Julep Beauty just released a Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Tumeric concealer. Thanks to Crowdtap, I recently received 5 different shades to sample.
Julep is a beauty brand that I believe is best known for their nail polishes and Maven Boxes. The Julep Maven boxes were one of the first I heard of that were mostly focused on nail polishes. I honestly had no idea that they had products other than nail polish and lip gloss!
The main concept of this concealer is that it’s an easy to use on-the-go product that can:
conceal dark circles, acne and hyperpigmentation
correct to neutralize redness and inflammation
illuminate high points of the face
blur to diffuse the look of fine lines
brighten long-term as an effect of the Tumeric Extract
They also mention that you could use it as an all over foundation (though your product probably won’t last nearly as long if you do that). It is $30 for a full size, which is a bight pricy for a concealer. Especially considering that it is only .16 oz of product. For comparison, one of the pricier concealers that I enjoy is the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer which is $28 for .25 oz of product.
The biggest positive to this concealer that immediately jumped out at me is the range of tones that they have. This concealer comes in 18 different skin tones which is fabulous! I’m very impressed with how they offer both a cool and warm version of essentially the same color as well. If you have a hard time finding a concealer that matches your skin, I would recommend looking into this one. There are about 9 light-medium shared and 9 medium-dark shades, so the range covers a lot. Their website does also recommend that if you’re between two shades, go for the lighter one!
The packaging I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with. I think the pewter casing is beautiful and sleek and you won’t feel self-concious pulling it out of your bag. It has a night bit of weight to it but isn’t overly heavy. The cushion part of the concealer, which Julep is using as their selling point, is meant to allow for easy and precise application. It’s really soft and it does apply the product beautifully. However, I always feel like when you use these types of click-up products, you loose the product in the applicator. If you accidentally click one too may times, it’s stuck on the sponge and there is nothing you can do about it. The positive is that you aren’t taking an applicator which has been on your face and putting it back into the product, so contamination/hygiene is a little better with a product like this.
My biggest skin care issue is my psoriasis. I have dry skin but I get psoriasis patches on my face. Because of that I am very picky about my concealers. Liquid concealers are pretty much all I can use because otherwise the product cakes onto my psoriasis and makes it look like I have scales. It’s horrifying to say the least. Unfortunately (although not really unfortunately) I haven’t had any big psoriasis patches on my face to test this out on lately. I can say that it doesn’t cling to my dry patches, but that it does cling to hairs. I had some redness between my eyebrows and it definitely clung to whatever it could fine and didn’t look nearly as smooth as the other spots I had used it on.
The other big claim of this product is that not only does it conceal, but it can work as skin-care and healing your skin as well. It contains turmeric extract and camellia seed oil. The turmeric is meant to brighten skin over time and also contains anti-inflammatory properties while the camellia seed oil contains skin-calming properties and also nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Admittedly, the turmeric was the biggest reason I wanted to try this product. How great would it be to have a concealer that not only conceals my psoriasis but treats it at the same time? I’m hoping to find out if it helps with that over time and wish I could get back to you with more info. Maybe I’ll do an update in the future?
This product is definitely a trend setter in its claims of being both make-up and skin care at the same time. Like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with the packaging and I’m not crazy about the price. It’s a very nice product, but for the amount you get at the price it’s at I’m just not 100% sold.