Wednesday 3 August 2016

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer || Review

For me, its a rare occasion to spend a lot on products like concealer, since I do adore the drugstore selection. When I was on holiday in Mallorca however, I wanted something that would cover my under eyes, and my friend lent me Pro Longwear from MAC - safe to say I'm hooked. I picked up my own in the shade NC15 when I was in Duty Free on the way home, and after using it for a couple of weeks now, I thought I'd give an honest review about what I think because after all, £18 is pretty steep for a concealer.
First of all, I think the most important thing when choosing face products to review, is how varied the shade range is. I'm so pale that often even the lightest shade is too dark for my under eye area, but MAC have a ridiculous colour selection, and the shade I picked up is perfectly light enough for what I need it for. I like to think that whatever skin tone you are, there is definitely a shade to suit you in this collection. There is even a variety of undertones to the shades - NC15 is an NC shade, which means that it is 'neutral cool' with a yellow undertone, whilst NW (neutral warm) has a pink undertone to it. Who knew concealer could be so complicated?
The coverage you get from this product is by far the best I've ever tried, and I'm so won over by the product that it makes me sad, considering the price tag. Although the concealer feels thick when you apply it, and has such good coverage, whilst its on the skin it doesn't feel cloggy or heavy, which is what I in particular look for in my face products; there is nothing worse than feeling trapped in your make up. The concealer lasts all day on my face, and doesn't crease under the eyes *sings Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke* - its perfect if you don't wear foundation but want to cover up any blemishes, since I know a lot of concealers only work well over the top of foundation products.
I also really love the sleek glass bottle, it makes the product feel luxurious, and lets you see exactly how much concealer you have left (but you have to be so careful - we did have a concealer smashing incident on holiday which caused a few tears and some heartbreak.) MAC packaging is always tip top, and its too pretty not to display on my dressing table; you know you're a beauty blogger when you consider how products will look in storage!

There is only one issue with this product, but I do warn you, its a biggun. How much concealer do MAC think we use in one sitting?! The pump is highly impractical and there's no method of controlling the amount of product you get, leading to high amounts of concealer wastage (code red, code red) and therefore a need to repurchase sooner, which we would all like to avoid. Despite this being either a highly crafty idea by MAC, or an oversight by the design team, there is a solution that I've found to minimise this problem and continue to crown the concealer as the best thing since sliced bread. I got these mini make up travel pots at my nearest craft store (about £1.50 for ten), but I know that you can buy them online as well. Every time I get too much product I transfer it into one of these pots and use concealer from the mini pot the next few days until I need to get more from the pump. Its a bit of a hassle, but worth it to save product, and a much cheaper alternative to running to the MAC store every two weeks and damaging your bank account for the sake of concealer.
Overall I love this concealer, and if you're looking for something to hide the remnants of a late night, this one is your gal.
Have you tried this product?

1 comment

  1. I haven't used this concealer in ages! I remember mine got pretty old and I never got round to repurchasing it
    Kathy x


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