Drugstore vs. Department Store: Undereye Concealers

Under-eye concealer can be tricky. Even at the spring chicken age of twenty or so, our eyes are usually the first place to show signs of any aging and are almost always the first place to show signs of fatigue. Makeup artists have used various types of concealer in the under-eye area to conceal dark circles and even out the skin tone around the eye. The overall effect is one of being more awake and more … um … spring chicken-ish. However, pick the wrong shade and you possibly wind up looking something like this. Or choose an iffy formula and it winds up creasing into your tiny wrinkles found in your lower eyelid. And I just hate relying on heavy-duty concealer under there for everyday, because it literally looks like you’ve painted cake batter on your lower lids.

So anyhow, pictured above are two versions of the aforementioned product. One costs about four times as much as the other (Oh please, do guess!), and one has not worked as well for me as the other. Now, perhaps I just didn’t land on the right shade, but I have to say that the famed Yves Saint Laurent Touche’ Eclat has wound up as somewhat of a disappointment. It just wasn’t the miracle that it was prophesied to be by blogger after blogger, magazine after magazine. The brush applicator it uses is incredibly soft, but I actually prefer applying concealer with my finger because the warmth of my skin seems to do a much better job at blending as opposed to a brush. Oh well. I’ve been using that L’Oreal True Match stuff for years and I continue to prefer it over other formulas for everyday use. I’ve found it more brightening and more creamy in texture.

Hey, every once in a while the drugstore really pulls through. xo, MR

Drugstore Cowgirl

Familiar sight?

Yes, I do frequently find myself perusing aimlessly through my local drugstore. In fact, I frequently find myself perusing aimlessly through the not-so-local ones as well. CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s, and whatever others there may be … I’ve wandered them all, near and far. However, I should add that it is especially awkward with the local stores because the check-out attendants see my face quite a bit. But that’s not really what makes it awkward, when I think about it … it’s the fact that nine times out of ten, I walk out of the store without buying anything. I literally … just … wander. And then I leave.

I’ll wander down the hair care aisle and open up maybe five bottles of shampoo or conditioner, smell them, and then shut them, put them back, and leave. Or I’ll stare at the L’Oreal eyeshadows, pick one up, walk around with it, and then put it back and leave. Or I’ll be staring at the skin care products and I’ll pick up the package of pre-moistened face towelettes and kind of squish them in their package, and then put them back and leave. Or sometimes … I just stare. And then leave.

Don’t ask me why I do any of this, or what it does for me when I do it. Believe me, I’m aware of how I may look as I engage in these behaviors. Shoplifter? Social disorder? Obsessive compulsions? Incurable boredom? Yeah, it could look like it (and trust me, I’m not kidding when I say that the cashier attendants know who I am … they give me the look every time).

Wandering through the drugstore beauty aisles will probably remain one of my favorite ways to kill time, though. Maybe it’s just the idea of being around the products of an industry I enjoy. But seriously- there’s enough to look at, there’s usually something new, I’m not too tempted to buy anything there because most of the products ain’t that great for your skin or hair (and if I do buy anything I probably won’t be spending too much). So if you see me creepin’ at Rite-Aid next week and sniffing a deep conditioner without any intent of purchasing, just keep your side-eye to yourself. You know you do it too, honey boo boo. xo, MR