Even though I’m in my twenties I still battle with pimples every now and then. Getting the pimple definitely sucks, but what’s worse is the scarring that happens afterward. Because I’m African American my skin contains lots of melanin which makes it sensitive and prone to hyper-pigmentation. This basically means that if I cut myself or even get a tiny pimple my skin usually overreacts and produces a dark scar.
I’ve found that the best way to prevent a scar from cropping up is to not get the pimples in the first place. But hey, zits happen, and every now and then a pimple crops up. So the next week after it’s healed a dark mark is left in it’s place.
These scars always annoyed me but over the past few months I began to have more breakouts in one small area on my face and I began to become more bothered by the scars, so I decided to finally buy a tube of concealer.
The very first tube of concealer that I saw when I went shopping was by Revlon and it was called Color Stay Blemish Concealer. The concealer contained 0.5% salicylic acid to help treat the blemishes, I saw a color called Deep (the darkest shade the concealer came in) that was close to my skin tone so I bought it.
In the store I was really happy to find this concealer because I thought that the Deep shade had golden tones in it that would help it to look natural against my skin, but when I got home I realized that I was wrong. It was the color of a cappuccino, brown but still kind of milky and cool looking.
When I used enough to conceal both my blemishes and scars I realized that it made my skin look ashy. And instead of hiding the pimple or scar it only drew more attention to it because it looked so obvious and unnatural
On the rare occasion that I do use the Revlon Color Stay Blemish Concealer I always apply a tiny drop to my skin with a lip brush (never the wand that comes with the concealer) and it doesn’t completely hide my scars but it does make them less noticeable.
I never use it on new pimples that are still red because it always looks fake and ashy. Since I rarely use it I don’t know how great it is at helping to heal pimples, though I notice that it does make them tingle when it’s first applied.
Overall, I don’t think the Revlon Color Stay Blemish Concealer is a bad product, it’s very easy to apply, it has a light texture, and it blends in easily. The only problem is that it doesn’t come in a wide range of shades and there aren’t enough to flatter women with dark skin tones. The colors really don’t exist and the few that do are too flat and don’t have enough golden or red pigments to look natural. I’d suggest giving it a try if you’re sure the color selection of the concealer flatters your skin tone, but if they don’t skip it. 3 out of 5 stars.