Once upon a time, when I was gainfully employed and didn't have a baby, I use to pick up random drugstore makeup all the time. It was a cheap, cheerful hobby that sometimes led to a fun discovery.
Last month I indulged in that old habit when I picked up a tube of Marcelle City Concealer. While I'm not a Marcelle fan, I was intrigued by this product when I saw it at Shoppers Drug Mart. There was a sample available and much to my surprise, I liked what I saw and felt. When I saw that it was on sale, I knew it was a sign that this product needed to come home with me.
According to Marcelle, this item "instantly conceals dark circles, puffiness and imperfections" thanks to being enriched with vitamins C and E, and its inclusion of bisabolol, which Marcelle says has a "soothing effect" on skin.
I used the concealer under my eyes, around my nose and over various blemishes and regardless of whether it was covering up dark circles or an angry red zit, this product always brought the plenty of coverage. I'm actually quite impressed that a drugstore-level concealer is this strongly pigmented; with just a couple swipes of this product, and a little blending, my problem areas were gone. Okay, so these impressive results didn't last all day but for a couple hours, my skin looked great and practically problem free.
As for that puffiness-fighting claim, yeah, I think this concealer did help to soothe my skin. It certainly left it with a flattering, shine-free finish.
This product has a really smooth, almost velvety texture that makes it a breeze to apply and blend into my foundation or BB cream. This ideal texture also means that the concealer isn't too cakey. While it does provide coverage, it doesn't cake it on.
Marcelle also claims that this concealer has "auto-adapting pigments." As we've discussed before on this blog, it's not possible to have true skin-matching technology in makeup so just ignore that line. I picked up my concealer in Fair, which has pink undertones and blended nicely into my pasty face. Two other shades are available: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark though that last option is more medium than dark. Because this concealer actually does its job and provides coverage, you'll want to test it out first to make sure that it works with your skin tone.
This product's plastic tube-style packaging feels cheap and isn't particularly pretty but given its under-$10 price point, it is appropriate. The lipstick-like shape of the tip did make it a breeze to apply, especially under my eyes and around my nose, however it's not the most hygienic approach. But thanks to this item's low price point, I don't feel like I need to use this concealer to its bitter end. Instead, I can toss it after a couple months without any regrets.
Would I buy this product again: Yes!
Should you buy it: Yes!