Recently, a porcelain-skinned friend of mine whose skincare recommendations I totally trust swore to me that I simply had to try her new favorite concealer, Hard Candy Glamoflauge.
“Hard Candy?” I had to clarify. “Isn’t that the brand that’s sold exclusively at Wal-Mart?”
I love drugstore gems as much as the next girl, but I was skeptical. I made no effort to track down this $6 gem at Wal-Mart.com. But lucky for me, friends do not let friends miss out on miraculous beauty products, and a tube of Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer arrived in my NYC mailbox courtesy of my bestie and her Amazon Prime account.
Hard Candy Cosmetics Fall 2014 Collection: Cheeks & Balances Instant Contouring Stick, Skin Luminizer, High Intensity Eye Shadow, Plumping Serum Gel LipStick
Glamoflauge is a heavy-duty, highly pigmented, blendable concealer that promises “ultimate coverage… covering birth marks, freckles, dark circles and even tattoos!” When I hear “exclusively at Wal-Mart,” I do not think super-blendable, matte finish, full coverage concealer. But I’ve changed my snobbish mind.
This product is only available in 3 shades: light, medium and dark. I personally have a lighter-than-average skintone and always skeptical that even high-end concealers won’t match my Casper complexion. The Light shade blended seamlessly, so I’m betting a wider than expected range of skintones can find a shade that works for them.
The pigmentation is on par with Sephora heavyweights like Make Up For Ever and Dermablend. One difference is that Glamouflauge comes out of the tube as a near liquid. The easiest way to apply is to squeeze a tiny dab on the back of your hand, then pick up product as needed with a concealer brush or fingertip before applying to blemishes. A little Glamoflauge goes a very long way. For $6, there’s no need to skimp on product, but you only need a teensy drop to cover several spots at a time.
This concealer applies as a true neutral shade, meaning you won’t find any pink or peach undertones for concealing darkness. I found it better suited to covering blemishes, acne scarring, or redness around the nose than under eye circles.
For the undereye area, I prefer a more hydrating formula, but this product is my new go-to for covering blemishes. The thin texture and full coverage are ideal for covering redness and bumps, and even do a decent job on tricky imperfections like picked at (oops!) or bruised skin. Glamoflauge is a full coverage, fully matte product. If you’re wearing this product on its own, or with a less-than-full-coverage foundation, you’ll need to touch up by the end of the day to avoid having makeup in some spots and not others. Glamoflauge lasts all day, so layer on a similarly long-wearing foundation for the most seamless finish.
And now, the final test: tattoo coverage! As you can see, my tiny tat has full color ink and classic (dark) tattoo blue outlines.
Step 1: Outline your ink with the included mini concealer pencil.
Step 2: Apply a dab of concealer directly to the tattoo, and blend out with a fingertip. Don’t worry about blending the edges at this point. Let dry.
Step 3: Apply a second dab of concealer to the tattoo and blend out with a fingertip. With this layer, I worked to blend the concealer beyond the ink and feather it out to match my wrist. Let dry.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 as necessary until your ink is covered. I stopped after 2 layers for this tutorial, but would use 3 for a photo shoot or job interview.
Step 5: Set with a matte translucent powder or powder foundation.
You can see a shadow, but anyone not searching for a tattoo wouldn’t notice. Keep in mind that if your tat is in an area that tans or inked in lighter colors, you’ll have even better results. I have tried high-end concealers on my tattoo, and prefer the Glamouflage for its blendability. Highly recommend!
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