For the past year, L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer has been my most-used concealer. I bought it around the same time that I started using the True Match Super Blendable Liquid Makeup, which I recently reviewed, and it’s been my go-to for everyday concealing and it’s a perfect product for travel, as well. This concealer offers natural looking coverage in a convenient twist-up crayon, and comes in under $10.
Much like the True Match foundation, I initially purchased this concealer because I felt confident in picking out a shade. L’Oreal has a tool online (here) for identifying your True Match shade, and once you do it’s very easy to pick out foundation, concealer, and powder because they all follow the same shade system. There’s also a True Match liquid concealer, but the crayon appealed to me because of its convenience.
Although the crayons look fresh and pointy at first, they look stubbier (like mine) after wearing down with use. There’s no need to keep it pointy, it applies just fine with the stubbier tip. I just scribble it onto my face and blend lightly. For extra coverage, you can layer a couple of applications, or simply wait a bit before blending it. The longer you let it sit on your skin the stiffer it’ll get, so it won’t sheer out as easily as it otherwise would when you go to blend it.
For most of the time I’ve been using it, I’ve simply blended into my skin using my fingers. Especially in the summer when my skin was extra hydrated, sticking this concealer in my travel bag was perfect for vacations because I could use it all over my face and under my eyes and wouldn’t even need a brush. As winter was approaching, I noticed that I didn’t like the way it was blending onto my skin with my fingers quite as much and started experimenting more with brushes. I’ve landed on an absolute favorite: the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, which is sold in their Core Collection set. It’s pretty small to be used with foundation, but I find that it’s absolutely perfect for blending stick concealer.
I do find that since winter’s set in, I can no longer use this under my eyes. It’s just a little too dry, so I reach for a liquid concealer for covering under-eye circles instead. I don’t consider it a flaw of this product, it’s more of an inherent limitation of stick concealers, since they lack that extra moisture. I still use it every day around my face, though. I scribble it around the edges of my noes, my chin, and the center of my forehead to cover redness in my skin. I don’t get a lot of blemishes, but when I do I use this to cover those as well. Since my skin isn’t terribly blemish-prone, I’m not an expert on what concealers work the best for that and I’m not sure that function is necessarily the shining strength of this concealer.
I’ve found that the lasting power of this concealer is highly dependent on what foundation I’ve used underneath. When use a loose powder foundation (I use one from DreamWorld Hermetica, review here), for example, this concealer lasts like a champ. It’s a different story when I use my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (review), which makes it fade in just a few hours. It works well used all by itself on a foundation-less face, and if you’re curious about that I recommend you check out Nicole Guerriero’s video, “No Makeup Makeup | My Go To Travel Face.”
I use the shade N1-2-3, as my True Match foundation shade is N2. I don’t typically go for the fullest coverage possible, but I’m wearing it on the reddest areas of my face in the photo above. In case you’re curious, I’m also wearing: Pixi Flawless Vitamin Veil foundation in Fair, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review), Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent (review), Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Honey Bear (review), L’Oreal Brow Stylist pencils in Blonde (review) and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black.
Ingredients: C11-12 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Behenate, Ceresin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnubawax / Cire Dabeille, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ehtylene/VA Copolymer, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Phenyl Methicone, C30-45 Olefin, Silica, Retinyl, Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.
I wanted to make sure to write about this concealer while I still have it! I’m fast approaching the end of the one I’ve had in my stash for almost a year now. The True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer costs around $9 and can be found at L’Oreal, Ulta, Target and drugstores.
Have you tried it? What’s your favorite concealer?