Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer
Serum-infused concealers are a new, potentially exciting breed of makeup—and while some brands got it right the first time, others have fallen flat. Sephora's Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer falls right in between, as a good, but not great, option for normal to oily or combination skin.
This concealer is housed in a clear tube with a somewhat unique, although slightly frustrating, dome applicator. For being marketed for use under the eyes, it doesn't provide "the perfect amount of product every time" as it claims. The amount that's provided with a single dip is concentrated enough to provide medium-full coverage of small spots or flat blemishes, but definitely not enough to cover the entire canvas of undereye circles. In every instance of using it under the eyes, we had to dip the applicator in at least twice, which proved maddening given that it's marketed otherwise.
Turning to application, the lightweight gel-serum consistency goes on smoothly and takes several minutes to fully set. The "serum" portion of this concealer's name is more indicative of the texture than its benefits, as there aren't many ingredients included that would qualify this as a skincare product. This provides medium-full coverage but isn't very buildable under eyes without increasing the likelihood of cakiness and creasing.
We found that it did provide a brightening effect, which comes from the mineral pigments included and not from the pineapple ceramide that's supposedly included in the formula. We wrote supposedly because there is no such ceramide on the ingredient list (and we're not familiar with the ingredient or any purported brightening effect it may have). We reached out to Sephora for clarification, but they have not gotten back to us.
Sephora did an excellent job in creating 20 shades for Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, with options suitable for a range of fair to deep skin tones. Within each shade range, from fair to deep, there is a variety of undertones of pink, yellow, and neutral to choose from. Sephora almost did too good of a job in this regard, as we found that some shades hardly varied from those around it on the spectrum. We strongly suggest getting color-matched in store. This concealer wore for about 6 hours before starting to settle into some fine lines on the undereye area.
Sephora claims that this is "perfect for the sensitive undereye area" but it contains the fragrant ingredient ethylene brassylate. It's not in a concentration likely to cause issues for most, but those with very sensitive undereye areas could potentially experience irritation.
Overall, Sephora's Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer has its good qualities, but was a bit of a letdown for us. It's a decent concealer with a vast shade selection with the ability to brighten the undereye area, but it couldn't live up to its claims not to crease and it lacked the skincare benefits promised. For better options, peruse our list of Best Concealers & Correctors to find ones that we recommend with more gusto.
- Lightweight gel texture provides smooth application
- Provides good coverage for spots and blemishes
- Noticeably brightens undereye area
- Very impressive shade selection
- Dome applicator may prove frustrating for those seeking to cover larger areas
- Lacks the beneficial ingredients needed to make good on its skincare claims.
Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-careproducts can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.
Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
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Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold intheir boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.
What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.
More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesnt compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.
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