Review: Etude House Surprise Concealer Kit in 01
Here's a review on Etude House Surprise Concealer Kit 01.
Bought From: Etude House, SM Mall Of Asia
Other Locations: Please refer to Etude House Philippines' Facebook Fan Page
I was looking for something to buy in Etude House SM Mall Of Asia, but nothing piqued my curiosity so bad quite like the Surprise Concealer Kit. It was also timely as I was looking for a new concealer kit brand to try, and this is just merely 300 bucks. I don't wanna sound mean though- I didn't expect anything from this concealer, but after trying it, I got the biggest surprise of my life: This is a very nice concealer palette!
ETUDE HOUSE SURPRISE CONCEALER KIT IN 01 IN DETAIL
Surprise Concealer Kit is actually meant for facial concealing-its other counterpart, Surprise Essence Concealer is the one meant for the under eyes. I got 01 because it's the only piece left. Heck, it even had a nick on the smallest palette, a sign that somebody tried to swatch it--The fact that it's the only stock available contributed a lot to the purchase as I thought it must be a best- seller.
This palette comes in a thick, slim plastic case with an embedded mirror. It doesn't come with a brush though. My only problem is, it doesn't seem to have a lock or magnet and the cover pops out easily, so it's definitely not the best concealer to lug around in your bag. (Hello concealer mess!)
The two shades don't have names though, hence I shall refer to them as Big (left) and Small (right)- please take note of that for the swatches after the cut.
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TOP: Small (left) and Big (right) swatched lightly
BOTTOM: Small (left) and Big (right) swatched heavily
Big is plainly a pale yellow shade-it's too white if used alone on the under eyes, but works fantastically as a lid brightener. Small is a medium beige shade with yellow undertone. I mix both on the under eyes especially if I've had a sleepless night or when I'm sick because Big really does brighten and lift my face. Texture is very creamy and soothing, but dries into a soft matte finish. Pigmentation is medium to heavy, and I find it impressively opaque if layered on as in it can really conceal dark circles and minimize the prominence of eye bags. However, it has this weird floral-alcohol scent.
ETUDE HOUSE SURPRISE CONCEALER KIT IN 01 IN ACTION
Bare under eye
One layer each of Big and Small
It's very easy to blend, albeit it has a tendency to cake for a bit when it starts to settle and if piled on. I use a concealer brush to remove the caking especially on the area of the lower lash line. The catch is, it has no smoothing and crease- concealing effects though, but it just sits on top of the skin and doesn't sink into fine lines-lasts pretty much all day too with very minimal fading. Despite the semi- matte finish, this baby does not aggravate dryness and has a mild moisturizing effect. For those with under eyes that tend to dry up during the day, use an eye cream first.
It's supposed to be used as a facial concealer, but it doesn't work this way for me. This palette is too yellow, and I find that peach- toned concealers are more effective when it comes to covering up discolorations. Maybe if you have very, very light discolorations, this will work for you. Also, since it is very creamy, it tends to rub off once you start applying liquid foundation or powder on top of it. It's not the best option for those with oily skin, but for those with normal and dry skin, it may work.
In conclusion, this is better off as an eye concealer kit. It takes a little effort to work with, but the finish and effect it gives is worth it. Also, it's such a steal for a very decent concealer kit!
ETUDE HOUSE SURPRISE CONCEALER KIT IN 01 RATING
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