23 June 2015

A Drugstore Concealer Better Than Collection?

When it comes to concealer, it plays quite a large part in my everyday makeup routine, and I like good coverage too. Finding the perfect concealer is quite the task, most of the time I find every concealer is too dark for my pale skin or too thick for my dry skin, life problems right? I had been using the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for months and I was convinced it was holy grail, and I was slightly addicted to the stuff. When on a shopping trip (shock!) I was trying to pick up a new tube of the trusty Collection concealer, but completely failed to do so, it was out of stock everywhere. Collection told me on Twitter that it wasn't being discontinued, so I think there was and still is just some sort of stock problem, as its still out of stock pretty much everywhere I look!

I was becoming pretty desperate for a new concealer as I was nearly out, so I decided to look for an alternative. I've tried many concealers from the drugstore in the past and I have always gone straight back to Collection, nothing quite matched to the thick coverage and pale shade. I popped into Boots and decided to pick up the SEVENTEEN Stay Time concealer in the shade Extra Fair. When I first started using this one I wasn't that amazed but now I can safely say I actually prefer Stay Time to the Collection concealer.

Stay Time is the perfect shade and consistency for my skin tone and type and the price suits my budget too, at only £4.49 it is pretty much the same price as Collection and it is worth every penny you pay. I think the only downside to this concealer is that the coverage isn't quite as high, meaning I have to apply two layers to achieve my desired coverage whereas before I'd only need one. Although this takes a little longer in the mornings, it works nicer as my skin doesn't cake up and feel covered in product, there is no cakeyness and my skin stays hydrated. I also noticed the lasting power of this particular concealer is incredible, it still looks pretty good when I get home in the evenings which is exactly what I have been looking for, I can definitely go out after work without touching up.

I'm so pleased that I have found such a perfect concealer and that it is also such an affordable one, I have been using Stay Time in replacement of the Collection concealer for over two months now and I honestly don't think I'll be going back! If you are on the hunt for a very similar product, definitely give this one a go. I'm seriously impressed with the SEVENTEEN brand at the moment!

Whats your ultimate drugstore concealer?

Alice May Snell