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While at IMATS a few weeks ago, I came across a booth that sold L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD Concealer and since I’d seen so many of my beauty faves loving these super affordable concealers, I grabbed a few to try out. They come in a wide shade range (18 shades total) from fair to deep and I picked up six shades in the deeper spectrum and gave ’em a whirl :)
I’m getting a lot of comments with people asking what to use to highlight and contour. The basic rule of thumb is to use a shade 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and a shade 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone for contouring. You can find out more about highlighting and contouring in these posts:
So I’ll keep this short and sweet (because you know I can get long-winded…lol). These are really great quality for the price—I paid about $2 each (I think—not 100% sure) from a deal at IMATS but on the L.A. Girl site they’re $5 each and sometimes they’re found in local beauty supply stores. But even at $5 they’re amazing. I got good coverage and the wear was pretty average in comparison to other concealers. I didn’t notice any creasing either.
I have a love/hate kinda thing with the applicator—I feel that the brush applicator built into the packaging makes it easy to apply but at the same time it’s annoying because I feel like I’d need to constantly keep it clean or the product on it will dry up and make the concealer harder to dispense. I also would have loved to have more of a highlight and contour shade for my skin tone. The brighter shades were too bright for me and the deepest shade was too close to my skin tone to be used as a contour.
Here’s some shade descriptions…
note: these are my own descriptions
Fawn, tan with golden/yellow undertones
Toffee, tan with pinky/red undertones
Espresso, brown with slight yellow/golden undertones
Chestnut, medium brown with golden undertones (this is lighter than Espresso although it has a higher number)
Beautiful Bronze, coffee brown with yellow/golden undertones (also a bit lighter than Espresso)
Dark Cocoa, chocolate brown with slight red undertones (deepest of all)
Here’s how I use a few of the shades:
Dark Cocoa for a spot on my chin (my skin is a little deeper there)
Espresso to brighten under my eyes or Chestnut for a “brighter” look (though I still prefer the color of my Cover FX Cream Concealer in N Deep to highlight)
Beautiful Bronze to cover elsewhere
Bottom line: I thought these were great for the price. Even with six decent shades in the “deeper” spectrum, I still feel there’s room for more.
Price and where to buy: $5 each at LA Girl Cosmetics or check your local beauty supply. There’s also a number of beauty sites that sell the brand as well that you can look up (make sure you read reviews of course). ***UPDATE*** You can get them for $2.99 each at drugstore.com