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Hide Literally Anything With Fenty Concealer

Hide Literally Anything With Fenty Concealer

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has had everyone going nuts since its debut. And rightly so! I’ve already pledged my devotion to Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, but my recent Fenty obsession is the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer. My other fave is It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (I rebelliously use it on my whole face), but I wanted to try something new, and perhaps with a different application method.

The whole schtick with the Fenty Pro Filt’r Concealer is that it’s made to work in tandem with the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. I do not use that. So when I asked for help choosing the right shade out of the FIFTY that are available, it was not so easy as matching the shade number on my foundation. BUT! The Sephora cast members are so, so lovely. The one who helped me applied the concealer to my under eyes and a spot of hyperpigmentation, and then (and there is no other word for this) lovingly blended it with a sponge. First, I felt like I was being swaddled by a makeup fairy godmother, and second, I had the realization that I may be applying my makeup a bit aggressively.

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I also got a bit of validation because the shade I chose for myself, 120, was what the cast member recommended too. I will say, though, that there was another shade that could have worked, 140, but I like to just lean into my ghostly complexion. PLAY THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT.

Fenty concealer is for real greaseballs with something to hide, i.e. ME. If you have dry skin, or aren’t looking for some FULL coverage, then look elsewhere. If you’ve used NARS Creamy Concealer, I’d say this is similar but plussed in all the right ways. It has a doe foot applicator, which is one of my favorite makeup terms AND tools. But this doe foot is different. It’s flat on both sides, making kind of like a… platypus beak? (I have used this analogy before and I guess I continue to have platypodes on the mind.)

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I love this applicator. you can use the flat side to apply more broadly, or turn it to the small side to just add a tiny dot of concealer. I tend to use the flat side to dot under my eyes, and the small tip to dot on blemishes. I blend it out with a small sponge, and, as I mentioned before, do NOT take the care and time that the lovely Sephora cast member did.

This concealer stays put even on a super-oily face like mine. And I don’t set it with powder! If you did, I’d imagine it could withstand an apocalypse.

Wear, Watch, Want #103: The Hot Bird, Cold Bird Edition

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