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conceal1. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer (I wear shade Light Beige), 2. Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye (I wear shade 0.5), 3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer (I wear light), 4. Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer (I wear Alive 02), 5. Nars Creamy Concealer (I wear shade Vanilla), 6. Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer (I wear Ivory), 7. Mac ‘Pro Longwear’ Concealer (I wear shade NW 20), 8. BareMinerals Correcting Concealer (I wear Light 01)

I was with my friend at the mall the other day and she needed a little assistance buying under eye concealer. I showed her three of my favorites and thought it could be helpful to round up the concealers I’ve tried (both great and not so great) here on the blog!

Concealer is such a personal thing that really requires a few tries before you can determine what you think about it. Find a store with a good return policy, or spend some time with an employee who can show you how to apply it, in order to ensure you can give it a decent shot.

The majority of my concealing needs is for under my eyes, but occasionally I’ll need to conceal blemishes as well.

So, let’s run through the concealers I showed above!

1. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer (I wear shade Light Beige) : All time favorite concealer. If I’m ever in doubt, this is the concealer I grab. My under eye circles disappear, and it even covers blemishes well too. It’s thick and heavy (hence it’s effectiveness) so if you prefer a really natural look you may not enjoy how heavy this concealer is.

2.  Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye (I wear shade 0.5): I’ve been using this concealer for a few weeks and am pleasantly surprised. It’s hard to squeeze out of the tube, but you only need a tiny amount so perhaps that’s “their” way of controlling how much you use. It too is thick, and takes a little bit longer to rub in because it’s slightly more clay-like than the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, but equally as effective at covering dark circles.

3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer (I wear light): I only used this for under eyes and I liked it. It’s a bit more of a natural finish than #1 & #2, but the brightening effect is nice for under the eyes. It’s good, not amazing.

4. Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer (I wear Alive 02): Nothing against Marc Jacob’s but I have yet to try a product of his that I need to keep in my makeup bag. They are good, sure, but none have blown me away. This concealer was a quick return because I felt like it did nothing!

5. Nars Creamy Concealer (I wear shade Vanilla): This is my go-to for blemish concealing. The creamy part ensures that it’s flexible and blend able, and the coverage is really good. For under eye’s it’s great for a natural finish. It won’t hide every single thing, but it will make you look more awake and well rested.

6.Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer (I wear Ivory): This concealer is great for covering under eye darkness, but is a little bit prone to creasing. It takes practice to learn how to blend it in well and determine how much you actually need to use, but it’s a good budget concealer.

7. Mac ‘Pro Longwear’ Concealer (I wear shade NW 20): It’s been a few years since I used this concealer on the regular, but I remember loving it. It’s no fuss, covers blemishes and dark circles, and it doesn’t crease one bit. I remember it drying quickly, so make sure you work fast on blending before it settles in.

8. BareMinerals Correcting Concealer (I wear Light 01): I wasn’t impressed with this concealer at all. I wanted to like it but I found that it didn’t cover any under eye darkness, and was much too sheer.

Overall, you can see that I tend to go for the high end concealers. When it comes to anything I apply directly to my face, I’ve had much more success than with drugstore products. This isn’t to say that there are no great drugstore concealers, I just have yet to find one that really blows me away.

To boil it all down, if you need high coverage concealer : go for Make Up For Ever Full Cover. If you want a natural finish: try the Nars Creamy Concealer.

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Katie says · 09.09.14

Great post, Kate! I worked a 24 hour shift last night…so I would probably need all 8 of these to hide my under eye circles. Ha! I was shocked to not see the Bobby Brown Creamy Concealer – holy grail!

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Kate says · 09.09.14

I’ve never tried it! I guess I need to!

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Brittany Moose says · 09.09.14

I too was shocked to not see the Bobbi Brown! I LOVE it and wear it daily! It is a MUST TRY!

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Amanda says · 09.09.14

If you look at the posts that this link brings you to, she only mentions the Bobbi Brown corrector, not the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer that the posts above are talking. Different product.

