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Benefit Fake Up Concealer in Medium 02 - Review & Swatches

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Cover-up goes incognito! This hydrating crease-control concealer - with Vitamin E & apple seed extract - hides dark circles & diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for 6 hours!

€25 / $24 / £18.50
I picked it from Sephora Netherlands clearance sale where it was retailing at €29 and I got at 40% off for  €17.

The Benefit Fake Up Concealer comes in three shades 01 Light, 02 Medium and 03 Deep, containing 3.5g of product.

Picture of Benefit Fake Up Concealer
Picture of Benefit Fake Up Concealer
Picture of Benefit Fake Up Concealer

For people who are regular readers of my blog, it’s no secret I have pretty bad dark circles and I am always on the hunt for a high-coverage, non-creasing concealer.  A while back on my trip to Netherlands, I came upon the Sephora outlet, which was shutting down and had everything on clearance for 40% off. I would say the best deal imaginable. They had a lot of high-end brands, one of them being Benefit. There wasn’t Bobbi Brown or I would have definitely picked their concealer/corrector.

I was left to choose between Benefit Erase Paste and Fake Up Concealer. I had heard about the crease stories of Erase Paste and with the recent hype of Fake Up with its launch events all over the world I decided to go with it. Unfortunately, I knew about its hype but I had never read enough reviews or could do a quick Google search there otherwise I would have known this concealer was not for me.

I have to admit this is the prettiest concealer I have seen in terms of packaging. Just look at it, a silver and pink shiny tube, it’s just like shiny toys little kids fight for. The concept of the concealer is pretty novel too. There is a concealing core surrounded by a hydrating outer ring. When you apply it on your under eyes or blemishes it moisturises and conceals. It’s just like mixing your concealer and moisturiser together. The downsides are, one, it hydrates more than it conceals, and two, as with our regular moisturiser, the concealer gets absorbed into the skin

It also gives very sheer coverage. As you can see in my swatches below, it’s almost the shade of my arm, and in the eye swatches it barely covers, you can still see the upper shadows around my eyes. It also doesn’t set well.  Even after setting, the eye area stays shiny and I can feel the stickiness. Not good for combination-oily skins at all! Moreover, after an hour or two the concealer completely fades. I also think the concealer won’t do a good job in covering blemishes/spots as well. Not to forget there are only three shades, 01 Light is too light for me, 02 Medium is a little dark for my under eye area.

This concealer might prove great for people with very dry eye area but who require sheer coverage.

I was at least lucky enough to not to purchase this concealer on full price, even though €17 isn’t too cheap either, but still, this concealer is totally useless and for €29 I could have spent months mourning.

The only use I have put this to is applying it over Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Classic Beige, which alone leaves a grayish cast, but if applied as a base and topped with Benefit Fake Up in Medium 02, the grayish-ness is counteracted with the yellowness of Fake Up and both together give me medium coverage and do not fade for a long time. And that way I can then benefit with Fake Up’s hydrating and brightening properties too.

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Benefit Fake Up Concealer in Medium 02 - swatch
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I have to give Benefit for the concept and packaging but the concealer itself is pretty useless for me!
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