Well...I hate to break a streak, but I have been trying out the Flower Cosmetics Lighten Up Brightening Concealer over the past few days, and I'm sorry to say that this one isn't a favorite.
What I look for: In a concealer, I'm looking for pigmentation, blendability, and effectiveness. I have some pretty blue under eye circles, and I need those to get covered easily and effectively. I also have some redness around my nose that I conceal daily.
Packaging: This concealer has the twist-up into a brush style packaging. The brush bristles are long and flexible. I hate applying concealer with a brush like that (I prefer using a Sigma P80 or P86 brush) so I just use the applicator to get the product onto my skin and work from there.
Color Selection: 4 colors. That's it. To fit all the range of skin tones that need concealer. Yeah. The shade I'm using is BC2, which is the second lightest shade.
Application: I did not find this to be especially smooth with application. Check out these swatches. In the second picture after I had rubbed it into my skin a little bit, you can pretty clear see some little bumps of product. I've found that lumpy texture to be pretty typical of this product.
|Straight out of the brush tip|
|Blended out with 4-5 swipes back and forth.|
Those little lumps are the concealer..not texture on my hand.
|Completely naked skin|
|No foundation, just the Lighten Up concealer under my eye and |
blended out/down. Yes, I did blend the concealer over that freckle
if that gives you an idea of coverage
Staying Power: I didn't set it with powder and it did stay at this level of meh-coverage all day, so that's something good.
For me, this won't cut it. If you are trying to just brighten up your under eye area and are not looking to counteract blue tones, you may enjoy this. I think even at the drugstore price point I can find better. I like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (my shade is Medium), for instance. At Target, you can grab Pixi's salmon toned concealer that is great on under eyes. I think I can still make this product work by layering it with one of these two, but it won't work on its own for my uses. Check out my other reviews for Flower stuff though, because like I said, I don't think the whole line is a bust!