I got a little carried away with the Sephora Semi-Annual Sale (if you see my wish list here you’ll understand) but as the hype surrounding the sale is now slowly wavering off, it’s time I move on with my regular life. First on my work agenda for the week is the YSL All Hours Concealer. I’ve been so impressed with the All Hours range from YSL (see a review of the YSL ALL Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation with before and after photos here), that I felt this concealer as well deserved its own moment of shine. And given the topic, I figured it’s also a great opportunity to share with you my concealer routine and how I manage my under eye dark circles.
My under eye area has always been one of my trouble spots. Partly because of genetics and mostly because of lack of sleep. I suffer from dry sensitive under-eyes, dark circles and blue veins that come through when I’ve had too little sleep. When not managed properly, my under-eyes make me feel very self-conscious about my appearance. I feel like they can age me and make me look worn-out. Of course I’ve invested in some eye creams that I believe have helped (read here and here), but concealer remains a daily must for me.
My Concealer Routine
My regular concealer routine (as it truly feels like a routine these days) involves a corrector, such as the Urban Decay Correcting Fluid in Peach or the Tarte Under Eye CC Cream, on top of which I apply a full coverage concealer like the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, the By Terry Touche Veloutee or the La Mer Concealer previously mentioned here. On days when I really need to step up my beauty game for an event or social function, I also opt for an illuminator like the YSL Touche Éclat or the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher, which I dot on top of the previously applied full coverage concealer. I set everything with my Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre or my Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Powder. Luckily all of the above mentioned products work seamlessly together and don’t cake throughout the day, but all the layering takes time and effort.
The YSL All Hours is a very versatile concealer that combines the benefits of a corrector and a full coverage concealer. It’s advertised as follows:
- instantly blurs and erases dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration
- resists fading, heat, humidity, sweat and touch
- has a 16-hour wear formula
- requires NO touch-ups
The YSL All Hours Concealer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator that is very easy to use, never drags under the eyes and eliminates the need to dip your fingers into a pot. There are 6 shades in the range and I’ve been using shade No. 3 Almond. I simply apply it in a V-shape along my under-eyes, as seen in the photos below. Aside from using the YSL All Hours for proper concealing of my under-eyes, I’ve also used this one to instantly brighten up my face by applying it down the center of my nose, in between my brows, and for sculpting in the hallow of my cheeks. I blend it all in with my Artis Oval 6 (reviewed here) or a beauty blender.
The concealer does an excellent job counteracting fatigue and camouflaging any dark circles or blue veins that are more intense when I don’t get enough sleep. The formula is creamy, smooth and doesn’t settle or accentuate my fine lines. I would say the finish is a soft matte, slightly brightening the area. Although this concealer has dimethicone listed as the third ingredient on the list, I find that it’s very kind to my dry under-eyes and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eye area. I’ve never used it for the advertised 16 hours, but it definitely lasts for a good 12 hours without the need to touch it up.
The YSL All Hours Full Coverage Concealer is one of those products that has the potential to become a classic amongst beauty lovers. It has definitely secured a stable spot in my own makeup bag.
Since concealers are the products I hoard the most (alongside foundation), I’d be curious to know some of your personal favorites. What are some concealers you simply can’t live without? Please do share in the comments below.
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