Tested on animals:Yes
Make Up For Ever markets their liquid Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer as an under-eye concealer that comes in two categories: "Correcting" shades with pink or peachy undertones to disguise dark circles and "Concealing" shades with yellow undertones that are supposed to "awaken" and brighten skin. First, let us clarify that this is not a double-sided concealer—if you're going to follow MUFE's recommended usage instructions you have to buy two shades—and that ain't cheap. Moreover, this concealer doesn't live up to its impressive concealer claims for the eye area. Here's why…
First things first, we didn't find it helpful to use the Correcting shade, followed by the Concealing shade as indicated. In our experience, using just the Concealing shade by itself delivered as good or better-looking results for brightening the undereye area…at least with the lighter shades. For the darker shades, it takes some experimenting to find the right shade(s)—something you'll want to swatch in-store or perhaps obtain a small sample to test at home and check results in natural lighting.
If you do decide to apply both the Correcting and Concealing shades, be sure to start out with a light hand. It's surprisingly easy to dispense more product than you need via the squeeze tube packaging, and that can lead to a heavier layer of concealer that creases incessantly. In fact, even with light application, this concealer tends to crease.
Formula-wise, Make Up For Ever claims this concealer's, "Hyaluronic Spheres help hydrate skin," but don't get your hopes up. The liqu-cream texture sets to a matte finish, which can exaggerate dry skin and fine lines—not the best look for aging skin around the eyes. More to the point, hyaluronic acid is one of the last ingredients in this formula, so you're not getting much of it.
On the plus side, it's a fragrance-free formula, which is particularly good news for a product being used around the sensitive eye area.
Shade-wise, there are options for light (and we mean really light) to tan skin tones, each offering medium coverage on their own. We should also clarify that this concealer is shimmer-free since many eye correctors have more of a luminous finish.
After several days of testing Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer, we felt it worked better as a spot concealer for blemishes, etc. (in the Concealing shades), because over smaller areas, the creasing wasn't an issue. Those with dark circles, on the other hand, will likely feel let down by how this tends to age the eye area. Unfortunately, this just didn't live up to its promise of concealing dark circles with a formula that lasts—we'd recommend checking out the alternatives in the Best Concealers and Correctors instead.
- Concealing shades brighten the under eye area with medium coverage.
- Can be used as a spot concealer for red marks, etc.
- Fragrance free.
- Very prone to creasing.
- Using both the Correcting and Concealing shades will be overkill for most, not to mention the ding to your beauty budget.
- Can leave skin looking parched; not great for eye area.