BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Concealer Magic – Even Out Your Skin, The Clean Way

The days get cold and grey enough, there’s no point in sporting a grey face proudly presented by poorly chosen concealers!

HOW I PICKED RMS UN-COVER UP

I am late to the rms beauty party, but well, I’m finally there.

Having browsed one of my fave online shops for more unknown clean goodness I had noticed that not all products they had chosen would match my selection criteria.
For example, I try to avoid palm-oil based ingredients. Or talc. Or silica in powdered products, such as bath salts or finishing powders. Or specific colourings that are accepted with certified organic labels but still not completely safe – the list is a bit longer, but you get the idea.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll remember that I use mineral makeup (and concealers) only – but you might as well remember the unresolved controversy – we don’t know for sure what it really means to breathe in the stuff: which is inevitable when you put it on.

So I was only happy to try a non-powder product. And a concealer is a good basic anyway, so, having checked several blogs and customers’ reviews in shops, I opted for rms beauty un-cover up in their fairest colour, 11.rms-un-cover-up-11

Based on my skin care favourite, organic coconut oil, the concealer further consists of: organic ricinus oil, organic beeswax, organic cacao butter, organic jojoba oil, non-GMO tocopherol (Vitamin E), organic rosemary extract, and can contain Titanium Dioxide and non-tox Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499) for pigment.
The product is free from palm-oil – that’s a huge thumbs up because most creamy concealers contain the controversial ingredient.

Un-cover up isn’t vegan, containing organic beeswax. Though in my opinion, organic beeswax is already a better option than standard beeswax due to high standards in animal handling – I know of several examples from Austria where the rules are really strict.
Containing coconut oil, Un-Cover up needs to be removed very thoroughly, otherwise people with reactive skin could end up with clogged pores (some react to coconut oil with breakouts – once in my life I’m lucky, and I don’t).

If coconut oil gives you blackheads, then this is not a good concealer for you. If rms could make this product non-comedogenic and vegan, wouldn’t we be in heaven?

Otherwise it is close to perfect. Un-cover up has a rich texture, and you need only a little of it for good coverage. Even if you decide to wear it as foundation, you won’t need much. The finish is silky and dewy.
The colour isn’t a perfect match but it “melts” rather beautifully, and makes for a streak-free veil of coverage. It’s pretty neutral but without the greyish finish neutral colours sometimes have. The colour and the finish are amazing.

HOW I’M WEARING IT

My top 7 uses for un-cover up

1. Applied with a small brush, un-cover up is an ace concealer for zits, blemishes and even acne scars. When covering up one of those PMS vulcano zits, don’t forget to put powder on top because un-cover up is really shiny and would emphasize the, uhm, bulb.
2. Using a small eyeliner brush, accentuate the shape of your eyebrows underneath the crease before you apply eye brow colour – or even instead.
3. Using a lipliner brush and a minimal amount of product, outline your lips for a perfect pout – lip liners are passé, but not so the need for a very accurate line or for a perfecting move!

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The amount of product on the left (small eyeliner brush) is enough to cover up blemishes on face and jawline as well as for contouring lips and eyebrows; the amount of product in the middle (concealer brush) is enough to cover dark circles and to highlight cheekbones, nose, and chin; and you can get decent coverage foundation with the amount of product on the small spatula.

4. Using a concealer brush, use uncover-up to cover dark undereye circles. Don’t take too much product, or you’ll end up with tiny stripes of it 😉
5. Wear it instead of highlighter! Using either your fingers (note: I take the needed amount of product with a little spatula for a more hygienic use) or a small sponge, apply un-cover up to your cheekbones and bridge of your nose for a fresher face. It has no shimmer, but the texture is adorably silky and dewy.
6. Wear it instead of foundation. Apply using a sponge or a beautyblender. Brushes are not good, they can give you funny concealer stripes 😉
7. Use it to create custom cream blush from your mineral blush. I’ve got a wonderful mineral shimmer blush by Alima Pure, ‘Guava’. It’s a warm, coral pink with neutral undertones (=not too warm or yellow), highly shimmery. I blend it with Un-Cover up to create a cream blush and avoid dusting. Together with the shimmer, the silky Un-Cover up finish creates a blooming look, fresh and lovely.

Bottom line pros:
1. gorgeous neutral yet fresh colour; 2. kudos for no palm oil; 3. clean/ non-tox formula; 4. glass jar (no plastic).

Bottom line cons:
1. possibly comedogenic on acne-prone skin; 2. contains beeswax (non vegan).

So, what matters for you when you look closer at a product’s ingredients?
When are you ready to compromise and when not?

Do tell!

14 replies »

  1. ha _ love this: there’s no point in sporting a grey face proudly presented by poorly chosen concealers!

      • A product that is ULTRA, UBER moisturizing for 56 year old skin!! I already use Retin-A and Vitamin C . I need something THICK with little scent. The Stri-vectin is just not working anymore and you seem to be the expert!

            • as far as I know, stri-vectin offers more like “heavy-duty anti-wrinkle” treatments, or what was your moisturiser?

              have you checked it on egw.org/skindeep to look up if there were ingredients that dried out your skin – maybe over the course of time? (alcohol as top 5 ingredient in the list is a good lead for that) ironically, conventional moisturisers do contain rather large amounts of alcohol – especally in fall it can dry out the skin additionally… you see, there are many possible reasons…

                • I might even find out what’s right for you, but I lack the data 🙂 I also think it’s not really good to seek advice on the internet, too many facts get lost…

                  and so my only suggestions can be: a) ask the person who gave you retin-a for a good moisturiser (that needn’t to be “thick” in order to be good) and b) check your products in advance, avoid anything that dries skin additionally.

                  if you were looking for a completely natural skincare, I would suggest a closer look at tata harper’s products. they are, from all we know, 100% non-tox, and extremely powerful – anti-aging-wise.

                  hope this helps! ❤

                • *crossing fingers*

                  I chose tata harper’s products for my mum 😉 she’s still to try them since she’s travelling, but I’m pretty positive that she’s going to love them… it’s the most powerful natural anti-aging I’ve found so far. (but I must say, mum has a very healthy lifestyle, so her skin is amazing already)