Philosophy Miracle Worker Concealer – Love it or ?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Concealer – Love it or ?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer is my new favorite concealer, and I’m not alone! Every person on whom I’ve used it has wanted to take it home (and some have!). I will always adore Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge/Concealer, their new High Coverage Concealer is amazing, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Corrector is one of my secret weapons for those tired blue undereye rings, I love Tarte’s Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer, I love a lot of concealers, it seems! But I really love the Philosophy Miracle Worker Concealer! And some people, it seems, really do not love it.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer. Photo courtesy of Nettie Stanley (thanks!)

And here’s the thing — I didn’t expect much from the concealer myself when I received the testers. I hadn’t seen the online chatter at that point, but It’s been years since Philosophy made a full line of cosmetics — I wish they would do it again. I used to love their lipsticks and even thought about having 3 Custom Color Experts make me some dupes, I missed a particular shade of lipstick so much. But, as I said, it’s been years… And then I read the reviews online for Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer. One bblogger whom I normally agree with in most makeup matters said the product was “unusable.” Reviews on QVC and other makeup sites were split. People loved it or hated it, saying it did nothing for their dark circles or it truly was a miracle product. What was up?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer.

Here’s the basic info: Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer has two sides in each compact. One side is a corrector, and one a concealer. You can blend them for different tones. It comes in 4 shades: Light, medium, Tan and Deep, and the Deep will please light to medium toned darker skins with its warmth. Light covers about a level 2 or MAC 15 to 20/25, so lightest and darkest skins won’t have much luck here, but for every other skin tone in between, it’s fab.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer. Photo courtesy of Nettie Stanley (thanks!)

Nettie Stanley loves Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer! Photo courtesy of Nettie Stanley (thanks!)

I’ve had a wonderful experience using this product, so I thought I’d share exactly how I did use it on the folks in my makeup chair, and myself. You can decide what you think.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer. This is the Medium shade.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer.

An arty shot of Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Color Corrector & Concealer.

After prepping the skin with a light pat of facial oil and a sunscreen lotion, and letting that penetrate for a minute, I apply eye makeup and groom brows. Then I use a very good, tiny, med/soft brush to gently apply the corrector side (the left side) of the compact just on the darkest areas — I apply the products from a little patch of each that I’ve plopped on to the back of my hand to begin the warming process — let it sit for a full minute or so to warm on the skin some more (important), then gently fan it out to cover the dark or red area. Don’t thin it to much. If you don’t have enough product, then repeat the process. I then take a small but fluffier eye shadow brush like a MAC 127 and lightly dust a finishing powder on top, regular powder, not a silica formula. I’ve used Sunday Riley, Laura Mercier, and Bobbi Brown with good results with this product. After letting that settle, I repeat the process with the cream from the right side of the compact, the corrector side of the compact — but only if needed. I find that the corrector is enough for some people.

About powder: I usually feel that powder goes with powder — you apply cream and liquid makeup until you are done with those products and then use powder. But this method of layering works with the Philosophy product. Be very sparing with the concealer cream, applying it only where you need more coverage, not all over. Let it warm up on the skin and then press it into the corrector with your brush. Pat it lightly with your fingertip if you prefer. Then repeat the powder dusting — very lightly. If you need to — if the powder seems to be settling into lines, for instance, then take a sheet of blotting powder and tap tap tap it lightly with your finger on top of the concealer. When I’m done I then apply powder foundation to the face wherever it is needed; only where it is needed, blush, etc… If you are using liquid or cream foundation, apply it BEFORE the Philosophy corrector/concealer. This is not the type of concealer, I found, that you can just swab over everything, over the entire under eye area. It will be messy and won’t give you the coverage you need where you need it.

If this method doesn’t produce results for you, then perhaps the  product is not for you. Some aren’t. But if it does work, you’ll be excited about it, too!

After a debut on QVC you can now find the concealer at other retailers. Let me know what you think! Try it, Baby!