I recently invested in a few Seventeen products on impulse as it is an affordable brand. Some were good, some were bad and some were ugly! Here goes…
I had never bought anything from Seventeen until this recent small online spending spree. I was initially attracted by the low prices and the fact that most items had good reviews – so I decided I would try some out to see if they were worth a go or a waste of time. I was specifically after some concealers, but I was also sent one of their blushes as part of a deal (and I loved it!) You can read my review of it here.
For those of you who don’t have time for my kinda in-depth reviewing style (or maybe I just go round the houses?!) I’ve made a Summary table of pros and cons at the bottom of this post! Click here to be taken straight there.
All prices taken from the Boots website.
Skin Wow! Concealer £4.99
I was on the lookout for a subtle highlighter – nothing shimmery, just something in a very light shade. Everything seemed to be pointing towards SEVENTEEN Skin WOW Concealer which very closely resembles the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen (£25). They have obviously tried to closely copy the luxurious packaging closely as it is gold and reflective – just as the original YSL pen is. It does look rather pretty.
It’s currently only available in ‘Fair’ and ‘Medium’ at Boots, whereas the Yves Saint Laurent is available in 10 shades.
It took me a while to work out how you actually got any of the product to come out onto the brush of the pen, but after discovering that the end clicks when you press it, I guessed that must be how. It was, but it took an age for anything to appear. Even though it’s cheap I was worried that if I clicked it too many times then the product would come out all at once and I’d be drowning in a sad pool of wasted concealer. (Perhaps a little melodramatic?) I shouldn’t have worried as when the product did appear only a little came out and I now only need one click to get the amount I need. So I’d say PERSEVERE.
One thing the product claims to do is reduce the appearance of dark, under-eye circles. After applying it generously to my dark circles I can conclude that it does not. It is too light in consistency and coverage to do this. It does sit nicely on the skin though as it isn’t of a thick or sticky consistency.
It also claims to brighten and suggests using it for strobing. I wouldn’t say it has much effect at this either, but the peachy tone in it does brighten your complexion a little if that’s what your after, and it’s a cheap way to get this effect. The problem for me may be that I would look for an even paler concealer to strobe with, or at least one with more coverage as it would be more visible. If there were more shade choices then I may have found one that suited me better. I have not yet tried my dream strobe, so please let me know if you’ve tried any good’uns!
Phwoarr Paint £5.49
I have particularly prominent under-eye circles (give me a cure!) so the next thing I went in search for was a more heavy duty concealer to hide the bad bits. Phwoarr Paint is named on it’s packaging as a ‘Heavy duty under eye concealer’ and the Boots site claims it is ‘The hardcore concealer to wage war on under eye circles’. Needless to say I expected great things from this.
Again, this is only available in ‘Fair’ and ‘Medium’ which is rather limiting. I have the palest skin though so I went for Fair which is a pretty good match – if a little orangey. It comes in a compact style case with a mirror on the inside of the lid which is a nice addition to a cheap product.
I tried applying this with my finger and it was very creamy and thick. This became a problem when trying to apply it to the skin as it doesn’t apply well, it’s like it’s glued to your finger and you have to wipe it onto your skin quite roughly. It then tugs at your skin as you try to blend it around a little and I felt like if I did this every day I would damage my thin under-eye skin.
I tried blending it with my makeup sponge, but instead of blending it just came off and stayed on my sponge. I thought I must be doing something wrong somewhere so I thought I would just try to get a thin, even covering and set it. I ended up with cakey looking makeup around my eyes and very prominent crease lines where the concealer had settled.
Skin Wow! Concealer
|Very affordable (£4.99)||Only available in Fair and Medium shades|
|Useful as a subtle brightener and sits nicely on the skin||Light coverage – doesn’t cover under-eye circles|
|Handy if you don’t want to carry expensive products with you||Doesn’t really highlight on pale skin – even in the palest shade|
Steal or bad deal? At this price, I’m tempted to say it’s a steal. It’s not bad for the price. I definitely want to try it’s more expensive, highly rated – probably higher quality – counterpart Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen (£25) to compare the two.
Alternative: If you think this product sounds good but you’d rather something with better coverage and more highlighting power then I’d recommend Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer (£5.99). At only a pound more and available in 3 shades, this would go into the Steal category in my books.
|Very affordable (£5.49)||Sticky texture, difficult to manipulate|
|Good coverage||Only available in Fair and Medium shades|
|Nice compact packaging with built in mirror||Creases terribly and doesn’t sit nicely on the skin|
Steal or bad deal? Bad deal for sure! Even at £5.49. The reviews on Boots look good but if you choose it to sort them by Lowest rating many people had the same problems as me. I’d rather be disappointed by something cheap than pricey though!
Alternative: I’m afraid I’m yet to discover a go-to, heavy duty concealer that doesn’t feel too heavy yet hides my under-eye circles, so please let me know if there are any I should check out!
Thank you so much for reading! Sorry for going on. Have you tried these products? Are there any other SEVENTEEN products that you like? Comments are always warmly welcomed!