Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector Review & Swatches of Shades

Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector/Concealer
New for Spring 2014
Price: $23

I was at my local Macy's the other day and overnight they had gotten in (only testers of) their new concealer/corrector called the Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector.

This product is new to Shiseido but in no way new to the cosmetic marketplace as both drugstore & high end lines carry dozens of products just like this. The trendsetter in this case, would have to be considered YSL Eclate, but many other brands have followed suit. Lancome, L'oreal, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, MAC's 2013 release of Prep & prime highlighters, and, for a cruelty free option, Hard Candy has also released one alongside Milani, Tarte and many many others.

Enough about similar products, what exactly is this, and the numerous other concealing pens mentioned above? Well for starters, they aren't exactly concealers, I mean they are & they aren't, at least not in the traditional sense.

Wayne Goss consider's YSL Touche Eclat to be one of the "most often misused cosmetic products," and I'm inclined to agree. They are not meant to be full coverage or even moderate coverage concealers like the thousands that exist in the beauty world. What they ARE meant to do is brighten, lighten, highlight, and (reverse) contour. They really are WONDERFUL products which definitely have their place in your makeup bag, just make sure you give them their intended one or you will most certainly be unhappy.

These are made to be used WITH foundation and/or concealer, not in lieu of. They are designed to be used under eyes, in the inner corners of eyes, on your browbone, your cupid's bow on your upper lip, etc. They have plenty of uses and can be very versatile and a marvelous product when used correctly.

Just keep in mind that these are designed for people who have one of two uses, either 
A:) You need MINIMAL/NO coverage and are just seeking a brightening pick me up, or
B:) You already have sufficient coverage via your foundation and/or concealer and you are simply looking for a way to accentuate or highlight certain area's of your face

If you fit in to either of these categories, or you already use and love highlighters properly, you will probably love Shiseido's Sheer Eye Zone Corrector. If you're in the market for a traditional concealer and want something with a little more coverage, this will be a disappointment if it's the only product you use. If you do want something more opaque, see my review on Shiseido Cream Concealer Here.

One thing that this does have going for it over the competition however, is, like most of Shiseido's face products, their shade selection is excellent and they seem to last longer than most highlighters I have tried. They also do NOT oxidize at all which is always a plus!

Immediate Application
Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrective Correcting Concealer 100 101 102 103 104 105 106
Left to Right, Top Row: Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone in shades 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
Left to Right Middle Row: Shiseido Cream Concealer  shades 1-6
Bottom Row: Shiseido Cream Concealer Shades 2b & 3b

After Drying
Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Concealer 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
Left to Right, Top Row: Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone in shades 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
Left to Right Middle Row: Shiseido Cream Concealer  shades 1-6
Bottom Row: Shiseido Cream Concealer Shades 2b & 3b

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for these swatches! I love both the sheer eye corrector and the natural finish cream concealer, but I've been unhappy with the shade I have for the latter (#2) and I was long considering getting #2B. After seeing this, I definitely think I'm more #2B than #2.


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