What I notice lately on the beauty scene is that everyone is raving on two concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer. NARS is on the high price side and when Collection Cosmetics was launched, beauty bloggers as well as YouTubers start to go cray cray over Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer saying that it’s actually a cheaper alternative dupe of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I, on the other hand never use any concealer before as I don’t have dark eye circles as a result of getting at least 8-9 hours of well-rested beauty sleep every night. Now that I only sleep 4-5 hours max, I find myself stumbling searching for a concealer suitable for me. Last weekend out of the blue I wanted to get my paws on Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer. And so I did.
When I walked into Watsons KLCC and headed straight to Collection Cosmetics shelf, I saw a BA standing there and I thought hey that’s great. I can get her to help me choose the right shade for me. It turns out I was just hoping too much. I told her that I need the lightest shade and she handed me the tester for Light 2. She doesn’t seems to answer my question properly for example I ask her if this concealer will crease on the under eye and her answer to me was “yes it can be used on acne marks”. LOL. After I made my payment only I notice I was holding Cool Medium 2 tube. I went back to her telling her that she have gotten me the wrong shade and she told me there’s only 2 shades available – Cool Medium 2, which is the new packaging for Light 2 and another darker shade which I couldn’t remember what is the shade name. Well, too late to regret because I’ve already paid.
I tried Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer on top of my makeup but it was so dry and thick that it looked cakey on me. So I tried the next day on bare face and you’ll about to see how it fares. This concealer is said to conceal flaws and blemishes for up to 16 whopping hours. That explains the thick consistency. I must also tell you that based on various reviews online, many complaint that the writing on the tube chipped off. It’s not really a big issue but that depends on how you personally like your makeup product condition to be. I certainly will not like missing alphabets here and there all over the tube lol. So I came up with a solution. To only hold the tube at the very bottom bit that is clear from any wording 😛
My current concealer, Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter comes in a brush-on applicator tube. The type that you need to twist to get the content out? Yeah, that one. It’s my favourite type of concealer packaging. I’ve never tried doe-foot applicator type of concealer but it’s quite a normal way of packaging concealer nowadays if you ask me. This Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer is not bad. All I need to do is lightly touch the doe-foot applicator on the skin and use my ring finger to gently dab to even out. Because of the super thick texture, I make sure I remove the excess from the applicator on the tube opening first before dabbing.
Now, the scent. Many dislike the scent saying it smells plasticky. Honey, have you ever smell Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation? That smell is 1000X worse! I actually took a sniff and it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it to be. It does indeed has a plasticky rubbery smell but it’s bearable. I can live with that 😀
I’ve done 3-types of swatches below. One is straight from the applicator, one lightly spread using the applicator and one swatch that is completely even out using ring finger by using dabbing motion. Cool Medium 2 is a tiny bit dark on my skin tone and the fact that it has a strange bit of orangey tint to it. However once I even it out, the shade sort of blended together with my skin tone. The downside of it? Not sure if you notice it or not…it creases on fine lines, even on the back of my hand.
Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer is great for?
Covering imperfections and blemishes! I bought this concealer for under eye dark circle initially. I remember the BA told me that this concealer can be used to cover acne marks, I thought why not. The result? I absolutely love it. It covers every.single.acne.marks I have along the jawline. I also managed to cover up a huge pimple on my cheek. Like I said before, It has an orangey tint to it so I use what’s left on my finger to smooth all over the rest of my face so that the overall skin tone doesn’t look patchy. Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer is also water resistance and transfer-proof. Even wet wipes doesn’t remove the concealer completely from my finger. If you do pick up a tube, remember to remove all your makeup thoroughly.
Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer is not great for?
Under eye that has fine lines and wrinkles. First thing first, the concealer does a great job in eliminating dark circles. There is no doubt about that. If you are someone that has fine lines and wrinkles as well, just like me, you might face this problem. Creasing. No matter how I prep my under eye with eye cream and set it with powder, it still crease on me. The texture is just too thick and dry. I like that it set in no time, I like that it’s texture is thicker but all this is bad news for someone with fine lines.
The photo above is right after application. On the photo below, I thought maybe with powder it would be better. It did…for a good 10 minutes then it crease even more lol. To my horror I looked like this…
Actually there is a lot of ways to stop creasing so you can try googling for solution. I’m just going to use this to cover up acne marks. That’s all.
Here’s the ingredient list if you’re interested. I can see that it does contain talc which is known to clog pores. Just use this concealer sparingly. Yeap, it’s formulated in the UK but made in China.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.