Monday, January 21, 2013

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer vs. Make Up For Ever HD Concealer

     Well hello everyone! Being an avid watcher of beauty videos on YouTube for the past 2 years has inspired me to create my very own beauty blog. I couldn't get up enough courage to begin my own channel but wanted to share my love for beauty products as well as my opinion of them with you. I hope you find my first review/ comparison helpful.

     I have recently purchased 2 similar concealers with very different price points. All of the product info is listed below:

Drugstore product: The Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Price: $7.99 @ Walgreens
Size: 0.05 FL. OZ.
Shade I purchased: 310 Radiant
Shade Selection: 6
Packaging Claims: A highlighting concealer which illuminates and hides imperfections. This gel-based concealer illuminates shadows as it conceals making the skin instantly brighter.
Packaging Directions: Apply this concealer to the under-eye area and on imperfections. Blend in an outward motion.
Applicator: Brush*
Packaging Application Tips: For a well rested look, apply around the inner corner of the eyes. For a brighter complexion, apply to darker areas like the sides of the nose and corners of mouth.
Finish: Dewey
*After applying with the applicator, I blended with my ring finger.

High-End Product: The Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer
Price: $29.00 @ Sephora
Size: 0.05 FL. OZ.
Shade I purchased: 325 Natural Beige
Shade Selection: 14
Packaging Claims: An oil-free, medium coverage concealer that covers imperfections while remaining invisible to HD televisions and the naked eye. It creates a soft-focus effect, brightening the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a natural, radiant look. Can be applied under or over foundation (Sephora.com).
Applicator: Silicone*
Packaging Application tips: Using the applicator, apply a small amount under the eye area (Sephora.com).
Finish: Powdery and fairly matte
*After applying with the applicator, I blended with my ring finger.

Photos:


- Sorry for the order, Dream Lumi should be on the bottom!
-As you can see the packaging is very similar despite color.
-Both involve twisting the bottom to dispense product out of the applicator.


     The HD Concealer has a very unique applicator. Believe it or not MUFE had high hopes that this would replace your finger! It is a very soft silicone applicator that is easy to use when placing the product. However, I did not like how the product dried at the opening making the next application more difficult. As you can see, the Dream Lumi applicator is your standard brush applicator that is easy to use.

(Top-MUFE in Natural Beige, Bottom- Dream Lumi in Radiant)
     Each is said to be a salmon concealer (which is typically what you want in an under-eye product). However, you can see that the Dream Lumi concealer has much more of a pinky undertone. After purchasing the MUFE concealer, it was the pinkest concealer in my collection believe it or not! It wasn't until trying the Dream Lumi product that I realized the difference in tones.

-After blending you can still see the difference in color. 

     After using these two products for about 2 weeks I had made my decision. I had worn both over foundation as well as on their own. Both concealers held their own... but one came out on top.

Drugstore product: The Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Overall Texture/Application: This was a very nice creamy, light, blendable product. It added brightness under the eyes without glitter or even shimmer. Even though this is marketed as a "brightening" concealer it DID NOT highlight or bring more attention to areas when placed over hyper-pigmentation or blemishes.
Overall Coverage: I would say the coverage was fairly medium. A little less than the HD Concealer but still addequate coverage for my moderate under-eye circles as well as moderate acne scarring. As far as staying power, when worn over foundation it lasted all day. However, at the end of an 8 hour day it needed touching up.
Overall Feel: Very typical for a light drugstore concealer that wasn't drying or cakey. Applied with ease and was even flawless on its own.

High-End Product: The Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer
Overall Texture/Application: This concealer was not as thin as the Dream lumi product therefor it took a little more effort to blend in. On days when I wore this alone I had to be sure to blend, blend, blend or I could see where the product was placed on my face. The silicone applicator was something I had never tried before. I can't say that I prefer this applicator, however it was neat to try. The idea that this would replace your actual finger in the blending process is hilarious but props to MUFE for trying something new!
Overall Coverage: The coverage was okay in my opinion. It covered what I needed it to cover- its as simple as that. As far as staying power when worn over foundation it lasted all day. However, when worn alone by the end of an 8 hour day it needed touching up. I could see this product looking a little cakey though if applied too heavily.
Overall Feel: This product had the most unique feel when being applied! It was a very cooling concealer and felt as cool as if you were spreading water onto your face- it sounds crazy I know! It felt moisturizing going on but I didn't notice extra moisturizing benefits throughout the day.

NOTE: Both products slightly creased under my eyes even with a setting powder. However, this typically happens to me and is nothing new.

Bottom line: I was happy with both purchases but will be returning the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer in favor of the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer for 3 reasons...
1. Price
2. Applicator
3. Blendability (is that even a word?!)

Hope you enjoyed my first post and here's to many more!

Love, Lacey

4 comments:

  1. This is a very thorough review. Thanks! I love the Maybelline concealer in Ivory, because it's the only color that's pale enough that I can make it work for my skin. x

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  2. Thank you! I tend to have that problem as well. Checked out your blog and you now have a new follower! :) Love the name of your site as well, so cute!

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    1. Thanks! I'm following you as well. I don't always follow just because someone else does, but I really enjoy your blog. x

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