Let’s be honest: I’ve never had much use for a concealer brush before, as someone who breezed through their teen years with the enviable, ‘effortlessly perfect’ skin and little darkness under my eyes. I could probably count the amount of times I used it– or actually needed to when I did– on my hands.
Now at 22, and quite a bit more stressed out in my personal life (those dark circles are starting to come in :0 ), my skin has become…. oh-so mysteriously acne prone, and myself unprepared for how to deal with covering it all up.
Because I’d heard many people say that ‘your fingers always work better than brushes’ at applying concealer than a brush would, I tried that a bit, and found myself having little luck. Foolishly, I then proceeded to use my ‘Sephora PRO Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush‘ that I already owned (trying to save money) for months, not realizing that was for buffing out undereye concealer, and not covering blemishes– at least, it certainly was effective at the former, and not the latter. It just buffed the concealer right off the blemish, really.
So when my acne finally went from nightmarish to ‘hellish’, I decided to look up better alternatives on Sephora’s website, and ended up coming across one that had over 4.5 stars of solid reviews, despite having many, many reviews on the record– which is something you really hardly see on that site, if ever. If $30 could hide what was destroying my self esteem– especially while I’m still on the hunt for a job, and need the confidence for in-person interviews– (and also help me look cute again just for going out, or dressing up/cosplay), I was more than willing to pay that much.
And let me tell you. Oh, boy do I have before -> afters for you, friends.
I really came here to review the brush, because I’ve tried it with different concealers and it is really the changemaker at play here, but I’ll review the KVD concealer while I’m at it, because that’s the product I’ll be using in the review and B&A’s of the brush.
Let’s see how this brush (and the concealer!) stands up to all the hype~
[sorry for the recycled ‘featured image’– that’s one of my favorite shots I’ve taken of a product so far on my blogging journey (which already included the two products at hand), I couldn’t help but reach for it again ; v ; ]
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Conceal – Full Cover Correcting Brush No.14
[ M A T E R I A L ✧ Q U A L I T Y]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I’ve never done a review of a product like a brush before, so I figured a good point to hit and even rate on a 5-point scale would be overall quality of the materials used to make it, and just the overall constitution of the product.
And right off the bat, after opening the box for this product and just holding the brush in my hands– not even holding the bristles– I knew I was in for a treat. It feels a bit heavier and more well-built than most other brushes you’d buy (think even a Sephora PRO brush, how they always have basic plastic handles– the quality of this plastic almost feels like a lightweight glass? It’s difficult to explain in words ahah, sorry, but it definitely speaks to the Marc Jacobs name branding, and the $30 price tag.
[ B R I S T L E S / H A I R S ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
These bristles are as voluminous and dense as my boyfriend’s gorgeous Asian hair (who also, ironically, has black hairs mixed with random white hairs, though not necessarily in a gradient like the brush lmao). The bristles are packed together in tapered fashion, sloping downward so that the front of the brush (the main part which touches your face as you use it) is shortest, and it gets progressively higher toward the back, which faces away from your face as you pat pat pat your concealer into nothingness.
Oh, and did I mention it’s soft? Because it’s soft. I tried not to actually touch the brush hairs too much when I first opened it, of course, because the oils and germs on your fingertips aren’t the best thing to be getting all over your face brushes– though for what it’s worth, MJB advertises the bristles of this brush as being anti-bacterial.
[ E F F E C T I V E N E S S ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for– the before and afters. Well, more like the before + middle + afters, but you get the point. You get to see the hell my skin has become these past two months, if you’re into that, along with the magic this brush does with some concealer that used to do a ‘meh’ job at helping me through bad breakouts.
Sorry I didn’t dress up or make myself look nice for these photos, but I’m not going out as of now– you just get me, wearing the t-shirt I wore to sleep– hair and teeth brushed, mind you– and a cute pair of glasses.
Here is my face with one layer of moisturizer (Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream) on, and absolutely nothing else. The exposure kind of blew out a lot of the spots, so I also took b&a shots of my chin, where the worst of my acne is:
Next, dotted with concealer. I only need one dip in the tube with the wand to cover my entire face:
[apparently I got no good full face pics of this step… I look stoned in this best one lmao]
And finally, fully blended concealer:
Notice how I always look happiest in my finished makeup photos? Perhaps it’s because of a boost in confidence (mixed with the fact that I’m able to think through the photos I’m taking without worrying about my partially-blended makeup drying, hah.
