La Mer The Radiant Concealer vs. Dermablend Cover Creme
It’s time for another side-by-side product test!
I care a lot about makeup and skincare performance, and am willing to spend whatever it takes to get the best product for my face. However, I’m not really an experimenter. I overhaul my makeup kit only every other year, and I throw away products only once they harden or start to smell funny. I still have eye pencils from ten years ago.
Finding the right face color, however, seems to be a never-ending quest. My skin is perfectly neutral, which means neither the “yellow” shades or the “pink” shades work for me. When I feel as though I must cover my face with something I usually mix an ivory shade with something darker and make due with the result.
I never needed a good concealer before my late 40’s. I spent the first 20 years of my adulthood makeup-less, and even today I’m barefaced at work unless I know I’m getting photographed. I don’t have dark under-eye circles, and at least until peri-menopause I used to have very good skin, so never had to worry much about a concealer’s effectiveness. Any drugstore product was fine so long as the color was close enough.
Even a cloudy day at the beach calls for full makeup now
Well? As they say, that was then this is now. I’ve always been pale, but age has made me practically transparent! I’ve also started using makeup as sunscreen, since really don’t care for the way sunscreens feel or look on my face. Being with Spooky means I spend a lot of time in outdoor fields and football stadiums, so my makeup needs to be FULL coverage or I’ll burn. It also means my makeup foundation has to match my skin tone perfectly, and look natural in bright light. That’s a tall order. I don’t think I’ve found the perfect foundation yet.
But concealer? I got this. Ladies, don’t bother with elite brands. Don’t make my expensive mistakes! Just buy Dermablend. It’s made for people with serious skin problems, so the coverage and performance can’t be beat. Why did I try to switch? I just got bored, that’s all. I thought a new product might be better, more luxurious, more . . . something. I should have saved my money.
Dermablend means business. Now watch him take it off!
I bought the La Mer Radiant Concealer ($70) last spring at Nordstroms while waiting for my personal shopping appointment. I had my Dermablend at home, but it was two years old and I figured it was time for a replacement. I loved La Mer’s other products, so why not splurge? Sigh. Six months later, and . . . I guess the LaMer concealer is OK. It’s a little dry, which is fine if you want to cover a zit. It comes with a little brush that works nicely. It passed the “nose blowing test” with flying colors, so that’s good. But in terms of overall coverage and performance, I expected more for $70. It settles into my pores and gives me a spotted look when viewed under 10X magnification. It’s ever-so-slightly orangey, a problem I associate with cheap cosmetics. When I used it on a big patch of skin – such as my cheeks when I had a rosacea flareup – it looked pasty and fake, so I never did it again. Mostly it sits unused in my makeup drawer.
I went back to using my 2-year-old Dermablend, hoping I could eventually find a replacement in my color. I tried to find it online to no avail. I went to the local Ulta and either they didn’t carry if anymore, or they were out of it, or . . . don’t tell me it was discontinued! Dermablend has a new line of concealers I unfortunately don’t care for, and the new line of foundation colors that were supposed to match Sand (Camel and Bisque) are much too dark for me. But I did like their classic Cover Creme in Almond Beige! I also bought their new Liquid Camo foundation in Cream, and the Setting Powder in Cool Beige. I’ll report back in a few months and let you know if they’re destined to be my new standbys. They all perform better than the LaMer concealer.
For work I chose Urban Decay’s Naked Beauty Balm. It was time for new eyeshadow, so I bought the smaller, Basic 2 version of the Naked 2 Palette. I like the natural look and gravitate to matte tones of fawn and taupe, even when playing dress up, so I grabbed an extra single eyeshadow pot in Naked. Some Naked blush/bronzer in “Streak,” some Anastasia eyebrow gel in Brunette, and some plain lip balm and I was done makeup shopping, hopefully for a long time. I’m covered now, for at least a year, or maybe even two!