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Siobhan Kiernan says · 09.09.14

Could you maybe post a drugstore option please? 🙂

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Kate says · 09.10.14

The L’Oreal option is drugstore, and Sonia Kashuk is found at Target!

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Janice says · 09.10.14

Love this! Thanks! Have you ever tried Smashbox concealer! If so, what are your thoughts?

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Michelle says · 09.09.14

We have similar taste in concelers. Try Bye Bye Under ete from IT Cosmetics. You can find the brand at Ulta, but I buy a lot of it on QVC. You can get the concealer in a tube or pot. I have both and love it

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Jennie says · 09.09.14

I love the IT bye bye under eye too butbalso love the IT Bye Bye Redness corrector too!

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Kristiina says · 09.09.14

Are you still loving Bobbi brown’s corrector? (It’s my desert island product). Do you use these concealers on top of it or alone? Great post 🙂

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Kate says · 09.09.14

Yes! Since it isn’t “technically” a concealer I didn’t want to put it on this list to confuse people. I use it sparingly under concealer 🙂

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Emily says · 09.09.14

I battle under eye circles so I enjoyed this post! I love Bobbi Brown’s corrector, but I tried their under eye brightened this summer and fell in love! I highly recommend a test run with that product!

http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/2335/24765/Makeup/Face/Corrector-Concealer/Tinted-Eye-Brightener/SS13/index.tmpl#i.1gxgfy9eu6cn5w

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Nora says · 09.09.14

I love the Makeup Forever one, I’ve been using it for years! I find it’s not as great under the eyes (can be a little creasy), but it lasts forever!

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Kristina Fisk says · 09.09.14

When Prescriptives went bye-bye, I was at a loss for a replacement concealer. A department store make-up specialist convinced me to try Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer. It really is great…I’ve tried others and keep coming back to it.

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LeAnne says · 09.09.14

http://www.prescriptives.com
I just found out that prescriptives has been brought back and ordered my make-up! I haven’t found anything that works as well as there products and have tried everything since they disappeared. So glad to find them again!!

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Mindy Furr says · 09.09.14

I really like benefit fake up

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Chloe says · 09.09.14

Really need to try a Mac concealer, one of my favourites is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer x

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Rebecca says · 09.09.14

Great round-up! My favorite concealer is still the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind under eye concealer. It provides pretty good coverage while still looking natural. I’ve always wanted to try the MAC though…no one has anything bad to say about it!

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Jill says · 09.09.14

I agree on the Maybelline Age Rewind! I have battled undereye circles since my teens and tried everything. This is the only concealer that I have found that doesn’t crease or feel cakey (I am now 38 and it doesn’t settle into fine lines)! I apply to my undereyes over my foundation and then set with a translucent powder and it is AMAZING! It also has haloyxl in it and I think it has decreased my dark circles a bit too.

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Melanie Wynn says · 09.09.14

Oooo I have always been drawn to the packaging of it, but I have never grabbed it. I may have to dabble in this concealer world this weekend! Thanks for the suggestion!

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Elena says · 09.09.14

I love this one! Was going to mention it, glad you brought it up. Such great coverage for a lightweight product.

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Julie says · 09.09.14

I’ll have to tuck this away for the next time I’m buying undereye concealer. I swear I have an entire luggage set under my eyes, so I’m always on the hunt for a great concealer.

xo Julie
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Beth says · 09.09.14

Thanks Kate, was just thinking this morning that it is time to change up my concealer and these products will be a great place to start! I know you used to be an Arbonne user – did you use their concealer? Thoughts?

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Tasha says · 09.09.14

Youve got to try ByeBye Undereye from IT cosmetics. I’m more than in love!

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Amanda Whitley says · 09.09.14

I love the Make Up For Ever foundation, but I have never tried their concealer. I struggle with covering up my under eye circles- they are always there! I am excited to try these out. Thanks for the tips!

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Dayna Tierney says · 09.09.14

Tarte’s under eye concealer is the best I’ve found! Definitely my holy grail!

