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Friday, February 11, 2011

MAC Mickey Contractor collection Select Moisturecover Duo Concealer review

I finally had a chance to try out the Select Moisturecover duo concealer from the MAC Mickey Contractor collection and I'm liking it. It's a double ended product with a yellow corrector on one side and a coral corrector on the other side. The colours have more of an earthy tone to them so they're actually more of a mustard yellow and clay orange. The applicator is a typical doe foot one which is standard of the Moisturecover concealers and liquid concealers in general.

This product was targeted towards women of colour who tend to have a lot of discolouration around the eyes, mouth and nose. They say you can use it as a concealer for blemishes but I think this product really excels for use under the eyes because of how the colours work together. The orange side neutralizes the purple undertones dark circles tend to have in women of colour while the yellow brightens the skin. You mix them to your liking and if you have more discolouration rather than darkness you might want to add more orange than yellow or vice versa.

What I usually do is dab equal parts of the orange and the yellow on to a palette or the back of my hand and then mix it together and then apply to my undereye circles with my MAC 224 brush. This brush is perfect as it blends the product seamlessly into your skin (I did a post on its benefits for concealing here) but I've seen a video of Mickey Contractor himself applying this on someone and he seems to use the MAC 217 brush.

I took pictures of my bare eye, my eye with the colours combined and a photo with just the orange colour on and one with just the yellow colour on.

As with many women of colour, my eye lid and undereye has a lot of discolouration but you can see that this product just covers it all so nicely. I can get away with wearing either of the colours on their own if I have to but the orange on its own is just a little bit too warm and the yellow on its own leaves a slightly grey cast on my skin because the purple undertones haven't been neutralised.

The product feels nice on the skin and it conceals well so this product would easily become a holy grail item if it wasn't for two major problems which are that
1. It's limited edition which sucks and I think it's sold out in most stores and
2.It creases like crazy!
If you click the picture above you can see the picture closer and see how the product has settled into my lines and that's only after 5 minutes of wear! It also creases despite my setting it with powder like I always do with my concealers. The creasing issue is the reason why I haven't purchased the Moisturecover concealer in years.

Don't despair though if it seemed like I was giving you the answer to your under eye circles problem only to pull it away because the good thing about this product is that it's easily dupeable! There are plenty of colour correctors on the market that will do a similar thing and my absolute favourite is the Laura Mercier Under Eye perfector. I haven't hit pan on anything in a long time but I have on this so that should show you how much I use it!

I swatched some of the under eye concealers I own and you can see that alot of them are quite neutral in tone so if I appy them without using a corrector underneath they make my under eye circles look ashy. From left to right they are a swatch of the combination of the yellow and orange corrector from the MAC duo concealer, Thebalm Time Balm concealer in mid-medium, Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in orange/yellow, Benefit Erase Paste in no 3-deep, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey and Christian Dior DiorSculpt concealer in no 3-Honey.

You can see just how similar the Laura Mercier product is to the MAC one but the benefits of the Laura Mercier one are:
1. It's a permanent collection item
2. It doesn't crease and
3. Both colours are already mixed together for you!
An extra benefit for all of you cool toned girls out there is that this product also comes in a Mauve/Rose colour which should be perfect for concealing your blue toned circles! As for this duo Moisturecover concealer, I'm going to try and find a way to get it to work without creasing but otherwise I think it'll be perfect for mixing in with any of my liquid foundations that may be too pink or slightly too dark.

So what do you think? Have you tried the concealer from the Mickey Contractor collection or the Laura Mercier Under Eye perfector? Do you use a corrector or do you think it's an unnecessary step? Also do you have a holy grail under eye concealer? Let me know below!

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