RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer is a 2 in 1 product: concealer and foundation, giving a natural and sheer finish, all packed in a small, but long lasting pot.
This little pot has a legendary status, hasn’t it? And with that, it’s understandable you’ve been sending me emails, asking me about this product. For a long time, I’ve been going back and forth whether or not to try it – because it contains coconut oil, and last year, I thought – why not, maybe I won’t even use it as foundation but only as an under eye concealer, if I won’t be able to use it to hide current annoyances.
Picking up the right color, no matter how many swatches I’d looked up, proved to be another miss right from the get go. The first RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer I picked was 22; I figured it won’t be too dark. Wrong! It was. So I had to get another color, this time around I picked 11 and… you’ve guessed it – it was too light. *sigh*
OK, so by now, I’m used to having two different shades which I then have to mix in order to get the right color, and this is exactly what I did with this RMS Beauty Concealer as well. The ratio depends on the time of the year: 22 has more amount in Summer and Autumn and 11 in Winter and Spring. Also, depending on the part of the face, I use the lighter – 11 – under my eyes and the darker one – 22 – on any spots, redness or around the nose. When I use the concealer as foundation, I mix the two together. Funny, later on, when I decided to compliment the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer with RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder, I had the exact opposite issue color-wise: given the concealer in 22 was too dark, I first picked the 0-1 powder, which – what do you know – was too light, so I had to get the 2-3 powder, which, on its own was – yes – too dark, so I am mixing the powders as well.
So, that’s about the colors. The concealer comes in a cute tiny glass pot with a white aluminum lid: simple and elegant. There’s only 5,67g of this concealer, and the price is not low, by any means. However, once you start using it, you quickly figure out this pot lasts and lasts…
Given, as mentioned before, the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer contains coconut oil (for some, especially those who have acne-prone skin, it can be comedogenic), I used it only as a concealer: under my eyes, around the nose and where there’s some redness or occasional spots. I apply the concealer under my eyes with fingers by gently tapping, and then follow, with a light hand, with a makeup brush. The concealer is buildable, offers medium coverage but has to be set in with powder, otherwise it may start creasing eventually; I use the 0-1 RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder and apply it with eye kabuki, also with a light hand and with more of a dabbing motions.
For covering up smaller imperfections, especially occasional spots, I apply a tiny amount of the concealer in darker 22, with a concealer brush, blend out around the edges and then apply RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder, equally with the concealer brush but then pat it on with the powder puff, which comes with the RMS powder.
And then I braved using the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer as foundation as well. Yes, coconut oil in itself is anti-bacterial, yet it can be comedogenic – and it is for my skin. I fully expected to find my skin in bloom, but to my surprise and relief- my skin did not react negatively to coconut oil in the concealer!
Using RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer as a foundation takes a bit of a practice: how much concealer should you apply, what should you apply it with? At first, I applied the concealer with my fingers; dipping my fingers in a product and then applying it – and this is an all natural product – was not very appealing to me, despite anti-bacterial properties of some ingredients. I found out that applying this concealer with fingers results in a quite oily appearance and it looks like I’m wearing a lot of foundation – and even if the coverage is a strong medium, that is not what I’m striving for. Given I have combination to oily skin, the concealer eventually started sliding off, so I started fixing it with RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder.
Then I tried another technique, which proved to be the best – foundation brush. I dab a bit of concealer here and there, mostly around nose, in the middle of forehead and a bit on my cheeks and then blend it out, thoroughly, towards ears. Yes, by using the foundation brush, there is less coverage, but the final look is quite amazing – it looks like a light, sheer finish, no longer oily or shiny, but with a subtle glow and even skin tone. If there are parts which need a bit more, additional coverage, I apply just a tiny bit more of the concealer and blend it out again. Using the foundation brush, the concealer is less likely to slide off and my skin becomes oily much later than when applied with fingers.
During hotter days, or when in a hurry or when I want just a minimal makeup look, a combination of RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer and RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder works great: concealer under the eyes, around the nose and a tiny amount on places that need to be covered up, followed by powder using a powder puff.
Regardless of which way I decide to apply the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer, I’ve found out that using a primer or a light moisturizer which performs as a primer is, just as with any other foundation or tinted moisturizer (BB or CC cream) a must, even if this concealer consists of hydrating and nourishing ingredients. The application will be smoother and the final look more polished. That goes for those with oily skin as well, but especially those, who have dry skin, without a primer or moisturizer, you may find the concealer handing on to dry patches.
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So how about the ingredients? There aren’t many – this formulation is, ingredients – wise, very simple, the final, mixed result is not – so creating a product, consisting of so very few ingredients where the final product is so versatile, is quite an accomplishment.
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499] *organic ingredients
Coconut Oil is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A. Castor Seed Oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it conditions the skin. As a water binding agent, ideal for very dry skin. Beeswax is an emollients, with anti-bacterial and anti-irritant properties.
Cocoa Seed Butter, high in Vitamin E, helps to soften, moisturize, condition and protect dry skin. It also seals in moisture and improves skin elasticity. Jojoba Seed Oil, an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Rosemary Extract, an antioxidant, promotes and improves circulation and stimulates cells renewal. It has antimicrobial properties and is great for oily, acne and blemishes prone skin. Tocopherol is Vitamin E.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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My final word?
I get it why this tiny pot of a RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer is such a sought-after green beauty product. The formulation is, as far as the ingredients go: simple and to the point, with no potentially problematic ingredients. When used as a concealer only, it covers up imperfections almost perfectly. There’s a bit of a creasing when used as an under-eye concealer, given the concealer is on a thick side, due to its butters and waxes, but the creasing can be minimized by using a setting powder (its companion, RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder, does the setting work nicely).
When used as a foundation, RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer offers a medium coverage with one layer, but also performs nicely when layered. The best aspect of using this RMS Beauty concealer is that while offering a good coverage, it also lets your skin show, thus giving a natural look. There will be some trial and error when it comes to finding the best application method – whether applying the concealer with fingers, foundation brush, makeup sponge… but eventually, you’ll find the best way to get the most out of it.
Some may find an issue with the fact you have to use fingers to apply this concealer – I hear you on this one. The concealer contains no preservatives, but it does contain stable oils and butters. As this concealer comes in a tiny and handy pot, you will find yourself carrying it around in your purse for additional, when needed, application, during the course of the day; I suggest a small eye shadow brush to apply it when using your fingers might not be deemed hygienic.
The price? Well, this one stings a bit, as RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer is not cheap and, it can be argued, is not that easily affordable – it’s around 39€ for 5,67g. The ingredients, the formulation and the performance outweigh the cost, and combined with the fact this tiny pot will last you for a long time (when used as a concealer) – I can sum it up that it’s worth it. How long, precisely, you ask, would this concealer last? For that, I don’t have the exact answer; this is such an interesting product, due to so many reasons, and its lasting power is one of them. I’d just say – it’s gonna last for quite some time.
I guess it’s true – once you give the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer a try, you’ll find it hard not to repurchase it. I highly recommend it!
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Have you tried the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer? How did you like it? Did you have any issues with finding the right color? What’s your best way to apply this concealer? Let me know!
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