So here’s the deal – I am not a fan of most drugstore concealers because they either run too pink, or the lightest shade tends to be too dark for my NC15 skin, so I initially had no plans of purchasing Milani Secret Cover Concealer Cream. Upon reading the description of all avaiilable shades it comes in, I discovered that 07 Natural Beige is made for “Pale to Light Skintone with Neutral or Pink Undertones”. Hey, that’s me!
Totally random observation, but when my order finally arrived, I was surprised that the color looks the same in real life as it does on the website. Whoever photographed and edited Milani’s stock photos did an outstanding job! I mean, just take a look at Sephora.com, you can’t trust your eyes there and always have to look for swatches online before you buy anything [been there done that].
Secret Cover Concealer Cream comes as a thick paste in a flat round pot with a golden twist cap. The packaging makes it easy to see what color’s inside, so if you own several of these, it won’t get confusing which one is which. Milani doesn’t provide an applicator, so you can either use your fingers, or a concealer brush. There’s also an option of dotting it on with your fingers, and then smoothing everything out with a beautyblender. For me, the last option seemed to work the best.
07 Natural Beige would be the perfect companion for someone with NC15-NW20 complexion. It has a nice balance of yellow, beige, gray, and pink pigments that make it look natural and blend in easily with the surrounding skin.
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
The paste itself is intensely pigmented, which makes it easy to overapply, so I recommend building up the coverage as needed. Milani says it’s “budge-proof” and “built to last”, but that isn’t true at all – I found that it smudges easily, and if your skin is oily, or you have oily lids, it’ll crease pretty badly.
However, there are a couple uses Secret Cover Concealer Cream excels at – contouring, outlining the eyebrows, and covering up hyperpigmentation. I used it as a highlighting part in my contouring routine, and it worked miracles when applied on the forehead, in the cupid’s bow, and in the area close to my nose! I also outlined my eyebrows and lips for a more refined look, but since those parts of the face tend to get pretty oily, I had to blot and powder throughout the day to keep the concealer from sliding off and creasing. And finally, the part where it works really well for concealing my hyperpigmentation. Luckily, the parts where I need it gone are not the oiliest on my face, so I can usually get by without touchups, and that’s what I’ve been using Secret Cover Concealer Cream for most often these days.
Do you need this? Tricky question… Is it a must have? No, but it does have a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s not the best concealer you can get at the drugstore, but I am oddly attracted to it, and have been using it quite often these days. I guess I just really like that it’s pigmented, and that the shade actually matches my complexion, but I am still looking for ways to make it work with my oily lids.
Do you have a favorite drugstore concealer? What’s the best crease-resistant undereye concealer you’ve tried so far? Let me know in the comments below!
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