Yes, it’s true. I succumbed to the color correcting trend. Actually, that’s only half true. I was actually on Sephora’s website a couple of months ago looking for a green concealer when I noticed there seemed to be an usual abundance of them. This was before they plastered their color correcting PR paraphernalia all over the website and stores, so I’m guessing I happened to be online just as many of the products were released. I just doubled checked past purchases in my account and confirmed, it was February. Despite the supposed “newness” of it all – we know better – color correcting has been around for ages. Anyway, I ended up purchasing the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector as well as the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, both in Green. Shortly thereafter, I scored a deluxe sample of the Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in Green as well as some samples cards of the Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors. So I thought wouldn’t it be interesting to compare them all? I had such a great time with my Battle of the Brows series that I decided to continue with similar reviews. This will a Battle of the Green Concealers!
Initially I was going to see split my reviews into several posts, as I did with the last battle. But it’s been so hectic in my personal life (aka as baby), as evident by the fact that I purchased these products 3 months ago, that I was afraid I’d never get the posts up if I did it that way. So you guys are gonna get one very long post.
If you don’t know the deal with color concealers or correctors and what they are suppose to do, here’s the deal:
- Green for redness
- Purple for dullness and sallowness
- Yellow for redness and dullness
- Peach or orange for dark circles (blueness not greyness)
My past experiences with green concealers were quite a while ago. I’ve always suffered from mild to moderate redness associated with acne and rosacea. For reference, my skin tone is light to light/medium. In my teenage years I used (too much) of the Maybelline green concealer stick to try my cover it up. Remember those? They came in a lipstick tube and were also shaped like a lipstick. Do they still make them? Anyway, I remember the formula being very oily and difficult to blend. Later on, I graduated to a small correcting concealer palette that I purchased at Target (I wanna say it was Sonia Kashuk but I can’t be certain). Anyway, the palette contained two concealer shades, a setting powder and a green corrector. I used that thing to death. Loved it.
In more recent years, I’ve been using yellow toned concealers as they’re not only easier to work with, but they also serve the dual purpose of not only correcting mild redness but also brightening my under eye area. Lately, however, the redness situation around my nose area has lead me to revisit green concealers (or correctors as the more “professional” term) to see if they’d do a better job.
Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
Of Urban Decay’s new line of color correcting line, the product description on Sephora’s website claims: With five color-neutralizing shades to target every skin concern, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright. Subtle pearlescent pigments diffuse light to perfect skin, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect. Unlike a lot of cream-based color correctors, this liquid formula is easy to use and always blends flawlessly for a smooth, even application. Retails for $28.00 USD.
Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector
Sephora says: These lightweight, gel-serum color corrector correctors are feather light and buildable depending on your concern. Pineapple ceramide helps to improve the appearance of skin texture and add brightness. Retails for $14.00 USD.
Let’s compare the applicators:
According to UD, its “modern flocked applicator picks up and lays down just the right amount of product. And it’s soft enough to use on the delicate skin under the eyes”. While Sephora says “the cotton swab-like applicator on their color corrector provides the perfect amount of product every time. Just dip, dot, and blend to neutralize before you conceal”.
I hope you guys can see the difference but basically the Urban Decay Naked Skin applicator is flat and rectangular shaped while the Sephora Bright Future applicator is cylindrical with a rounded point…very much like a cotton-swab as described. Texture wise, the UD applicator is definitely softer than the Sephora. In terms of application, the UD picks up and distributes more product making it easier to swipe across larger areas of the face. The Sephora wand, on the other hand, because of its shape, doesn’t pick up as much product. However, while you may have to dip the wand in more times if you have a large area to cover…if you just want to conceal/correct a small spot (think post acne mark), then the Sephora applicator makes it that much easier to do so.
Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops
Sephora says: A unique color corrector featuring microalgae and pigments to treat the main concerns of uneven skin. This weightless color drop serum combines, alguronic acid, and microalgae oil to instantly color correct, treat skin, and cover imperfections. Use alone or add into makeup or skin care products to help balance skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Specifically, the green color correcting drops contain green microalgae and pigments that work in synergy to color correct and neutralize redness. Retails for $38.00 USD.
I like this these drops can be used alone or mixed in with foundation (it definitely makes things easier that way). If you mix them in with foundation, I’d say the work kind of like a color correcting powder. The effect is more subtle than direct application but there definitely is an effect. I’ve mixed the Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops with most of the foundations in my collection without a problem (i.e. it doesn’t change how the foundations perform) though it may lighten the shade a pinch (in fact, all green concealers will do that).
Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector
The product description says that the Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors feature a highly pigmented formula that neutralizes discoloration. This creamy formula is infused with subtle luminosity to blur the look of imperfections, leaving your skin looking corrected and luminous. Pistachio (the green one) is meant to neutralize redness for fair-to-medium skintones with red undertones. Retails for $30.00 USD.
I managed to score three sample cards (with several orders) and was able to use each card 2-3 times. To me, this was the most interesting product. I’ll tell ya why. You’ll be able to see from the swatch that this corrector pretty sheer compared to the others. Despite this sheerness, however, it manages to conceal very well and you can build it easily without worry that it will cake. Also, it has a tackiness to it that I really enjoy. It’s tacky but creamy – sinking seamlessly into the skin – like it’s part of your skin.
How did the Green Concealers (Correctors) Work?
First, let’s take a look at the area I was trying to conceal and correct: my nose. Sorry for the close-ups but this is how to tell if the products are working, right? As you can see, I suffer from mild to moderate redness and broken capillaries in this area.
Enter the green concealers…
As you can (hopefully) see, all four green concealers made a difference in that they were able to correct for more redness than the foundation did alone. As mentioned earlier, green concealers tend to lighten the foundation you lay on top of it. Here’s my quick break down on each:
- The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid is the most creamy in texture. It is highly pigmented and blends well. I’ve found that is can settle into pores a bit more than the others. Contains skincare ingredients: vitamins C and E to condition and protect.
- The Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector is similar to the UD except a little less creamy. It’s also a touch cooler in tone. Contains skincare ingredients: pineapple ceramide to improve the appearance of skin texture and add brightness.
- The Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops (Serum) is, obviously, a different formula/concept being a liquid. The effect is more subtle than the UD and Sephora. It is also lighter in color and cooler in tone. Contains skincare ingredients: alguronic acid, and microalgae oil to treat the main concerns of uneven skin.
- The Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector is the most sheer and lightweight formula. It blends really, really well and sits nicely on the skin – almost melting it into. From what I’ve read of the product description, it does not contain skincare ingredients.
Finally, here are some swatches if you guys are interested in the other color correctors that were included in the Becca sample card (Violet to neutralize dullness for light tan/olive skintones with yellow undertones and Papaya to neutralize deep blues and greens for tan-to-deep-bronze skintones with blue undertones).
At its roots, color correcting is really a makeup artist or expert technique in applying professional makeup. Neither of which I am. And although I can appreciate the formulation of products for the everyday makeup enthusiast such as myself, I’d say approach with caution. They do work to help conceal mild to moderate if used as intended. Personally, I wouldn’t use any of these products all over the face. Even with the Algenist drops I’ll mix with a small amount of foundation to cover nose and upper cheeks but use unmixed foundation on the rest of my face. Anyway, so that about wraps this up. You can find all of these products at Sephora. Do you color correct?
EDIT: I failed to specify this when I initially posted but my favorite green concealers or correctors are the Becca and Algenist.
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