Clio Kill Cover Airy Fit Concealer 3.5 Vanilla Review:
Concealer isn’t a product that I play around with too much — if I have one that works, then I stick with it. However, the Clio Kill Cover Airy Fit Concealer kept coming up on my radar, be it through YouTube makeup videos, Instagram posts, or online blog reviews. Everyone was raving about it, and given Clio’s pretty decent track record of base products, I decided to give it go.
I’ve used this in both very hot and humid weather, as well as in much cooler winter weather; how does it hold up?
+ Soft-focused coverage: the dewy formula imparts soft-focused coverage, leaving your skin surface clean and clump-free
+ Light and seamless: the ultra-slim 3mm applicator tip offers lip and thin coverage with the smallest amount of product
+ Versatile wand applicator: you can use the tip of the applicator to spot-conceal, or the side to cover wider areas
Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua, Glycerol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 demethicone, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Phenyl trimethicone, Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, PEG-10 dimethicone, Sorbitan sesquioleate, Pentylene glycol, Stearalkonium hectorite, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Stearyl dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Octadecene, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, Titanium (IV) oxide, Iron oxide yellow, Iron oxide red, Black iron oxide
How to use:
1. Lay the wand flat and apply over uneven skin tone.
2. Use the ultra-slim wand tip to spot-conceal small blemishes.
3. Use the shades Fair and Ivory to highlight your brow bones and the edges of your lips
My Skin Type: Oily, dehydrated, acne-prone, sensitive
Clio Kill Cover Airy Fit Concealer 3.5 Vanilla Review:
First and foremost, I bought this concealer in the shade 3.5 Bo, as stated on the bottom of the tube. However, I recently browsed through their website, and it states that 3.5 is actually called Vanilla.
Whether there is some kind of mix-up with the naming of the shades or they simply renamed them, I do not know, but I would go by the numbering of the shades just to be on the safe side (i.e. referring to the shade 3.5 instead of by their English names Bo or Vanilla).
The curious thing about Clio products is that their shade names may vary between products; it’s unclear whether the actual shade is different between products (i.e. whether a 3.5 differs in color between their concealers and foundations) but it would be nice if there was a bit more consistency.
The shade 3.5 is slightly brighter than my actual skin tone (I am usually a shade 23, or a 2W0 Warm Vanilla in the Estee Lauder base products), which matches their description — 3.5 is supposed to be a 21 or a light 23 as a natural beige for covering wider areas.
Since Clio’s shading system does not go with the usual Korean one, they put descriptions on their website matching each shade to its conventional Korean counterpart, which is very useful to check out.
The thing that struck me most about this product is how slim it is. The tube is much thinner than usual concealer products. On top of this, the wand tip part takes up two-thirds of the tube, so the actual product compartment is only one-third of the tube. Honestly, you only get a tiny amount of product.
It’s also not like it’s significantly cheaper than other road-shop concealers, so in terms of cost-effectiveness, it’s definitely not the best out there. Since there’s so little product, if you use this concealer everyday, it will not last you a very long time. They really should consider less wasteful and bigger packaging for more product.
The tip is only 3mm in diameter, much thinner than normal concealer tips. It has a more spongy texture compared to your usual doe foot tip, and is also much more flexible. For hygiene purposes, I spread concealer on the back of my hand first, before applying it to my face, so the benefits of the tip really do not apply to me, but I can appreciate how the thin tip does make application much easier; it prevents too much product from being applied at once.
For a concealer, I would say that it has decent medium to high coverage; it’s not the most high coverage out there in the Korean road-shop market, but it covers dark under-eye circles and pigmented blemishes well. Because of this, it is super light in texture; you can barely feel that it’s on even with multiple layers, which is honestly what I love most about it.
It is very easily buildable, so you can layer on more concealer in areas that you need it in. It can also be blended in very smoothly and quickly, like a dream. The finish is a skin-like natural satin one, which is another major plus.
When I tried this out in hot and humid weather, it blended basically into nothing on my oily skin. I had to layer on about three layers on my problem areas, and even then, it melted away halfway throughout the day.
What’s more, it didn’t fade gracefully, it separated and split on my face — even when I powdered my face and set it with setting spray. I stopped using it after a few days, and stored it away.
I pulled it out a month ago since I am now in a country with much colder weather. It works perfectly; I only need one layer for most if not all of my blemishes (two if there’s a particularly pigmented one), and it wears all day without creasing or cracking. If I’m only going to be out for half the day, I can get away without setting powder or spray. It’s become my go-to concealer.
It’s not the easiest of concealers to keep around and to work with, given its tiny amount and its workability depending on skin type and weather, however, if you can make it work, it’s simply amazing — light but with ample coverage that blends and wears well.
I don’t know if I will be repurchasing this, partially because I don’t think it’s worth the price given how tiny it is, and also because it only works well under a very particular set of circumstances, and so it’s really not that convenient.
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