In search of an organic, tox-free 2-in-1 blemish control and coverage product? My review of the brand new Couleur Caramel concealer stick (1 colour only) could come in handy.
Why it caught my attention at all
The new Couleur Caramel concealer stick called Zit Zapper (Stick zéro défaut, “Stick zero flaw”, in French) has a sleek, clean and tox-free formula; a very pleasant powder-finish texture and has, with salycilic and silicic acids on board, an excellent effect on painful breakouts. It is free from parabens, mineral oil, silicones, GMOs, gluten/ wheat-based ingredients, fragrance, and alcohol. It’s certified with Cosmebio.Its formula isn’t vegan containing organic beeswax (NB: if you’re vegetarian, you can rely on the knowledge that organic apiculture, or bee-keeping, is a job for enthusiasts who help bees survive, but I’m open to discussion).
However, upon reading that the stick came in only one colour that looked rather pink in the pictures, I was hooked to find out how it would magically blend with any skin tone!
Well, the big disappointment first: as I open it, the stick has a soft, powdery pink beige, pale terracotta colour, by far redder and darker than my skin tone.Covering anything on my face, let alone jawline or neck, with this colour? Absolutely impossible!
Sure, somebody out there might match this exact concealer thing, but it’s lottery, right? And it should be the other way round, cart and horse, anyway: concealers should match our skin.
But well, after this brief moment of WHY-O-WHY I’ve tried to make sense of it.
The INCI Check
Full disclosure: Squalane, Silica, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Stearyl Esters, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, C10-18 Triglycerides, Organic Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Organic Shea Butter, Tocopherol.
May contain +/-: CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).It’s probably not the cleanest greenest formula but certainly one of the sleekest, greenest and cleanest I’ve stumbled upon yet. It contains no toxic/ harsh anti-blemish actives like alcohol or glycol or triclosan; no fragrance. It’s not drying on the skin.
Sampling the concealer
A jawline breakout manifested in two painful, unsightly red bumps came in just handy (“no, no, I’ve gotta thank you, sneaky wheat protein, bitch!”) to test the effect. So in the morning, I’ve applied Colour Caramel, noticed how easy to blend it was – nearly silky but never oily – dusted the palest mineral makeup I possess, ‘China Doll’ by Lily Lolo, a goth-level white all over it, and
waited for a wonder entirely forgot about my make-up for the rest of that rather frantic day.
What I’ve noticed in the evening was how good the mineral powder had stayed put. It looked like just applied. It usually wears off just a little bit, nothing dramatic but makes you double-check. Well, not this time.The colour was a bit strange though – the dark pink of the concealer had darkened every foundation I’d tried, even ‘China Doll’ was a pinkish dark beige stain by now. (Picture above shows Zit Zapper hit my second-palest colour, ‘Grace’ by Inika. It really looks like terracotta powder! Also you see Zit Zapper compared to my go-to cocealer, rms beauty ‘un-cover up 11’. Huge difference…)
On the plus side: the pain of the breakout had lessened and the two ugly bumps looked much flatter. Also, next morning only two dark but fading spots were left where a painful heat has sat one day before.
Inspired by the powerful skincare dimension here, I have pulled my own colour alchemy trick and have tried to use the stick as what it really was: breakout-soothing skincare and… a fantastic make-up base!
Creating perfect coverage
Here we go, blending my favourite rms concealer and the Zit Zapper for comparison:As you can see, even thinly blended, Zit Zapper really adds some “tan” to my skin which is pretty useless for blemish coverage. On the plus side: the texture of the Couleur Caramel stick is highly blendable and less shiny than rms. Also, while rms tends to slip and move after a little while, Zit Zapper is the Queen’s Guard of all concealers!
After seeing Zit Zapper darken ‘China Doll’, I have then tried to
cover appease it with my Everyday Minerals Color Corrector in ‘Mint’… Perfection happened – behold!‘Mint’ is a tricky one: if applied with a generous hand, it turns your skin grey. The terracotta pink of Zit Zapper is its perfect blemish control base.
[+] Good formula, good coverage, good action, great longevity and comfort of wear.
[–] Poor colour decision.The concealer retails at €25 through SPA and salon partners of Couleur Caramel in Austria, Germany and Italy (Tirol). In France, the brand is available via their online shop.
Questions? Doubts? Comments? Review requests? 😉
The tester was kindly provided – upon my request – by Couleur Caramel German pr agency because I was curious about the product. I only review products I choose myself, and to this date, I have bought them all, with Zit Zapper being the first ever pr sample.