I finally got my Colourpop No Filter Concealer after a little drama with the shipping. No Filter Concealer is a lightweight, creamy formula that promises to blur imperfections with a crease-proof matte finish. It’s available in quite a wide shade selection and the best part is the budget friendly six buck price tag. Can’t beat that right?
I ordered a few shades the day it launched and about 8 days later I got the wrong items with an invoice addressed to someone else and a label on the box addressed to me. I was headed away for the weekend so I grabbed the invoice as I went out the door, snapped a picture, and sent an e-mail to Colourpop telling them I got a box addressed to me but the items and invoice weren’t mine. They replied that I’d have to take photos of the address label and photos of the contents of the box. For some reason, this got me rather pissed off. It took a while to get the concealer and now I was away with no way to take photos which would mean more wait time for my items. I also didn’t love the fact they needed all this proof to correct their own mistake. Shrug!
I finally got my order a week later but yeah, it put me off Colourpop a bit. I’ve had really good customer service from them up until now. Oh well.
Anyway, I here’s some thoughts, review, and swatches on Colourpop No Filter Concealer!
Colourpop No Filter Concealer is 0.14 oz in size and arrives in a chunky barrel with a flat sponge applicator for application. The applicator is an excellent size and saturates well with color. This is one of those instances you truly appreciate the applicator because I’m of the belief that a bad applicator can totally break a formula. If Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer had this style applicator I’d probably be more inclined to rave the formula! This saturates very well with the concealer and allows you to apply it either sheer or heavier.
I realize matte isn’t exactly what you want to hear when you have drier eyes but I decided I’d give this a chance since I had such great success with Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I never expected to like a matte concealer under my eyes but Shape Tape does change your perspective on the finish.
For a first time formula from a company that’s concentrated solely on creating a small selection of color cosmetics I’d say No Filter Concealer shows a lot of promise. It won’t garner the attention from older women and men that are drier and showing the signs of aging around their eyes but it will be an ideal pick for younger woman and men who aren’t struggling with dryness or finer lines. It isn’t a complete write off for the maturer user though but it does take a little more prepping, time, and patience to apply correctly. This is especially the case for under eye use but doesn’t apply to areas of the face where it should work just fine for any and all users.
The formula is incredibly pigmented and should provide fuller coverage or more natural coverage depending how much you apply. It’s quite thin but also creamy. As I was applying it I almost felt like I was dabbing liquid foundation under my eyes. It has a fluid-like consistency that’s very loose and thin. It blends quite easily but it has a severe problem with setting very quickly which in turn can cause blending problems. Allow me to explain a little more. I typically swipe concealer under both my eyes and I proceed to blend. I do not do that with this formula. Why? Because as I’m working on one eye the concealer I swiped on the opposite of my eye is drying down super flash fast. The formula quickly morphs and becomes a little difficult to blend if I leave it hanging out. So, do one eye or one area at a time, blend, and proceed to apply on the other area or eye and blend. Don’t try dotting it around your eye or face and waiting. It has a quick to set formula that won’t fully cooperate when you finally get around the area to blend.
The coverage is very seamless. Once you start blending it sinks right into your skin and looks incredibly flesh-like. It just molds to your skin in a very smooth, even layer. You do need to prep well especially if you have drier, finely lined eyes like my own. A good hydrating eye cream, perhaps a tiny dab of facial oil, and some primer will go a long way at creating as smooth and hydrated as an area as possible to ease the way for the concealer. Oddly enough, I did struggle a little with formula inconsistencies. All three shades I selected had the same thin, quick dry formula that was fairly easy to blend but the two lightest shades seemed to work best for me. They had a smooth, even appearance but the darkest shade (Medium 30) had a very bad set. It ended up aging my eyes, looking very dry, and creasing five hours into the wear. It was a very weird experience and I tested it several different times and it happened with each application. The two lightest shades wore seven straight hours in humid weather without migrating or creasing and they never aged my eyes. But the darkest shade looked horrible.
Speaking of shades….
I hauled three different shades but none quite fit my skin tone. I got Light Neutral 20, Beige 25, and Medium 30. Light 20 was sold out when I made my purchase and I’m hoping that might be my shade as Light Neutral 20 and Beige 25 were a little too light for me and Medium 30 was a smidge too dark. Beige 25 was probably the best fit if I had to choose one shade to keep but it is a tiny bit pasty under my eyes.
I wouldn’t say Colourpop No Filter Concealer is going to replace any of my current favorite concealers but I wouldn’t write it completely off either. At six dollars it packs pigment and a fairly easy to work with formula that offers excellent coverage. It’s worth trying out at this price to find out if you might just be impressed with the formula!
Have you tried it?
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