Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Dabble in Colour-Correcting

As seems to be the general case with beauty in Switzerland, these have only just surfaced over here. Ergo, I am late on the bandwagon once again. I'm pretty new to this whole colour-correcting malarkey, so I thought I'd give it a try and see what all the fuss was about. I've got my hands on all four shades of the Smashbox Colour Correcting Sticks, so I thought I'd share my first impressions on them (and my experience with colour-correcting thus far) today!

As mentioned, there are four shades, a green, a peach, an orangey-red and a lilac. They're your typical sharpen and go type deal and are sold with sharpeners, which is definitely a bonus as these are thicker than your standard sharpener opening.

So, let's talk technicalities. The names are pretty self-explanatory, but here's what each of these colours is supposed to conteract:

Get Less Red (green): Neutralises redness, best used on blemishes, irritation and rosacea.

Look Less Tired - Light (peach): Neutralises blue, best used on under-eye area to hide darkness or tiredness.

Look Less Tired - Dark (orange/red): Basically a darker version of the peach, also neutralises blue, dark areas and can be used to better conceal under-eye circles.

Don't Be Dull (lilac): Counteracts dullness, best used on areas of the face you want to appear brighter.

If you're wondering if some of these don't kind of do the same thing, then we're in the same boat. Nonetheless, I diligently put these to the test.

The formula is creamy and pigmented, so using the green on my blemishes was a little scary. I used the peach under my eyes and the violet to brighten up dark areas. Truth be told, the orangey-red is just too dark for my skin-tone. I can imagine it would make my under-eyes look pretty funky, so I stuck to the peach.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these corrected colour-wise, but I will say that I don't think the formula is quite creamy enough. It looked slightly dry and cakey under my eyes, even post-concealer, however, it did neutralise the blue/violet tones under my eyes.

The green is, in my opinion, just a bit too green. Because the formula isn't quite as creamy as I would've liked, you can end up looking a bit too green, so you really have to use this sparingly. Where it did work, it worked well and really took down the redness of any blemishes or my overall, slightly-ruddy, cheeks.

I think I'll have to play around with these a bit more to properly get the hang of them. Colour-correcting is definitely a bit of an art-form, so it's something I'll be continuing to try to master. Have you tried colour correcting? What are some of your go-to colour-correcting products?

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  1. Don't worry about being behind - I'm in the UK and still have yet to try them (they're not huge over here yet either!). I struggle with dark circles and redness, but I'd be a bit worried about adding a creamy green formula to my makeup routine!

    Steph -

  2. Green and orange corrector are the ones I always use these look great

    Beauty Candy Loves

  3. I think the stick color correctors are probably the easiest to use but I've always wondered if the green was hard to cover up!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! The idea is tempting but thinking of all the process makes me less inclined to do it /lazy/. But yeah, pen is easier to use and navigate around.

    Selene Addicted

  5. These looks so good!
    Kathy x


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