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Andrea says · 09.09.14

I really love the NARS concealer! You should try Bye Bye Under eye from IT Cosmetics, I love it!!! A little goes a long way and its so easy to blend! Would definitely recommend it.

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Angela says · 09.09.14

I tried the NARS for under my eyes but was disappointed with the creasing effect. Lately I have been using the Bobbi Brown Corrector with either Tarte’s Amazonian clay concealer or Maybelline’s FIT concealer on top. For a drug store product it works well under the eyes.
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Beth says · 09.09.14

Yay!! I have been waiting for a post on this exact topic, thanks for the advice!! Also, congrats on expanding your family!!

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Courtney says · 09.09.14

This list is great! I have yet to find a concealer that I absolutely love so this is great place to start thank you for the reviews! How do these hold up throughout the day? I have found that some concealers that I use rub off within an hour would this be because they are too thin? Thanks!

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Olivia says · 09.09.14

Hi Kate. Great post! I have been wondering this for a while but is your real name Katelyn? My best friends name is that and we call her Kate. It would mean the world to me if you replied! Thanks, love this post!

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Evelyn says · 09.09.14

I always like reviews about concealers! I use elf for a natural finish and Benefit Fake Up for under the eyes.

I thought that ideally you should correct dark circles (purple) and blemishes (red) with a different tone of concealer. Do you do that?!

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Jenn says · 09.09.14

Love the post! Any suggestions for hiding those pesky under eye bags?! Or how to shade around it to trick the eye? Thanks!

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Kate says · 09.09.14

You definitely need to try Benefit’s Erase Paste!!! I have no idea how I lived without that stuff. It’s amazing! My under-eye circles automatically disappear with it. And, one little jar lasts me about a half a year. It’s fabulous. If I was on a deserted island and could only take one makeup item, that would probably be it.

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valerie says · 09.10.14

Seriously. I was scrolling through to see if anyone else mentioned it. I gift Erase Paste to all mothers that just had a baby. It’s miraculous, especially when used with a good under eye cream.

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Courtney @ titus2minutes says · 09.09.14

Is it weird that I am excited we wear the same MAC shade?! 🙂 Thanks for this!

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Grace says · 09.09.14

I follow your blog in Feedly and just wanted to let you know that your posts are not showing up for me there. I thought you were still on a break until I visited your blog today! Perhaps it’s just something wrong with my feed, but wanted to let you know anyway!

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gwen says · 09.09.14

Hi, I enjoy reading your blog, the various product reviews and especially the hair videos!

As I get older, the ingredients in make-up concerns me more and more. I notice that many of the products listed here (except for maybe Sonia Kashuk and BareMinerals) contain parabens, PEG compounds, sodium laureth sulfate and/or coal tar dyes. I find it really frustrating because I enjoy wearing make-up (and need it for the bags under my eyes) but I feel that the cosmetic industry tries to downplay the possible effects of dangerous ingredients. Parabens are hormone imitators. The problem is we simply do not know what the long term effects are for low dose exposures to many of these ingredients.

So I guess my challenge to you is, what are the possible options for health freaks (I’ll poke fun of myself) who want to wear make up and avoid possible exposure to these ingredients?

Thank you!!!

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Lacey says · 09.09.14

Try Tarte. I like the Maracuja oil concealer for redness around the nose as it is very moisturizing. For blemishes and undereye, I use the Amazonian Clay concealer.

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Anna says · 09.09.14

Surprised not to see Maybelline age rewind instant eraser on your list! I used to use bobbi brown’s under eye concealer and tried the eraser because I heard a few youtubers talk about it. And it’s now my go to concealer! And you can’t beat the price!

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Jenny says · 09.09.14

Wow! In my latest post I just asked if anyone knew of a good concealer, and here are some good contenders! Right now I’ve been using Maybelline’s Fit Me to cover up blemishes, but it tends to rub off after a few hours. I also use Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind for my under eye circles, but it is too thick for my eye area. I have very sensitive eyes, and the skin around my eyes have been damaged from previous makeup allergies, so I find it very difficult to find something that has a thin consistency with great coverage.

