25 Jan 2014

A Natural Concealer Showdown.


Natural makeup is a huge minefield that I am still exploring with caution... Everything is quite expensive and not available in the flesh anywhere close by for me to go and see in person, so online shopping is my only option. Meaning an awful lot of reviews are read for anything and everything I'm interested in and all the swatches!! I cannot express how helpful swatches are. Swatches have been getting a lot of bad press lately (aka beauty bloggers suddenly claiming they're rubbish?!) but I have found swatches of foundations, concealers, lipsticks and what not to be so much more helpful when on someones hand/arm as I can actually SEE the colour. Sure I also love to see the product on, how it looks on your face is super important too but then the foundation is blended out and mixing with your own skin tone and the lipstick is reacting with your lips own pigmentation to create a unique shade, making it not quite as helpful for me when trying to decide if I want to spend £30 on said beauty product. So yes, swatches = very good in my book.

Well now that's all out of the way I can talk about my two latest concealer purchases, the RMS Un Cover-Up and the Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer. I say latest but I've had them for over 4 months now so they more than deserved a little post showcasing their talents. First up I got the RMS Un Cover-up in the shade 11, at the time this was the lightest shade but they have since released a paler shade, 00, for "snow white complexions" though I've not a clue what it looks like as I've not seen any reviews or swatches(!!) of it yet. 11 is a very yellow based shade, but is rather good at adapting to my pale, neutral skintone. This can be used as an all over foundation but as it's coconut oil based I tend to avoid that and use it on blemishes (the yellow tone is great for cancelling out bright red spots, hurrah!) and my dark circles as it's too oily for my skin type. If you have dry skin however I think you'll find this the dream for a moisturising base ;)
A little later on I ended up getting the Vapour Illusionist Concealer in the shade 010. You can never have too much concealer, right?? The shade is much paler and more neutral/pinky toned than RMS. The formula has a base of sunflower oil, so a little better for my skin, not as moisturising or greasy feeling but a bit harder to blend out on the skin. Now I've had this long to test them both I do think this may be too pale for me, which is kind of unheard of but it does make a good brightening concealer around my eye area and anywhere else that needs it.
Coverage with both of these is similar but I think RMS is a little more pigmented, that may just be because it's creamier and it's easier to get the product out of the pot than the tiny stick, which I find difficult to warm up on my fingers and get a sufficient amount of product. Neither product cakes on the skin and though generally quite light to medium coverage can be built up to fully conceal any areas that need it. It goes without saying that both need to be set with a powder to stop from creasing or slipping throughout the day but after that I find they last pretty well. 

If I had to choose a favourite I would actually say the Vapour as I find myself using it more often, the RMS is just a tad too yellow for my skin and I try to limit the use of coconut oil as it's so rich. Plus the Vapour Illusionist is cheaper! ;)
I've just thought though, you know in all this time I've never thought of trying them mixed together so I'm going to get on that asap! perhaps I'll discover something amazing... I wonder if it's possible to take a little of each and melt them together in a pot, is that possible? anyone? please advise or you could be hearing about a possible disaster very soon.

Have you tried either of these concealers? which would you choose?

27 comments

  1. I like the shade of the Vapour one, finding a light and pinky concealer is so hard! I'ven ever tried a natural concealer though, but they both sound nice.

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    1. Definitely worth a look into, read some more reviews :D x

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  2. I have tried both, I reserve RMS for super dry skin times as yes it is very rich and nourishing, I like Vapour but didn't find it pigmented enough at times. The other concealer I own is Essential care, it is quite yellow but very good on blemishes and under eye circles the formula is drier than RMS but I really like it! I hear you on the swatches too that's why I started my blog because I couldn't find much info on natural and organic products Xx

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    1. Ooh I will look into the essential care one too, thank you! :D

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  3. Yes! I am a total advocate for arm swatches, I don't understand why people hate on them when they actually SHOW the colour instead of like you said blending in with the skin on your face and being pretty much useless. Anyway, I haven't tried either of these but have had my eye on the RMS concealer and their Living Luminizer too. I don't think I actually own any natural makeup, or at least don't think I do. I'd like to try some though!

