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This Italian-Made Concealer Rocks! But Are Micro-Minerals in Makeup Safe?

We can all use some skin-perfecting coverage...

Photo via Facebook via Laura Geller Beauty

After product testing Laura Geller Beauty Spackle Concealer, $26, for months, I am continually floored by the high-quality, medium-full coverage it imparts. I typically use concealer after my foundation or BB cream, "spot-treating" imperfections away and blending extra product with my fingers or a brush.


The highly pigmented mineral cosmetic comes in six different shades; mine is "light," but it ranges from "fair" to "deep." This allows for minimal product application yet maximal coverage, and camouflages blemishes away no matter the type of base coverage I use underneath.

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What I mean to say is that Spackle is extremely versatile. I have worn it with medium coverage foundations like Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundatino, $70, Smith & Cult Veiled Threat, $42, and Lawless Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation, $46, with astonishing results.


It pairs equally well with lighter coverage via skincare-meets-cosmetics like Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Color-Correcting Treatment SPF 30, $52, which is closer to a CC cream in terms of it's threefold tone-evening, skin-benefitting, and sun protective functions. It works with the best-selling Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30, $35, and I have even worn it bare-faced.


The stick-in-tube application makes it quick to apply and easy to transport. Just as the name suggests, the formula is almost like a spackle — it even arrived in a paint can! It's thick enough that it won't budge, but the consistency is closer to liquid than putty. It won't look caked, it blends seamlessly, and it leaves solid coverage that lasts.

I think of Spackle as a true cosmetic in that what it lacks in "cleanliness," it makes up for in efficacy. It's what I reach for on days when I need efficient coverage I can depend on. The concealer is made in Italy, is paraben-, sulphate-, mineral oil-, phthalate-, and fragrance-free. All of the products are cruelty-free, but not every product is vegan.


But I do have one important caveat: The well-loved, "baked in Italy" concealer features micronized mineral particles.


Cosmetically, this means that the itty-bitty pigment blends invisibly, boasting a creaseless that is ideal for the under-eye area and covers up dark circles and shadows incredibly well. But there is debate among clean beauty enthusiasts whether micronized mineral cosmetics and SPFs are safe.

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Any particle smaller than 500 Daltons can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. In the case of toxins, this can result in those pesky responses like inflammation, endocrine disruption, etc. If you suffer from autoimmunity issues like I do, you are especially at risk of adverse reactions from using potentially un-clean beauty products.


I have not experienced an adverse reaction to Spackle that I'm aware of, but I would advise against using it if you're pregnant or nursing. as micronized minerals will be absorbed by the fetus and/or delivered to your babe via breast milk. (Hint: For the same reason, pregnant and nursing moms should not use retinol, but can use clean alternatives like bakuchiol and rosehip oil instead.)

Clean Concealing Balms by RMS Beauty and Nu Evolution Cosmetics

For a cleaner under-eye option, I like Lilah B Under Eye Concealer, $44. For all over, I am partial to clean, green concealer balms — like RMS Un-Cover Up, $36, and Nu Evolution Camouflage Balm, $32.


Balms stand-out because they can be worn like a concealer-foundation hybrid if you want to streamline your routine.


For years, I turned to Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown for my complexion-perfecting cosmetics. I've also wanted to try Clé de Peau's cult-favorite concealer for years! While my priority is finding cruelty-free options first, my mantra is always the cleaner, the better.


What's your favorite concealer? Tell me on Instagram!

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Sources:

Personal Care Truth, Micronized Minerals vs. Non-Micronized Minerals

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