When Chanel recently launched the new Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, the line also released a new series of concealers, the Chanel Correcteur Perfection/ Long Lasting Concealer ($40). I purchased B10 Beige Clair. This is a liquid concealer packaged in a clear tube, with a sponge-tip applicator.
My undereye area is problematic–the circles are not the darkest that I have seen but I certainly need all-day, pigmented coverage to avoid looking tired.
I have tried every concealer that Chanel has released in the past fifteen years, along with numerous products from others lines. These include Cle de Peau, Lancome Effernances, Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown’s Corrector and Concealer, and By Terry’s new hydrating concealer. Many times, I use two under eye products–the Bobbi Brown Corrector has been invaluable in laying down a good, stable foundation for almost any other concealer out there–it lasts for hours. I’m on my third pot. Then I add another concealer on top, especially for days where I know my makeup has to look good all day long. The Cle de Peau (even as re-formulated) has also done extremely well for me.
Most sales associates (even those that work at Chanel counters) have steered me away from the Chanel concealers in the past. In fact, two years ago during a Chanel makeover, an artist at a Chanel counter lost patience and pulled a concealer stock from Bobbi Brown. Having set the bar quite low, let me start by saying this–Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection is the best concealer that Chanel has ever made. But seriously, it is becoming one of my favorite concealers right now.
After using Chanel’s Long Lasting Concealer for a few weeks, here are my subjective impressions:
- Like Vitalumiere Aqua, Chanel Correcteur Perfection/ Long Lasting concealer is rich with pigment. You do not need much product to get good coverage. This is important, because too much concealer shows. Thin textures are better because they adhere closely to the skin and look more natural.
- Chanel Long Lasting does not promise any skin care benefits (unlike Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Concealer -reviewed here). If we were looking only at coverage and price, I give a slight edge to Chanel between these two.
- My unbeatable combination for bullet-proof coverage is Bobbi Brown Corrector with Chanel Long Lasting on top. However, using the Chanel alone looks more natural (brutal honesty here).
- Chanel’s Long Lasting looks slightly less dry than Lancome’s Effacernes. Because it looks more natural, I’d re-buy the Chanel before I’d re-buy the Lancome.
- If forced to decide between Cle de Peau and Chanel, I would be unable to decide.
Of course, Chanel Long Lasting Concealer is elegantly packaged–I love the frosted tube and sleek black top.