I have had a longstanding love affair with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I have been using it for years and no concealer has come close to it in terms of colour, pigmentation, ease of use and lasting ability. I honestly think it is PERFECT. I cannot fault it! The best part? It’s so inexpensive!
Sure, I have branched into other concealers to see if they can somehow impress me more than this one. Yet they never do. I am always disappointed and head back, tail between my legs, to my old faithful. I love this so much, I usually have several back ups close at hand for once I run out. That isn’t something I can say for any other makeup product!
However, with my wedding fast approaching and with me at the helm of my facial destiny (i.e. I’m doing my own wedding makeup!), I had been contemplating treating myself to a more expensive concealer – a higher end one – to see if it could wow me even more than my beloved Lasting Perfection.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer has been much talked about by bloggers, YouTubers and makeup obsessives since its release and I had lusted after it for quite a long time so decided this was my moment to take the plunge. Of course, I had to try it out before the big day itself which has led me to writing this post. It bears a striking resemblance to my drugstore bargain concealer and so I thought it was best for me to compare the two and see if it was worth splashing the cash on the high end version or whether Collection’s concealer was a convincing dupe.
First of all, Collection promise sixteen hours of wear with a waterproof, non-transferable formula. They claim it will cover all blemishes and imperfections and that it can also be used as a highlighter on the nose and cheekbones.
Urban Decay call their Naked Skin Concealer weightless with buildable, even coverage and a luminous demi-matte finish. They claim it melds like a second skin and it can be continuously layered for full coverage without ever going cakey or sinking into fine lines.It also contains Japanese green tea which is said to revitalise and help reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as giving a brighter, more radiant complexion.
Lasting Perfection is available in four shades while Naked Skin is available in eleven. Obviously Naked Skin wins out in that respect. However, I usually have issues getting foundations and concealers light enough for my ghostly pallour but Lasting Perfection’s lightest shade ’01 Fair’ is a great match for me. It is actually about a half a shade lighter than my skin which gives a great brightening effect. However, it is darker skins that Collection doesn’t cater for, with their ‘4 Deep’, not really being that dark at all.
Urban Decay’s range not only caters for a range of skin shades from fair to dark but it also covers different tones such as neutral, warm and golden. I specifically asked for the lightest shade they had at the counter and was given Fair Neutral which is actually a good bit lighter than my skin tone! Unheard of!
Of course I don’t like brands that don’t cover a wide range of skin tones – being a pale girl I experience that prejudice all the time! – however, this doesn’t really affect me personally when it comes to these particular concealers as they both cater for me so unless you fall under the dark skin category, this isn’t a deciding factor on which brand you should lean towards.
Both concealers come in plastic tubes with doe foot applicators. Urban Decay’s offering looks much sleeker with its silver lid while Collection’s version is infamous for having all of the writing rub off the tube before you get to the end of it.
The doe foot wand on the Lasting Perfection concealer is very standard and deposits a good amount of product, especially when the tube is newer. As the product dwindles, I find that I have to re-dip the wand quite a few times to get out the right amount but that’s probably fairly standard.
The wand on the Naked Skin is flatter and a sort of oval shape. I originally thought that it had a well in the doe foot to collect product in but it doesn’t. It just seems to grab a lot of product! As you pull the wand out of the tube, it really catches in it and it takes a bit of a yank to get it out. I imagine this is so you don’t release too much product but honestly, it’s a pain. I have to pull quite hard and several times when it has finally released the wand, some product pops out and drops somewhere. I can get over it and it wouldn’t put me off repurchasing the product but in terms of functionality, Collection win. If you’re looking for something pretty to display on your dresser, however, it will have to be Urban Decay.
Both concealers are creamy and blend easily and smoothly into the skin. I draw stripes or dots wherever I want the coverage, then use my Beauty Blender to buff it out.The above photo shows Naked Skin on the left and Lasting Perfection on the right. There is quite a difference in colour when you compare them side by side, with Naked Skin leaning far more yellow and lighter while Lasting Perfection is peachier and slightly darker. However, when you compare the ‘after’ picture, I think it is almost impossible to tell the difference. Both have a significant brightening effect on the eye area. You can still see a little bit of my bag on the eye on the right but if you look at the before picture, you can see that it is worse on that side than the other to begin with. That is puffiness and not discolouration so no concealer would cover it anyway!
The one difference I did notice actually only came to light when taking these photos. I obviously took a before photo, applied the concealer, took a photo, blended the concealer and took my final photo. However, in the short amount of time it took me to swivel in my seat and take a few photos, the Lasting Perfection concealer actually began to set a little which made it more difficult to buff into the skin afterwards. You are literally talking the space of two to three minutes making a difference. This isn’t something I ever noticed before because usually I would blend it out straight away but it is interesting that it does set on the skin like that.
I always apply powder to my eye area because my eyelids and underneath my eyes are prone to creasing. By the time it takes me to get out my powder brush and powder, they have creased from blinking and I noticed no difference between these concealers in that respect. They both crease the same amount but it doesn’t bother me because I powder anyway.
In terms of wear time, I have noticed no difference between the two. Obviously I have been wearing Collection for years and find it lasts all day and I have worn Urban Decay for a few weeks now and have found the same.
While these two concealers have slight differences meaning they aren’t dead on dupes for each other, they are so incredibly similar that when I wake up in the morning, I grab the one closest to me. I don’t have a favourite or one I would keep for special occasions. I find no difference when I wear them. Even though the Naked Skin looks lighter in colour, I find that the Lasting Perfection brightens my eye area just as much. I honestly could never justify repurchasing the Naked Skin concealer.
It doesn’t say how much product you get in the Lasting Perfection concealer and there are many conflicting reports online with some claiming 4 grams of product and some claiming 8 grams. Naked Skin concealer contains 5ml of product. [Just FYI, ml is equal to g!]
Naked Skin is available from Debenhams for €22 while you can pick Lasting Perfection up from Boots or Superdrug for €5.79. That means Urban Decay is charging you €4.40 for each millilitre of product where – even at the worst case scenario, Collection is only giving you 4 grams of product – they’re only charging you €1.44 per gram. Best case scenario – with 8g of product – they’re charging 72c per gram.
I honestly don’t think there is a big enough difference between the products to justify the spend! I certainly won’t be repurchasing Naked Skin and if you can get a colour that suits you, I highly recommend giving the Lasting Perfection Concealer a go instead.
Have you tried either of these?
What is your favourite concealer?
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