March 20, 2012

KATE Covering Concealer for Under Eyes Review & Swatches

I reviewed Kate’s new stick concealer for you last week if you recall. This week, I’ve been getting a whole hell of a lot more sleep in preparation for seeing Van Halen this weekend, of course, this depends on whether or not they actually stay together before the weekend hits, I’m expecting to open a newspaper and read somewhere that Roth killed another band member or vice versa, oh the drama, the drama, the drama, the drama whenever they go on tour…

Anyway, since I’m working on 16 hours of sleep in two days, go freaking me, that’s more sleep than I get in a five day period, I can go ahead and go a little lighter with the concealer, that’s where KATE Covering Concealer for Under Eyes comes into place.

Check it!

This one comes in a little bitty tube which led me to believe it might have a concentrated formula, wrong, it offers very subtle coverage that builds easily enough but won’t cover major issues.

I like it none the less.

If your eyes don’t need a ton of coverage or you have younger eyes this is plenty of concealing action in a lightweight formula with a very natural finish. The formula is nicely hydrating but not incredibly moisturizing so it does have a smooth, easy glide during application but doesn’t hold or lock moisture in. I had no issues with creasing but I see it wear away within a five hour period versus all day wear from some of my other concealers.

It lacks a shade selection sadly so if you’re dark or olive skin you won’t find a match here. The concealer is available in two shades both of which have a heavier yellow base which diffuses darkness but doesn’t necessarily conceal it. You have to remember KATE is a Japanese brand thus the lack of shade selections.

I actually love this because it gives such a natural, brightening effect under my eyes without being too heavy or shouting “Hey, I’m trying to conceal these bags under my eyes, watch me now!” The lighter texture is also the downfall since the formula runs thinner resulting in a poorer wear time, there isn’t any real stick or thickness to it so it doesn’t adhere well to your skin.

On the up side, it’s an ideal pick for those who don’t need that much concealer under their eyes to begin with, does such a race of people exist? Lucky them!

(Shade 2)

Overall, it likes to guest star in my stash and comes out to play when I’ve had enough sleep to get away with lightweight coverage otherwise it stays in the drawer for a majority of my makeup life waiting for the days I actually do get the z’s I need to use it.

Lightweight, basic coverage, brightening, and a flawless, natural look gets the thumbs up.

Lack of pigmentation and a shorter wear time gets a thumb down.

I got mine directly from Japan but it is available all over the Internet. AdamBeauty is just one location you can purchase it at close to retail pricing.

If you tried it, feel fair to share the love or leave word.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Emily

    Hi Muse. I read your blog everyday but don’t comment much. I am an expert lurker. lol. A friend of mine is in Japan and is coming home in next week and is offering to pick me some stuff up. I was wondering if you could tell me what your top picks are from Japan that aren’t that expensive (like drugstore stuff so its easily accessible to him). Thank you so much if you can help!!

    • the Muse

      hi emily thanks for stepping out to say hello today ;-D nice to meet you. I have a ton of favs so I do recommend checking back into the archives. You can use the tags on the left hand side and click “Japanese Brands” and “Beauty Abroad” and “Asian Brands” for the best results. Maybe you can sort through and see what you fancy. It’s easier than throwing up a list of products ;-D

  • Devon

    Hm. Looks pretty nice, after seeing your review on the stick I’ve been trying to find where I can get Kate brand stuff in the UK :/

    Devon xx