This post was not sponsored or perked by MAC. All opinions fully my own.
Okay, look. These are not my favorite types of posts to do. Take my word that it is so much easier to write about beauty products when you're not talking about yourself. It is 4,000 times more relaxing to chat about makeup when you're not sitting in your bathroom trying to take a badly lit selfie while strategically avoiding all lines and blemishes.
But it is my womanly duty, and I do this for you.
It has been YEARS since I've used a concealer that I really like. You can see what I usually stick with on my favorites page. I've tried all kinds and just never been in love. I've tried expensive, inexpensive, matte, dewy, light reflecting, whatever. Almost all of the time concealers either don't do what they say they're going to do or the look really heavy and gross.
But, since I don't like to wear thick foundation, I need the extra oomph of a concealer under my eyes, around my nostrils, and on my right cheekbone where I have a few permanently busted blood vessels.
Sometime in December I popped into the MAC store to pick up my favorite face wipes and a lip pencil. While I was waiting for someone to help me, I picked up the MAC Pro Longwear concealer ($19) and tested a tiny bit on my hand. While I really like a lot of different MAC products, I've stayed away from their foundations for years after two different formulas made my face break out in tiny red bumps all over. But standing in the store I really, really liked it, so I decided to take a risk.
Here is my face in the morning after being washed with the Clarisonic and Mario Badescu face wash, and prepped with moisturizer and eye cream. No primer though, because I was trying to keep it real and I don't use primer daily.
The MAC Pro Longwear concealer was a little intense coming out of the small container. You really only need about half a pump.
It's important when applying concealer not to rub it in. First of all, rubbing your face is bad for it anyway, especially around the eyes where the skin is so thin, but secondly you're not getting the most out of your concealer if you rub it into the skin. Dot it on, then use a brush, sponge, or even your finger to press it into your skin.
Blend, blend, blend. Blend some more. Dab some more if you need to, but you probably won't. Set with a finishing powder if you're feeling fancy.
These photos are unretouched except for adjusting the exposure a bit. Like I have to tell you that. I swear I don't look jaundice in real life.
What I liked about the MAC Pro Longwear concealer is that it covered really nicely (it's pretty thick, but it's very smooth and creamy until it sets. But it does set really well, so you need to apply it right out of the pump.) and it stayed for a long time. I assume that's what they mean by "longwear." It did settle into the creases a teensy bit after a few hours, but if I used primer it would probably help that. Plus a little dab of eye cream midday and I looked fresh as a daisy.
What I don't like about the MAC Pro Longwear concealer is the little glass container. The pump is kind of sticky and even when I'm careful I end up wasting a lot of product. And believe me, you don't want to put too much of this stuff on. It would look weird and cake.
There are varying opinions on whether or not you should apply concealer before or after foundation. For me it depends on what sort of foundation I'm wearing. My usual daywear is Nars tinted moisturizer, so in that case I put it on first and the concealer second. If I'm going to wear a full-on foundation (and apply it with a brush, etc.), I'll apply concealer first.
If you have a concealer you swear by, let me know in the comments. If you'd like to request less closeups of my pores in the future, noted.