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Everywhere you turn lately, there’s a new release for color correcting. I feel like this is such a huge trend now although color correction is not a brand new thing and has been around for a while now. With so many new color correcting products to choose from, it can be hard to decide which ones are worth the investment, especially since they are all so different. Many brands have released a wide range of color correctors proving that traditional corrector shades are not a one size fits all. Since I’m already familiar with Urban Decay concealer formula and consistency, I decided to go with their corrector. I also decided to try the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors.

Here’s a little guide on color correcting:
Peach – masks dark circles and combats dark spots
Orange – cancels dark circles on tan to dark complexions
Red – cancels dark circles on deep skin
Green – calms/reduces redness
Yellow – corrects dullness
Pink – brightens dark areas
Lavender – balances sallowness

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid (CAD $35.00 / US $28.00) – With five color-neutralizing shades to target every skin concern, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright. Subtle pearlescent pigments diffuse light to perfect skin, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect. The shades available from Urban Decay are Mint | reduces redness; Yellow | correct dullness; Peach | masks circles & spots; Lavender | balances sallowness and Pink | brightens dark areas.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors (CAD $18.00 / US $14.00) are available in seven shades and promises that pineapple ceramide will help to improve the appearance of skin texture and add brightness.

Now, if you’re not familiar with color correcting concealers; you basically applied before your foundation and regular concealer to correct and blur the look of imperfections. Although I don’t suffer from heavy dark circles, I picked up the Melon shade from the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors line and the Peach from the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid line, since these are the ones that would work best for my medium/olive complexion and the ones that I would actually use. I wouldn’t really use the other shades and it also depends on what you’re looking to correct. I apply both these shades after I apply my foundation and before my under-eye concealer.

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Color Correctors from left to right: Urban Decay Peach & Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector Melon.

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After testing both the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach and the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Melon, I have to say that they both have a very nice, similar consistency. The Urban Decay corrector has a creamy lightweight formula that leaves skin illuminated and bright. It cancels out dark circles and it does not look heavy and works really well with concealer on top. It blends easily and flawlessly. The Sephora Collection corrector is a lightweight, gel-serum color corrector with brightening properties. I prefer the texture of the Sephora Collection corrector as I find that it had less creasing and didn’t emphasize fine lines while the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid has about the same amount of coverage to the Sephora one, feels really creamy and looks fantastic, really brighten up the eyes, but if I’m not careful, it will emphasizes every single fine line under my eyes. I must add though that I really dislike the Sephora Collection applicator as you can barely get out any product. You have to go back into the tube 3-4 times just to get a dot of product out.

I hope this was somewhat helpful as I know color correcting can be confusing. Remember, you can use multiple corrector if you have more than one skin concern. With so many different shades out their targeting specific concerns and skin type, I honestly don’t think that some of them are necessary in terms of widely correcting the entire face for dullness if you’re already using the right type of foundation.

You can find these Color Correctors at Sephora now.

What color correcting product have you picked up lately? Have you tried color correcting or do you think it’s an unnecessary step?

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