When I hear the words surreal or hallucination, I usually think of those midnight to 2 am piano practice sessions of last year. The keys would all blur in front of my face, and suddenly I’d be drooling on my piano with my face pressed up against some sheet music. Lovely. Needless to say, I spent more time in la-la-land than…what do you call it? The frolicky field of do-re-mi?
Anyways, those are the things that I associate with surreal hallucinations.
Urban Decay, however, clearly has a different definition for the phrase. Their Surreal Skin Creamy Concealer offers medium coverage in a hypnotic-looking bottle. The packaging reminds me of their primer potion (obviously it’s not exactly the same), but I’m guessing that I’ll also have to cut this one open to get at the remaining dregs of product.
It’s got a nice doe-foot applicator for spreading the product under your eyes or on top of your blemishes:
The product itself has a liquidy (but not overly runny) consistency. It actually reminds me a lot of my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector, which I really liked for its texture and blendability. The reason I stopped using the Maybelline concealer was because it was in the light-medium coverage range, and I found myself needing something way more heavy-duty. Urban Decay’s Concealer has better coverage (I’d give it a solid medium), with excellent blendability. The finish also looks very natural under my eyes, and doesn’t crease or cake.
I got this concealer in the color Hallucination:
It’s on the right-hand side of that picture. The concealer on the left is the one I’m currently using, which will be reviewed later this week (I know it looks way too light for my skintone, but these were swatched on the back of my hand, which is a whole lot darker than my face). So, as you can see, Hallucination is not a good match for my skintone. Those of you who have light or light-medium skintones would probably be better off going with Dreamy, the lighter shade.
Speaking of shades, the shade selection of this concealer is rather limited, with only 2 to choose from. Still, if you can find your match, and if you don’t need anything heavy coverage, this should do the trick. If you like the Maybelline concealer, I think this would actually be the better value, despite its higher price tag. Let me explain.
Now, I don’t know if this is the case for everyone, but I found that the highlighter side of my Maybelline concealer was virtually unusable. In fact, I actually threw that whole thing away once I was through with the concealer. The highlighter wasn’t pearly/glowy enough to use as a cheekbone highlighter, and it looked rather unnatural on my inner corners. If you’ve found a way to make that end of the duo work, that’s great for you. If you haven’t, however, would you rather pay $9 for the 0.18 oz Maybelline concealer (and only use half of that), or pay $16 for the 0.32 oz Urban Decay concealer? *hint hint* I’d pick the second one.
All in all, this is a great, medium-coverage liquid concealer for “normal days.” It won’t fully conceal panda-eye dark circles (like mine), but it does a great job perking up the undereye area.
My rating: A-
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