Beautycounter Touch Skin Concealer Pen Review
One of the very first makeup products I ordered from Beautycounter was the Touch Skin concealer pen. Not because I was totally out of concealer, but because I'd always wanted the Touche Éclat concealer from Yves Saint Laurent - a culty classic in a gorgeous gold tube. Weird reasoning, I know. Having tried the YSL formula in stores and finding it not very opaque, I've never justified spending the $42 on it. But since I want to test all the Beautycounter products personally anyway, I put the concealer high on my wish list. It's just as gold and offers more coverage for ten dollars less than it's apparent inspiration. Keep reading for the full review and before-and-after pictures.
"Hide dark circles, redness, and other imperfections with our Touchup Skin Concealer Pen. Unlike other concealers that move or shift, ours stays put for long-lasting, flawless wear. Plus, the click-pen and brush applicator make it easy to apply just the right amount, even on the go. Formulated with knotgrass extract, our concealer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and photo-aging, so skin looks firmer, brighter, and instantly more even." Comes in 5 shades.
Let’s Talk Details
THE APPLICATION Thanks to the pen-style wand and brush tip applicator, the application is super easy. One or two clicks gives you plenty of concealer, often enough for the whole face. It's not incredibly emollient and doesn't slip around a lot once it's dry. I always use moisturizer underneath, and set with a translucent setting powder. However, the concealer is not drying either (like some Laura Mercier or M.A.C. concealers I've used).
THE SCENT The product does not contain fragrance. Out of the tube it smells mild and pleasant, very much like the Dew Skin. Perhaps it's the beeswax?
THE FEEL The texture seems suited for all skin types. It's smooth and silky enough to use under the eyes, but also works as a spot concealer or even as a highlighter.
THE WEAR Lasts a decent amount of time when set with powder. I usually feel it's completely gone after about 8-10 hours, with the best wear being 4-6 hours.
THE PACKAGING The cap snaps on tightly. The pen gets messy inside, but mine hasn't leaked. It says 0.09 fluid ounces or 2.5 milliliters, which is similar to other concealer pens. The packaging makes it impossible to tell how much is in left. It has about half the amount that is in a tube of NARS Radiant Concealer ($29) or e.l.f. HD Lifting Concealer ($4).
THE PRICE $32. I started using mine in June of this year and have not run out (lasts 6 months or more), though a friend told me she ran through hers more quickly.
Ingredients & How It Rates
[one_half]Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Coco-Caprylate, Trimethylsiloxy-silicate, Diisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethylsilses- quioxane, Glycerin, Oleyl Oleate, Gluconolactone,[/one_half][one_half_last]Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lecithin, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.[/one_half_last]
This product rates a 2 on the EWG SkinDeep Database, which is still considered safe. 0-2 is the acceptable range.
This is not a magical new kind of concealer; I'm starting to lose hope that there really is one. But Beautycounter Touch Skin IS a safer, cleaner alternative to similar pricey concealers (for example, Touche Éclat contains mineral oil and parabens). Beautycounter Touch Skin has medium-to-full coverage and goes on smoothly, without being too dewy or too dry. The tube travels well for on-the-go touch ups and really dresses up your vanity or bathroom sink. And of course like all Beautycounter products, it is a safer, high-performing product that was triple-tested for trace toxins and is free from the over 1,000 chemicals banned in the European Union, but not here in the U.S.
I would highly recommend the Touch Skin concealer pen for those who don't necessarily wear a lot of concealer every single day, but want one around for emergencies, special events or touch-ups. I personally won't repurchase this product until I've run out of my other concealers. For those on a budget, I would recommend the e.l.f. or NYX liquid concealers, which rate the same and cost less than $10.