MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer: Stuff I'm Using Up!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just look at this, guys! Have you ever seen a concealer tube quite so empty? Well, this is exactly how my tube of MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NC20 looks right now, all 10ml of it! I can't believe it, but I'm actually using up some of my makeup! Well, okay, some is an oversstatement, because I have so much makeup I probably have enough for my daughters and my grand-daughters and their grand-daughters. But hey, I'm using up something! And it counts, right? Right?

My concealer shade in MAC is NC20, so this Select Cover-Up tube you're looking at is also in the NC20 shade.

MAC Select Cover up Concealer

I thought I'd do a couple of swatches of this concealer for anyone who might be wondering if they are NC20 too. NC20, from what I know, is one of the more "common" shades MAC sells, in that its one of the shades people seem to buy more.

mac select cover up concealer NC20 swatch

I know what you're thinking: What's so special about this Select Cover-Up Concealer that led me to actually finish up a tube of it? Well, to be honest, I was just trying to use it up. I personally think it's good, although not that great, and it seemed to match and blend into my skin, so I just kept using it until the tube was all flattened out.

The good thing about this concealer is that it covers reasonably well for a liquid concealer. I'd call it light-to-medium coverage. And when it goes on your skin, it doesn't feel oily or heavy, and when it's dried and blended in, it doesn't look oily or shiny. It also blends pretty well without looking cakey. So it's good for anyone looking for a liquid concealer that doesn't feel too heavy.

The downside? MAC claims that this is a "moisturizing" concealer, but I don't really find that to be the case. In fact, if you have dry skin, this can really sink into fine lines and wrinkles, so it should be avoided. To be fair, though, I didn't find it drying, but I didn't feel like it moisturized, either.

Would I rebuy this? I'm still on the fence about it. On one hand, I don't mind using it, and the fact that I managed to use up a tube shows that I did quite like it while I had it. On the other hand, though, I'm itching to try out something new. I guess it'll just boil down to whether anything else catches my eye the next time I go concealer shopping, LOL!


  1. Don't rebuy this hun, try Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection Concealer. You would be a shade 2-3 in that. I was hooked to Select Cover as well but was tired with it creasing. The collection 2000 one does not crease or get into fine lines :D

  2. i have this concealer and use it for my undereye circles. it doesn't cover mine well,or perhaps mine are just too dark? hehe

  3. It's always super satisfying to finish makeup products LOL :) I don't think you should repurchase one because your concealer love of your life is still out there!

  4. I should follow your example and use something up!
    You're so funny about having makeup for your daughters and grand daughters. I'm probably the same!
    I love the StudioSculpt concealer by mac and I was tempted about this one until someone told me it's very similar to Face and Body foundation (which I have). Is this true?

  5. @Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up: LOL! I know it sounds funny, but I'm pretty sure I won't use up all my makeup in my own lifetime! I've never tried either the Studio Sculpt concealer or the Face and Body foundation, so unfortunately I wouldn't be able to help you there. But it could be possible - I've definitely heard that some concealer and foundation formulations in the MAC range are very similar.

  6. i'm there with Get Gawjus! i love collection 2000's lasting perfection concealer <3 cheapie but goodie!

  7. I admire your perseverance in finishing up a product you don't love 100%. Such a struggle for me!

  8. My friend has this concealer too and swears by it. I have a difficult time using up concealers too --errmmm, and all makeup, for that matter XD

  9. I did not love this, and have almost a full tube of it in NW25, it was just too dry for me. I much prefer the Lancome Effacernes waterproof concealer over this one.

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  11. Thanks for this review. Heh, seems like you definitely got your money's worth of finishing almost every last drop. ^^ Yay! I might have to give it a try myself~

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  13. Great post, very useful for me, cuz now Im in search for a new concealer:)

  14. I found this post as I have literally just come back from buying Mac concealer so thought it would be good to read all about it too. Get a few tips and tricks. I'm so excited now, you've given me a lot to think about. Thanks :) xx

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