Its always a bummer to have to do a less than positive review, but a gal has to be honest, right? With a Sephora gift card I received over Christmas, I wanted to try out a new product. I love using a gift card to splurge on something totally new. I’m already a huge fan of the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and have repurchased it multiple times. I like to use it under my eyes and pair it with a highlighting or illuminating type of concealer like the L’oreal Magic Lumi. I had the $38.00 CAD Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter on my wish list for a while. Advertised as a “versatile concealer and highlighter for the undereye area and the face that provides sheer coverage with a soft, radiant finish” I thought this would be a great product for creating some luminous glowiness under my eyes.
The description on the Sephora site claims, “More than a concealer, more than a highlighter, the Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter’s versatile formula lightens darkness as it minimizes visible discolorations and creates a soft luminous glow—instantly brightening the look of skin. Its innovative applicator fits in the contour of your eye and is ideal for brightening under eye darkness. It works anywhere on the face to add highlights or lighten up shadows around nose and mouth. Perfect for using on the eyes and face, it offers soft, flattering glow combined with sheer coverage.” It comes in 7 shades. I, of course, picked the lightest shade, 0.5 fair. With foundations and concealers, I just chose the lightest shade they make and hope for the best!
I had such high hopes for this product. The first thing I disliked about it was the design of the applicator. I love the fine brush tip on the L’oreal Magic Lumi, or even a doe-foot applicator, like the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. The large, round sponge-like tip of the Laura Mercier Candleglow makes precise placement of the concealer challenging. It definitely did not “fit the contour of my eye.” It also feels firm and rigid and a little scratchy. Not what you want on the more delicate skin under your eye, and not what I expected from a high-end concealer.
To get product up into the sponge tip, you press the button at the other end, similar to clicking a pen. Unlike the L’oreal Magic Lumi which dispenses product quickly and easily on 1 or 2 clicks, I find you have to click this thing for ages to get any product out. Really annoying!
So is the Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter worth it once you finally manage to get it out and applied to your skin? Well, not really. If you are looking for a concealer, this is not for you. Its very sheer. I wanted it for the brightening, glowy, highlighting properties. However, I just did not notice much of a luminous effect. I think one of the problems was that even the lightest shade, 0.5, is not light enough for fair skin, but I also think the product might be too sheer and subtle to give enough of a noticeable effect. I didn’t try it on other areas of the face because I felt like I’d just be layering product on but without any real payoff.
Have you tried the Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter? Or do you have any recommendations for concealers or highlighters that you love to use to brighten the undereye? I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