Budget Concealer and Contour Palette18:05
I have to admit that when it comes to make up I am no professional, my everyday makeup tends to consist of a thin layer of foundation, a bit of concealer, eyeliner, a coat of mascara and a tiny bit of blush. As I like to keep it so simple I have been trying to find ways that I can make my skin look more flawless but still keep it looking natural. So I thought I'd give this palette from BornPretty a try, for £4.75 it is an absolute bargain and also comes with a 7 piece brush kit.
The brush kit is pretty simple and not something I'll probably use much but its a great little added bonus. It contains a brow brush and comb and eyeshadow sponge applicator, both pretty self explanatory. Next there is a small angled brush, which I have actually found perfect for applying gel eyeliner, and then a small lip brush. Then there is a small flat brush, which would be perfect for applying concealer to spots and around the nose but the bristles are really stiff making it a little harder to apply, I'm hoping to be able to find some way to soften them. The next brush is a larger fat brush and the bristles on this one are much softer and I used this brush to mark out my contouring, then the larger fluffier brush to blend my contouring out.
Now, onto the palette itself, it is made up of a highlighter, green, purple and yellow colour correctors and 11 skin tone shades ranging from light to dark making it suitable for practically any skin tone. They all have a creamy texture, something which is brand new to me as I have only ever used liquids or powders and I have to admit I am a complete cream convert. I found these really easy to apply and blend, and as a sufferer of dry skin I was intrigued how it would deal with them. I am pleased to report that there was not a dry patch in sight!
I have never really used colour correcting concealers before and just always saw it as an unnecessary hassle. Boy, was I wrong!! The green and yellow colour correctors were certainly put to the test as I have been suffering from a cold for the last week, which shows no signs of budging, and with a nose as red as rudolph and circles as dark as a panda under my eyes they had a lot of work to do. As the green concealer cancels out red I put this all around my nose and on any blemishes I had. It does seem a bit weird having green patches on my face but once they were covered, as you'll see from the picture below, there wasn't a hint of red in sight. Absolute magic! I then used the yellow concealer to tackle my dark eyes by patting it below my eyes and putting a thin layer on my eyelids. I then covered my face with a thin layer of foundation and there wasn't a hint of red or dark circle in sight. I then used the middle darker shade on the right hand side to contour, it did scare me a little how dark it was when I first applied it but if felt super creamy and blended out really beautifully, leaving me with a nice natural contour. I then did my eye makeup and blusher patting a bit of the highlighter to the tops of my cheeks and brow bone.
All in all I am really impressed with this palette and the green and yellow concealers are my new best friends. If you'd like to give this palette a try head over to BornPretty and use the code "SAK31" for an extra 10% off.