Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world. And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)
These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:
- Apricot (great for dark circles)
- Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
- Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
- Green (tones down redness)
The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.) The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will. She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)
These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!
It seems that trends are much in favor of color correcting products, both at the mass market level, as well as higher end…
As with the Urban Decay correcting fluid, these Smashbox pencils are designed to even the complexion by blending away things like redness, excessive sallowness, darkened circles etc. What I like is that there is both a Peach and an Orange in this 4 sku lineup though, offering a tone to ease “tiredness” for fairer skins, and for deeper.
The sticks can be used wet or dry depending on what kind of coverage you need, and they do come with a sharpener.
Green – reduces redness
Lavender – brightens sallowness / yellowness
Peach (for light skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles
Orange (for deeper skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles
Correctors are one of THE most amazing products in the world of color cosmetics. For moons, it was incredibly hard to track this kind of thing down – as a Ballroom dancer, spray tans were a prerequisite and matching one’s skin tone with any manner of product was a (*cough* pain in the rump!) challenge.
Performance aside, being able to easily conceal things like excessive redness, sallowness, undereye circles from that late night college paper was SO much easier with the proper product... But having to go to Halloween stores or places like Ricky’s NYC for stage makeup wasn’t always easy to do! The products were out there, but often relegated to specific industries such as film and theater.
These days, color correcting palettes and concealers are a CINCH to find. What I love is that companies are adding color correctors to their already existing, successful concealer lineups, as well as offering palettes, the latter of which is a DREAM to own when you are competing (all the colors right there in one, handy case! 🙂 )
Urban Decay is now offering five shades – the five most popular – for covering the most common perfect-complexion-hinderers, with their Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid:
- Green – reduces redness.
- Lavender – balances sallowness (think, too yellow. Very popular in Asian markets.)
- Pink – brightens dark areas.
- Yellow – corrects dullness (also helps with redness and darkness.)
- Peach – masks circles/spots.
The product “features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright. Subtle pearlescent pigments diffuse light to perfect skin, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect.” It is formulated without Paragons, Sulfates, or Phthalates, and is incredibly easy to use and blend.
YSL also has a few versions of its cult Touch éclat out in corrective hues, which you may have seen already… And they aren’t alone – there are rather a slew of correctors emerging, both at the mass market and high-end levels, some of which I will speak to soon!