Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Max Factor Colour Corrector Sticks - Under Eyes

Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin
Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin

So, not oh so long ago, Max Factor launched a line of colour correcting concealers - there are a number of different options including a green crayon for hiding redness, a purple one to correct dullness and the yellow one, that I'm looking at here, designed to help us out with those dark under eye cirlcles!

When I saw these, I thought they were a great idea, I mean sure, colour correcting isn't a new thing - but seeing all the different colours laid out here in an easy and quick to use crayon style, I really thought we were onto a winner (spot the grown up who still owns a massive Crayola crayon set...).

Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin
Applied on the skin
Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin
 Rubbed in
Unfortunately, this doesn't do a whole lot for me - or my mother for that matter, who I had guinea pigging for me, to try and work out if it was just my skin it wasn't working on. The application is really easy, the pencil makes it easy to apply this right where you need it, it doesn't drag at all (which is a big deal in that sensitive area) and I found it blended out really nicely and that I could easily add another layer on top if I so desired. So, when I apply this in the morning, it looks great - the coverage isn't fantastic, mostly folks I think would use a concealer over the top and sometimes I did, but sometimes I just left it if I was going for a "it's OK to have a little bit of natural shadow, I'm human after all" look. I would then apply foundation over the top and my under eyes look concealed and really, nicely brightened - not artificially, just healthily.

Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore SkinMax Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin

Left: Nothing but the Max Factor Pencil on my face
Right: The Pencil with a face of makeup (but no concealer)
 
But, after a couple of hours, this just vanishes. It really isn't an 'all day at work' product - for me anyway. If I had an interview and I needed to look really perky for just an hour or so, I would absolutely apply this, but other than that, for me, it just isn't worth the extra step in the morning. I've tried powdering it, I've tried different concealers (or none) on top - and while it doesn't look cakey, or creased or patchy, it just doesn't look like much after a day at work.

Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin
Max Factor CC Pencil Makeup Beauty Concealer Drugstore Skin
After two and a half hours
The pencils are £8.99 and available from Boots, here. I did also pick up the green pencil to correct redness, but I haven't really tried it out enough times to give a proper opinion at this point.

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