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Melanie Wynn says · 09.09.14

I love all things makeup forever. I have been needing to get a concealer. For some reason, it is just a makeup product I have never purchased. I will have to give Full Cover a try!

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Abby says · 09.09.14

I will echo everyone’s recommendation for IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer! It’s my holy grail under eye concealer. It’s thicker, with amazing coverage. You do need to set it with a powder to prevent creasing, but it still looks natural even with powder. I love their entire line of products, but the concealer is one of the BEST.

xo Always, Abby

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Sarah says · 09.09.14

My absolute favorite is Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer. It blends so well and matches my very light skin tone perfectly (where a lot of concealers go orange-y on me). I will say that it is very expensive and it took a while before I was willing to spend the money on it but it was worth it – for such a small tube it lasts forever.

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Elizabeth says · 09.09.14

I have been following your blog for about a year and a half and generally agree with you on almost everything, but I was shocked that you didnt have DermaBlend Quick Fix Corrector. My circles are AWFUL – and I was introduced to this product by my burn unit nurse for covering up my burn scars. That was 8 years ago and I will not buy anything else. You can wear it along, or set it with their translucent powder to make it waterproof for all day coverage. Its amazing.

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Holly says · 09.09.14

Did anyone else think of the movie Frozen when they read the title of this post? “Conceal, don’t feel” Brilliant post though, I’ve been meaning to try out the Nars Creamy Concealer for a little while.

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Lisa says · 09.09.14

I use Jane Iredale concealer. (Circle-Delete). Nothing compares….having 3 kids under age 6, I need the best! 😉

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Dana says · 09.09.14

Amazing Cosmetics has an AMAZING undereye concealer. It was suggested to me when I went into Sephora for my make up consult for my wedding. It’s a life changer. A small tube is $28 and has lasted me a year and a half. I use it EVERYDAY as I have dark circles (genetics) and it works like a dream. I recommend it to anyone needing full coverage.
http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=AMAZING%20COSMETICS%20Amazing%20Concealer%20To%20Go%20P208606&skuId=1040294&productId=P208606&_requestid=94577#

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Christine says · 09.09.14

I love Tarte’s Maracuja Oil Concealer (Tarte makes SO many products that work for me) but you’ve got me really curious about Make Up Forever. Definitely need to try it!

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Priscila says · 09.09.14

Good to know all of these options. Of all your choices i have only tried Bare Minerals. It’s not bad, it lasted for an eternity and it didn’t cause me breakouts. But my favorites are Clinique Even better concealer, it’s creamy, moisturizing and covers pretty good and the other is Clinique Advanced Concealer, it has a better coverage than the Even Better and it’s great for people with acne or scars. the only con is that it can look cakey if you don’t know how to apply it but if you do it looks natural. hugs!
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Meg says · 09.09.14

This has nothing to do with concealer, but do you have any thoughts on trying/reviewing the conair curl secret? You’re a pro at curling so I’m sure it’s not something you’d drop $100 on but for the hair challenged I’m curious if it works.

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Hailey @ Tasteful Cuisine says · 09.09.14

This post came at the perfect time! I’m almost out of concealer and am on the hunt for a new one. Thanks for the suggestions!

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amanda june says · 09.09.14

I’ve used the Make Up For Ever concealer for a long time also and it’s a great go-to. I’ve had a lot of acne problems in the last several months though and have found Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless concealer to be thicker and provide better/longer lasting cover for blemishes, BUT (and maybe this is just because it’s so thick and hard to get out of the tube?) I feel like it’s way less of a value — it seems like there’s so much less in the tube for what you pay for vs. the MUFE concealer. And because the MUFE isn’t as thick, it’s a bit faster to apply. I like it better for under eye, too.

By the way, ditto what everyone’s saying about your posts not showing up in Feedly. I figured it out a while back and have been checking your site manually now and again, but there have been no posts coming through since your break.

