I bought this a looonnnggg time ago but only got around to using it recently. As someone who constantly gets blemishes and has slow-fading post-blemish scars, I needed a great concealer. My HG was the Bobbi Brown Blemish Cover Stick in Natural Beige, but being curious and easily bored, I purchased LM’s Secret Camouflage on a whim.
You’re probably wondering what’s with the dual-shade concealer, and why are both shades so different? The premise is quite ingenious – a simple two-shade system, one to match the depth of color and one to match the skin’s undertone, so you can control and custom-blend your own concealer. The darker side is the undertone, so what I do is pat the undertone on, and then blend the lighter shade on top. I use either my fingers or a tiny concealer brush from ELF.
Let’s whip out the trusty pros and cons list:
- Packaging is sturdy.
- Covers minor imperfections and old blemish scars pretty well.
- Being able to control and mix your own blend is a great idea, and it blends very well.
- May seem a bit pricey – RM139.00 for 7.7g of product but I use very little of it.
- Formula is a little bit hard rather than creamy. I’m not sure if it’s because I had it for such a long time and never used it; however, it still works.
- Not entirely sure if the dual blend is necessary – my personal experience with Bobbi Brown’s Blemish Cover Stick was good enough and that was in a single shade.
- Because you’re using two shades and mixing them, you may end up with a tad bit more concealer than needed, thus resulting in caking.
- Using it as a eye concealer can result in more caking than smooth application due to the dual shade system.
The formula is a little strange. Most concealers I know tend to be a bit creamier, but LM’s Secret Camouflage (or at least the one I have) is really hard. There’s a pro and con to this. A harder formula (it’s really not creamy) is difficult to work with, but oddly enough it spreads when warmed up with my fingers and transferred onto my skin. Also a harder formula meant that I didn’t use up as much concealer as I would with a softer, creamier one (I tend to use up creamier formulas because they’re so comfortable and I get over-excited with spreading it).
There were no reactions to this product, and I don’t mind recommending this because it works well as a concealer. However, the undertone and skin tone concept is a little strange and unnecessary for me, particularly because I have used single-shade concealers which work fine. You can use this if you’re using concealers to create depth and angles to your face – the darker undertone side works very well in this aspect.
If you like the idea of the dual system and you find it works for you, formula-wise, then by all means, get it. However, if you have a single shade concealer that you’re perfectly happy with and it matches you, you don’t have to get this.
I’m NC25 in MAC shades, no. 3 intensity for Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, and no. 53 with Bourjois Healthy Mix. For LM Secret Camouflage, I use SC-4 which worked well for my undertone and skin tone.