a budget concealer that's perfect for pale skin

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

This post is brought to you by my complete inability to place a Superdrug order without randomly adding something I don’t really need to the basket. 

I mean, I was really just there to stock up on their Colour Effects Conditioner.  My regular concealer is still going strong, and I’m still perfectly happy with it: mind you, my regular concealer is also still £20 per tub, and I’ve heard so many rave reviews of Collection’s Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer* that I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a go, would it?Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair

(*Aside: Why do beauty products always have such Long Long Very Very Long Ultimately Perfectly Long names? I’ve always wondered…)

This is just £4.19 per tube, and the main reason I wanted to try it was that I’d read that the palest shade ‘Fair’ was, indeed, ‘fair’, and not, say, “orange”, like many other so-called pale concealers turn out to be. IS it as pale as those other reviews suggested, though? In a word: YES.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair

It’s pale. Like, easily as pale as my usual Bobbi Brown concealer, so pretty much the perfect colour, as far as I’m concerned.

Unlike my Bobbi Brown concealer, this is a liquid-based concealer rather than a cream one, so I was worried that the coverage wouldn’t be thick enough for me, especially under the eyes. I needn’t have worried, though, because the coverage is pretty impressive, and I’m actually finding the liquid formula a nice change: it’s slightly more natural than the cream version I’ve been using, which makes it a good choice for summer, when I tend to prefer lighter coverage anyway.

My one issue with this – and it’s a small one – is that it dries fairly quickly, which means you have to blend it in right away, but other than that, I’m definitely a fan, and although I do feel a bit like I’m cheating on Bobbi B, I’m tempted to make it a permanent arrangement, because why pay £20, when you can pay £5? Exactly.

I mostly use this under the eyes, but I’ve used it on blemishes, and the coverage is thick enough to cover them, but not so thick that it’ll crease around the eyes and make me look like I fell into my makeup bag. As for the “16 hours wear” claim on the tube – honestly, I couldn’t tell you EXACTLY how many hours wear I get out of it (Because who has the patience to time their concealer use, seriously?), but I put it on in the morning, and it’s still there when I go to bed at night, so that’s good enough for me. I kinda feel like I should have more to say about this, but then again, I guess the fact that there’s not much more to say about it is a good thing in itself really: I mean, it’s a concealer. It conceals. It does a good job of it. If there’s anything else you want to know, speak up: if not, go buy yourself some here

Collection Concealer in Fair - good drugstore concealer for pale skin

10 Comments
  1. It sounds amazing, but I don’t think they deliver to Greece. I’ll have to ask one of my friends in the UK to buy it and send it to me! I really want to try it! 🙂

  2. My all-time favourite concealer (at least for now) – I can’t really fault this product. In fact, it was on my list to write a post about it too! My list is very long and it takes me a lot of time to get to any of it… heh…

  3. It’s so funny to see you reviewing this because I literally discovered this the other day while desperately searching for a concealer (my old one had been discontinued and all I could find in stores were the orange-masquarading-as-pale concealers. And I’m not about to buy a concealer online that I haven’t tried before because I’ve seen too many orange-masquarading-as-pale concealers to take that chance). I was being a product snob and only looking at more high end brands, so when the girl assiting me suggested this, I was skeptical. But it was nice to be proven wrong because I’ve just found my new perfect concealer!

  4. Oooh, this looks promising. Yeah it’s hard to see any good reason to go with a £20 product if a £5 one will do just as well!

    I had an outbreak on my chin at work yesterday and had run out of concealer, so I hot-footed it to the Clinique stand at lunchtime to buy some. They had run out of every pale ’01’ concealer sample and tube. The woman at the stand suggested I go for the ’02’ – which was fake tan dark on my skin – because it would ‘give me some colour’. It was like being back in the nineties/early noughties.

  5. This sounds brill – I’m fair too and a lot of concealers are simply too dark for me. A bit of a problem when it’s dark circles I’m trying to disguise…

  6. It is an absolutely fantastic concealer, I cannot recommend it enough. I have a problem with blemishes and it works very well on them. Just a tip- if you use a brush instead of a sponge to blend it it works even if it’s dried a little in the meanwhile.

  7. Sounds great – and the price sounds even better ! Sometimes its impressive that we use all this quite expensive stuff when there are way cheaper alternatives and they are actually still very good.

    I will definitely give it a try – especially that my current ones are expensive as well so it will be nice change 😉

    Thanks for sharing

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