When I first started liking anything makeup related in general, this L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer was all over beauty blogs and YouTube. Some refer to it as a cult favorite and it was really raved about. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy something that’s a ‘holy grail’ status for most?
We have L.A Girl counters here in the Philippines and I was so excited about checking it out for the first time. This was 3 years ago, I think.
So I purchased my first L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Robinson’s forum. The shade I purchased was creamy beige I think and the mall price was somewhere between P395 or P495. (Please note that 3 years ago, I was new to buying my first few makeup essentials for my kit. Plus, I wasn’t brave enough to start buying makeup products that are P300+ unless it’s a foundation. In short, this is a very big decision as per my budget.) As per the SA, the creamy beige was the lightest shade available in the PH. The first time I swatched it on my hand it looked fine. It seemed to blend well on my skin and it looked like a perfect match, the SA said so too. Since I’ve already read tons of good reviews about this concealer, I didn’t hesitate to immediately buy it.
The regret started about 30 minutes after.
It oxidized. It became freakishly orange against my fair skin tone and I was like–OH MY GAWD. Sure, the coverage was awesome but I didn’t want orange under eyes paired with my fair toned cheeks. I tried making it work by putting it under lighter makeup, but with L.A Girl’s extreme coverage, as soon as my foundation base has faded, I’m left with weird orange streaks under my eyes and orange polka dots on my cheeks because of the blemishes I tried to conceal. I stopped making it work. The shade was so wrong. It oxidizes really bad!
So, after my scary experience with that previous shade, this year, I came across the Shopee app. It has a lot of legit stores that sell US/UK/Korean/Japanese makeup. The selection is crazy, just go find yourself a legit seller that sells 100% Authentic makeup products. Note that there are fakes too so buy at your own risk.
I saw the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer again and it retails for about P180-P250. It’s cheaper than the mall price and it has a wider range of shades to choose from.
It’s the same product that I’ve used before, I just chose a lighter shade and hoped that I got the right one this time.
I got the shade Light Ivory. As per Google, it’s the second lightest shade available.
The previous shade I bought was creamy beige and the Light Ivory is waaaaayyy lighter. I knew I could always make lighter shades work because I could use it for highlighting. It was a better way to start than stark orange shades.
Here’s how the shade translates to my arm. It looks fine, right?
When blended. (Is it still there???)
Here’s where the real review starts. When you look at the picture above, it blended almost into nothing. That’s supposed to be good, right? Well, not until you really want to conceal something and your concealer just vanishes once blended… That’s not good. With a concealer that’s as pigmented as this, a little should have gone a long way. But for some reason, the way this concealer blends depends on how much product you put. (Well, isn’t that wasteful?) At first, I thought that this concealer was fake, but I have ordered a bunch of products from that shop in Shopee and the rest performed well. It was just this one that failed. I also compared the previous concealer that I bought in the mall, and it looked pretty much the same. 101% the same so I knew it couldn’t be fake.
The thing is, you have to squeeze out a lot of product in order to get the most out of it. I’ve used this tube for about a week and it’s already 50% empty. It’s an affordable buy for P180-P250 but still, this is a raved product. I expected more from it. But then, if it works on them, it won’t always work for me.
I’m not a fan of the packaging/applicator as well. A brush tip applicator isn’t the easiest to work with. You can barely control the amount of product it dispenses. It’s either you can’t even dispense anything, or it dispenses a sh*t ton of product. A doe-foot applicator would be highly appreciated or just a simple squeezy tube would have been better.
I also have dry combination skin and even with moisturizer and a primer underneath, this concealer looked very patchy under my eyes. It accentuated my fine lines and dryness. You have to work around it quickly, as it sets very fast.
I guess it will only work for those who have oily or normal skin. I blend this with a damp sponge and no matter how much I try to thin it out, I’m left with the same outcome every time. Not sure if it was really not meant for my skin type or what.
The shade I picked wasn’t all that bad. However, don’t get scared when you dispense it on your skin because the pigment itself looks very off. But once you blend it, it tones down.
Coverage wise, I’d still say it’s a medium, despite how it didn’t make my skin look flawless. I had better experiences with other concealers than this one.
I just think that this product is too overrated. The shade range is also a bit off. I don’t think anyone is that orange or yellow. Be careful about choosing your shades especially if you’re buying it online. The swatches in Google look lighter than the actual shade. My skin isn’t that fair and the second lightest shade is still a shade darker than my actual skin tone. If you’re fairer than me, I suggest that you try Korean brand concealers instead.
Would I repurchase?
No. I have recently found something so much better and I think I found my HG concealer/foundation!