I have found two concealers that supply shades that suit myself and most of the women I know - MAC and Black Opal. I thought it would be useful to do a side-by-side comparison of the two so you can make an educated choice the next time you're in the market for a concealer.
Mac Black Opal
The MAC concealer comes in a round pot and black casing. You will need to use a brush or your fingers to apply this. I use a flat concealer brush to apply this and blend it in and I enjoy the finish that this provides. I don't like using my fingers for cream products because the oils from your finger can mess with the consistency of the product and turn it wonky. No thanks!
The Black Opal concealer comes in a twist tube similar to a lipstick with a clear cover. Again, this is a cream product and though you can apply straight from the tube to your skin (which is pretty convenient) I like using my concealer brush just because applying straight from the tube deposits too much product for me and prolongs the blending.
Convenience wise though, if you are applying with your fingers, the Black Opal is the winner on packaging because you can apply straight from the tube and blend in with your fingers. If you are using a brush then MAC wins as you don't have to twist up which would be an added step in the process.
MAC studio finish concealer
This concealer has my admiration. This can last 8-10 hours, even if you're in the blazing sun. With other concealers I have always noticed fading after the third hour or so as well sinking into the fine lines under my eyes or sweating of the product in the heat. This product stays creamy, does not flake off and has SPF in it which I LOVE. I don't use setting powder really so I can be sure that this product, applied with a brush stays put.
This can stand up to the sun for about 3 hours. Longer than that and it starts to melt but really, I live on a tropical island and melting products is a norm here. If you apply setting powder it should last longer but I never do. If you aren't really in the sun then six hours is the longest this product will go before fading. What I dislike about Black Opal when it fades though is that it takes on a grey shade that is very unflattering. So if you tend to refresh your makeup during the day keep an eye on it.
Longevity of the Product
MAC Studio finish concealer
I purchased this in the airport in London and carried it back with me and had it wrapped up for three days by the window before I remembered to take it out of its packaging. There was slight sweating on the top of the concealer when I opened it but it had kept its consistency and colour throughout and did not get streaky. Loved that.
The heat in Jamaica is a serious factor and we need to keep this in mind when we are buying cream products. I made the unfortunate mistake of leaving my concealer stick in the car and when I returned it had melted down into the bottom of the tube and the top of it had darkened. The texture was noticeably harder but it wasn't hard to work with but I was disappointed that it had not maintained its colour.
MAC concealer is creamy, has the right undertones and dries to a powder finish.
Black Opal is creamy but a tad less so, it has a tinge of a grey undertone but dries to a beautiful powder finish even when you get overzealous and apply a bit too much.
MAC studio finish concealer retails for $18 USD online. I will update this figure in Jamaican dollars when I visit the now open MAC store.
Black Opal retails for $189 JMD at Lee's Pharmacy and around $200 at other pharmacies around Kingston.
If you aren't fussy and are looking for a quick fix concealer to wear for short periods of time then Black Opal will be an okay pick. If you want an exact match to you skin with long lasting wear and spf protection then MAC studio finish concealer will give you joy.
Let me know what concealer you enjoy wearing or you want to try out and I'll give it a whirl myself. Also, if you want to see how I apply concealer to fix various blemishes and imperfections leave a comment and I'll film a video on that.