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    1. Yes, I always feel really disappointed with a post if it's a full review but no swatches! xx

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  4. I haven't tried RMS but I love the Vapour concealer. Despite my yellow undertones I find the colour works very well for my skin...like you said it's not hugely pigmented but it's light reflecting abilities make up for that in my experience and mask imperfections without making my skin look flat :)

    Mayah x

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  5. Great post! I never really though of it, but you're right, swatches are pretty great. I feel like all the gals on YouTube are pretty good about switching on their arms/hands, and from there I can go on planning if I wanna buy it or not. And yay to natural concealers! I haven't tried either of these brands, but I'm very curious. Especially the RMS- is everything of theirs coconut oil based? I have hormonal acne that makes my pores clog up soo easily, and I wouldn't think coconut oil would be best. But canceling out the red is good....hmmmm!

    blushingbiddies.com

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    1. Yes I love a good swatch ;)
      Yes everything is coconut oil based, but I think you would get on with their lip shines and blushes just fine xxx

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  6. I love swatches! I try to include them in as many posts as possible - and am actually holding off on one review at the moment because I can't get the swatches quite right to show the product accurately. I haven't tried either of these products, but based on the swatches I would think that the Vapour would be a better tone for me too. Lovely post - adore comparisons! x

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    1. Ah thank you so much, getting the right lighting can be such a pain!! xx

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  7. Oh god, why would anyone ever diss on swatches D: anyway, I like the sound of the RMS one best, I have pretty yellow toned skin!

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  8. Thank you so much for this review! I had samples of both, and tried the RMS one very excitedly. I applied it everyday, loooooving the glow and coverage, until I started breaking out after a couple of days. I've been wary of natural concealers since, so I dismissed the Vapour one. After reading your post, I think I'll take it out and try it!

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    1. Yay I'm so glad, I hope it works out for you :) x

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  9. I'm totally on the same page with swatches--I've just been too shy to actually voice my opinion. I really want to try the RMS Un-Cover Up despite the fact that the Vapour concealer would definitely work better for my skin; I'm just obsessed with RMS and have never been disappointed by them. xo
    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

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    1. Yes I'm so glad you feel the same way *high five!!* ;) x

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  10. I have the RMS un-cover up in #22 and I like it on my dehydrated skin, BUT I think it might have also caused me to break out a little, I'm not entirely sure. Vapor's concealer is on my list, and the one from W3LL People too.

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    1. ooooh I have tried a sample of the w3ll people and I love it!!! definitely a purchase in the future :) x

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  11. I've been hearing a lot more about RMS lately. It sounds like a great brand!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  12. I haven't heard of Vapour, but from this it looks worth checking out. Great post, organic skincare is becoming more accessible thank goodness!

    Gem x | Slightgem.

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  13. Great post,thank you for sharing this:)

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  14. You have a lovely blog ! These products seem very nice !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  15. I always swatch things! I think it's really important for you yourself to be able to view the product which you can't do properly if the product is swatted on your face! I love boing by Benefit and Mac's Studio Fix concealer (literally so industrial!)

    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.com

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  16. I agree with you about the swatches! They're so helpful when looking for make-up especially different colours & shades! I don't care if they're on someone's arm or hand you can still see the shade! I'm going to New York in less than two weeks and I'm going on the hunt for RMS but will definitely try and test the shades first to see if it works for me!

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  17. Swatches are SO important! I definitely rely on them a lot when I'm purchasing things, especially online so I always try to make sure swatches are in my own makeup review posts. Don't understand why some bloggers don't like them, but each to their own!

    I've tried the Vapour concealer and didn't get on with it sadly, wasn't heavy duty enough for me, so I may try the RMS at some point. x

    P.S You sometimes pick up make-up samples from Naturisimo - I got my Vapour ones from there for about £1 a piece! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  18. I have, and loathe, the RMS. I tried a sample and the colour was spot on, so I bought it. Unfortunately, it broke me out in acne, eczema, dermatitis, you name it. Ugh. My fiancee tried and hates it too. I have found a much better alternative in The All Natural Face's cream foundation, which is made with jojoba and argan oil. It's also much less greasy and has a far better shade range. Oh, and where RMS costs £5 per gram, TANF costs 39.2 PENCE. Yeah. Not an RMS fan at all.

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