Don’t hate me, but I don’t use concealer very often! I’m lucky in that I don’t have particularly bad dark circles around my eyes, so only need to dig into extra coverage when I’ve had a very bad night, or if I need to cover redness that my foundation isn’t up to the job of erasing. I have a huge tendency to redness, thanks to my sensitivity issues, and so occasionally I need a little help if I’m not to look like a gigantic pink balloon. Recover Correct and Conceal Red is the latest product designed to help cover facial redness and it’s a good (if expensive) one. The brainchild of makeup artist Annabel Jardella, who has worked on films such as Sense & Sensibility and Evita (not to mention Gladiator), it’s fairly safe to say Annabel knows how skin should look.
What is particularly innovative about this one, at first sight at least, is the delivery system. A tube with a pump, and a metal disc to help spread the concealer over the skin, it feels cooling and lovely on your skin when you’re applying, and, as red skin tends to be hot skin, this is great. You depress the pump ever so slightly, allowing a dot of concealer to come to the surface and apply to the area you want to conceal. No need for unhygenic fingers, or a brush! Application is simple and easy, a little bit goes a long, long way:
Seriously, you only need a very little bit. This would be more than enough to cover any redness around my nose and my cheeks, and would be far too much for under-eye concealing. But, as this is a redness concealer, and NOT an under-eye concealer, this isn’t quite the problem you might think it is. As it happens, I have used it as an under-eye concealer, and it’s worked quite well, but the pigments in the product are designed to fight redness, not darkness (and my darkness is minimal) so please don’t purchase Correct and Conceal Red for your undereye area. Apparently, there is an undereye product on the way, and I’ll be very interested to see it once it launches.
|Top left|: Fair unblended. Top Right: Fair, blended. Bottom: swatches in Light, Fair, Beige, Medium Tan, Deep tan.|
The product blends out easily, and unusually for a product with such a high amount of coverage, it is whisper-light on the skin, and dries to a lovely matte finish on the skin. You don’t need to set it with powder, if you don’t want to. I have done, and it’s fine, it won’t cake, and it definitely doesn’t have a greasy feel that makes you feel like it will slip off if it’s not set. Best of all, the coverage is excellent:
On Tuesday last week I woke up with what looked like the beginnings of a black eye, my cheek was all red, because I’d either walloped (or scratched) myself a good one in my sleep. This was the real test for Recover Correct and Conceal Red, and it passed with flying colours – can you tell which cheek it was I’d punched myself in?* Picture is unedited, SOOC, by the way.
I think the colour range is pretty small, they’re expanding it with an “extra light” version soon, but the darkest “deep tan” stage really isn’t very dark. Of course, being a redness product means that possibly darker skins don’t need so much in the way of redness concealment, but I think this is great for a quick smoothing and evening effect on uneven colouring too.
Recover Correct and Conceal Red retails for £29 for a 5ml bottle, but you use so little at a time that it’ll last a long time. The packaging means you have no way of knowing how much you have left, however, which is a bit of a pain, but it’s a hygenic airless pump, which is a good thing. All in all, I’m happy to have this in my makeup bag, it does precisely what it says on the tin.
The Fine Print: PR sample