Best Oil-Free, High-End Concealer – Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-5

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer compact wasn’t particularly developed for  undereye concealing but is great if you want a full on high end concealer that won’t go greasy.  It gives knockout coverage for spots and discoloration and what’s great is now it’s oil-free and comes in more shades, and I’m lovin’ that extra bullet that says it’s also suitable for sensitive skin.

Secret Camouflage is a foolproof and professionally praised face concealer that gives you an option to customize if you tan or change color.  So far, Laura Mercier products have never let me down.

I got this Secret Camouflage compact in the shade SC-5 which I believe is the best one for medium to fair toned oriental skin.  I won’t make the mistake of saying Asian skin, I just remembered Asia spans the middle east as well.  I almost made the drop on SC-3 but who am I kidding, I’m not as fair as Lisa Eldridge, who swears by this concealer for intense spot concealing and quick corrections.   If I were one shade fairer though SC-3 would’ve been the next best bet.

See how the darker shade is similar to the L’oreal True Match foundation “Nude Amber” or the one deeper than it “Golden Caramel”?  I mentioned those shades in the past as shades very suited to the “kayumanggi” deeper toned Filipina, which is why I deem SC-5 as the most usable for my kit apart from the lighter shade being perfect for my personal use.  If you have normal facial evenness  with broad expanses of clear skin between “pigmentation” and minor spots it’s best to use a small preferably synthetic eyeliner brush to target only the spots that need covering.  The texture has still got that good amount of slip without being greasy (that’s amehzzin!!) now that it’s oil free which is a great thing since we live in a crazy humid country.  Read more to see this put to the the test!

It’s a Houdini act I tell you!  Now you see ’em, now you don’t!

I only used the main color, see how well and evenly Secret Camouflage SC-5 covers sun spots, past blemish marks, and flat moles.  I actually like my moles, I just covered them here to prove how good the concealer is.  It’s even good for broader, larger spots than this.  It’s a very opaque concealer.  Remember, this is how I look without foundation using only Secret Camouflage.  Here’s the entire face first without anything on the left (I look horrific) then with just concealer first under the eyes (MAC Concealer)…

…then the complete face after minimal dot-to-dot spot concealing.  It’s so good I think I look holier, now, now seriously…

I used MAC Studio Finish NC35 for my dark circles, a more proper concealer for the undereye area.  A Laura product for those dark circles would be the dinky but powerful undercover pot which also includes two shades plus a setting powder.  Remember, for a minimal daytime look,  those who have relatively not so troubled skin should not cover the entire face in product, let the good skin show itself, especially in the daytime.  Full coverage makeup works its magic better at night.

If I were asked to choose only one makeup product I wouldn’t say foundation, because I’m thankful for my good skin I’d rather keep cake concealer handy than foundation, because I only need to cover certain spots, redness, and my dark undereye circles and I also use concealer to sometimes highlight my browbone if the shade is light enough, then I’d maybe beg for lipstick as well.  Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage normally retails locally for Php1700  at Rustan’s Grand Mall for example, I got this 10% off during mid September when Rustan’s Cosmetic Festival was ongoing, so this was about Php1600 or slightly less.  Another competitive concealer from a different brand is Bobbi Brown creamy concealer which retails for nearly Php2000 (be still my beating heart) but comes with a partner pressed powder to set the concealer.  I love Laura’s shade range though, they work so well and always make looking naturally polished a much easier feat to achieve.  They’re havin a Flawless Face workshop at Laura Mercier boutique this Friday, at Rustan’s Makati, 530-830pm 🙂

And here’s a treat for you, Lisa Eldridge talks about her ALL-TIME favorite no-fail makeup products after having done makeup for over 20 years, and yes you guessed it, Secret Camouflage is part of the well-loved loot.

