Monday, June 24, 2013

Benefit Fake Up Review and Swatches

I'm a bit of a concealer junkie, owing in large part to my epic dark circles. I'm always on the lookout for the next big thing when it comes to concealers, hoping to find my holy grail. I had been impressed with Benefit's previous offerings, Bo-ing (great but a little cakey), Erase Paste (good but not a fan of the little pot) and the brilliant but sadly discontinued Powderflage, so when I heard they were bringing out a new, innovative, concealer, I couldn't wait to try it. 

Fake Up* (€26.50) is the latest concealer offering from the brand and it's very different to any other concealer I've ever used. It includes a moisturising balm, containing vitamin E and apple seed extract, which encases the concealer pigment itself. This is Benefit, so the packaging is gorgeous, looking more like a fancy lipstick than a concealer. It's available in three shades, light, medium and deep. 

Before I tried this, I heard it (negatively) described as a lip balm for under your eyes, and I really didn't think that it would be much use as a concealer, not when faced with my dark circles anyway. It does feel very slippery but this also means that it melts easily into the skin, making blending pretty effortless. It feels very comfortable to use under the eyes, and there's no dragging on the delicate skin there, even if you apply this straight from the bullet. 

I did find that this creased on me immediately after application, settling into the fine lines around my eyes, but a bit of further blending and setting with powder takes care of that problem. I would say the coverage is light but buildable. Unfortunately the coverage doesn't quite cut it on my dark circles but what I love this for is touching up during the day. One of the major problems with heavy duty concealers is that they can look cakey, especially when reapplied as the day goes on. At the moment I'm using Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection Concealer, with Fake Up on top, and then I touch up with Fake Up as the day goes on. Because it's so hydrating it always looks fresh and you don't get that caked look. 

This is a great product if you need light to medium coverage concealing, and usually have problems with concealer caking on you. You might need something a little heavier if you have Gru-style dark circles like me. 

Have you found your holy grail concealer yet?
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