August 29, 2013

E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer Review & Swatches

E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer

I’ve heard some great things about the new E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer and being the concealer junkie I am I decided to haul a few shades. At $3 I think it would be rather great if this turned into some sort of HG (holy grail) concealer. Seriously, where can you get three dollar concealer that performs well?

They got some of it correct with the formula so you might be surprised but in the end…

It didn’t quite cut it for me.

E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer is available in three main shades and three corrector colors. It’s nice they included some decent correcting shades that address redness as well as dark circles, etc…they have a green, purple, and yellow available to correct issues such as redness and dark circles. Not many brands really focus on corrector shades so this is a refreshing change. This does mean that they do take away from core colors which are limited to a Fair, Light, and Medium.

I went ahead and ordered Light and Medium a few months ago because the promo colors appeared a bit darker. I’m glad I did because the shades are a little off…Light is more Medium and Medium is a darker beige. I’d say Light was the best fit for my skin tone. Shades do apparently run darker.

I think they got the formula right for me. I have drier eyes and I desire a creamier concealer and this delivers. The formula has a thinner yet creamier consistency that blends easily under my eyes so I’m not tugging the delicate skin under my eyes to apply it. It isn’t dry in the least and has a soft satiny finish that doesn’t crease into finer lines.

E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer 2


E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer 3


E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer Swatches

Light and Medium

I’d say the lasting powder is mediocre. I felt like my dark circles and tired eyes were clearly visible again after two hours of wear so this does fade rather quickly. But this also stems from the fact that the product is sheer…this is in fact where they went wrong with the formula as the texture is perfect but the actual pigmentation sucks.

On the upside you’ll get fairly good use from it if you have very minimal issues to conceal and maybe just desire a little brightening up. Younger eyes might benefit as well since such an eye type needs a heck of a lot coverage than those with aging eyes that suffer from finer lines, puffiness, and just general fatigue.

E.L.F. Studio HD Lifting Concealer got the formula down quite well but the sheerness of the product isn’t something that works for me. That isn’t to say some folks won’t love it of course, but if you’re anything like me and want a more full coverage experience this is unfortunately not the concealer for you.

Tried it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I purchased this item.

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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  • Caroline

    I have this concealer in both the green shade and in Light. I’ve only used them a few times because (just as you experienced) I feel like the pigmentation is sorely lacking. I can’t get the green one to cover blemishes at all; it’s like I put it on and then when I blend it out it disappears! Very frustrating. Not something I’d recommend to anyone!

  • Alyssa Miles

    I bought the brightening one in the Lavender color and love it! You should give it a try! I agree with you on the light concealer… it doesn’t conceal much 🙁

  • Bowiegrrl

    I got this concealer to test it out too and for $3 it isn’t terrible and better than I expected. I find it a bit similar to the Nars Radiant Concealer but its not as pigmented and doesn’t last as long. But I agree it’s a decent concealer if you don’t have much to cover and if the shades match.

  • Olivia

    I read somewhere that this was a dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I love. After seeing your review I can tell it isn’t! 😉

    • the Muse

      for me it is, same creaminess and no pigment that was the same experience I had with NARS 😀

  • Joy

    Not for me then! Thanks Musey for saving a fellow concealer junkie money and time. In other news, the ELF concealer brush continues to be awesome and the C brush (meant for the eye contour) is surprisingly good at blending in thicker concealers. Like you say, ELF is so hit or miss.

    Been meaning to ask you if you’ve tried the Boxx concealer/corrector kit? I have my eye on that one. Pricey at $65, but if its really undetectable I will have no problem parting with the $. A great concealer is worth its weight in gold, am I right Musey?

    • the Muse

      my pleasure dear 😀 lol! I love that brush! seriously changed my concealer life 😀 I haven’t…hmm off to google! 😀 I agree! i’d pay literally 100’s if I knew it was awesome. concealer is well worth the splurge!

  • Avalith

    yay! finally the review xD I’ve been looking for one from you for a while now and I was checking around again and it looks like you… posted it today 😀 I’m not expecting much from the flesh colored concealers, but I’m hoping the brightener and balancer will be pretty good…

      • Avalith

        D: despite some of the positive reviews of the brightener, I found that they don’t really do much… maybe it’s because they don’t last long like how you mentioned in this review :X The brightening one and the balancing one both seems to be doing the same thing as they are both very very white

  • Debbie

    Ummm,,,,trying to picture myself with PURPLE concealer on my dark circles. HA HA!! I’ll look MORE zombie-ish in the AM than what I’m used to.

  • DivaShop

    Hmm, good to know. I normally don’t need concealer, but lately I’ve been getting some under eye darkness, so I think I want something more pigmented.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I had high hopes for this! :[ I feel like I’ve used every concealer known to man (accessible in a retail store) and the only thing that helps cover my hereditary dark circles is the NARS creamy concealer. But I go through a tube of that so quick!

    • the Muse

      I wish that worked for me 🙁 that reminds me of this…! same consistency but the pigment was week for me 🙁

      • Cindy Ramirez

        Maybe I should give this a try then! it’ll be a heck of a lot cheaper then my NARS stuff.

        • the Muse

          do it…you might like it! I thought nars wasn’t too pigmented but liked the formula…this is the same, nice creaminess but not enough pigment so if you liked nars YOU might just like this !

  • Moi

    Thanks for that; haven’t seen in Canada yet. Can you comment and also, would like to hear from your family of subscribers, what are your top 3 concealers????? I’ve tried so many, and I find I have to mix a couple to get the best effect, alas. Much appreciated. Moi