Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is well known and well liked by professional reviewers as well as consumers as the best concealer for covering blemishes, dark spots or small scars. The thick formula comes in a compact with two shades: one yellow-based and one taupe. The shades can be blended together to find the perfect match for your skin. Reviewers say that the formula is very opaque, providing full coverage for the most noticeable imperfections. Users say that it conceals everything from blemishes and scars to broken capillaries and rosacea, and that it lasts all day. Many don't recommend it for use under the eyes, however, because it is dry and can appear too thick and cakey on delicate undereye skin. If you have dark circles, you may prefer a lightweight concealer such as the highly rated Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer (*Est. $70). Secret Camouflage concealer is available in seven shade combinations.
Paula Begoun reviews Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage at Beautypedia.com, her online database of beauty reviews. Here she rates the formula, and hundreds of others, based on its coverage abilities, color selection, texture and wearability. Allure and InStyle magazines also test and review the concealer for their annual beauty awards. User reviews at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com provide insight into ease of application and wearability for the average customer.
Paula Begoun says that Secret Camouflage provides "formidable coverage" but requires some work to blend the shades to an ideal match. She says that blending isn't necessary when there are so many excellent one-step concealers available.
Review: Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier, Paula Begoun, May 11, 2011
In conjunction with their 2010 annual beauty awards, editors of Allure magazine list Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage as the best concealer for blemishes. They like that the two coordinating shades can be mixed in varying degrees to match skin tone perfectly.
Review: Best of Beauty: Base, Editors of Allure, Oct. 2010
Editors of InStyle magazine say that Laura Mercier's yellow-based and taupe shade duos "neutralize flaws" perfectly. The concealer diminishes redness and discoloration and "stays put all day."
Review: Best Beauty Buys 2010: Concealer, Editors of InStyle, May 2010
Nearly 450 MakeupAlley.com contributors rate and review Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, giving it a high overall rating. Most say that it matches skin perfectly and does an excellent job of covering up acne scars and redness, but several say that it isn't ideal for under the eyes because it tends to look too heavy and cakey.
Review: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Users at TotalBeauty.com praise Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for doing an excellent job of concealing blemishes. The formula is thick, so only the slightest amount is needed for full coverage.
Review: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com