To see the before and after of my horrific chin acne, scroll down to the Kat Von D concealer review under ‘effectiveness’~
[ O V E R A L L ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oh, oh, oh, it’s magic, you knooow~
It really says something if someone as absolutely clueless as myself– who spent months trying to buff on concealer with an undereye concealer brush like a fool– could achieve near-flawlessness the first time using this brush, without instruction. I’d go as far as to say it’s nearly foolproof, so long as you have the common sense to figure out how to pat pat pat away on your blemishes, then blend out the edges of the concealer around it. So, so easy. The application and blending (not counting all the pictures I took in between) took 5 minutes, at the very most.
So, to sum up: Amazing quality from hair to handle, foolproof and failproof, works like witchcraft. I believe this is the first solid, all 5-stars review I have done so far, but I honestly think this brush deserves it– not just for being utterly extravagant, but for the work it’s done to give me a boost of self-confidence when I need it (for instances like job interviews or going out with friends), after having taken such a hit to my self esteem when I developed such extreme acne. I owe a lot to this simple makeup brush, silly as it may sound.
[ R E P U R C H A S E ]
Y / N
I certainly don’t forsee anything happening to this brush– at least not any time soon– but if it were to become lost, or suffer some sort of makeup brush tragedy of sorts (I honestly can’t even imagine an example lmao) I would instantly replace it. I would use food money to replace this, as long as my acne looks the way it does now.
⋆Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in Light 1⋆
[ P A C K A G I N G ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I’d say this is simply very standard concealer packaging– a tube, with an average doe-foot applicator attached inside the lid, a bit of suction created by the screw-on cap, etc. I like the aesthetic appearance of the packaging (especially the contrast of the jet black to the off-white of my skin tone), and how it’s transparent to the bottom so you can tell when you’re running out. I haven’t had any problems with it, but there’s also nothing special about.
[ P I G M E N T / E F F E C T I V E N E S S ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This concealer comes in the lightest shade of any I’ve been able to find thus far from any high-end/quality brand– which was very exciting the day I discovered that KVD had come out with a shade lighter than her previous lightest ’42’, because I was becoming too pale for the quintessential pale girl concealer (I’m talking about Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, of course)
Here’s the before and after of my chin from the above review, in which I used this KVD concealer, applied with the Marc Jacobs Beauty concealer brush
[Left: bareface, acneful chin || Right: same chin, concealer added w/ magic MJ brush]
[ L O N G E V I T Y ]
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Honestly, this is the most disappointing part of this concealer. After only a couple of hours, the redness of my blemishes start showing through again. This is obviously better when I wear it with a good foundation, like my new Fenty Beauty Foundation, which lasts foreeever, but this concealer definitely doesn’t last as long as the NARS concealer I used to use.
[ O V E R A L L ]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
A fairly nice and all-around usable concealer, made somewhat invaluable by the fact that I can’t find a shade this fair from any other high-end brand. My only qualm with this concealer is honestly that, as I just mentioned, it doesn’t last as long as I’d like, or even in comparison to other concealers I own.
[ R E P U R C H A S E ? ]
Y / N / ?
Maybe. Depends on if any other makeup lines come out with concealers in shades as light as this one
coughrihannaplscough. If not, I’d go for this again, as I think $26 is a fair price for the quality you get~
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As someone with naturally lovely skin growing up (as in, the kind of skin that could sleep in makeup, or put on sunscreen three days in a row in layers without showering and not get a single pimple), I never truly understood the simple power that makeup could have in giving your self-esteem a little boost, and bumping up your confidence just when you think it may be lost.
I’d always said ‘makeup isn’t bad, but I don’t understand why everyone likes it so much, it’s just not for me,’ but it makes sense now– and even though I never thought this to be true, to anybody who does, hear me loud and clear: it’s not about hiding behind makeup and using it to mask yourself. It’s about using it to give you the confidence to make your beautiful smile bigger, hold your chin higher, etc.
I don’t care how silly or cliche it sounds, but after all this time of feeling like I was on the outside looking in, wondering why in the world someone would ‘never leave the house without makeup!’ I understand. Because of a dumb brush, of all things, hah!
Well, until next time, thank you for reading~