My beloved HG (= Holy Grail) concealer Shu Uemura Mark Cealer was on its last legs, but by the time I got to my favourite Shu Uemura store in Hong Kong, it was all discontinued. (FYI, I know David Jones in Australia sell Shu Uemura but I like to buy all my SU stuff in Hong Kong because I get my brows done at the same time which is redeemable on 2 SU products and in that particular SU store in Sha Tin, I am a frequent spender every time I go to HK so they load me up with plenty of samples.) Anyway, I ended up buying the Mark Cealer replacement, Shu Uemura Point Cealer. And to cut a long review short, I don’t like it!
First of all, look at the way the concealer from Point Cealer extrudes out of the sponge tip!! It’s like worms coming out of holes. *shudder* I have a phobia of round spherical holes in sponges, cheeses, plant pots and other stuff!! It’s called trypophobia! (<== click on that link if you dare but be warned, there’s a lot of holes!!!) My teeth are clenching as I think about this and my whole body has goosebumps!!! (BTW, my kids better now grow up liking Spongebob Squarepants otherwise I WILL disown them!)
Anyway it’s not so yukky after the sponge tips gets all dirty and the sponge holes become less noticeable. However, that’s when it’s party-time for the bacteria! Sigh! Can’t win, can I?
Pushing all phobias – sponge holes and germs – aside, the texture of Shu Uemura Point Cealer is stickier and a bit thicker than the Mark Cealer – and I find it much harder to blend in. Sigh. The concealing properties aren’t that great on my dark circles.
It may be due to the fact of the shade differences in the Point Cealer (left) and the Mark Cealer (right). I tend to follow the Shu Uemura SA’s advice on shade matches because they seem to know their thang…but maybe this time, they got it wrong?? I mean, how can I be 7YR Medium with Mark Cealer (which is perfect match) but with Point Cealer, they got me 5YR Light…??
Famous Last Words
I have been extremely loyal to Shu Uemura for years. I love their stuff from their primers to eyelash curlers to cleansing oils. Shu Uemura Point Cealer is the first rogue product I have encountered. *sobs* Why did they have to discontinue my ultimate favourite concealer in the world???
P.S. After I wrote this review, I tried to google up Shu Uemura Point Cealer but I can’t find it on any of the SU websites!! Maybe it has been discontinued already…??!!! What the…??
Has a similar thing happened to you? Did you discover a miracle Holy Grail product; only to discover that the brand have discontinued sales? The replacement products are just never that good. Anyway, I am on the lookout for a new HG concealer so any recommendations are greatly welcomed. Thanks. And out of curiosity, what is your biggest weirdest phobia?