Grace Finds Style

February 26, 2011

Product Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer & Bobbi Brown Corrector

Filed under: Beauty,Reviews — Grace @ 9:08 pm
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I’ve gone without a very good concealer for years, having had a few that just did not satisfy me. I was sorely unimpressed with MAC’s select concealer, which was too liquidy, and it came out fairly thin. It’s a tube, so it was difficult to control  the amount. About a month ago, I had a Nordstrom gift card, for $50, so I decided to be adventurous and try out a few new products. I did some research on a few web sites, and decided to purchase the MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF30 in NC30 (My face is actually a C3 in MAC Studio Fix Foundation) and Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach. Both of these have fantastic reviews (Concealer reviews, Corrector reviews).

The concealers closed.

Left: Bobbi Brown Corrector, Peach (better for yellow toned skins), $20. The color looks a bit frightening in the container, but it matches my skin perfectly.
Right: MAC Studio Finish Concealer, SPF35 in NC30, $16.50.

The consistency of both are creamy, and despite the fact that I have oily skin, both of them last approximately 3/4 of the day before it starts falling off requiring a touch up. I use the MAC Studio Finish Concealer on all my blemishes and my scars and it hides it perfectly. It doesn’t feel heavy when I wear it.

As for the Bobbi Brown corrector, Peach is an orang-ish color that looks like it has no way of correcting anything, but it effectively covers up my dark eye circles. I have really dark eye circles that often makes me look a panda, but it automatically “reawakens” me and makes me look more alive.

I had only used liquid concealers in the past that ended up making me look pasty and unnatural. Hence, it was refreshing to look in the mirror and see that though I had I not applied anything else but the concealer and the corrector, my skin looked so natural and dare I say it — clear? Needless to say, these two products have quickly become my holy grails. I don’t wear makeup everyday, but on the days I do, I sometimes forget to put on foundation (which never happens) because my face looks fairly even already! Add a bit of blush, and I look infinitely better. I would consider my skin to be combination/T-zone, and these products were absolutely terrific. No breaking out, no yucky oily feeling. It will be interesting to see how well they stay on during the summer, but it has effectively made me a huge fan, and I would say that they are well worth the price.

Hopefully these pictures aren’t too frightening (as I kind of scared myself looking at such closeups of my eye – my eyes are constantly red lately due to them being dry from my LASIK surgery), but here is a before and after photo of my eye area. You can see that it wakens up my eyes immediately with the use of concealer, and it covers very well – this is a closeup of the Bobbi Brown Corrector.

What concealers do you use? Which ones are your HGs?



  1. I love the BB Corrector. They’re generally peach/salmon colored because that shade neutralizes purple/blue coloring, i.e. undereye circles. It’s best when used in conjunction with a regular concealer. First you cancel out the darkness with the corrector, then brighten it with a concealer. 🙂
    I’m interested in MAC’s Studio Finish concealer, thanks for the info!

    Comment by ninatinnablog — February 27, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • I usually use the BB Corrector alone, but I’ll start testing it out by putting the concealer over it 🙂 Thanks!

      Comment by Grace — March 1, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  2. I steered clear from MAC’s skin stuff after a horrible experience with their foundation. COMPLETELY broke me out like crazy and I was so traumatized that I only look at their lip wear, eyeshadows, and blushes now. I heard good things about both of the products! It is great that you use both for different things. I really want to try the Bobbie Brown concealer because I too, have dark circles. I don’t know though, for some reason I don’t like things in pots because I’m afraid it might dry out. Have you had any problems with that?

    Comment by banhannas — February 28, 2011 @ 3:40 am | Reply

    • So far, neither of the pots have dried out, but it’s still early in its usage, so I’ll have to let you know if that does happen. I’ve been using them almost everyday though, so I think I might actually run out before it dries out! (which is a first for me)

      That’s so sad to hear re MAC’s skin stuff broke you out =( I have read that before, I guess it’s really just a hit and miss for MAC foundation. Which brand do you use for your foundation?

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂

      Comment by Grace — March 1, 2011 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  3. Hey, i have the mac studio finish concealer in nw 35 for my undereyes and finds it goes in to my fine lines A LOT n looks cakey.
    Do u have a similar problem?
    N do u have it with bb corrector?

    Comment by me — March 15, 2012 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

    • Hi there, I usually just use the bb corrector under my eyes – which hides my under eye circles and are not drying; I only use the MAC Studio concealer for scars and blemishes. Sorry I took so long to reply!

      Comment by Grace — April 20, 2012 @ 3:40 am | Reply

  4. Hi! I know its too late to post this but you are heaven sent! I was searching online for somethint to help me find a perfect corrector shade from bb…and i saw ur blog! I use mac studiofix in c3 and studio finish concealer in nc30! How cool is that! Anyway im in a Rut here if i should get the loght peach or peach…the bb rep i emailed from their website suggested i should try the light peach…so wats the difference between the two?

    Comment by Ayen — June 13, 2012 @ 7:38 am | Reply

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