I think it was back in April when I decided to quit (at least temporarily) wearing foundation. It’s not that I no longer needed the coverage because trust me, I do. It’s just that, well, let’s be real and honest here: I’m just your basic lazy-ass bitch.
It actually wasn’t just foundation. Back in 2015, I realized that doing a full face of makeup every single fucking day is just tedious and quite frankly, pointless. I still want to look presentable and still want to be able to admire the “work of art” (not a very good makeup artist so those quotation marks are a must) that is mah well-done face (parang steak lang) when I look in the mirror.
But there’s no point in piling dozens of products, so I slowly let go of most of the shit.
And now I’m down to just using these products: primer (face and eye; two different products, of course), brow product(s), concealer, blush, setting powder, and lipstick. There are times when I throw in either mascara or liquid eyeliner or both but for the most part, it’s just those things.
Since I only use concealer for overall coverage, I need a product that actually works and does the job impeccably (emphasis on that last word). This is why I’m always on the lookout for concealers—new releases, cult favorites, etc.—that I could try.
You might remember this post that I wrote a few weeks back about ColourPop’s latest release—their first complexion product called No Filter Concealer.
It’s a concealer, plus it’s ColourPop so it has to be affordable and, basing on their lip products, amazing too so how could I pass up on that??
Well, of course, I didn’t. But I kinda wish that I did.
I had high hopes, really. Practically everyone (and their mothers and aunts and brothers and sisters) was shookt and amazed by how amazing these concealers are. That just made it even more disappointing and devastating when the damn thing didn’t work on me as well as I hoped it would.
First of all, let’s talk about the shades. Here’s my story: I ordered two shades and when I got them, I was stunned to see that they’re so much lighter than the swatches that I saw online. They were also ashy when I swatched them at the back of my hand and I really didn’t know how I could make them work.
Surprisingly, when applied on my face, they were actually both an almost-perfect match! Medium was a great highlight and undereye concealer and Medium Tan was a pretty good (albeit pink-er and actually darker than what I had wanted for my yellow-green undertone) match for the rest of my face.
They both looked fucking deceiving on the damn tube. Fuckers almost gave me a heart attack!!
But all is well…or so I thought.
I didn’t notice this at first but on my second use, I was applying it under better lighting and I was shocked, annoyed, and felt utterly fucked over by what I saw! Tangina, all the dry parts on my face that I didn’t even know I had were so fucking emphasized I felt like I was put under a microscope, butt-naked on a big screen TV for the entire world to see!
I tried to remedy it by spraying MAC Fix+ on my brush and blending the damn dry parts out but no luck. I also tried spraying MAC Fix+ directly on my face but that didn’t help either.
In fact, putting the MAC Fix+ on my face just made everything worse (and MAC Fix+ has never let me down)! When I blended the concealer out with a brush, everything started moving all over the place. So I did just a patting motion (instead of swirling) and while that helped a little, the dryness was still motherfucking emphasized, it’s not even funny!
It was a little better as the hours passed because I have a naturally oily skin and the oils helped cancel out the flaky, dry parts but still, on my nose, on my forehead, around my mouth—they were all still fucked up!
The only thing that made this somehow worked is when I used it with the L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal. I would use the No Filter Medium shade on my undereye area and on the bridge of my nose then the rest would be the L.A. Girl one. That would work okay but my nose and some parts under my eye would be still be annoyingly flaky.
There were some good things, though, like the applicator’s great. There’s also the fact that this blends really easily on the skin plus it doesn’t cause excess oil build up which is always amazing.
But I have to say, this is one product from ColourPop that I seriously wish I never bothered with. And that’s saying a lot considering how much I love this brand.