I was lucky enough to be contacted by Katy at Chemist recently with an invitation to review one of their cosmetic products: the Keromask camouflage make up cream.* (Chemist are an online pharmacy who stock all manner of medicines, health and well-being, mum and baby, skincare, and make up brands at discounted prices). Katy kindly sent me a voucher to purchase the make up, plus a little extra to treat myself too 🙂
Keromask is a cosmetic camouflage cream, designed to help disguise skin imperfections ranging from acne, vitiligo, rosacea, scars, birthmarks, veins, moles, broken capillaries, dark circles under the eyes, post-operative bruising, and unwanted tattoos.
The range includes 24 shades of camouflage cream which should colour match most if not all complexions. There are also four mineral-rich finishing powders to set your makeup and make it waterproof, smudge proof, and heat-resistant.
Keromask has been dermatologically tested and is also hypoallergenic – good news for me as my skin can sometimes react quite badly to new products. Their website also says that the products are not tested on animals and don’t contain animal derivatives either. However, Keromask should never be applied on open lesions or unhealed scar tissue. I don’t have any of those, fortunately, so on with the review.
How to use Keromask
Keromask creams are highly pigmented so you only need to use a tiny amount for most coverage situations. After giving my moisturiser time to sink in (Keromask needs to be applied to clean dry skin) I used my fingers to apply a light layer to my face – although obviously you could use a foundation brush or sponges if you prefer.
Light no. 1 cream was far too light a shade so I used Light no. 5. This was also too light really, but I used my Bare Minerals powder foundation on top and it looked fine. Lastly, I dusted on a light application of the Keromask translucent finishing powder to set everything.
I have a typical gardener’s red cheeks so I was really pleased with how well the Keromask cream helped to cover them up. I also found the cream worked wonders on my under eye shadows and rather red eyelids.
What did I think?
Never having tried a camouflage cream before I didn’t know what to expect. I found Keromask very easy to apply and it gave excellent non-cakey coverage, far better than any other concealer I’ve tried on my red cheeks and dark under eye shadows. It lasted all day too, which is hugely impressive because my oily T-zone normally ensures any make up has slid off by lunch time. I can’t vouch for the waterproof claim as I didn’t go swimming (!) but it was easy to wash off at the end of the day. And after wearing Keromask every day for a week, I was also pleased to find that my skin didn’t react adversely either.
The only down side for me was the difficulty in colour matching. The products are great, but it’s just a shame if you can’t get the right shade for your skin on Chemist’s website. However, I do have a solution. Over on the main Keromask site, they offer three sample kits with a selection of shades for light, medium or dark complexions. So, I’d suggest you buy one of these sample kits from there first, to see what shade suits you best. Then head back over to Chemist and buy the discounted full sized Keromask products, along with any other discounted goodies you fancy from Chemist’s extensive range (!)
As you can see, I treated myself to a lovely Burts Bees set, some foot warmers (glamorous!), and some moisturiser for my husband. A big thank you again to Katy and Chemist for the opportunity to try the Keromask products, I really was very impressed with them.
* This is a sponsored post in exchange for products and/or payment. All opinions and photos are my own, and this is an honest, unbiased review.
Have you ever tried any camouflage cosmetic creams or make up before?