Today I’m reviewing MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer from the Mickey Contractor collection in the shade NC 45.5.
Price : Rs 1000-1100
Quantity : 5 ml
What MAC says about the Select Moisture Cover Concealer :
A luxuriously blendable moisturizing concealer in a tube with built-in doe-foot applicator. Goes on exactly where you want it: blends in for a natural satin-smooth ultra-moisturized finish. Layers up for added coverage. Line-softening, skin-perfecting: The Pros’ “select” for under-eyes and delicate skin. Wide shade range provides soft, natural camouflage. Use with the 194 Concealer Brush.
My take on the product
This is one my earliest concealers and I have a love-hate relationship with this one! The main reason for this is my changing under eye care routine. When I bought this concealer in March 2011, I wasn’t really using any eye cream. This shade matched me perfectly back then. When I started using eye creams, my under eye area lightened up a bit and this shade started feeling a little dark as compared to the rest of my face. However, on my last trip to the MAC Store, I asked the MUA to match me with another shade but she told me how I could make this one work. She asked me to layer foundation over this and that worked.
MAC Select Moisture cover concealer comes in a transparent tube packaging with a doe foot applicator- similar to a lip gloss. The packaging is sturdy and easy to use. One just needs to dot the concealer under the eyes and over the eye lid with the doe foot applicator and blend with fingers.
The texture of this concealer liquid which is neither too runny nor too thick. It blends easily and gives a clean moisturized finish to the eye area. It does not settle into the fine lines and crows feet and neither does it get cakey. It takes care of the dryness but I feel one should still use an eye cream as part of their daily routine. Texture and blendability-wise, this concealer is just amazing and I’ve not had a single instance where it settled into lines or looked patchy. It stays on for a good 8+ hours. The only con one could possibly face with this concealer is its coverage. It gives sheer/medium coverage which is why its best suited for people with moderate pigmentation under the eyes. For the same reason, its most suitable for use on the eyes , its not much good in covering up spots or blemishes on the face. Since its liquid texture, it might not fare well on people with very sweaty or oily under eye area.
Since its a liquid concealer, one needs to set it with powder otherwise it begins to crease. Setting it with powder ensures clean finish and makes it last longer. It feels quite light and comfortable on the eyes. If you’re looking for a moderate coverage moisturizing under eye -concealer that blends well to a natural finish and doesn’t cake or crease over the course of the day, MAC Select Moisture cover is the perfect fit for you!
Who should NOT go for this ?
- people with heavy under eye circles who need a lot of coverage
- people looking for a concealer to conceal spots or blemishes on the face
- people with oily/sweaty under eyes
For those looking for heavier coverage, MAC Studio finish concealer may be a better pick, it is a creamy concealer with heavier coverage that also shows up better in photos though it has a tendency to get crease and get cakey with time.
I feel everyone should invest in a good concealer. It might not be a very attractive and appealing product but it makes a HUGE difference to the overall look! The most important thing about a concealer is that it should match your skin tone, otherwise the whole purpose of using it is defeated! Sometimes slight mismatch in tone can be corrected by layering foundation over it but not always. While buying a concealer, go for the texture most suited your requirement. Stick concealers are better for spot concealing while creamy/liquid texture work better for under eye area.
Note how it absorbs without settling into the lines :
The shade NC 45.5 :
The shade NC 45.5 was launched as part of the Micky Contractor collection earlier this year. Since its a limited edition product, its not available anymore. With concealers, the general rule is that darker shades give better concealing. Since my under eye area has lightened , this shade looks a little too dark than the rest of my face BUT it gives better concealing that a lighter shade, say NC 43. I am unable to wear this concealer alone as it looks darker than the rest of my face BUT when I’m wearing foundation , wearing concealer under foundation gives me almost perfect coverage under the eyes. The concealer gives good coverage and color/tone mismatch is taken care of by layering the foundation over it.
Another great use of this concealer is for contouring the face. This technique was suggested to me by MAC MUA Dipti as a way to use up this concealer. This also happens to be the favorite contouring technique of MAC Senior Artist Vimi Joshi who uses a concealer 2 shades darker than the skin tone for sculpting and contouring. Since the texture and blendability of this concealer is great, it is perfect for countouring!
Bare eye , BEFORE :
Note how it evens out the shadows and pigmentation around the eyes to give a clean finish :
The GOOD about MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer :
- Sturdy and convenient easy-to-use packaging
- Workable liquid texture
- Neither too runny nor too thick
- Blends easily to give clean finish
- Feels light and comfortable on the eyes
- Does not settle into lines
- Does not get cakey or crease
- Stays on for a good 8+ hours
- Gives moderate coverage to the eye area
- Can be used for contouring the face as well
- Small quantity required for each application
- Gives medium coverage- not enough for people with dark under eye circles
- Does not conceal blemishes/spots well
- Will not suit people with oily under eye area
MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer is a medium coverage liquid concealer that blends easily to give a seamless clean finish. The liquid formula is moisturizing and does not get patchy/cakey or settle into lines. It stays put for a long time once blended and set with powder. It is perfect for concealing the under eyes for people with light/moderate pigmentation and can multi-task for contouring the face too. As an under eye concealer, its pretty good at what it does and I have no complaints from this regarding performance, highly recommended!
Rating : 4.7/5
Not recommended for people looking for heavy coverage or concealing spots/blemishes.
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