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Laura Mercier’s new HIGH COVERAGE CONCEALER ($28) is billed as a 3-in-1 product: it covers, brightens and de-puffs the under eye area. I’ve included swatches of 5 shades, but it comes in 15 – so if you have a match in Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation, you’ll find a good match here. I am a level 2 in most foundations, a Nude in Laura Mercier Tinted Foundation and find that both the levels 1.5 and the level 2 worked well for me; the lighter shades shown here are pretty forgiving, actually, except for level 3, which is quite peach and seems best for heavy blue tone correction. Some of the other shades are more pink and some more yellow or neutral as you can see in the photos. I had a nice chat with a Laura Mercier representative on the phone and found that if you know your Mercier color in other skin products, that they can offer great advice that was very accurate; I matched the tinted moisture shades I had in my kit with the corresponding suggestions of the representative and they were right-on.
It seems like the reason that the shades are so malleable, if you have the right tone, is that you use so little. The High Coverage Concealer is very thick – almost like toothpaste – and Laura Mercier recommends a “pin drop.” The problem is that it is hard to squeeze out just a drop as it is a thick product. Once you have a dot on the back of your hand, let it warm a bit like a little blob of La Mer crème; then use your little finger or a fine brush to apply the concealer just in the dark crescents under your eyes and the inner corners. This is a very moisturizing formula and so it must be set with powder to prevent creasing, which is a good rule for any concealer, really. I used Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($35) and Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Yellow ($37), and both worked very well to prevent creasing when dusted on and then gently patted.
While the concealer is good at concealing red, blue and purple post-blemish spots, little veins and other discoloration, it is made for under-eyes. While it is a stiff cream it isn’t as waxy as the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($32), and you may use it everywhere, just the same.
The Laura Mercier Undercover Pot ($34) is always in my makeup bag; it’s one of my favorite concealing products along with Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Eraser Concealer ($42). The High Coverage Concealer is a great addition to my bag; it offers greater coverage than most concealers and corrective properties, and the choice of shades is wonderful. I didn’t notice much in the way of de-puffing in the High Coverage but the concealer works so well that any depuffing would be gilding the lily. The Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer means that even if you can’t get more sleep, you can look like you did!