Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: 3 Ways To Use Nichido Minerals Spot Concealer

Hello Pinay Beauties and happy Monday!

During my last haul, I purchased this product with the impression that it is an eyeliner, and turns out that it is a concealer. Now I wanted to share with you 3 ways that you can use the Nichido Minerals Spot Concealer.

I got this for ₱138 and the shade that I purchased was Neutral. Here's a swatch:

I think it is available in 3 shades. This pencil is actually not creamy nor dry. I quite like the consistency, no tugging issues whatsoever.

Now let me share to you 3 ways to use this spot concealer:

1. Use this to line the waterline. This is actually the purpose that I bought this. I have been looking for a skintone eyeliner that I can use to line my waterline with, as I think a white eyeliner is to harsh. Lining the waterline with a white or a skintone eyeliner makes the eyes look bigger and more awake, and though it is subtle, it can also make the face appear brighter. Although this product claims to be water resistant, it only stays for 2 to 3 hours on my waterline.

Left: Clean Waterline
Right: Waterline lined with the Nichido Spot Concealer

2. Prevent lipstick from bleeding. If you are wearing bright colored lipstick such as reds, hot pinks, etc., aside from wearing a lipliner, it is also best to create a barrier from your lips to your skin by concealing the edges. This will prevent the lipstick from bleeding and staining the skin around your lips. This spot concealer can definitely be used for that purpose, and because it is in a pencil form, lining the skin area around the lips is so much easier.

3. Concealing dark spots, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, etc. The main purpose of this product is a spot concealer, so yes, we can use this to conceal any imperfections on our skin. This works great on covering a specific area or a specific spot in the face.

I wanted to test out how great this product is in concealing so I decided to try it. I first applied my Nichido True Colors Foundation using my Chic Cosmetics' Flawless Sponge.

After that, I started concealing the spots on my face using this concealer and gently blended it using my fingers. Here's what it looks like after:

To give you a closer look, here is a side by side comparison. Focus on the areas I circled on the left photo, and how it was covered by this spot concealer on the right photo.

It actually does an okay job in concealing pimples, scars, etc. It is not hard to blend, and coverage is good as well.

What I like about this product:
  • Locally available and cheap for ₱138.
  • Water resistant.
  • Pigmented.
  • Easy to blend, no tugging issues.
  • Didn't infect my pimples, doesn't break you out.
  • Doesn't irritate the eyes.

What I didn't like about this product:
  • Not long lasting, only stays 2 to 3 hours on my waterline.
  • The color doesn't adjust to your skintone, make sure to choose the correct shade.
  • Not as effective as an undereye concealer.
  • For the purpose of concealing, I hope they made the pencil a little fatter.
  • May be difficult to sharpen (Tip: Place your eyeliners in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before sharpening. Do not use old sharpeners.)

I think I will continue use this product as an eyeliner, or if needed, to conceal the edges of my lips. I will not use this as a concealer on my imperfections since I have a lot and the pencil is too tiny and takes a lot of time. I will definitely repurchase until I can find an eyeliner that will stay on my watery eyes no matter what.

I have been using my Alba Botanica ACNEdote for almost a month now, and on Wednesday I will give you my final update and thoughts about it. See you on my next post!

-- Maica :)

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