Tested on animals:Yes
M.A.C. positions this two-sided concealer as a complementary color corrector to perfectly cancel out imperfections and create an even skin tone. Each end of the component houses a liquid-cream concealer + doe-foot applicator, but the concept sounds better in theory than it ends up being in practice
The duos for lighter skin tone comprise peach/yellow hues, whereas the medium-to-deep shades carry more of a reddish orange/mustard yellow tone. The idea behind this is that the peachy or orangey shades cancel out bluish or purple discolorations (such as dark circles under the eyes) and the yellow shades correct reddish brownish discolorations (like what you might get from acne).
Using a peach-toned concealer to offset dark circles is a beauty tip that's been around for years, but, ultimately, you end up trading one noticeable discoloration for another. Fortunately, what's offered here is sheer enough that it blends reasonably well with skin (at least for the lighter shades), although most people will still need to follow up with a concealer that matches your actual skin tone; so, the process ends up being more work than necessary, given that you could just use a more neutral-toned concealer.
As for the yellow corrector that comes with these duos—yes, it can slightly cancel out redness, but you're left with noticeably yellow-toned skin. You will absolutely need to follow up with a foundation or concealer that matches your actual skin tone, which (again) begs the question: Why not just use a greater coverage concealer that matches your skin tone and get it all done with one product?
As for the claim about Correct and Conceal being "fortified with shea butter and vitamins E and C"—it's true. Although these ingredients are present in great enough amounts to net you noticeable results, the see-through packaging will allow the vitamin C and E to quickly degrade (sorry to squander your hopes!) unless you're diligent about keeping this stored away from light. We do applaud M.A.C. for keeping the formula free of fragrance (which is always better for skin).
While the natural, demi-matte finish is compatible with all skin types, this concealing duo isn't a slam dunk. The bottom line? We consider this more of a "why bother?" product than a must-have, especially because it creates more work than necessary.
If you're curious anyway, we recommend testing it in-store first to make sure the colors will work for you, particularly if you have a deeper skin tone as those shades are more iffy.
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- Fragrance-free formula.
- The undesirable skin tone–cancelling effect works to a minor degree.
- Contains a good mix of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants and moisturizing agents.
- Replaces one discoloration issue with another.
- Creates an extra step when you could just use a good concealer from the get-go.