A Less Than Glowing Review

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

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.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Really not a fan of the applicator

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!

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and highlighter in 0.5 fair

Click like a pen to get the product to come out (but you’ll need lots of patience)

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.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter shade 0.5 swatch
It was not something that for me was worth the $38 CAD. I will stick with my drugstore L’oreal Magic Lumi at a fraction of the price.

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 ❤


Filed under Concealer, Face, Reviews

18 responses to “A Less Than Glowing Review

  1. Danielle (Of Lashes and Leith)

    Great review. It’s great that you’re being so honest about what you thought. Some products just aren’t that good haha


  2. I wanted to try this, but after this review, I don’t think so. Thank you for sharing. 🙂



  3. Jelly

    Im kinda person that if dont wear concealer look like a zombie. Ive tried so many in the past, from high end brand to drugstores one and the only one that works for me is the Cle de Peau Beaute concealer and Mac Matchmaster. I was always buying Cle de Peau until I discovered the Matchmaster almost a year and half ago. Now, I only buy the Mac one because for the price of one I can buy 4 here. I feel the Matchmaster give the glowy and health look on me. Sometimes after my BJJ class I only wash my face, apply sunscreen and the concealer and doesnt feel dry either.
    Some brands offer such a beautiful package and technology but the results are not satisfactory. I need try the Loreal one. Xoxo


  4. This was on my list to try but that applicator looks terrifying! I have yet to find anything I like more than the loreal lumi pen.


  5. Ok you should have seen my shocked 😳 face on seeing the picture of the applicator! Was NOT expecting that. Great review 👍


  6. Oh too bad about this! That’s odd it’s a doe food appicator – did not expect that. I’d imagine it would drag on the skin.
    I actually really like the Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer for this kind of highlighting pen – I’ve not tried that many from high end brands, actually.

    I should note that the Becca one that Jodi mentions below is more of a peachy colour corrector rather than a highlighter – it’s fantastic as a corrector but it might not serve the purpose you’re looking for. Here’s my review on the Becca if you’re curious:


    • Thanks for the link! That was a great review. I haven’t used many of the peach toned concealers, but this looks similar to the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer that I love, except with a beautiful peach tone. I would definitely try this.


  7. I love when people write reviews for products they dislike! I feel like it helps so much. You stop other people from wasting their money on terrible products! Great review love xxx

    Melina / http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com


  8. Sorry this one didn’t live up to your expectations, but they unfortunately can’t all be winners. I’m always deeply suspicious of people who declare EVERYTHING to be awesome – sometimes products really suck, it’s a fact!

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  9. I love the Becca brightening undereye one. Have you tried that one?


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