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Confessions of a Concealaholic: A Review

Having never had brilliant skin, finding a foundation, concealer & other fancy beauty products to help conceal my dark circles, blackheads, spots & a small operation scar (tbh, the last one doesn't bother me that much!) was never straightforward. For years I kept to drugstore brands hoping that if I used enough it would help (& last!) & even tried the healthy-looking-after-myself lifestyle approach. The latter one helped, but not completely. So, with much research I decided to purchase Confessions of a Concealaholic by Benefit.

The box itself is extremely cute & very dinky. It is 10cm wide x 11cm tall and is 3.5cm in height which means that it is small enough to slip into your day bag. But I don't think it's small enough for a night out bag, at least not the ones I like to take out! Though the products themselves are very small so they themselves can be slipped into a clutch.

Inside the box, as you can see, there is a small mirror (which is very clear & slightly magnified) and a small booklet on what to use each product for. The booklet does not give out any insider info on how to make the best of their products but instead only tells you which product in meant for which part of the face.

So let's take a proper look at what products are supplied:

Firstly there is "that gal" brightening face primer [1], followed by Erase Paste [2]. After that we have the Boi ing concealer in both shades 01 & 02 (items [3] & [4] respectively). Then we have eye bright [6] and lemon aid [5]. The kit also comes with four brushes, which are all pre-labeled so you do not mix your products up!

The first product that I tried (I used them in the order that the booklet explained them) was the face primer. I did not take any photos of this stage as I didn't see much change. I have quite oily skin, so if anything I need a matifying primer rather than one that makes my face any more glossy.

The second product was the Erase Paste, which was just fabulous. Words cannot describe how much I loved this & that I think I may have found my ideal under eye/dark circle concealer! Because I cannot put this adoration into words, I'm going to let a photo do the talking:

The difference in clearly there! And for the purpose of this review I have not done what every make-up company/fitness DVD/cosmetic sturgeon do & airbrushed or added more make-up to enhance the look. What you see there is me wearing Erase Paste on my left eye (your right!) & nothing else. No mascara, no eyeshadow, no nothing! Me in all my un-made glory! All kits comes with shade No.2 which I had worried would be too dark for me, but I think it works just splendidly.

So after that excitment, what about the Boi ing concealers?

You get two shades, with the idea that somewhere between the two you will discover your ideal shade. Again, I am going to use photos to help illustrate the results.

Here is the before:

Check out those spots. It's like they knew this review was coming.

And the after:

Again, very good results. You can still tell that there are spots there, but by no means were they as obvious as before. I mainly used the 01 shade as I am naturally very pale, & when I make myself up I actively try to make myself paler (a fake-tan free girl here!).

Finally for the lemon aid & the eye bright. The lemon aid is a colour correcting eyelid primer & while I was skeptical at first I believed that there was some point to this sweet looking product. The Eye Bright is sold as a instant eye brightener (usually sold as a pencil), which definetly has some bragging rights.

And to back myself up? Why it's more photos of course!

Here is one with me wearing the lemon aid across one of my eyelids:

On my right eye (again your left!) is the yellow pressed powder. As you can see there is definitely some improvement, but not entirely enough to rave about (I had also removed all erase paste from my left eye for this photo).

The eye bright also proved to have similar effects. Here is me wearing both the lemon aid and eye bright:

Again, there is definetly some brighteness there, but enough to buy it again on it's own? Maybe not.

My overall opinion?
While I have no regrets about buying this I have to admit that when it runs out I will not buy the whole kit again. This kit is perfect for trying out all the products before you commit to a big tub & it has helped me decide which is best for me. I will without doubt be buying the Erase Paste again, as will I buy the Boi ing in shade 01. However, despite the slight improvement that the Lemon Aid and the Eye Bright gave my eye area, I doubt I'd spend more money buying my own tub. I will continue to use what has been supplied to me as it is good stuff, but I feel a white eyeshadow would have a similar effect. I am not buying the face primer again, but that may be more to do with my skin type rather than it not being a good product.

Morag x
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