I told you I was on a hunt for an undereye concealer, didn’t I? 😉
Today’s concealer review is for L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer in the shade Fair/Light W1-2-3. I purchased mine from Target for $8.99.
Out of the three concealers that I’ve tried this month — the Physicians Formula Conceal Rx, the NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage, and now the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer — this was surprisingly the best. I guess it shouldn’t have come as a shock since I’m a fan of stick concealers. Generally speaking, they tend to be richer and creamier. After all, I’m a big fan of CoverGirl’s CG Smoothers concealer because it’s very emollient and has a dewy finish, so I was initially looking forward to the L’Oreal concealer when I first heard about it but that excitement was dampened somewhat when I started reading reviews from normal/combo/oily people raving about it. Hmm. Usually when people with those skin types like something, I don’t because I’m on the extreme side of dry and my makeup/skincare needs are so different from theirs. So it was with some dread that I tested out the L’Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer.
It just so happens that I’ve been using L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi foundation in the shade W1-2 for the past two months so when I was shopping for a concealer I simply picked the corresponding shade in the concealer line.
As you can see from the swatches, the Crayon Concealer is far more yellow-toned compared to the foundation. It’s also got a matte finish versus the more natural matte/slightly satin finish of the foundation.
The concealer’s texture is creamy but drier and stiffer than I expected and hoped for from a cream stick concealer and I knew right then that it would never be a favorite concealer of mine.
The coverage though is really impressive, definitely better than the NYX and Physicians Formula concealers I reviewed yesterday. The twist-up stick format of the concealer allows you to cover small blemishes as well as larger areas such as undereye circles. Coverage is on the higher end of medium but you can sheer it out easily for something lighter. It’s easy to build up the coverage without the concealer looking cakey or heavy, and because of its stiffer/drier texture the concealer really clings to the skin and doesn’t slip and slide around.
The finish is a little too matte for my liking and emphasizes dry skin but it’s far less matte than the NYX concealer which I found looked powdery and really exaggerated the dryness of my skin. If the L’Oreal concealer were just a little bit more dewy I would be a big fan but, as it is, it falls a bit short for me.
I’ve demo’d the concealer so you can see its effectiveness at concealing my dark circles. It doesn’t totally wipe out the darkness under my eyes 100% but it does a very good job at brightening and concealing most of it. All I needed to do was draw the concealer wherever I needed it and it didn’t take very much product to cover up either! I was surprised at how well the True Match Crayon performed because yellow-toned concealers usually look very ashy underneath my eyes.
As you can tell from looking at the photos below, I also used the concealer to cover up a blemish on my nose. Covering the blemish only took a tiny dab or two of concealer, and covering a dark circle only took five or six short strokes of the crayon that I then blended out.
I highly recommend that anyone who doesn’t have very dry skin like mine check out this concealer. The True Match Crayon isn’t moisturizing enough for the under eye area in my opinion but it does a great job hiding spots and blemishes. The coverage is very good, application is easy and fuss-free, and it’s fantastic for on-the-go touch ups.
As for me, I plan on trying the new CoverGirl & Olay Balm Concealer stick next.