Best. Concealer. Ever.: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for well over a year now, and I haven’t  mentioned this trusty little helper that comes on literally every job. It’s almost as if because it’s there, just when I need it for dark circles and nasty red spots, I don’t even think about it. All these other concealers step in and steal its limelight, when really, it’s the star of the show.

It’s super thick and dense (so great for spots and blemishes), and each colour has two pans of product, one more yellow-y skin coloured one and a peach, so it can be mixed up to just the right shade. The peachier tone is perfect for concealing under-eye darkness – let’s be honest, the scourge of women everywhere.

But the trick is, you need to know how to use it. You need a brush – the Laura Mercier concealer one is pretty good, and then use the brush to mix the colours up the right way on the back of your hand. Then apply with feathering motions (or dabbing motions if it’s a spot) onto the offending area. It can be sheered out or coverage built up until all imperfections just melt away under its tender ministrations.

For under eye circles it really is usually too thick, so I generally put a bit of basic moisturiser on the back of my hand (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser is a favourite for this task), and dip a tiny bit on the brush, then onto the product. The moisturiser breaks it up slightly so you get sheerer coverage. Laura Mercier also makes a Secret Concealer which is more peach-y, and more emollient which I sometimes mix in too. And LM Secret Camo (for it is Secret Camo, and I am Australian, and I will abbreviate things even when it’s not appropriate) can be layered under other products too, for even more superior eyebag coverage.

It comes in 6 shades from really quite pale to reasonably deep tones, although if you are extremely pale or very dark I would stick with Becca as they have a wider selection of colours to choose from.

All in all it is my go-to concealer guy, and I owe it a major apology for not covering it sooner. I may even buy it a drink.

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15 Replies to “Best. Concealer. Ever.: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage”

  1. I have this product, which I thought was a brilliant idea when I bought it. But I do find it difficult to use. I don’t really get blemishes but I do have some rosacea on my nose. So I colour correct it with a green primer before putting on foundation and am then left with patches on my nose which, although toned down, still need concealing. But I find it really difficult to either (a) get the colour mix right – I’m a bit hit and miss at that, and it’s worse when I’m in a rush; or (b) sheer it out properly because it is so thick. It just ends up looking lumpy, or worst yet, comes off when I powder (presumably because it’s too thick) so I am left unconcealed so that I have to take it off and start again, which doesn’t do wonders for the redness as you can appreciate. I suppose it’s all a question of technique, right?

    1. This is a product that needs a bit of time to apply correctly, so if you’re in a rush you might find you’re better off with a stick foundation (like Becca or Bobbi Brown’s). You do need a brush and you have to sheer it out (that’s why I recommend a teeny bit of moisturiser as it gives the product more slip). Maybe save it for when you have more time? Also if you live in a cold climate it is a bit harder in the pan and thus needs a bit more work to get on right. Do you use a good moisturiser for your rosacea? La Roche Posay make a good one.

      1. I use a Prescriptives stick foundation most days but just for my nose, and set with powder foundation since it seems to prevent the shine breaking through the concealer and wrecking it half way through the day.

        I use a different moisturiser for my nose than for the rest of my face. It’s a Murad green correcting moisturiser but I have the La Roche Posay lined up next once it is is finished.

        Was very interested though in your Intraceuticals facial experience. Might try that and see if it makes a difference to the rosacea.

        1. I think you’ll like the Roche-Posay, it’s my favourite one for soothing skin that gets red. If you do try the Intraceuticals, let me know how you go – that was one of the things I liked best about it that it’s good for people with skin conditions (as so many treatments tend to make them worse instead of better).

  2. Ooh, there are concealers other than LM Secret Camo??? I can’t imagine life without it! I have the BBU palette in my kit but I can’t leave home withuot my SC’s as well. The BB concealers just don’t give the same coverage when it comes to healing blemishes, etc. SC has the most phenomenal staying power as well! I do have to say, I’ve found the formulation has changed since I first fell in love with it years ago. It has a lot more slip to it than before. I can’t work out if I like that development or not. x

    1. It has changed a bit hasn’t it? I thought that was just me who thought that! I think I prefer the new formula – it’s a bit more user-friendly for real life.

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