There are many wonderful perks to working for CRC. I would say that the access to amazing new brands and products is near the top of that list.
Though we mostly concentrate on selling other pro brands, we have recently begun expanding our own line. One of the new products we have very recently released is the Camera Ready Cosmetics Full Cover Concealer. I have many different concealers already, both in my kit and in my own stash. I find them all to be good quality, but none stand out as superior to the others. All of them are cream based, which are more likely to run the risk of becoming too "cakey" if too much is applied (especially to the undereye area). I've tried more fluid concealers as well, but many of them tend to not have quite the pigment content and coverage that I seek.
The first thing that I noticed about the CRC Concealer was the texture/consistency. It teeters on the line of cream and liquid, with a very silky consistency. It blends out beautifully, with a smooth and natural finish. And as I blended it out, I noticed just how pigmented it really is. I was able to get the thinnest possible layer of product, while still maintaining full coverage. This is perfect for the undereye area, as it will withstand creasing much better than heavier creams. You also won't require as much setting, since there is not as much oil content as with creams which always creases more as it warms with the skin. The formula also contains brightening antioxidents, which help to keep the area around the eyes looking fresher and more awake
Now, let's take a look at this product in action!
First off, we have makeup-less Krystall. You can see that I do have "bags" under my eyes, which are slightly darker than the rest of my skin tone. The first thing I am going to do is lay down a primer, concentrating on the undereyes to help counteract any creasing. Next I apply my concealer, making sure to fully cover the under eyes and bringing it just slightly down toward the apple of my cheek.
So now that I have that blended, you can see how it conceals and brightens the darkness in the area. It also helps to slightly hide the puffiness. Next, using the second to lightest peach tone (second shade from last in the top row) in my MAQPro PP01 palette, I go over the same area to give it a little more of a highlight. Notice how even though we can still see the puffy bags, the color is pretty much even.
Now we have that neutralized, we can see the difference in each side. First the no makeup side, and then the concealed side. For full effect, I then mixed Mehron Celebre Foundation in ME1 and Eurasia Fair with Ben Nye's Creme Color in White, for my full face foundation shade. I set with my Camera Ready HD Oil Blot Powder, and finished off with Le Femme blush in the shade Heather to bring some color back in, mascara from Stila to enhance the eye just slightly, and just a hint of gloss on the lips. You can now see the difference between the completed side, and the "empty" side. A very simple, but effective look.
I would call that a success!
This concealer is available in three shades: Light, Medium, and Dark. I have to say, my only complaint is the limited range of colors so far. I am not the fairest of skinned, but I am still quite light. The lightest shade is probably one shade darker than I would personally like, which is part of the reason I lightened it with the MAQPro. But it does have the right tone for me, as I do not have super dark circles under my eyes and therefor do not require heavy correction. It has a very natural look, and I can just very lightly set with a powder or setting spray and be good to go! I do hope that we expand on this particular product, because I truly find it to be an answer to a prayer I did not know I had made. I would love to include a full range in my kit.
We'll see what the future holds!