Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Concealer
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This creamy concealer sets to a soft matte finish and blends effortlessly on skin. It camouflages skin imperfections such as dark circles, redness, and blemishes with medium to full coverage and stays put throughout the day. All of the colors are excellent and best for fair to medium skin tones.

  • Comes in natural-looking shades with flattering neutral undertones, for light to medium skin tones.
  • Offers medium to full coverage to camouflage a range of imperfections.
  • Blends easily and smoothly.
  • Packaged in a tube with attached sponge-tip wand for mess-free application.
  • Good staying power throughout the day.
  • Poses minimal risk of creasing into lines.
  • Expensive.
  • Despite its name, this concealer doesn't live up to the claims that it can "lift and firm" your skin. See More Info below for details.

More Info:

We wish this weren't the case, but makeup products cannot help with sagging skin. The numerous factors that cause sagging (e.g., sun damage, gravity, bone loss, fat pads shifting beneath the skin, hormonal changes) cannot be changed by makeup (or skin-care) products. Besides, you have to wonder, if lifting products worked as claimed, where would the excess skin go? This concealer contains some very good skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants. When skin is protected from sun damage and treated to these types of ingredients, it will build healthy collagen and, in essence, become firmer. But what triggers skin to become firmer isn't capable of lifting skin that has begun to sag.

Brand Overview

Elizabeth Arden At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent serums and a few noteworthy moisturizers; praiseworthy concealers; a handful of well-formulated makeup products including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick.

Weaknesses: No products for those battling blemishes; several products whose sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection; most of the foundations with sunscreen fail to provide sufficient UVA protection; lackluster eye and brow pencils; some problematic lip color products; jar packaging weakens some otherwise great formulas.

Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.

Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.

Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.

For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.

Elizabeth Arden Makeup

Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.

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At first I was really happy with this concealer. But I soon realized that it did settle into the fine lines around the eyes and did seem a bit dry. It sometimes helps a bit if a dab a bit of eye cream or moisturizer into it. The color is a great match for my skin though! I am still on the lookout for the perfect concealer -blends easily, covers well and not dry/cakey.

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Kristine C

This concealer creased like crazy and looked cakey on the skin. Definitely gave a dry look on my combination to oily skin.

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Karen P.

I agree with the previous review. I ended up returning this product. It's been a while, but from what I can remember, it creased, didn't have lasting coverage, and may have made my mascara smudge.

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Unlike the review that is posted online here at Beautypedia, this concealer settles in under eyes lines SO badly! It is also the worst at blending of any concealer I have ever used. I really have to wonder how this ended up on the 'BEST' list.

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