Colour-correcting is definitely a trend that I took years to jump on, but once I did I was obsessed. I’ve talked about them a lot the past few months, I’ve been trying out some different options and samples and it’s been really hard to find one that works. I guess I should begin this post with what I’m looking for when it comes to colour-correcting.
We all know I’ve had my fair share of breakouts…and then some. Along with that struggle comes the all-too-familiar struggle of scarring. On some weeks, I’ll be lucky enough to not break out at all (especially with my recent skincare routine) but unfortunately I still can’t get away with less makeup or less coverage, my scarring leave my face looking like it’s filled with breakouts.
It’s such a serious struggle and try as I might, I have an insanely hard time finding skincare products that actually help them fade. My The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin and Advanced Retinoid have worked wonders, but they’re still working hard and for the mean time I’m yet to be scar-free. That’s why I decided to go for colour-correcting. Because, despite the best coverage of foundation I do still feel like you can faintly see the darkness of my scarring underneath.
However, I still had some concerns that a colour corrector would be visible under my foundation. Or even that it would leave that patch of skin a little cakey or separated. So, what I needed was a lightweight colour corrector that would genuinely correct the colouring without being detectable. While I’ve tried a wide variety of options, these two are the ones I stuck to for a long while and so I think I can come to a verdict. Now, they are both drugstore- one cheaper than the other -and so I thought I’d let you know which of these two you should opt for when it comes to the drugstore/high-street.
NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette
Now, I raved about this ages ago and it was featured in a favourites post. This was the first form of colour correcting I picked up and I was obsessed. I had a few issues with it but for the most part I could see the difference. My scarring was less visible and I really enjoyed the extra step in my routine. As you can see, I mostly worked through the green and peach colours.
Now, I initially thought I should just use green- then again I didn’t know much about colour-correcting. Then, I did my research and figured out that peach would actually work better with the grey-ish darkness of my scarring. I applied with this a brush and used a patting motion to blend it out. I swore by this step! So I decided to give another brand a whirl…
L.A. Girl PRO. Conceal HD
I was making an online order and I came across the L.A. Girl Pro concealers, I’d always been curious about trying out the actual concealers but never got around to it. As I said, I had decided to try out more colour-correctors so I decided to go for it- do it for the blog!
I was instantly impressed. The formula was insane, so creamy and pigmented while blending away to nothing. I picked up the green and peach and I actually began layering them and I was loving the finish!
BATTLE IT OUT
This is the easiest verdict I’ve ever given, L.A. Girl wins easily. I didn’t realize how problematic the NYX was until I used this!
Let’s start with formula. The L.A. Girl correctors blended away so easily and were not detectable on my skin at all, you couldn’t even see a green tint they just balanced out and corrected my darkness. Once I decided to go back and try NYX out I realized how thick the formula was. It was definitely detectable on the skin and it would make my foundation separate on that little patch. I could work with that and counteract it.
What was the real problem here was that I realized I could never use my lesser coverage foundations with this. There was no way, you would completely see the green or peach patches. That sucked for me because I actually prefer my lighter coverage foundations on most days. With the L.A. Girl Pro I could even get away with using a tinted moisturizer and I’d be fine!
Lastly, what I love so much about the L.A. Girl is just how well it colour corrected honestly! I would end up staring at my skin before applying my foundation because it just left my skin looking completely clear, you couldn’t clearly see peach patches but it just evened things out. I just love how it worked and I’d definitely pick this up over the NYX palette- it’s also a fraction of the price! The NYX Palette retails at £10.00/$11.99 while an L.A. Girl Pro concealer costs $4.99.