I hope you really enjoyed eyeshadow palette week?! I know I did, but now that I am back from posting a new video every day, we are going to be doing some good old makeup reviews again. Today we are reviewing the Nabla Re-Generation concealer. I bought it Light Ivory which is almost the lightest shade in the range. I was happy to see Nabla releasing a new concealer as their Close Up concealer (which I have yet to grace with a full review) was a bit too thick and cakey for my tastes. I was hoping this would be much better for my dry skin.
Review: Nabla Re-Generation Uplifting Cream concealer in Light Ivory
Let’s talk costs first: this is an expensive concealer! That’s why I didn’t purchase it straight away. It retails for €22 a pop which seems like a fair price point for a more high end concealer. I mean many of them are. However, most concealers come with heaps more product than this does! This only comes with 3.5 mls of product which is in sharp contrast with the usual 7 – 10 mls you get. For instance I also own the Dior Forever Skin concealer which retails for around €30 which is nearly 10 euros more than this, but it comes with 11 mls of product which is 3 times as much! So in terms of cost per use, this is a pricey purchase. All the more reason to wait for a sale and I purchased it from Beauty Bay for just over €15 during the Black Friday sales. Makes it a slightly better deal, but only ever so slightly.
What does this concealer have to offer?
According to the brand, this concealer fuses skincare and makeup together. So this concealer should be creamy, have enough coverage to cover dark circles but also be blurring and create a radiant finish. All promises that I love. Over time this concealer claims to help lift the eye area and make your under eye area look more refreshed even without makeup. I personally prefer my concealers to be dewy, lightweight and easy to blend, that don’t pull into fine lines and give enough coverage to cover the dark circles caused by my deepset eyes.
How does this concealer work?
The first thing of note is the fact that this is one of those twist up, sponge tip applicator concealers. I hate them with a passion. It is not only unhygienic, it also gives you very little control over how much product you dispense at a time, ultimately wasting lots of product, which just gets soaked up by the sponge, drying up between uses and caking the inside of the cap. In short, this will get messy if you use it everyday and of the only 3.5 mls of product you get you will waste about a quarter as it just sits in the sponge with no where to go. Also, the concealer tube is BIG, much bigger than an average concealer. If this only comes with 3.5 mls of product that tube could have been half the size, easily.
How does this concealer swatch?
So a swatch on the back of my hand looked to be okay. What surprised me most though was the shade. Light Ivory is described as a good shade “for very fair complexions with neutral undertones”, which is what I would categorize myself as. But sadly, this oxidizes quite a bit (you can see it a little bit around the edges here), and when it does, it turns quite peachy. I also find it quite yellow toned for a neutral tone and kind of regret not getting the shade down which is Porcelain, which should be more cool toned as it is described as having a pink undertone. To top things off, I find the shade too dark. This is a light tone at best, if you have fair skin like I do, you will probably struggle with this blending into your foundation as it stands out like a sore thumb. It works okay once I blend it in though: it’s not too noticeable this is slightly too dark when I put my Kiko Radiant Fusion powder on top.
How does this concealer apply to the face?
Dark shade aside, of course it also comes down to how this sits on the skin. I quite like it, but it’s not my favorite texture. I find it a bit too thick, struggle blending this as it seems to be quite sticky to the touch and it feels quite dry too. For a product that claims to be a blend between skincare and concealer I find this too heavyweight, especially for the undereye area, but on the plains of my face such as my forehead and chin I struggle to make it look even with a sponge as the product simply lifts off and sticks to my sponge rather than being blended into my face. Despite this feeling like a product I don’t like, I do like how it sits on my skin once I get it on. This wears well throughout the day, doesn’t pull into my lines (despite it feeling dry) and it doesn’t make my face look dry and cakey.
My final thoughts
The Nabla Re-Generation Uplifting Creamy concealer turned out to have a few ups and downs for me. The ups are that it lasts well, looks great on and has a great wear time. This is a good concealer. The downs however are the packaging, the shade being too dark for my super fair skin and the fact that it is a bit difficult to make it blend into the skin and make it look seamless. In the end I feel I have tried more affordable concealers that suit my skin and my skin tone much better and give me a similar result.
Would I recommend the Nabla Re-Generation concealer?
I think it depends. I would personally not repurchase it, but I will keep using this and use it up at some point. With how little product you get that won’t take very long, especially since you waste quite a bit of product too. The packaging, while not my prime choice, is handy to use, so especially if you are travelling and you don’t want to bring lots of tools this can be a nice one. In terms of shades you have to be careful and it would be helpful if you could try in store. With this being nearly the lightest shade available, I doubt it will be fair enough for the fairest of the fair.