K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer

I will always be a little self-conscious with the dark circles around my eyes. In part, it has to do with mean girls (ugh!), but the rest of the time it’s because I personally feel like I’m giving off haggard vibes. Since early on, I’ve already been obsessed with concealers and I’ve tried me a whole lot. None have stood out until K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer Type 3 (PHP 895) came my way. (You can also call it 0 Kuma, if you like.) I wouldn’t have given this the time of day if I hadn’t read all the rave reviews. Why? After using so many incompatible concealers, I’ve become skeptical. Cream or stick concealers are often too dry for my eye area, causing the skin to pull as I apply. Liquid concealers, on the other hand, I find too runny or sheer that they end up settling on fine lines or not doing much concealing at all. Since those experiences left me disappointed, I’ve gotten accustomed to dabbing powder foundation undereye. It’s just a quick fix, since powder can dry out the delicate eye skin, but at least I didn’t have to worry about the color matching the rest of my face.

Sleep in a tube

Finally, the more logical voice in my head convinced me to brave the potential heartbreak, and just give Zero Kuma a chance. I figure I had already hit rock bottom in terms of concealer choices, so what have I left to lose? The result? I look like I actually slept!

Top: Before; Bottom: After

Pros:

  • I’m forever going on about spreadability, and this is a champion. The consistency is just right, and I didn’t experience any pulling because of that nice glide-on.
  • This isn’t the most heavy-duty, opaque concealer, but the coverage looks like a natural sort of thick. It’s as far as you can go without looking like you’re going to a wedding (ie layers of makeup that look like the handiwork of a makeup artist), thus making it ideal for daily use.
  • As the other beauty bloggers have boasted, a tube of this goes on and on and on. It’ll take a while before you need to repurchase.

Cons:

  • You’re supposed to choose based on your eye skin problem instead of whatever shade seems to match your skintone. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to make sure the color is compatible.
  • Matching it with my foundation has been a bit of a challenge. For some reason, Type 3 looks slightly orange on my eye area when I use it with my Koh Gen Do PK-0. Didn’t encounter any problems with Benefit Oxygen Wow Foundation in Petal. (See photo above.) It’s funny because PK-0 is the warmer and fairer of the two, and I had always assumed that Type 2 (yellowish/brightening) would be the perfect match for Benefit Foundation’s Petal.

Natural-looking coverage that glides on smooth; worn with Benefit Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation in Petal

Initially, I was dead set on getting Type 2 because it seemed like the perfect match for my skin. However, on that fateful day that I was due to buy, Type 2 was out of stock. I ended up with Type 3 instead. No regrets though. Tip: Use a primer prior to dabbing on this concealer, so it becomes easier to blend. For these photos, I used Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser on my lids and undereye.

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