L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer-- Shades for Women of Color
When I say that I’ve been on the search for this concealer for months, I’ve been looking for months! None of my local beauty supply stores carry it and I’ve been putting in requests to no avail. I recently hit bottom on my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and said that I’m just going to bite the bullet and order a few online to try out since I’ve seen numerous reviews comparing the LA Girl Concealer to the Pro Longwear. After searching online for swatches I decided on Toffee for my highlight shade and Chestnut to conceal.
The L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer is a lightweight concealer with opaque coverage, in a supposedly crease free formula that camouflages under eye circles, redness and blemishes with a natural looking finish. It comes in 18 shades with a large selection geared toward women of color. The concealer comes in a squeeze tube with a brush which some may find unsanitary. You have to squeeze gently as to not disperse too much product since you only need a little bit. You can use the brush to apply the concealer but I squeeze mine onto a metal palette to work from there.
I find Toffee to be the perfect highlight shade for my NW45 skin. It’s about 2 shades lighter than my complexion and leans slightly yellow but not too much.
Toffee, MAC Pro Longwear NW40
Here is Toffee compared to my usual highlighting concealer, MAC Pro Longwear in NW40. It is a shade lighter and slightly more yellow than the Pro Longwear. The LA Girl Pro concealer is more creamy where as the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer has more of a liquid consistency. They provide similar coverage and dries down to pretty much the same semi-matte finish.
Chestnut, Toffee, MAC Pro Longwear NW40
Chestnut is the perfect match for my NW45 skin to conceal my old acne scars and blemishes. It leans between warm and neutral, definitely not too orange or red. As I look at the shades blended out and drying I realize that the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is actually not the right color for me as it leans way too pink. I guess I hadn’t noticed since I always set it with my Ben Nye Banana Powder and since it’s yellow it neutralizes it. Speaking of drying, you have to work really fast to blend as this concealer dries fast. Below I used Chestnut to conceal my blemishes under my foundation, and then I used Toffee on top of my foundation to highlight my under eye area, middle of forehead, bridge of nose and under lip set with Ben Nye Banana Powder…
Here is how my face looked 5 hours later in more natural lighting…
As you can see my right eye has started to crease slightly but my left eye is still in tact with no creasing. Throughout the day it did not crease any further than this. Now my under eye area is my problem area. I suffer from really bad dark circles and bags as I usually don’t sleep enough, and the area stays pretty dry. The LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer actually gives me great results compared to other concealers that I have used. If you don’t have really bad dark circles than you will love this concealer. Now if you have really bad under eye circles like I do I would suggest using a corrector, than your foundation followed by this concealer. That is what I plan to do. Also if your under eye area is dry moisturize thoroughly and give it time to sink in as this concealer will highlight dryness.
Overall I am really impressed with the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer and will be using it for now on in place of my MAC Pro Longwear. I just have to practice using different application methods to see what works best. I will also be ordering the rest of the shades for my kit. The concealer retails from $1.99-$3.50 depending on where you purchase. This concealer is cruelty free.