Ok, I’ve been stewing over this issue for a while now, just waiting to be proven wrong. Alas, that hasn’t happened, and so I write this post. I haven’t really ranted in a while. It’s time.

With the revealing of the Spring 2013 lines, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to trying everything I can get my hands on. I’ve been experimenting with some concealers and both L’Oreal and Revlon have new products out. L’Oreal is capitalizing off the major trend to put just about everything into a jump pen/crayon form. And so we now have True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer. And Revlon reformulated their Colorstay Concealer.

Reading the press releases had me excited to try these, only to get to the store and see that apparently neither L’Oreal nor Revlon give a damn for darker skinned women who may want to conceal blemishes. I’m not even that dark. I think I’m probably in the middle of the brown-skinned spectrum. It’s like they both made shades dark enough for spokeswomen Beyonce and Halle Berry, and that’s as deep as they were going to go. Both call their darkest shade Medium-Deep and neither of those women are “dark.”

I actually ended up purchasing the L’Oreal concealer anyway. I know I can use these super light concealers for the under eye area & highlighting. But what about the rest of my face? I still would have wanted a darker shade than what was available for that. I have a ton of acne scarring from my teenage years.

In any case, I figured, why not? Check out what “Medium-Deep” looks like on my skin before being blended in. Pardon all my scarring:

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Seriously, L’Oreal? That’s as dark as you’re willing to go? I haven’t really experimented much with highlighting yet, but I have been looking for an under eye concealer. And L’Oreal was great for that, but not spot-concealing. I have to draw on a lot of product. It’s buildable coverage and very creamy, as advertised. I pat it in with my finger, but it works. You can see the difference below:

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I didn’t even set the one eye with powder or anything, so pretty good.

I didn’t buy the Revlon concealer because its Medium-Deep looked even lighter than L’Oreal’s. And while I do love me some Revlon, I have the old concealer and it didn’t do much. So I don’t have high hopes. Will have to read more reviews before taking the plunge.

So, if you’re looking for an under-eye concealer, or an all-around highlighter maybe give it a shot. If you’re looking for an every day concealer (and are darker than Beyonce), I’d skip it.

In the meantime, I stumbled upon Black Radiance’s Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer. Gonna see if this is more functioning overall concealer for my skin tone. Glad some drugstore brand has my back!