Please ignore the gross fingerprints - I kinda had to use the concealer to be able to review it, guys! I did take some photos prior to using it but they were unfortunately lost so I'm making do!
I haven't done an awful lot of reviews on this blog and the last one was two and half weeks ago when I reviewed H&M Makeup Brushes. So today I am reviewing, in case you hadn't already worked it out, the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer. I don't actually usually use Seventeen makeup but, after being recommended a concealer by a reader, I popped into Boots for a look. This isn't actually the concealer I was recommended (and I will still try it!) but I may have gotten a little bit distracted.
This concealer is £5.49 from Boots which is slightly more expensive than my trusty Collection concealer but still very cheap, especially for a heavy duty concealer. It comes in a little purse-friendly pot with a mirror which is perfect for touch-ups. It's the packaging which I think really wins over my usual concealer as the pot means you're able to get every bit of product as opposed to those concealers packaged in tubes where one has to scrape around with the applicator as the product runs out, meaning there's always still a little left when you throw it away. However, this packaging means there will be no wastage and thus you'll completely be getting your money's worth.
The concealer itself has a very smooth texture and, being high coverage, very thick. The thickness does make it a little harder to blend and it's better applied with your fingers by patting it on the skin rather than with a concealer brush. It has a very good coverage as one would expect from a heavy duty concealer so very good for us naturally pale girls with prominent dark under eye shadows. Also, despite being heavy duty, it does not have too much of a 'cakey' appearance on the skin. This product had no claims of lasting all day but I still found it to do a pretty good job, keeping my dark circles hidden with minimal top-ups.
One criticism I do have of this concealer is the very small variety of shades and it is available only in the shades 'fair' and 'medium'. Therefore, you're unlikely to be able to get an exact match to your skin tone (unless perhaps you mix the two shades) and this isn't a concealer for darker skinned girls. Seventeen really need to start making more shades! This concealer will also oxidise after a short time and become darker and more orange if it is worn without foundation and/or powder so do not wear it on its own unless you want orange patches under your eyes which will look ridiculous and make it very obvious that you're wearing concealer! However, this is true for most high street concealers (including my Collection concealer) and I doubt one would wear a heavy duty concealer without foundation and powder so I'm not holding this against it.
Overall I really love this concealer and definitely recommend it for those looking for a more heavy duty concealer that is still affordable. Whilst I have not been using it everyday, I've loved using it on nights out when I'm looking for a better coverage. I have been applying it under my foundation and then using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer over my foundation, and by combining these two concealers, I am able to completely hide my dark circles.