Full coverage. Lightweight. Longwearing. Waterproof. These are big claims for any concealer. To say a concealer does all that and is also free of being “cakey” (i.e. the uh-oh buzzword that sends any makeup user running for the hills)? These are fighting words. Benefit’s new Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, available in 12 shades, does just that. I’ve put it to the test to see how it holds up in a fight with my dark spots, broken capillaries and dry under eyes.
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Tested September 2019
I picked up Shade 1 for fair skin with cool undertones. The packaging is cute and the cap looks like a chubby eraser from my elementary school days. The doe foot applicator is smaller and narrower than Tarte Shape Tape and seems to have a little dent or well on the front side to pick up and hold some of the product. Due to this, I can get all the areas I need concealer taken care of without dipping back into the tube. The only thing that worried me a little bit with the applicator is that the doe foot is bendy and flexible and I was concerned it would snap it if I pressed down too hard. After applying it multiple times I think it’s designed to be this way, but I’d still avoid bending it too severely.
Round #1: Concealer versus dark spots. Winner: Concealer! I have a nasty little dark spot on the side of my cheek that I can’t seem to eradicate. It just appeared at some point in my mid to late twenties and stayed put. This is probably the best concealer for disguising this dark spot that I’ve ever used. Do I think the spot is 100% gone when I use it? Well, no. But this gets as close to that as I think is possible. Plus, the coverage on this concealer stays put throughout the day.
Round #2: Concealer versus broken capillaries. Winner: Concealer. The splotchy red capillaries on my cheeks are never fully erasable, even with foundation and concealer. I have a patch of visible capillaries just to the left of where I would normally apply blush, which means that using a brush or sponge to apply color here can move around any concealer underneath and make it look like I smudged blush too close to my nose. What I like about this concealer is that it provides some pretty good coverage AND I can put other products on top of it without picking up the concealer underneath.
Round #3: Concealer versus dry under eyes. Winner: Tie. I do all the serums and creams and still have such dry under eyes that they often look better with no product than with a concealer that clings, flakes and gets patchy. I’ll admit, I don’t have a ton of fine lines, darkness or puffiness to deal with, and in terms of pigment I don’t need/like anything too full coverage or too matte. This concealer isn’t dewy or hydrating, but a natural flat finish. I use just a quick swipe, tap in with a sponge, and really like the results. I would never go in with a huge triangle of this under the eye because a little goes a long way. Without setting the product, I did have concealer settle into a few small creases within about twenty minutes. When I set this with a very light dusting of powder, making sure to get those little creases close to the bottom lash line, I look in the mirror at the end of the day and am still crease free.
I’m genuinely excited to keep using this concealer because it does pack a strong punch. For my concealing needs, it works even better on the face than the under eye area. I can also say it’s one of those rare products that lives up to most of its claims…including being cakeless.