Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Elcie: Complete Remedy Silque Concealer

15ml | £22 from here

Their claims
Elcie claims that their under-eye concealer is able to correct and brighten with its medium-to-full buildable coverage. Infused with ingredients such as caffeine, cranberry seed oil and the infamous hyaluronic acid, this concealer is said to work similarly to an eye cream by de-puffing, hydrating and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition, this concealer is:
  • Cruelty free
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan
  • Non-commenogenic 
  • Paraben, sulfates and phthalates free

There are currently 7 shades available: Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Tan Dark and Dark. My shade is Medium Tan and I find it to be more on the neutral side. 

Looking at swatches online, I chose Medium Tan as it looked like it would match my skin colour perfectly however, as you can see from the swatches below, it dries down to a couple of shades darker. Definitely not suitable for me to brighten or conceal so I use this as more of a corrector and add a lighter shade of concealer on top. 

 Medium Tan freshly swatched

Medium Tan after 10 minutes

My reality
So, the first claim is that it is a medium-to-full coverage. In all honesty, I would say that it edges closer to a solid medium. It has a lightweight, creamy consistency and does layer beautifully however; I don't think that it is heavy duty enough to be called full coverage.

If my under eye area is more dehydrated than usual, I find that the product can cling to the dry patches, making it difficult to create a smooth and even canvas. I find that I don't have to set the concealer as it dries down to a soft matt finish on my normal/dry skin.

I would say that the wear time without setting is around 6-7 hours. Creasing is there but minimal. I have fine lines, there will always be creasing. I'm used to it. Plus, because I don't set with powder, as the product creases or fades away, I can always touch up.

I like the unique applicator as the metal tip where you squeeze the product out from gives a cool and refreshing sensation. Quick tip: I find that using the metal tip to massage around the eye area (without any product) really helps to de-puff the under eye area, making for a smoother concealer application. Other than the de-puffing which is caused by the cool, metal tip, I haven't really witnessed any of the eye cream benefits so I can't comment on there being a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Final thoughts
Great formula, good coverage, interesting applicator, poor shade range. 

With Elcie being a small brand, its understandable that their shade range is limited and they have tried to cater to most shades. However, now that they are aware that people are interested in purchasing the concealer and that there are good reviews about the formula, it would be nice for them to expand the shades by adding a few more colours with varying undertones across the spectrum i.e., light/medium/dark and warm/pink. Also, some more accurate swatches online would be appreciated!

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Polysilicone-11, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate , Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Vaccinium Macrocarpon(Cranberry) Seed Oil, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Friday, 25 January 2019

Peripera: Ink Airy Velvet

 8g | approx. £7 from here

Ink Airy Velvet is a lip tint which is supposed to glide on smoothly, offer vivid colour and a soft, velvety texture to your lips. There are currently 15 shades available including pinks, nudes, corals and browns. I have the shades:

  • It Brown Orange (#6) - a pretty subdued orange with warm brown undertones
  • My Brown Coral (#7) - more coral than brown. I find that the natural pigmentation in my lips show through more with this shade
  • Glimpse Brick Brown (#8) - a dusty pink-brown. My favourite everyday shade
  • Legend Brown Red (#9) - has more of a rosy pinkish-red undertone than brown

I love the formula of these tints as they're extremely lightweight and, well, airy on the lips. Once applied, you can forget about it. The mousey texture means that you don't experience heaviness on the lips and you don't have to be concerned about smudging or transferring because it dries down to a flattering stain.

These lip tints are buildable. You can adjust the opacity depending on the number of layers you apply i.e., from sheer to full. I find that it's best to apply in thin layers or else it can start to look a little chunky on the lips. I like to dot a little on the centre of my lips and then dab it outwards. After allowing it to dry for a couple of seconds, I apply the tint in the same manner again until I'm happy with the coverage.

Lip tints can be known for being quite drying however; I don't have that problem with these. As long as I exfoliate before applying them, they feel comfortable no matter how long I wear them for. This low maintenance lip tint is ideal for those situations where you don't want to be continuously re-applying your lip product e.g., at work.

With it being so affordable and the brand regularly extending the shade line, I definitely want to cop a few more shades in the future.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green Tea Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Lithol Rubine BCA, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrachlorotetrabromofluorescein, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Phloxine B, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Sunset Yellow FCF, Tartrazine, Black Oxide of Iron