Benefit Fake Up Concealer

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer

Benefit is as well known for their fun packaging and retro atmosphere boutiques as they are for their reliable products. They recently launched Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer, which is available in Light, Medium and Dark at their stores and site. It is also available at Sephora and Amazon, $24 for a .12-ounce tube. I have been using this product twice a day and it does not even seem to be an eighth of the way used up yet—so I will say it is good bang for the buck and well as hold up to its standards. It not only covers blemishes but you can use it on all sorts of facial lines and creases and they indeed look disguised. The formula stays put and does not cake up into creases like many other products claiming “crease control” unfortunately do.

The makeup artists at the Benefit stores do apply this with a concealer brush (they sell them there) but I like to use my fingers for even more coverage. I have deep naso-labial folds as well as 11’s (and a bit of under eye circling as well), so I go to town on these spots with Benefit Fake Up in Light. I like the way the Light concealer actually diffuses light from the creased area of my face more since it is about two shades lighter than my light olive skin tone.

Fake Up Comes in a cool silver, pink and black metal tube, so you can drop it with no danger of the product breaking up. They claim it lasts for six hours and that is more than true—I have gone ten hours without a touch up and that is really saying something for adult oily skin. This product is hydrating and gives off a little bit of a glow when applied, but is not overly shiny. It is better to have a little bit of glow in a concealer since too many are matte which makes them not blend in well with dewy foundation. Because Benefit made Castor Seed Oil the main base of Fake Up, it is also good for skin conditioning and is antibacterial.

What concealer do you use currently? Will you make the switch?

Anne M. Raso is an entertainment/fashion/travel/beauty journalist living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In the past, she has been a NY Daily News, music columnist, Tiger Beat associate editor, and has written several books on teen celebs. She is a die-hard New Yorker and loves both high-end and bargain fashion finds--and covering New York events.