Concealer Battle: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage versus Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda

My long-standing holy grail concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This gem is hyped up for a reason. It’s on the dryer side of concealers which means it builds up well and has fantastic staying power. I have it in shade SC-4 and needed a lighter shade. Instead of ordering another one from Sephora, I decided to see what the drugstore had to offer. Popped over to my local Target and purchased the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer palette in Light.

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The consistency of  the Sonia Kashuk concealer is a bit more emollient, and in turn, more easily spreadable and blendable. Both concealer formulas have excellent coverage but with the Laura Mercier one, I do not feel a need to set it. I do need to with the Sonia Kashuk one which is why I love that they included a powder in the palette. The additional green correction shade is nice but the skin tone shades work fine by themselves to cover any hyper-pigmentation left over from previous acne marks.

As a last note, I will say I ran out of the Hidden Agenda concealers fairly quickly while the Secret Camouflage ones will not seem to ever run out, even though I hit pan nearly a year ago. I think both are worth what you pay for them. The Laura Mercier concealer palette is priced higher, but it last longer and does not need to be set while the Sonia Kashuk one includes a powder and is it a drugstore price. It really boils down to what is more important to you.

With that being said, I’m always on the hunt for the next best drugstore concealer so if you have a great recommendation, leave it in the comments!

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Clinique Touch Base for Eyes: Great Primer for Sensitive Skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am most likely in a very unfortunate minority of the makeup wearing population. My issue? Extremely sensitive eyes. I am not quite sure if it is a full blown allergy but wearing eyeshadows causes my eyes to feel VERY heavy and irritated. The worst part is that this reaction developed only a few years ago, right when I was getting started with experimenting with different eyeshadow palettes. I have no problem wearing mascara or eyeliner. But my skin now just does not agree with eyeshadow. But alas, there is hope. And that hope is found in a glorious pot from Clinique. It is their Touch Base for Eyes. After years of trying primer after primer, once I purchased this gem my fears of never wearing eye looks again were allayed.

The shade I usually purchase is Canvas. It is a ‘nude’ shade that provides a great base for eyeshadow. When I make sure to apply it all over my eyelid, paying special attention to the lash line, it provides a barrier between my skin and eyeshadow that prevents any adverse reaction. While it may not have the crease-resistant power of other highly known primers, it is not the worst primer I have used either.

It goes without saying that this may not work for everyone in my situation. But since Clinique is known to cater to those with skin sensitives and allergies, my first thought was that it most likely could not hurt to try. If you or a close friend of yours is struggling with this problem, pick this beauty up and see if it helps.

 

 

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara Review

Guerlain Mascara

I first received a sample size of this mascara from Sephora and fell in love with it when I was in New York (simple travel tip – bring sample/deluxe sizes of beauty products). It was AMAZING! Everyday I literally went up to my husband and exclaimed “Look at my lashes!!” After ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing about this mascara, he sneakily went out and bought me the full size of it…at $32 a tube! Which is why I really hate to say it but do not spend your money on this mascara 😦

For some reason, the full size version of this mascara is no where as good as the sample size. The sample mascara created AMAZING length and volume, fantastic separation, and was easy to apply. The full size is so incredibly dry and clumpy. And I mean clumpy!! If you apply a second coat too early, your lashes look like you did not add any additional product. And a second too late you get dry, flaky lashes. Additionally, for reasons I do not understand, the lashes on my right eye never look as “good” as the ones on my left. For $32 a tube (when I normally spend $7-ish) I expect a much better product. Hate to say it y’all but this is not HG material. If there is another high end mascara you think IS worth the price tag, let me know. I am always up for trying a luxury mascara at least once.