Sunday, 15 March 2015

Product Review: Stila perfecting concealer

I just added this to my professional makeup kit, which to me is a big deal. I will share point form list of what I think is great about this:
  • It's a non-aqeuous base, meaning very thick, concentrated and long lasting
  • It has a very emollient, moisture preserving and water resistant formula, meaning its a fantastic long wear formula for dry skin
  • It has a wide range of very realistic skin shades with an easy a-z numbering system
  • Very hygienic metal tube with a tiny opening and a very small, portable look...what I find to be ideal in a makeup kit
  • It's probably one of the least line-enhancing concealers I have ever used in my multitude of years at Sephora, I put it on many women with highly textured skin and it always yielded impressive results
  • And lastly, the coverage. This is a high pigment, thick rich cream, with enough coverage to tackle even tattoo type concealing jobs, while being easy enough to thin out for a sheerer coverage and like many other similar products (Kat Von D's lock it, MUFE full cover, etc) can be turned into a foundation with a bit of manipulation. 
If you've tried the KVD concealer, you will find this thicker in texture, more emollient and harder to blend (the KVD has silicone, which this one doesn't). If you've tried the MUFE, which is very matte and long wearing, this has similar blendability but a much more emollient texture. 

The ingredients are very friendly to mature skin, somewhat unfriendly to acne prone skin. People with very oily skin probably won't like this, but those with dry to normal should consider it.

Full ingredients after the jump:

1. Hydrogenated polyisobutene: This is a synthetic oil, similar in texture and performance to mineral oil, meaning it keeps water loss very minimal and it's fantastic for dry or very easily dehydrated skin. This ingredient also has the added benefit of enhancing the long wear of products.
2. Talc: This high of a concentration of talc means that this stuff will be somewhat self setting, and leave a semi-powdered finish (for oily skin, I would still set with a pure powder)
3. Caprylic/capric triglyceride: emollients and emulsifiers
4. Squalene: a natural component of skin's moisture barrier
5. Dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate: this mouthful is a thickener, making the product feel more viscous
6. Hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer: another thickener
7. Nylon-12: this is always something wonderful to see in makeup ingredients, nylon-12 helps prevent creasing because it flexes inside lines, instead of just collapsing...additionally it increases opacity (read: coverage) and has a somewhat self-setting natural powder finish
8. Ethylhexyl stearate: emollient, thickener and emulsifier
9. Stearalkonium hectorite: this is a gel-like powder substance which helps meld powder and cream ingredients together
10. Boron nitride: similar absorbent properties to talc, but a completely inert (read: unlikely to react with biological forms such as human beings) 
11. Tocopheryl linoleate: a form of vitamin E
12. Caprylyl glycol: a natural fatty acid emollient and thickener
13. Hexylene glycol: slip enhancer, viscosity control
14. Propylene carbonate: used to help dissolve powder and cream products into each other
15. Bht: preservative
16. Phenoxyethanol: preservative

May contain: [+/-] 
1. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891): opacity increasing, thickening (some sunscreen protection but we can't tell how much exactly)
2. Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499): pigments and colorants
3. Ultramarines (CI 77007): pigment, colorant
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