If you’ve seen my videos, you’ve seen me use these countless times! Today I’m talking about my favorite concealer – the Clinique Even Better Concealer. In addition to the concealers, the Even Better range also contains a corrector which is sold under the shade name Orange Brightener which is exclusive to India as far as I know.
Price : Rs 1600 for 3.5 g | US$19.50
The packaging and formula ~
The Clinique Even Better concealers come in frosted glass tubs with a silver screw on lid. The packaging is quite sturdy as I’ve dropped it a few times but it doesn’t break or crack. I don’t like dipping my fingers in the tub so I generally use a brush for application or if I want to use my fingers, I use an ear bud to scoop out some product.
The product has a thick, dense creamy consistency and it is very pigmented. A small amount goes a long way and that is what I love about this concealer. The texture is creamy but not greasy or oily and it is easy to blend. It doesn’t get patchy/streaky as you work it into the skin. I like the slight dryness of the formula that doesn’t make it difficult to work but ensures longevity and shine-free coverage. It sets into a satin finish after blending. If you have very dry under-eyes, do use an eye cream before using it (which ideally everyone should!). This is a medium to full coverage concealer but you easily tailor the coverage you need by varying the amount of product applied. I find this formula to be quite long lasting with minimal creasing (everything creases on me after few hours) and no patchiness or greasiness.
Orange Brightener is an orange tinted corrector that is excellent for neutralizing dark shadows under the eyes. It basically corrects the blue/purple tint of the dark circles making the concealer’s job easier. If you’re familiar with the color wheel, blue lies opposite orange, which makes them complementary colors. To ‘correct’ any color, we use the complementary color for eg – green tint corrects redness and similarly peach/orange tint corrects purple/blue. While a regular concealer masks that part of the skin, a brightener is sheerer and just color corrects and hence needs another base product like concealer or foundation on top. Don’t be worried by how the color looks in the tub, when applied and blended properly, it doesn’t look so weird on the skin! See THIS video to see how I use this.
MAC has an orange corrector too but that is very orange and pigmented – I feel its best for people with severe dark circles. This one on the other hand, is more peachy instead of a stark orange and is easier to use. I have about moderate dark circles and this does a good job of correcting them. I also use it sometimes in areas of slight pigmentation around the nose and mouth under foundation.
I’d highly recommend this to anyone who finds simply concealer insufficient for brightening and concealing the under eye area. For people with mild pigmentation, you can use this under foundation and skip concealer if you don’t need the extra coverage. For people with heavier dark circles, you need to use this under your concealer to get the benefit of a brightening as well as a concealing (masking) product.
The shade Honeycomb is the perfect match concealer for my under eyes. It has sufficient ochre tones for my skin tone and because the formula is high coverage, I can skip the corrector while just wearing this. For your reference – I am MAC NC42 in the Pro Longwear concealer. It does a great job of brightening and concealing my under eye but the formula works just as well for spot concealing on my face as well. The dry cream consistency works well for spots and blemishes as it doesn’t highlight them or make the region greasy. I have used this in my How to Cover up Dark Circles Video Tutorial along with the corrector.
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]As you can tell from this post, I LOVE these concealers and would definitely recommend it to everyone looking for a medium to full coverage concealer. The formula is easy to blend, very pigmented and long lasting! You can see both of these in action in the Video above. But if you don’t have much pigmentation or dark circles or if you have very dry/ageing skin, you could perhaps look towards a sheerer or a more moisturizing formula.
Have you tried the Clinique Even Better Concealer? Which is your favorite concealer? [/note]