Clarins Instant Concealer ($31/0.5 oz.) is an ideal concealer for those with dry skin or fine under eye lines who are looking for medium coverage. The effect is very natural, giving a softening effect without migrating into fine lines. This concealer is available in four (4) shades–I chose #02 for my MAC NC15/20-Chanel Ivoire skin tone and find that this is a good, natural-looking match. Clarins Instant Concealer is available at Clarins online, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and other Clarins sources.
Clarins Instant Concealer applies nicely with a few taps and blending with my ring finger. If I want high coverage for my blue-toned under eye area, I use Giorgio Armani’s Orange Corrector (of any corrector, this has been my favorite).
Clarin’s Instant Concealer is one of the few liquid concealers that feels soft and natural all day and does not seem to fade. The formula is softer than Laura Mercier High Coverage . You should note that Laura Mercier’s option is higher coverage out of the tube compared to Clarins. However, occasionally I will get migration with Laura Mercier (but I haven’t noticed any with Clarins). The Clarins looks more natural and compared to the drier, higher-coverage Lancome Effernances. Clarin’s formula is more liquid than cream (for example, it is more liquid than Nars Creamy Concealer or other wand-type formulas. I like Clarins almost as much as Nars, although Nars has a much more generous shade range. Nars seems ever-so-slightly higher coverage to me. Clarins seems more moisturizing than Nars.
What is surprising to me is how soft and flattering the Clarins formula is to my under eye area, yet I’m not getting migration. Usually moisturizing formulas slide around like nobody’s business. Clarins seems to have found a good balance that helps things stay in place, even in the nearly 100-degree heat we’ve been experiencing here lately. Here’s a heavy swatch:
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Overall, I’m really enjoying Clarins Instant Concealer. It’s lovely to find a concealer that’s visually very kind to the under eye area for those of us in the 30+ crowd, which does an excellent job at medium coverage. If a corrector is added, I’m finding that Clarins Instant Concealer does a great job erasing my under eye blue tones. If you find yourself within their limited shade range, this is well worth a try. Clarins Instant Concealer is available at Clarins online, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and other Clarins sources.