January 26, 2011

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit (Part 2): Undercover Pot & Tools

In Part 1, I reviewed the Foundation Primer, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Velour Puff and Egg-Shaped Sponge.  

Now it's time to take a look at the Secret Camouflage, Secret Concealer and Translucent Loose Setting Powder (all part of the Undercover Pot), Secret Camouflage Brush  and Camouflage Powder Brush.
Undercover Pot

Lift the lid and you'll find Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage (left) and Secret Concealer (right).  Twist the cap and you'll see a sifter which dispenses a small amount of  the Oil Free Translucent Powder.  I love the packaging because it has everything you need to conceal without having to carry several products.  It's perfect for traveling.

Secret Camouflage 
This is used to conceal blemishes, scars, shadows around the nose and broken capillaries.  Unlike most concealers that feel heavy on the skin, this one felt like i was barely applying anything.  The fact that it was so light bothered me at first.  I thought I wasn't putting enough product.  But even after adding layers, it still felt the same.  I liked the fact that I did not need to apply any form of color corrector beforehand.  This effectively made the broken capillaries on my cheeks and shadows on my face less noticeable.  As with all concealers, it can never totally erase imperfections, it just lightens.  I would have said this was the perfect concealer except for one heartbreaking detail - it's staying power.  Even if I applied the Primer and Loose Setting Powder that came with this kit, the concealer only lasted for a couple of hours.  Halfway through the work day, it was gone.  I have yet to find something that'll make this product last longer.

Secret Concealer 
The product was made specially for the eye area - it's purpose is to brighten and reduce the appearance of shadows around and under the eye.  Just like Secret Camouflage, this comes in a lightweight formula but more on the gel-cream side.  What's great about this is that you don't need a lot.  A teeny tiny amount is enough to cover the undereye area.  I found that the best way to apply this was to first rub the product between my ring fingers and use a rolling motion.  If your undereye circles aren't that bad, this is perfect.  But if you have serious blueness or shadows, this may not be what you're looking for - it will lighten, but the circles will still be quite obvious.

Translucent Loose Setting Powder 
According to the package, you apply this on top of the concealer and if you wish, your entire face.  This product really does go on transparent, so plus points here!  Just be careful how much of this you put on top of the Secret Concealer - too much will make your undereye area look seriously cakey.   I found that my MAC 224 does a perfect job in distributing this product under my eyes.  For the rest of the face, this is a good finishing powder to have.

Secret Camouflage Brush
I think this did an okay job as a concealer brush.  It picks up just the right amount of product each time.  The bristles look durable (I'll judge after a full year of use). 

It's nice to use on small blemishes and areas of the face.  I didn't like it so much for the undereye and larger areas (like my cheeks) because I felt that it took too much time given how small the tip of this brush is.  Overall, a good brush to have if you don't have a lot to cover up.

Camouflage Powder Brush
This brush was designed to pick up the Translucent Loose Setting Powder and pat on areas where the Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer was applied.

This was one of the things I did not love coming from this kit.  It did a poor job in picking up and distributing the powder to my face.  Plus I had issues because it would smudge some of my make up off.  I think I'll try using this as a concealer brush for larger areas. Maybe that'll work.

Like I said before, this kit is great if you want to sample Laura Mercier products.  Although the kit will not miraculously make your skin look perfect, it will definitely improve its appearance.

It comes with step by step instructions on how to use everything.  Plus, it includes a really cute cosmetic bag - the body is transparent but the top part comes in the signature Laura Mercier brown color.

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