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Colour correcting is the technique of using coloured concealers to neutralise complexion issues such as redness, dark under eye circles and dull skin. It’s based on the colour theory that opposite colours on the colour wheel cancel out each other and are neutralised.
This technique has been around for a relatively long while, but L’Oreal has recently released their first colour correcting palette, the ‘Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette’ to partner with their new Infallible Total Cover foundation (which I reviewed here), both just released in Australia! In this post, I’ll give a short review on the palette and a basic pictorial on how I use this colour correcting palette to neutralise some redness, eliminate under eye circles and brighten the high points of my face.
The Total Cover Concealer Palette ($29.95)
This palette features 2 nude shades and an apricot shade – all of which can be used to counteract the blue and purple tones in under eye circles, as per the colour wheel above. A lavender concealer is included that will brighten up areas of your skin that are either dull or flat looking (that have yellow/orange tones), or can be used in the areas you usually highlight to add brightness before going in with foundation. The last shade is a mint shade that is perfect for neutralising any redness on your face. The back of the package does have a guide on the shades which comes in handy!
For $29.95, it’s on your pricey end for a drugstore concealer product, and the pans are actually quite shallow but to be honest you do get a tonne of versatility with this palette and if it works, it’s worth it right?
Now, it does claim to be suited to dark skin tones as well, but people with deeper skin tones wouldn’t have the added bonus of using the nude concealers as shades that match their foundation shade like those with medium and lighter skin tones. They would only have the option of using them as highlighters, so even though they CAN use this palette, it’s more limited in terms of its functionality for deeper skin tones.
Coverage + Correction
This concealer means business, I’ll tell you that. I don’t have too much luck with drugstore concealers in terms of coverage (except I do love the Maybelline Fit Me) but I loved this palette! As with the foundation – you need such a small amount to achieve high pigmentation. All of the shades have a super high coverage and cover my imperfections to my satisfaction. The lavender shade really took my colour correcting to another level as it’s not a shade I usually use. But I definitely noticed my cheeks looking much brighter than normal with foundation application. The green is always a good shade for me to use to counteract my redness around my nose (where I have had popped blood vessels since before I can remember), mouth and chin area (which for some reason goes red throughout the day) and also for any pimples and blemishes. The nude/apricot shades are perfect for under eye circles, and I also use them on top of the green or purple if I want to tone down the pigment of them. If you see my swatches above, the blue tones in my veins has disappeared, although you still see them from where they pop out of the skin.
These concealers are such a velvety cream formula and blend amazingly well. I use my Real Techniques concealer brush and it’s the perfect combination for spot correcting, otherwise I use my miracle complexion sponge to blend out large patches of concealer. This formula is so smooth and a dream to work with, I’m really impressed actually. I do tend to have dry under eyes and expect my concealer to crease every time. Although this still did crease on me, it took quite a while longer for it to start happening than usual. Other than this area, this concealer didn’t accumulate in any other fine lines or my large pores. It was a really lightweight formula too – a weightless and natural finish for a high coverage concealer.
Colour Correcting Application
So here is where I share some slightly awkward and unfamiliar selfies to demonstrate how I use this concealer and colour correcting palette to neutralise any discolouration on my face before foundation.
I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my skin and have applied nothing else but some brow gel through my brows. I am pretty lucky in that I’ve finally gotten to a point where I really like where my skin is at and don’t have too many concerns apart of dry under eyes, large pores and oily skin (oh and my continuously frustrating lazy eye that makes one of my brows sit lower than the other). But as you can see, there is some slight circles under my eyes, I have a few red spots on my forehead, nose and chin. My skin isn’t looking particularly dull but I would like to enhance the brightness in my cheek bones and highlight my forehead before going in with foundation.
In this photo I’ll show you where I strategically place each of the colour correcting shades to neutralise any undesirable discolouration.
Here, I’ve mixed the last two nude/apricot shades under my eyes to cancel out the slightly cool tones underneath my eye area. I’ve placed the mint shade around my nose, mouth and chin area to cancel out the redness as well as a blemish on my forehead and eyebrow. I’ve placed quite a bit on this area for a proactive approach to redness that will come on later in the day for me. The lavender shade is placed on my cheekbones and between my brows to brighten up those areas and cancel out any dull yellow tones.
I’ve now applied the matching L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation and the two have done an amazing job at covering all my imperfections. I’m a bit peeved at the lighting though – it contrasts between my face and neck but I promise they matched in person. The redness around my nose, mouth, chin and forehead has reduced -although there is still a slight raise in my forehead from the blemish.
Overall, I really really love this concealer and colour correcting kit. The 5 shades are packaged in a weightless but sturdy and compact palette. This will be a winner for my travelling cosmetics case. It’s also a good way to have multiple shades with optimal functionality and versatility needed for concealing and colour correcting. I simply just love this palette. You know that I’m not one to sugar coat my reviews, so if I say I like/love something – I really freaking do. In fact, out of both the new releases yet from L’Oreal this year – this concealer palette is definitely my favourite of the two. There’s a reason it’s sold out online!
Have you tried anything from the new L’Oreal Infallible range? Let me in the comments and share your thoughts! Any questions on colour correcting? Shoot em’ through!