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  • Hi Julia 🙂 Loved your post. I’m currently on a hunt for a good quality concealer. I used the Art Deco brand before (though they pulled out all stocks and don’t sell it anymore here in the Philippines). And I’m looking for a different brand to replace it with. This brand will burn a semi-permanent whole in my pocket. 🙁 Can you suggest any other good brand with quite the same result? I’m pegging by budget to around 800-1000 pesos lang. Since I’m planning on buying a good two-way foundation as well. Hehe can you suggest a good brand for foundation rin?

    I’m asking a ton of questions I know, but I really consider your blog as a guide in my makeup shopping. I think you’re the closest I could get to a makeup expert. hehehe. Hope you can help me! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Art Deco was very good, sooo sad 🙁 I wish I knew it was here, bagay sa’tin mga taga FA hehehe. Check out my post on MAC Studio Finish concealer, just type it in the Google search box on my sidebar… mga Php950.

  • I actually want to give you a free makeup consultation, we can meet up in Makati, if you like lang 🙂

  • esquire

    Thanks for the post Julia! Super coincidence — I’d been researching this the past week and consider your post a sign to take the plunge haha. I initially thought I was SC-3. Maybe I should go to a consultation. I really don’t have an eye for these things, Price difference with US is minimal right? I might just buy it here.

    I also discovered Lisa Eldridge through your blog. Love her. But it’s so great that you’re doing this because it’s hard to follow foreign experts’ recommendations because they don’t exactly work well with our humidity. So do You prefer MAC to Clinique Airbrush for the eyes? What do you think of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light? Sorry for the numerous questions– like Ross, you’re my most accessible expert 🙂

  • Yup! They were here before, 3rd year college pa ata ako non when a friend recommended it to me.. Nakakainis lang that it didn’t click here kaya they pulled out.

    FREE MAKEUP CONSULTATION!!!! (please excuse my sheer excitement hehe) really? You’re too nice! I’m planning on buying them tomorrow na sana Friday (Oct. 6). In time for a cousin’s wedding anniv. Hehe. Though I’d gladly wait on your schedule and adjust to your free time. I’d definitely want to be sure what I’m buying so having you there would be worth the wait. Super thank you! 😀

  • soleil

    hi julia! what’s an alternative for the LM secret camouflage? one that’s as hardy but not as pricey.

  • thesa

    the one i’ve been looking for!!!!!!! literally!
    i was searching for a good concealer because right now i have several acne and dark spots to hide (cause by revlon photoready foundation, sigh).
    and i got the # of revlong photoready concealer stick. but alas it does not have a very good coverage for me.
    now, i thought since concealer seemed to be the go-to makeup (not foundation) to have that flawless skin as Lisa Eldridge frequently shows in her videos (yes, yes, i discovere laura mercier secret camouflage thru her vids 🙂 ). then i went into that dilemma- what is the perfectly color for my skin?! i want it but in what shade. i didn’t know they have a shop in rustan’s so i had to relay on online reviews.

    and how lucky i found you! like you’ve mentioned, i’ve been debating between SC3 and SC5, and even considering SC4. I almost made up my mind on SC3 cause SC5 seems a bit dark on pictures and i found a blog of a dark-skinned pretty lady using SC5. she’s darker than i am i think and you are lighter but it appears SC5 is suitable for quite a good range of skin color from medium-yellow toned to dark. so there! SC5 for me!!! 😀

    oh, and i am planning on buying it online at this link. what do you think, should i go for it or should i go to Rustan’s? 😀—–sc3–medium/129586/#DETAIL

    thanks a lot!

  • Troll Girl

    Oh, those are moles. Those are just freckles.

  • Troll Girl

    Those aren’t moles! They’re just sweet freckles.

  • lydia

    thank you for this review. i’m on the fence between SC 4 and SC5, but SC4 looks darker than SC5 in google swatches (can’t swatch directly, no LM Counter in ID.) anyway thank you so much it really helps me. if i may know your shade? i am 2w2 in estee lauder double wear/ nc 25-30 in mac. thank you!

  • Mikko Hidalgo

    Hi! Do you think SC5 is a good match with my nc30 skin tone? I’m torn between SC4 and SC5. Please help ❤