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Franziska says · 09.10.14

Woohoo, Great post! I’ve been using the shiseido concealer for 2 years and it’s the best thing I’ve ever tried! Cannot live without it and am storing always some of it to avoid I’m running out 🙂 so give it a try, it’s an absolutely amazing product!

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Zoe says · 09.10.14

I love the mac concealer!
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Jen says · 09.10.14

Interesting post! I never use concealer and I have no idea why – but I’ve definitely been thinking about getting one for under the eyes. I might try the NARS one!
Jen x
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Chloe says · 09.10.14

I really want to try the Nars concealer, I always use the Collection Lasting Perfection even after trying high end brands its the only one so far that completely covers my dark circles x

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Kerri says · 09.10.14

This is an awesome post! Thanks for the help.

I’m currently really impressed with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. It works incredibly well for the price.

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Tyana says · 09.10.14

Love the post… do you have any suggestions for lover priced concealers??

xx
Tyana
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Michaela says · 09.10.14

I’ll have to check out some of your picks! I like Benefit’s Fakeup a lot. I’m super picky though nothing ever wows me enough!

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Taslima says · 09.10.14

My favourite concealers would have to be the maybelline fit me & NARS creamy concealer! x

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Mindy says · 09.11.14

I’ve been using bareMinerals Stroke of Light eye brightener for under eye circles. It goes on smoother than concealer and held up really well in the summer heat. I was advised that I could conceal the circles then use this product but I haven’t found it necessary… I also love to use it after my makeup has worn off for the day. I wish you’d try it and tell me (everyone!) what you think!

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Jessica says · 09.12.14

Does the Makeup Forever concealer every leave your under eye area dried out? I have this problem with the Bobby Brown corrector. It’s so thick! I am looking for something that hides my dark circles but doesn’t leave that area dry looking.

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best foods for your skin says · 09.14.14

As I always suffer from dark circles, I enjoyed reading this topic.. I tried the Mac concealer and the L’Oreal as I’m addicted to these two brands and their products, They are really good and make the dark circles hidden and doesn’t give a fake look. If there is a better choice I would like to try it.

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Susan says · 09.15.14

Since you have a gorgeous youthful complexion could you recommend an under eye concealer for a 61 years young complexion. Have been using Landcome products for a while but lately noticing the concealor is beginning to accumulate in the fine lines at the corners of my eyes and I do not use a generous amount. I’m very fortunate that I have minimal to no lines on my face. FYI, going to the Nordstrom annual Stryvectin event on Saturday. Recently tried a sample of their lip cream to minimize fine lines. Do you have an opinion on their products? I was offered one of three treatments and selected the glycolic peel. Love your blog! Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Jules says · 09.20.14

Hey Kate, what do you recommend as far as a moisturizer for your face? I hate that dry feeling when I first get out of the shower. My face feels tight and dry. Ugh! Thoughts?

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Marlene says · 09.26.14

Hi Kate! I am only just now discovering your blog, though my daughters tell me they’ve loved it for years! I, too, have bad dark circles under my eyes, and at 55, they are sometimes puffy. My son is being married in November, in NY, it will be our first wedding, in our immediate family, so I’m super excited, and want to look as lovely as I can manage – and photograph well! 😉 So, when I discovered that your suggestion of Sephora’s immediate Wrinkle Filler was no longer made, I was just so disappointed. Could you please recommend something else that might help. Thanks so much in advance. i LOVE your blog!!

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patrice says · 09.29.14

Marlene, Clarins makes a wrinkle filler product called Instant Smooth that works very well. I followup with Lancome’s Le Base for the silicone and my pores disappear.

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Sandra says · 10.02.14

I have really bad under eye circles and Mac prolong wear is my holy grail concealer. It’s the only concealer that keeps me satisfied after my makeup is completely done. I need full coverage and it definitely does the job!

Thanks for the informative post, will definitely check out the Makeup forever full cover concealer 🙂

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