I can be a sporadic and scattered person trying all kinds of things, but not usually when it comes to personal care & beauty products. I like to have a stable, minimal, and predictable routine, so that way if my skin acts up, I can be pretty sure it is not from some new contact dermatitis.
Now, I WILL say that my skin in its healed, healthy state is probably best described as normal to actually a little oily. When I have no flares and am not reacting to anything, I am prone to the occasional acne breakout or clogged pore, but overall my skin at its best is relatively problem-free.
My skin at its worst is extraordinarily challenging despite being super holistic and informed about my hygiene, skincare, food, lifestyle, etc. I have had eczema, redness, dry areas, breakout areas, clogged pores, and cystic acne all existing on my face concurrently… not often, thankfully, but as an extreme circumstance!
I try to wear as little makeup as possible and let my skin breathe and be healthy. I have never worn foundation, and I only wear concealer under my eyes and then if I have any breakouts, rashes, redness, pimples, etc. that I feel need covering.
My first die-hard concealer loyalty was to Tarte Maracuja oil concealer, which I sang the praises of in 2013 in this post as my go-to daily necessity in covering up the redness of TSW.
Then, they changed the formulation from a squeeze tube (and I think shuffled around the ingredients), and it didn’t work as well for me once I started having mystery flares again this past winter of 2019.
So, then after much internet research, I chose to try NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as my next staple for a while, which I talked about in this post.
The NARS was really good for a while. I felt like it matched my skin beautifully (my shade in it is Custard), it covered redness well, it barely creased, and it had mega-staying power on through even super-sweaty workouts.
BUT, I started to feel that it was a little drying, especially as I was applying it to skin that was already often dry, irritated, and rashy. I don’t think that the NARS was directly contributing to rashes, but I felt like it wasn’t really helping, and it (plus maybe the combinations of the moisturizers I was using at the time) seemed to often leave my skin feeling even drier at the end of the day. Plus it did have a lot of chemicall-y ingredients, as you can see in the below list.
So, I set out on the hunt for another concealer to try, and after much deliberation, settled up on Juice Beauty. I wanted to avoid aloe, beeswax, and shea butter, so I read a ton of reviews and did a ton of comparison before making this purchase. (I also made a similar review on Amazon, so if you come across a review that sounds familiar to this post, it’s mine.) I appreciated the tip from other reviewers to go a shade darker than you might think. I chose Sand, and this was indeed the appropriate match for me, a Caucasian with skin that tans easily.
The application of this concealer was initially a little different from what I am used to. It is in a pot, not a squeeze tube or a doe-foot tube. But, applying is easy! I just make sure my hands are clean, breathe on the concealer pot to warm it, breathe or rub on my finger to warm it, and then take a super small amount and dab it on the needed areas. I tend to dab it on with my pointer finger and then smudge and blend with my middle finger to melt it into my skin. The warming makes sure the plant oils soften so that the application is smooth and easy. You don’t need a lot, so this pot will last you a long time. (HOWEVER, be forewarned because the main ingredients are plant oils, that this could melt in the sun if you leave it in a hot place. I left my makeup bag in my backpack in the sun a few months back and rescued the concealer just in time, with only the top of it getting a little sweaty-looking).
I’ll discuss the pros and cons of Juice Beauty along with some before and after pictures so you can see how it performs.
- Creasing. Juice Beauty tends to crease a decent amount. I’m still relatively young, so I don’t normally have legit wrinkles around my eyes. However, with skin that is drier and healing from rashes, it does provide more places for the concealer to settle in. If you had ‘mature’ skin with a lot of fine creases and wrinkles, this would probably not be your best choice. BUT, there are two things that help the creasing. One, not putting on too much. Less is really more with this concealer. If you cake it on, it is guaranteed to settle into creases you didn’t even know you had. Second, I typically will put it on, wait a few minutes, maybe make some facial expressions so it can get into the creases, and then delicately blend those out with my clean fingertip or a Q-tip, and that is quite helpful.
- Coverage for acne. I am not super prone to acne, but in my opinion, this really doesn’t provide the right kind of coverage. Putting a plant-oil-based concealer on an already oily spot seems to just make it slick. If I truly have an acne breakout, I use NARS on it instead.
- Coverage for dry, flaky skin. If you have really awful patches or rashes that need coverage, this will probably not look the best – because, then you’ll have to cake it on, and it will crease, and stick to the dry bits, and make the skin look kind of fake. I have found there is honestly a fine line with this concealer where just a bit is imperceptible, but just a little too much makes the skin look weird or even drier at some angles. This would not be something good to use as a heavy-duty concealer.
Before and After: With Hives/Dry Skin
- Staying power. Juice Beauty is kind of middle ground here so for this area, it really is right in between pros and cons. It DOES have decent staying power with a light coat, but I’ve had days where it starts to look maybe a little dry and fading near the end of the day. If you really wanted to look super fresh at the end of the day, like if you had an evening out with a hot date, you might have to just re-do it. However, this is not a huge minus in my book. It also has surprisingly decent staying power in sweat and humidity. It CAN crease if you sweat a lot, but if you haven’t over-applied in the first place, that is pretty minimal. Overall I’m pretty pleased with its lasting capability.
- Moisturizing quality/how it feels on skin. This was really important for me. I had messed up my skin’s barrier through the eczema/dermatitis/rash ordeal of this past spring, and the NARS had days where it felt like total plastic on my face, even though it did a good job in the other departments. Now, I can’t be sure if it was the NARS creating the plastic-y feeling, or if my skin was that dry and damaged, and the NARS was just accentuating it. Regardless, Juice Beauty beats it out here. It feels like your own skin, nice and light. It does not dry out my face, nor break it out. It removes very easily with grapeseed oil, my natural makeup remover of choice. I do think it’s rare to find a ‘natural’ concealer like this with skin-friendly ingredients that performs as well as it does, so props to it there.
- Use for under-eye circles or allergic shiners. Juice Beauty does an AWESOME job of covering these up while looking smooth and natural, with an extremely minimal application, as you will see from my photos below.
Before and After: With Dark Circles/Allergic Shiners
My overall verdict:
Juice Beauty concealer fulfills really ALL my concealer needs when my skin is at its best, smooth and healthy, and MOST of my concealer needs when my skin is not quite at its best. (Sometimes, I use BOTH the Juice Beauty and the NARS concealer if my skin needs it – I use the Juice Beauty under my eyes and with a VERY light dusting on any red patches that are still healing, and THEN I dab a tiny bit of the NARS concealer on top of the red areas just to provide more redness coverage that looks more smooth and natural.) Overall, I really like the natural-ness of this concealer, the skin-friendly ingredients, the relative ease of application, and how it feels on my skin!