I wanted to quickly show you all this concealer palette I put together. Recently MAC came out with their 'Conceal & Correct' palettes incorporating six different shades of their Studio Finish Concealer in order to brighten, correct and conceal areas of the face or even use as a foundation by sheering out the consistency. I loved the idea, especially because they is one for every skin tone. What deterred me was the hole it would burn in my pocket. £35 for a total of 6 grams of product - meaning each section holds 1g of product when a single pot of Studio Finish Concealer contains 7g for £14.50. The sleek magnetic closure packaging similar to MAC's Lipstick Palettes or eyeshadow quads almost won me over but when I popped my daydream bubble I knew I would regret my purchase soon enough. So I created an alternative.
The pillbox is from Muji (£1.25) and because it has moving dividers I superglued them into place to avoid overspill of product. After sanitising the tools I was using including the box, I scooped out different concealers that I use around the face/under the eyes. In order for the product to be a little more even I placed it in the microwave for 20 seconds. If you plan on doing this, I suggest you put less product in the middle compartments since there is a dip in the dividers making it easy for product to spill into either section. Note: if you use any heat in the process, like I did with the microwave - move the pill box as little as possible afterwards. I just left the box in the microwave while it was off until it completely solidified (approx. 30mins), or you could carefully put it into the fridge/cold surface (leave the lid open whilst it solidifies!)
I know it looks messy - but the functionality wins me over. In any case when is any sort of cream product palette look perfect? For size reference the pillbox fits in the palm of my hand and each well fits a ton of product - in the top left corner is an entire pot of MAC Studio Finish Concealer with space to spare.
The concealers are as follows: (left to right)
Top Row: MAC Studio Finish NC35, MAC Studio Sculpt NC30, Benefit Erase Paste
Bottom Row: Revlon Photoready 'Light Medium' 003, Cinema Secrets Foundation #301-63A, Illamasqua Emerge Cream Pigment
I placed a label on the back, which I just realised isn't written properly (the left and right column should be switched) but it still works.
Swatches (Left to Right)
MAC Studio Finish NC35, MAC Studio Sculpt NC30, Benefit Erase Paste #2 Medium, Revlon Photoready Light Medium 003, Cinema Secrets #301-63A, Illamasqua Cream Pigment 'Emerge'
I typically mix and match but if you are wondering - I use Benefit's Erase Paste and Illamasqua's Emerge to brighten up underneath the eyes as they are correcting shades to disguise darkness. If you have a yellow undertone I implore you to try Emerge under the eyes - it is simply THE BEST colour (similar to Armani's correctors in cream form) to brighten and gives great coverage too! If you have a pinky undertone to your skin I think Erase Paste would work better.
Hope you enjoyed my little project - please leave your recommendations of concealer in the comments! (In case I'm missing out on something great).