Benefit Fakeup Concealer Review (Light)

 Benefit's Fakeup Hydrating Concealer was taking the beauty industry by storm earlier this year. During a recent Benefit binge, I selected a sample of Fakeup as one of my gifts with purchase. What does Benefit say about their newest concealer? "Coverup goes incognito! This hydrating crease control concealer with Vitamin E and apple seed extract - hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra natural look. Proven to keep skin hydrated for six hours." Benefit gives several facts and figures about this concealer. Here are some clinical study results:
100% said Fakeup hydrates skin
100% said Fakeup feels comfortable on skin
97% said the formula is lightweight
97% said the packaging makes it easy to use
94% said the effect is long lasting
94% said Fakeup doesn't run
91% said Fakeup concealers dark circles
91% saw a natural appearance. 
That's a lot of statistics. Anyway, I received a free .06 gram sample of this concealer. The full size, which retails for $24, contains 3.5g (.12 oz). The shade selection is very limited, only three shades are offered currently. Benefit products can be bought through the brand's website, at Benefit counters and boutiques, Sephora, and Ulta. Benefit does not test on animals. This concealer is made in the USA.

 My sample came attached to a beige card that lists the claims of the products. An image of the full sized packaging is printed on the card, along with a full ingredient list. The product its self is pre-mixed and contained under a small tab. The full size of this concealer comes in a silver twist tube with the product name and pink detailing on the cap. The concealer is in stick form and is surrounded by a "hydrating ring". From what I hear, the texture of the stick concealer is supposed to be quite soft and easy to work with. I swatched one in an Ulta store and it seemed dry, but that's likely because it was sitting out without a cap on.
 I wasn't sure what to expect from Benefit's Fakeup. I've heard so many mixed reviews, and now I'm writing one. As I mentioned, my sample of Fakeup is premixed, so I can't tell you how the stick form feels. I loved the texture of Fakeup initially, it is indeed very moisturizing and super lightweight. This creamy concealer is easy to apply and blend, it pats into the skin easily. The finish is amazing, it looks just like skin. I wish I could find a foundation with this finish. For testing purposes, I applied only Fakeup on one eye, and layered it over Benefit's concealer primer, Stay Don't Stray, and powdered it with Bare Mineral's Mineral Veil on the other. Luckily, my under eye circles aren't very bad (thanks to Benefit's awesome It's Potent! eye cream), so Fakeup's light coverage is good enough. There's still a hint of darkness, but its fairly reduced. This is not a good concealer for those with strong dark circles, now will it work well on blemishes. K, are you ready for some irony? Benefit makes claims about how Fakeup won't crease, right? This is the only under eye concealer that's ever creased on me. Well, to be fair, only the eye that wasn't primed and powdered creased, but still. The eye with the extra layers held up nicely for a full eight hours, but jeez that other eye was a wreck. All the concealer was bunched up in to fine lines I didn't even know I had! It made that eye look old, or at least like I had applied Ooh la Lift to it. So this is a concealer that really needs to be set, but I guess that shouldn't be too surprising, considering it's moisture content and rich, emollient texture.
 The shade "Light" is ok on me, but it won't always be that way. For the first time in many years I have a hint of a tan (if you want to call it that), so this concealer won't match my normal deathly pallor. I really hate that Benefit offers only three shades, none of them covering the extreme ends of the skin tone spectrum. Luckily the light shade of Fakeup has a translucent quality to it, so it'll blend into a range of fair complexions. Like many under eye concealers, Fakeup in Light has a moderate yellow undertone to help cancel out the bluish purple hues of the under eye area.
I'm equally impressed and disappointed in Benefit's Fakeup Concealer. The texture and finish of this concealer are amazing. If Benefit ever comes out with a Fakeup Foundation, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! While this product lives up to the majority of it's claims, it fails miserably at it's most important one - being crease free. If you buy Fakeup, make sure you have a good setting powder to go along with it. The coverage provided by Fakeup is fairly light; if you have bad dark circles, opt for Erase Paste to cover them or battle them with the It's Potent! eye cream. I doubt that I'd purchase a full size of Benefit's Fakeup, but I'm glad I tried the sample, it quelled my curiosity. If you have dry under eyes and mild to moderate under eye circles, try Benefit's Fakeup, it might work wonders for you; but otherwise, skip it. 


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Hexyldecanol, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, BHT, Tocopherol

May Contain:
CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, Ci 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)


  1. Mary "the deathly pallor".

  2. I've heard about people using Fakeup for cream contouring, but I think I'll pass.. I have a Maybelline concealer that's working well for me, with my super oily skin.

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