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Blogmas: Essence - Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer.

5 December 2013
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Super affordable concealer!

Essence is a new brand to me, I've been seeing and hearing about it for a long time but it was only recently that I took the plunge and made some purchases. I didn't expect much really, these products are probably some of the cheapest on our shelves in Australia along with a few other brands, these other brands I've tried have left me feeling less than excited to venture in to the world of cheap makeup again; hard lip and eye liners, chalky eye shadows and blushes, stinky, flaky and just plain horrible mascaras.. The prices are so irresistible with most of these brands but the products are borderline unusable.

So the first time I used my Essence products I used them as a group, some were great straight away, others have been growing on me, none have been a complete disappointment.

If you're in the market for an inexpensive ($4.25) concealer duo that isn't a complete piece of crap and waste of money then you are on the right track. This stuff is alright.

Essence Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer comes in a duo pack, they can be used separately or mixed to create a custom shade that is perfect for you. I find the darker of the two is close enough for me, the lighter one I use for highlighting. The consistency is creamy, can not fault that at all, it makes it super easy to blend and it goes on to the skin quite nicely.

As for coverage, which for me is the most important factor of a concealer, it's not bad. It's not the best I've ever used but I find if you apply it over your foundation it does the job well. Just pat it on with your finger, blend the edges and set with powder and you'll have a satisfactory finish at a super cheap price.

Obviously this isn't a miracle product, for $4.25 you shouldn't expect that. It does have a tendency to move if you don't set it properly and the coverage is a bit lacking (if you have bad acne scarring or hyper-pigmentation then this won't be quite enough for you but it will do a decent job of concealing your minor face issues when paired with a foundation. The consistency of the formula makes the product buildable to an extent but take care not to apply too much though as it can and will look cakey. Longevity is fine if set properly, if you try to wear it on it's own without setting with a powder it's definitely going to need touch ups throughout the day.

I find the best way to apply is with a finger tip, the product will respond best to the heat created when you use this method of application!

Just swirl the pad of your finger in the product and tap it on to the problem area, do this in an outward motion to blend the edges, avoid tapping too much on the actual area that you want to conceal, the trick is to tap the problem area just enough to make the product melt in to the skin but still provide coverage, then continue to tap the edges around it to blend them in to the skin, this is the part that will take more than just a couple of taps, be patient and you'll be rewarded (this tip goes for any concealer, high-end or cheapest of the cheap!).

Now of course if you are concealing a popped or dried out blemish where you have rough or flaky skin then this product can cling to the dry skin but that is the case with most concealers, if you have this problem but need to use an inexpensive concealer then a nice face scrub and proper hydration before application will help.

In conclusion; don't fear the $4.25 concealer, it's worth a go and it's not a bad product!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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2 comments on "Blogmas: Essence - Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer."
  1. Thanks for the review! I might pick it up and see how it goes on my skin!

    1. No worries! I think it's worth a go and if it doesn't suit you as a concealer you can totally use it as a primer for your eye shadow, it works quite well there too haha.