytime.

  2. Jo March 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I had my makeup done once when I was 16 and left looking like a hooker even after I’d specified NATURAL. I don’t even use concealer anymore because I went crazy with it as a teen and I cut back my makeup so much in response, but those brushes look awesome!

  3. goodskinday March 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve only been really pleased at two different counters: Perscriptives when I was like 15 and just starting to use makeup for real (not counting all that horrible glitter in middle school) and Benefit one rainy day when I didn’t want to leave the mall. I looked fresh and natural both times.

    For glamorous looks, I tend towards MAC, but always regret it because it’s just too, too much.

    Even though I’m no pro, I prefer my way every time.

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