As my regular readers would have read in my previous reviews, I have dark, brown under eye circles that I inherited from my Romany gypsy great grandmother so covering these, without accentuating all my fine lines, is paramount to me.
I used to wear MAC Pro Longwear concealer for years and this worked great for me until I was nearing my 40’s and the dry formula was very unforgiving on my fine lines so of course, I had to go on a hunt for another undereye concealer that was going to offer me full coverage but which was also moisturising. I really didn’t think it would be the adventure that it became.
I came across the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer when I got stopped at the Estée Lauder counter while passing through Debenhams in Cyprus. The saleswoman wanted me to try the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation which I had worn for about a few months but I stopped because the formula was so matte and thick it showed all my large pores and settled into every nook and cranny on my face. So I told her no and explained my experience so she asked me if I would like to dry the concealer, also in this line. I asked her why would this be helpful to me considering the foundation had made my face look like SpongeBob Squarepants and she said to just let her apply it and so I did.
I didn’t like her application but from the sheen I could see from my reflection in the mirror and from the feel, I could tell that it was moisturising and not drying and gave great coverage so I bought it.
The next time I put my makeup on I used my new concealer and blended it out with a Beauty Blender (my holy grail makeup sponge). I was so happy with the result and so relieved that I had finally found a concealer that worked for me, not only for my undereye circles but also for any blemishes and especially the bright red birthmark that I have around the base of my nose.
Reapplying this concealer to my nose to cover up the redness during the day did not result in any caking or flakiness nor did it ever look out of balance with the rest of my makeup because it blends so perfectly.
I have re-purchased this product more times than I can remember and while a month ago I decided to take the plunge and bought a much more expensive product which was raved about by one YouTuber, it still cannot knock this concealer off the top spot for being the best concealer I have ever used so far. This is my holy grail concealer 👑
Now, I know that this concealer comes in many different shades and my shade is medium but each time I have ordered it from Selfridges or lookfantastic in medium the packaging either says medium or medium Cool as you will see below:
Either works for me lol it’s just really weird and I’ve not seen it advertised as medium cool on any of the sites including the Estée Lauder site.
Below are some swatches:
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer – Indoors
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer – Outside in the shade
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer – In direct sunlight
This is what lookfantastic says about this product:
Looks flawless. Lasts 15-hours. Feels comfortable, never dry. Stays seamless, without creasing. Lightweight cream formula creates the perfect look of flawless skin all day. Infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy. Luminous finish. Transfer-resistant, colour-true formula provides medium buildable coverage that won’t slip, slide or melt away. Oil-free. Water, perspiration and humidity-resistant. Easy-to-use wand applicator.
Long-wearing and lightweight, the Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer hides imperfections for a smoother, even skin tone. Ideal for covering under-eye puffiness and unwanted dark spots, the concealer is both buildable and blendable, so you can achieve a natural, radiant complexion without any fuss. Complete with a specially designed wand and angled cushioned tip for mess-free application.
This concealer comes in 7ml size with a doe foot applicator and usually I pay around €27 for it. It is also has an SPF 10 added to it though this doesn’t really make a difference and isn’t really going to provide true protection from UVA and UVB rays.
And here are the ingredients:
Water\Aqua\Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Magnesium Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Methicone, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Trisiloxane, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, [ /- Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica]