After posting my Random Concealer Swatches yesterday, I realized that I’d never posted my review for the Christopher Drummond Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer. I wrote this back in March and it’s been sitting in my Draft folder ever since. FYI This was back in the winter when my skin was a bit lighter (<NC15) than it is currently (NC15-20).
This review is long overdue but I just wanted to mention a great concealer that rarely gets talked about: Christopher Drummond’s Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer.
If you love fuller coverage, moisturizing concealers like Tarte Maracuja Creasless and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye but want something with a more lightweight consistency, then this concealer’s for you.
I first learned about the Christopher Drummond brand and specifically the concealer through Teri Miyahira’s YouTube channel. She demos, swatches and reviews lots of cruelty-free cosmetics and beauty products.
The Christopher Drummond Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer is touted as a moisturizing, full coverage concealer that contains no parabens, nanos, bismuth oxychloride, gluten, talc, mineral oil, phthalates. It’s also cruelty free and totally vegan. The concealer is available in 6 shades and you get 7 grams of product for $22.50 which I’d say falls in the same price range as the Tarte and It Cosmetics concealers.
The Duo Phase concealer has a lightweight, creamy texture that’s a lot thinner than the Tarte and It Cosmetics concealers. If I pump some onto the back of my hand, it’s not going to run or drip down it; it’ll hold it’s shape but is a lot easier to spread and blend into the skin. I’d describe the consistency as similar to a rich face lotion.
For those who hate perfume in their face products, you’ll be happy to know this concealer’s completely fragrance free.
The concealer sets to a semi-matte finish, a little more matte than the satiny Tarte concealer and nowhere as dewy as the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. It’s devoid of any shimmer or sparkle.
The most surprising thing about the Duo Phase concealer is the amount of coverage it delivers. The Christopher Drummond company actually says you can use the product as both a concealer and foundation. I can see how that would be possible. For some reason I thought that an all natural, vegan concealer wouldn’t offer the same color payoff as a concealer from a mainstream brand but that’s not the case. The Duo Phase is quite pigmented and, similar to the Tarte and It Cosmetics concealer, it only takes a tiny bit of product to achieve coverage so, whether you’re using it as foundation or concealer, you’ll want to use it sparingly.
The concealer comes packaged in a small, plastic, airless pump bottle that I personally love. If you’ve never used an airless pump, it’s kind of like a Push Up/Pop Ups ice cream where the product sits on a platform and when you pump it the platform lifts and pushes the product up and out. Rather than seeing the product decrease from the top down after each use, you’ll see the product disappearing from the bottom up.
The pump can be a bit fussy. Since the concealer is so pigmented, you’ll want to use as little product as possible. I’ve only ever used the Duo Phase for my under eye area and I’ve never used a full pump, more like a quarter pump or even less to get just a pin drop of product. You want to squeeze the pump as gently as you can because after you release the pump a tiny bit of product will continue to come out. My recommendation is to pump less concealer than you think you need because extra will always squirt out.
I purchased the lightest two shades of the Duo Phase concealer, Fair and Light, and swatched them beside the other concealers and brighteners in my stash so you can get a better sense of where they fall in the color spectrum. The Coastal Scents brightener is the pinkest product in my stash and the Mally brightener is the yellowest.
I think this concealer would be perfect on younger, smoother, unlined skin. The formula’s non-drying enough for my dry skin but it does crease slightly in fine lines. It’s also a bit too matte for my liking, so I still prefer It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. However, if cruelty free, vegan, high coverage concealers are important to you, I think I’ve gotten the hang of the Duo Phase and can share with you how I make it work.
Apply the concealer sparingly to the under eye area and blend, then work on another area of the face while it sets. I usually move onto my brows while the concealer is still moist. By the time I’m done with my brows and come back to the concealer, it’s dried down and set. Any creasing that occurs will have happened in the time the concealer goes from moist to set, so then I’ll go in with a Q-tip or dry sponge to blot away whatever’s settled into my fine lines. I find that just doing that simple blotting early on takes care of any creasing issues. Once the concealer’s set and blotted I don’t experience anymore creasing for the rest of the day and I never have to touch up.
Note: Forgive the ashiness below. I normally wear color corrector underneath under eye concealer which would take care of the ashiness but I wanted to show how the Duo Phase performs alone. In the photos below, I didn’t blot because I wanted you to see how the concealer creases just an itty bitty bit. My eyelids are also naturally darker than the surrounding skin but I never bother with concealer there because foundations and concealers always bunch up in my crease.
Out of all the concealers I’ve tried It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye creases the least on me and gives me the smoothest, most hydrated looking finish. I hope you can see the difference, however small, between the two different concealers on my under eyes in the photo below.
Ingredients: Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tri-Isostearlyl Citrate, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower seed wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Hydrogenated Jojoba oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) seed oil, , Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Oleic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Boron Nitride, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed butter. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).