Tried and tested: Concealers

When it come to concealer, are the most expensive brands always best? Our testers find out...

Essence Pure Nude Concealer in Shade 20, €2.45 

I was impressed with this cover-up. It was less greasy than my usual concealer, with a matte texture, which meant I did need to spend more time blending, but the result was long-lasting. And at €2.45, it’s a steal.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand, €8.99 Boots 

This has a very creamy consistency, so I was worried it might be a bit chalky, but it’s much more sheer and subtle when applied.

It works really well to hide eye bags and blemishes, and stays put all day.


Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ Naturally Radiant Concealer Light Medium, €24, Debenhams 

The ideal find if you’re after a perfectly smooth concealer.

The wand makes application easy, while the light and creamy consistency leaves a radiant, dewy finish. Be mindful when picking out the correct shade, however; they lean a little to the pink side.



L’Occitane’s bestselling Immortelle range harnesses the exceptional anti-ageing properties of the ‘flower that never fades’, and now a luxurious new serum bolsters the Corsican extract with a red algae that also grows in the Mediterranean isle.

In the Divine Harmony Serum, €185, Immortelle micro-drops are suspended within a Jania Rubens-enriched gel, which acts to plump, brighten, smooth lines and redefine facial contours 


On the catwalks, the red lip returns every season in one incarnation or another, but back in the real world, 54% of women say they’re too shy to slick on the scarlet lippie, according to a new survey.

The striking lipstick is a real opinion divider, with 32% of the 2,000 respondents saying that wearing red lippie is ‘sexy’ and 26% saying it’s ‘confident’, while only 8% would wear it to a job interview, and just 6% to ask for a pay rise.


Tried and tested: Concealers

Ten years in the making, Sarah Jessica Parker’s new fragrance is a major departure from her previous scents, but that’s no bad thing at all. 

It blends top notes of black pepper, sage and grapefruit zest with the warmth of cedar wood, pistachio and ginger lily.

* Stash Eau de Parfum, €36 for 30ml, Debenhams.


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