6 April 2016

Disappointing Product: Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

In early March, Bourjois released a new range to their Brand; the 'Radiance Reveal' collection. I am always on the hunt for affordable concealers to tackle my blue toned under eyes. No matter how much sleep and water I get/consumer, I have awful dark circles. And if that wasn't enough, I don't have the best surface either because of my generally dry skin. Finding a concealer that can smooth over the rough surface, conceal the dark circles but doesn't completely soak up any moisture that is there and sink into my wrinkles (yes wrinkles) is a tough fight. It's a lot to ask for from one product. I know that.

However, The NARS 'Creamy Radiant' Concealer is the closest thing to perfection I've found but for £22.50 it's too pricey for my smaller budget! Don't get me wrong, it does have it's cons. Being fairly thick is one of them. But that's something I'd suffer to not look like a zombie 24/7.

When I read the press release for the new Bourjois 'Radiance Reveal' Concealer I was pretty excited, to say the least. If it did what it said it did, at £7.99 it was pretty much a steal.

"light enhancing and smoothing with 24hour hydration, enriched with Mont Blanc Glacier water and Hyaluronic Acid."

Sounds amazing right. It's supposedly hydrating so won't intensify the dryness of my skin. And, the Hyaluronic Acid should help combat the Concealer induced wrinkled that appear. As long as it does it's main job, conceals, we're onto a winner.

Bourjois have released 3 shades initially into the collection; Ivory, Beige and Dark Beige. So, not a great choice but it's a start. I picked up the two lightest shades, Beige being the closest match to my natural skin ton and Ivory being great for that extra highlight and brightening under the eyes. Something I most certainly need!

But, I guess from the title of this post you know that this product didn't quite turn out as expected...

The formula is quite watery which to be honest, I quite liked. My NARS favourite is fairly thick and feels slightly (though not overly) cakey on the skin so the lightness of this was a nice surprise. The dauffer applicator makes for super easy and precise application and it blends really nicely. The coverage is ok, not great if you have blue undertones around the eye area like myself but I'm sure a colour correcting primer before hand might sort that out nicely.

In comparison to NARS' 'Creamy Radiant' Concealer, it gives a much smoother texture which I loved. It's slightly dewy too which aids to the hydrating look. The only problem I encountered, which changes my entire view on the product, is it creases like no other! I tried applying with my finger, with a brush and a beauty blender with no luck. Nor did switching between pressed and loose setting powders. It literally aged me 10 years, creating wrinkles that weren't there before! I'm not going to lie, I get a few wrinkles when I apply makeup under the eye, it's due to the think skin and heavy products. But this product isn't heavy.

It just definitely wasn't for me. But don't get me wrong, maybe for something with more hydrated skin and less darkness under their eyes, this might be lovely. Someone who doesn't need an awful lot of coverage just a touch of brightening. However I can't see the watery texture working well on someone with Oily skin either!

I'd love to hear if you've tried this product. What did you think? Did it work? Did you have more success than me? This product honestly has so, so much potential and everything I want in a concealer. If it wasn't for those damn creases!

Love always,

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  1. I actually noticed that and thought it was because I got a dodgy one but maybe it is the product itself! It is a shame because I do like the coverage and how hydrating it feels!



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