Friday, June 24, 2016

Hiding Dark Circles with Catrice Cosmetics Camouflage Cream

Can you see it? It's blending nicely into the background.
Coming out and proclaiming myself a panda was one of the hardest decisions in my life. At least pandas are cute, don't you think? [See what I did there?]. Anyway, I've had minimal success with the masks and serum I wrote about in my previous post. Also, a huge milia popped up as a result, I think, out of complications with any two products; using them individually did not seem to produce more milia.

So, in an effort to become cute sans panda eyes, I thought it was time to hide the dark circles.


In contrast to the masks and serum, the Catrice Cosmetics Camouflage Cream doesn't offer to treat in any way; its function is primarily to conceal. I like the texture of this cream and how it blends; it's not too heavy and adheres to skin fairly easily. I do the patting method to apply the cream and layer lightly, as a heavier coverage all in one go will end up in a patchy uneven application.

Which eye did I apply the cream again? Oh yes, the left.
Speaking of coverage, it says on the pot that the cream offers full coverage, but as you can see from the photo to the left [my left eye, your right], the coverage is not as 'full'. Even after a lot of layering over, my dark circles still show through; but everywhere else where the spots are not so dark the cream works brilliantly. Or, it's just me in denial that my dark circles are just too powerful. By the way, in this photo, just to show you the cream by itself, I've applied the cream on one eye, over a moisturiser without any foundation or primer. And yes, coverage improves if I have foundation on first before the concealer, which is what I always do anyway.


I think creasing in the eyelids is quite common among concealers; it usually goes away if you blend or re-blend after a few minutes of application. Settling into the fine lines under your eyes is another matter. The Catrice Camouflage Cream does relatively well not to, but will settle after a long wear of about seven hours, even then will barely be noticeable.

Revealing itself to the world.


The colour is not quite right for my under-eye dark circles. I was looking for something peachy or coral-ly; I think I read somewhere that those colours correct bluish dark circles. When I was shopping for the cream, there were only three options to choose from and I chose ‘Rosy Sand’; the most pinkish and, at the time I thought, peachy of the three. Unfortunately, 'Rosy Sand' turns my dark circles a bit ashen. Again, the colour improves if applied over a foundation; not as ashen. I guess the key here is to always use your foundation.

So far, the Catrice Cosmetics Camouflage Cream doesn't seem to clog my pores and doesn’t break me out. I was on a transition from my BB cream and I found this concealer was a great makeshift foundation, providing that I use it sparingly and blend thoroughly; and since I don’t like a heavy base, this is perfect as a single base right after my primer. Just like any other foundations, I guess, before any applications, your skin has to be clean, moisturised and preferably exfoliated, otherwise the application won't be as even and there would be little clumps especially at the side of the nose.

I don’t know if I want to keep using this as a concealer because of the colour and coverage; I do find this cream is a great eyeshadow base though. But until I find a better concealer, I think I'll finish this one as I don't find it terribly awful especially if I use on top of my foundation.

What's your favourite under-eye concealer?

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