|I bought this myself - only in my dreams would I receive PR from the Queen of makeup!|
I am a massive fan of the Pat McGrath foundation (review here) and her makeup in general (reviews here), so it was only natural that I would want to try her new concealer. It's a concealer system, comprised of a liquid concealer, setting powder and a brush. I didn't feel the need to buy the whole system as I rarely set my under eye concealer and I have a few brushes that I like to use so the whole system would be wasted on me (plus it's expensive!). I bought this in the pre-sale so I was able to avail of a 10% discount - this is why it's worth signing up to newsletters! So is it worth the price and hype?
When a product has Sublime Perfection in the name, expectations are high! People have different needs when it comes to concealer and it is rare that there is a 'one product fits all'. In general, I use two concealers as my under eye area requires something hydrating and that preferably adds some radiance, whereas on the rest of my face (for blemishes/redness), I like a semi-matte finish (a radiant finish would just highlight what I'm trying to conceal) and a little more coverage. That being said, I can understand why Pat has only released one concealer as when brands release too many products at once, the quality is usually below par.
As with all products from this brand, the packaging is luxe - even the box it is housed in feels fancy. The concealer tube is glass with a black lid and a gold logo. There are 36 shades available and as I bought online, it was guess work, although there are pretty good descriptions online. The shade I chose works perfectly with the foundation and if I want to lighten it in my under eye area, I use an eye brightener.
It is described as being lightweight, full coverage, creamy and with a radiant matte finish. I generally find that full coverage concealers feel heavy on the skin and it's rare that I go for proper full coverage as my under eye circles aren't too dark and, thankfully, I rarely get blemishes these days. That being said, there are times when I am happy with a very light base product but I can sometimes have areas of redness and inflammation, which require fuller coverage foundation or a few layers of concealer. This is where this concealer is perfect for me. It is full coverage, yet looks natural, so I can wear a light base - the Pat McGrath foundation, for example, and then just add some extra coverage using this concealer and they will blend well together instead of looking like I have an obvious heavy concealer on.
The coverage is full but the feel is lightweight, as promised. The finish is what I would call semi or velvet matte so I'm happy to use it on my under eye area whereas I wouldn't use a fully matte concealer in that area. I only need to use a few little dots and then blend and I find that it works best with my finger as that seems to warm it and it blends into my skin easily without losing any coverage. In terms of creasing or settling into fine lines, I haven't found this to happen at all and I don't set my concealer as I find that looks and feels too drying. I also maintain a good skincare routine, using both an eye serum and cream so this helps too. If you have oily skin or don't have any fine lines (lucky you!), you might want to set it.
Overall, this concealer is a hit, totally worth the price and hype! If you have a Selfridges or Sephora near you and can get to a counter to colour match, I highly recommend doing that as I just got lucky with my choice. If I were to repurchase, I might go one shade lighter.
Have you bought the new Pat McGrath concealer or are you a fan of the brand in general? I'd love to hear!
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