February 25, 2013

MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20 (Review)

While MAC Select Cover Up remains my go to concealer for covering up unsightly blemishes, I've recently added a new concealer to my arsenal: MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20 ($18.00 at maccosmetics.com).

MAC claims this beaut "blends in for a natural satin-smooth ultra-moisturized finish," and I couldn't agree more--it blurs out imperfections without drying out my skin, making it the perfect touch up for undereye circles.

On the downside (there's a downside to everything), it doesn't fare well on blemishes.  Thankfully, Select Cover Up serves as the perfect substitute when Select Moisturecover falters.

My favorite concealer!  Now on a bandana.


So here's the scoop: I suffer from terrible allergies.  Right now I'm being bogged down in a wave of fatigue, sneezing gone haywire, and dark circles thanks to indoor allergies.

Select Moisturecover helps camouflage the dark circles; I take a daily pill to take care of the other stuff.

It also comes with a doe foot applicator, meaning you don't need a special brush to apply Moisturecover in all of the right areas.  Just a dab here and there--be careful, the doe foot deposits a lot of product--and blend out with a brush or your trusty fingers.

Select Moisturecover is buildable, and it builds so wonderfully on the skin--taking away those slight blemishes and dark circles without drying out the skin.  It also blends right into the skin, melding itself with your own skin's texture.  The result: A natural, flawless finish.  Me likey!

Left: Bare face, no makeup.  Right: Bare face with Select Moisturecover in NW20 applied just under the eyelids.


While I am in love with Select Moisturecover's blendability, its wear time is a bit disappointing.

Under my eyes, I got a good 8 hours of wear before it started to dry out and look slightly cakey.  I have fine lines under my eyes, so this was no bueno.

Here's a really creepy close up of my eye.

After a few hours of wear, I also noticed Select Moisturecover settled into my fine lines, though it was only apparent from a close distance (like if you were an inch away from my eye, which is probably "you are in my bubble you creepy stalker" close).

Also, if you plan on using this on blemishes--don't!  It turns into migrate-off-your-pimple city within a few hours.  This isn't meant to zap away blemishes; Select Cover Up is a better substitute.


Select Moisturecover in NW20 runs a bit on the peachy side, which isn't necessarily bad for covering up undereye circles, but isn't an exact match to my Select Cover Up in NW20.  I expected both concealers to be the same color, but they're not...odd, but not a dealbreaker.

I naturally gravitate between NW15 and NW20 during the non-summer months, so if you're around this skin tone range, Select Moisturecover in NW20 may be a good option for making those dreadful undereye circles disappear.

Would I Repurchase?

Absolutely.  Although it doesn't wear as good as other concealers, its ability to zap away those undereye circles without looking too obvious (nothing worse than obvious concealer) is a win win for me.



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