Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Xenca perfection concealer



Foundation is something that I reserve for special occasions. If my skin tone is looking uneven or I have a blemish, I dab a little concealer and I am good to go. Needless to say that it is a  very important item in my makeup kit.

I discovered Xenca through my Souk Souk box, having fallen in love with the lipstick, I was rather intrigued to try out their concealer*.

A good multipurpose concealer is a rare thing. I do not use concealer for under eye circles, which a lot of concealers seem to be targeted for. I use it to even out skin tone around my nose and to hide blemishes. So I need a formula that would be pigmented and lasts all day. It can't be too thin or overly creamy.



The consistency of this concealer is pretty spot on. It goes on like a dream. Once on the skin it has a slightly dewy finish (unless you set it with powder, than it looks completely matt). You are supposed to set it with powder, but as I break all the makeup rules I wanted to try it without this step, and it lasted all day without sliding off. Of course it lasts even better when you set it with powder, but I like the way it looks without, and I don't always have time for the extra step.

Even though I don't use this as under eye concealer, you totally can, it really is very versatile. The only problem, at the moment there is only one colour. It was described as medium and when I first opened the pot, I was worried that it might be too dark for me. But in fact it is actually a little light.



On my hand it is a perfect match, but as the skin on my face is a little darker it doesn't completely work. I have light skin with olive under tones. This concealer is not pink or overly yellow, so if it was just a little bit deeper it would be perfect. I think it would work for most fair skin toned people. Because it is so blendable and pigmented I can use it at light coverage, however if I try to cover an active pimple (which it does perfectly), that is when you can see that it is that little bit too light for me. Such a shame as pigment and staying power are so good.

Packaging is reinforced cardboard. It also has an outer box, which I keep mine in. What I noticed is that if I hold my pot upside down the lid will fall of, therefor you really need to keep the outer box, which prevents this from happening (now it maybe just my pot, but better safe than sorry). At first I thought it to be a little inconvenient, but than I keep outer boxes for most of my makeup, and I honestly prefer the fact that it's cardboard and not plastic, as the little cosmetic containers are not recyclable.

The makeup that I tried from this range has been absolutely fantastic, at the moment the eyeliner and mascara are not all natural (they are working on making those natural), but the rest of the makeup range is.

* This was a PR sample, as usual the opinions are completely my own based on my experience with the product



6 comments:

  1. I really like the lipstick I got (Candy) and had looked at other products but some have questionable ingredients i.e mascara (parabens, mineral oil!) so haven't really delved into anything else. It does sound lovely but its a shame they only do one colour x

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    1. I know it is a shame about the mascara and eyeliner, but hopefully they will change the formula for those soon. Their foundation comes in several colours, not sure why they decided to stick with the one for the concealer xx

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  2. I have an eye shadow duo and a blush that I was sent, both lovely products but I noticed I have the same issue as you with eye shadow packaging it just tends to fall off if your not careful, the blush fit's snugly and doesn't have the same problem. I like the look of the concealer, may have to buy some next autumn as I will be too dark in the summer Xx

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    1. Well I am glad it is not in my head :) I am so happy that it's not plastic though that i am willing to put up with it xx

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  3. hi, i just explored you blog and love it so much :-) because of your blog i found ILIA lipsticks and i am very glad about it. i am very glad to read your next post too :-)

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    1. Oh thank you so much it really means alot! Now that I am done with exams I should be havig a bit more time to post ( i already have a few posts in progress). Illa has to be my absolute go to for lipsticks, I have tried a few lovely ranges but nothing to make me turn my back on ilia :)

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