It’s been a long time since I’ve tested out a new concealer but honestly I’ve been quite content with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and haven’t felt the need to look elsewhere. But you know how beauty junkies are. Lately I’ve heard rumblings about the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal concealer and how amazing it is and that it’s a dupe of the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.
The L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is reportedly a full coverage, lightweight, crease-resistant concealer that doesn’t settle into fine lines. Basically, magical stuff for $5 a tube. It sounded so good I had to give it a try.
The L.A. Girl Pro Conceal concealer is available in 18 shades and retails for $5 a tube online but I’ve seen it for less at beauty supply and dollar stores. I scored mine for only $3.
Right off the bat I can tell you that the shades run dark, so although there are a lot of shades to choose from I think that this concealer is geared towards medium to deeper skin tones. Those who are very fair (<NC/NW15), sorry, you’re out of luck. I’m about an NC15 right now and chose the lightest shade, Classic Ivory, which I’d describe as a peachy concealer.
The concealer comes packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with an attached brush applicator. To put it bluntly, the brush sucks. It’s scratchy and absorbs a lot of the product. I would’ve much preferred a simple brushless squeeze tube a la Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer or Physicians Formula Conceal Rx Concealer.
The consistency is thin and lightweight. If you’ve ever tried the Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter or Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealers, I think the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is very similar in texture and actually even in terms of coverage because full coverage the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is not. It’s light to medium coverage at best and in my experience is more of a brightener than a concealer. It’ll lighten and brighten the under eye area but if you’ve got major dark circles that you need to cover the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal won’t be enough.
I think my dark circles are worse than average but I’ve seen worse on others and I definitely needed more coverage than the L.A. Girl concealer was able to offer. If the Pro Conceal really is a dupe of the MAC Pro Longwear concealer I don’t even want to bother trying the real deal anymore. Those who are claiming this is a full coverage concealer either have very minor circles to begin with and don’t need a lot of coverage or haven’t tried that many concealers because there are concealers with way higher coverage out there, even at the drugstore. The Physicians Formula Conceal Rx and Hard Candy Glamoflauge spring immediately to mind.
One thing that I really do like about the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is its finish. As mentioned earlier, the coverage can be built up to medium. I found that when I layered the concealer it didn’t look heavy or cakey and maintained a very natural, skin-like finish. Unfortunately, when I tried building up the coverage it started to crease and settle in my fine lines so I would nix the crease-resistant claim.
In the end, I would recommend the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal to those who want a lightweight, natural looking concealer/brightener but don’t need a lot of coverage. This concealer would be perfect for those with darker skin tones who are fans of the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch orformulas but weren’t able to find a match in Maybelline or Rimmel’s limited shade offerings.
This is my bare face so you can see how bad my dark circles are. As I said before, I think they’re worse than average but not the worst I’ve ever seen.
I’d been led to believe the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal was a full coverage concealer so the first time I tried it I only placed the product in the areas of my most severe darkness.
Below you can see the concealer once it’s been blended out. It lightens up the area but the darkness is still visible.
For the second layer I decided to really pile on the concealer to see if I could get more coverage. It brightened up some more but, again, the darkness was still visible.
This is Before the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal…
And here’s After the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal…
And lastly a close-up of the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in action. The finish is very natural in appearance but you can see it settling into my fine lines.