Rachel Marie Walsh rates the very best concealers, mascaras and eye moisturisers on the market
NYX Professional Makeup Full Coverage Cream Concealer Jar, €8
Shade range is at least as important in a concealer as it is in foundation.
When the goal is to make aberrant colour or texture look like healthy skin, a mere 2-3 options only makes sense if you wish to exclude much of the makeup-wearing public.
Cream concealer is the most difficult kind to sheer out and therefore the least like to be forgiving when you’ve, say, applied great white under-eye bluffs to your orange sea of a mug.
Fourteen shades is pretty good going, especially for an affordable brand like NYX.
The brand packs a lot of coverage into this very light, non-drying cream.
The formula has good slip and there is plenty of time for blending before it sets.
BEST BUY: No7 Match Made Concealer, €10.50
No7 has an even more impressive 25 natural-looking shades.
It is long-wearing but also very flexible, skimming over lines and blending well.
A handbag essential for treating both shadows and spots.
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, €8.25
Match Perfection’s partner foundation is an excellent buy for normal-to-dry types and this concealer shares its luminous look and high coverage.
The ‘skin-tone adapting’ promise on the bottle is dubious, either one of the six shades matches your skin or none do.
Perhaps sheering out the liquid makes an imperfect match less noticeable.
Glossier Stretch Concealer, €18
Glossier’s promise of a concealer that “moves with skin” is intriguing, then.
Is there rubber in there? Beeswax, actually, as well as cocoa butter and avocado oil.
The most prevalent ingredient, octyldodecanol, is an emollient and there are no oil-controlling ingredients.
This is not a cover-up for oily skin but post-spot marks will disappear nicely and you can be assured of a natural, cake-free look anywhere on the face that Is line-prone.
BEST BUY: No7 Lash Extender Infinite Lash Length Mascara, €18.50
No7’s fabulous fibre-free mascara is never, ever flaky.
It imparts colour with volumising silicone spheres rather than black colour-fibres.
This makes for a very ‘clean’ wear that does not smudge or speck.
The interesting, patented brush has paddle-shaped bristles the grip and coat lashes evenly.
Glossier Lash Slick Film-Forming Mascara, €16
This mascara makes the most of each lash while maintaining a natural look.
This fine brush separates them well while the film-forming product binds tiny coloured fibres to them, creating subtle length.
It also leaves lashes quite glossy without weighing them down.
It is exceptionally easy to remove, the filmy way it sets make it slide off with little swiping.
This isn’t a va-va-voom look mascara but so many are these days.
A good ‘no mascara’ mascara is a nice change.
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, €23.50
Stila’s new mascara is by no means subtle.
The formula is very rich in plant oils, which makes lashes soft and glossy but may cause smudging.
Volume is the chief benefit her, you may need a spoolie for perfect separation.
Rimmel Scandaleyes ‘Wow’ Wings, €9.50
You don’t really need asymmetric-cut bristles to apply more product to outer lashes and “loading up” the opposing curved side of the brush with product, as the brand suggests, creates a somewhat clogged look.
This may be some version of the ‘London look’ Rimmel promises but brand-model Cara Delevingne’s perfect wings are more accurately achieved by angling a fine-bristled brush and layering mascara onto curled lashes.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Eye Gel, €60
Dr Gross can apparently plump skin fast with or without a syringe.
This gel is very noticeably high in hyaluronic acid and also contains soothing algae and some caffeine, for de-puffing.
I wish this was an all-over face product or it least came in more generous quantities.
No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum, €49
No7 says this serum has seven times the amount of Matrixyl 3000 Plus, an anti-ageing peptide, than its other serums.
The ingredient falls pretty low on the list (as it does on those of its sister serums) but even if the promise is kept, skin needs more than a peptide for both line-correction and boosting.
There are no supportive antioxidants for repair or plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
The price seems hard to justify.
BEST BUY: Cerave Eye Repair Cream, €12
I’ve mentioned before how cool Cerave is for making ceramides (protective fats that occur in skin naturally) available widely and cheaply in gentle moisturisers.
Ceramides are great at plumping up skin anywhere but the fine skin above your orbital bones may be in need of most help.
This cream also contains niacinamide, jojoba and hyaluronic acid.
Eucerin Anti Ageing Hyaluron Filler Eye Treatment, €24.99
Hyaluronic acid is another ingredient skin uses to stay naturally full and protected.
You can get it injected but Eucerin’s combining it with reparative antioxidants and SPF makes for an instantly smoother look while also working on long-term repair.
The hyaluronic acid itself is supplied in both high and low molecular forms, mean it work on both surface and deeper dermal layers.