Just before flying to Edinburgh, Standsted’s World Duty Free had me exactly where they wanted me. Their store was straight after security and there was no other way but to walk through it. Inevitably then, I picked up a few things, including this Clinique Airbrush Concealer!
I was running low on my current concealer (the Clarins Instant Concealer for those who are curious) and was drawn to Clinique. But why?
First of all, I had previously tried their Line Smoothing Concealer from a friend and really liked it. I very nearly bought it too, despite that I had only tried it once. Alas, the reason I didn’t was down to the simple fact that I was drawn into clever naming; it had the word ‘airbrush’ in it.
But anyway, on with what I actually thought about the product:
Clinique Airbrush Concealer Swatch
Unbeknownst to me, the Clinique Airbrush Concealer actually comes in a wide range of colours, especially for a concealer!
As soon as I saw the word ‘Fair’ I just nabbed it and headed for the till. But this ‘fair’ is not the only ‘fair’ available. There is in fact a ‘Neutral Fair’, ‘Cream Fair’, ‘Fair Cream’ and a ‘Light Honey’, much to my surprise.
Swatched on my wrist (above) it doesn’t look like a bad match per say, but around my eyes I noticed it probably wasn’t the best ‘fair’. Despite brightening well, I feels it’s perhaps a shade pinker than me. I should have probably bought the neutral fair…
Anyway as I’ve mentioned, I’m used to the Clarins Instant Concealer, which is a nice thick, creamy formula that isn’t particularly drying. The formula of Clinique Airbrush Concealer is thinner than that and most other concealers I’ve tried, yet can be almost drying. Almost.
I feel hesitant to say that it certainly is. I definitely feel I have to apply more to get a better coverage and that it isn’t particularly hydrating. Although this could be down to the fact the product dispenses through a brush, which I’m not used to, or that I should top-up on eye cream before applying.
I’m not sure, but as you might see in my above pictures, it does have a certain ‘airbrush’ finish I didn’t at first notice.
Photographed shamelessly, there are slight shadows under my eyes, near the bridge of my nose (before). Whereas after applying Clinique Airbrush Concealer (after) they’ve almost vanished!
Application wise, I feel it takes a little longer to blend in with my skin than what I’m used to, although with my Beauty Blender it’s slightly easier.
Whilst surprisingly good at counteracting shadows below my eyes, I’m not so sure if it works as brilliantly for blemishes. (Please ignore the Carrie Bradshaw-esque hair, I was waiting for it to calm down and wave out!)
My undecided opinion probably comes through a lot in this review. Whilst I don’t regret buying it, I do regret not properly checking which shades were available first! My bad of course, I think I could have given a more conclusive report if it was a better match.
Nevertheless I’ll continue to use it and the brush is surprisingly useful too for a precise application. I do think the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer is still the winner though. And at least I know a better idea of which shade to get…