Dark circles are pretty damn annoying, I think everyone can agree with that statement? And some of us are lucky enough to genetically look like they’ve had about 2 hours sleep – thanks mum and dad! So let’s be honest, I need all the help I can get when it comes to brightening up ‘dem under eyes. The concealer section of my drawer is pretty well stocked and one of the most recent additions was a solid beauty blogger favourite that I had to try for myself to see what all of the fuss was about – the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.
I was shade matched to NW20 for my under-eyes, it’s perhaps a teensy bit too yellow for me but it’s not a bad match. For the first few days I was less than impressed with this little tube. Applied to my under eyes, it was patchy and crease-y and all kinds of a mess a few minutes after application but with trial and error I learned it was all about moderation. Working with a tiny amount and patting it in lightly made all the difference and now this concealer and I are the best of friends. As far as concealing the blue-y darkness under my eyes goes it couldn’t be better – it doesn’t do much for brightening so if I need an extra kick (if I’ve had two hours sleep) then I often go for a bit of the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the Brightener shade over the top. I’ve also been seriously impressed with the staying powder of this baby, even though I’ve gotten into the habit recently of setting my under eyes but even when I skip that step I’m still looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed by the end of the day.
The glass jar that it comes in feels super swishy and it’s also super useful to know how much product you have left. Now that’s all well and good but let’s talk about the big old catch. Remember how I said earlier you only need the tiniest amount to work with? The pump that dispenses product gives me about 7 times that each morning, even when I hardly push down on it. This leads to one messy, very wasteful little dispenser, I had to have a very decent clean-up to take these photos and you can still see the remnants of the mess. I wouldn’t say this is an example of a product being ruined by it’s packaging but it really can be a pain. There’s a pic below to show you how much comes out in one pump (left) compared to how much I’d actually use every morning (right) – annoying, right? It looks like the shade doesn’t match me at all but it actually does, promise!
Great product, crappy packaging – has anyone else experienced this with another product? Or even with the Pro Longwear Concealer?