I ran out of concealer last week, and felt like trying something new. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer ($26) was calling my name from its cute little pot, so I grabbed it. I know this product has been around forever, but it’s new to me, so I figured I’d review it in case anyone out there was curious about it.Erase Paste is a brightening concealer that covers dark circles and gives you a refreshed look in the process. Because of its creamy consistency, I’m using it mainly as an undereye concealer, but you can use it on blemishes and spots, too. It’s full-coverage, and it does a nice job of concealing red marks. The concealer comes in Fair 01, Medium 02, and Deep 03 shades.
I got the Fair 01 shade. Although it looks creamy beige in the pot, it really goes on light. Here it is swatched on my NW20 skin. I like a little highlighting on my undereye area, and this definitely did that. But with my currently self-tanned skin, this just ended up being too light. I returned it for the Medium 02 shade, which has more orange undertones. I’m not crazy about the color, but I like the staying power of this concealer, so now I apply it before my tinted moisturizer. That evens everything out.As for the consistency, this stuff is thick. Like, really thick. (Hence the name “paste.”) But it maintains its creamy texture, too. I read some reviews online and some people called this “cake-like.” I don’t agree with that, but I wanted to put it out there that some people have that impression of it.
You need the tiniest bit to cover both eyes. I still end up getting way too much on my concealer brush, which usually results in wasted product. Once you dab it beneath the eyes, you do have to work a bit at getting it fully blended. It’s not a quick application, compared to other concealers I’ve used, but the payoff is worth it (to me). If you find that this is too thick, warming it between your fingers helps make it more spreadable. It also helps if you apply primer prior to smoothing this on.
As for its wearability, this concealer rocks. I can wear it all day with absolutely zero signs of fading, creasing, or settling into fine lines. I don’t need to touch it up during the day. And it also helps my eyeliner stay put and resist smudging. Dark circles are completely concealed, and blemishes stay under cover with little to no visible redness for hours.
My only issue with this is the color, which I can’t see working on a lot of different skin tones. If your skin tone happens to be a match with one of these shades, I would definitely recommend this concealer. However, if you are not a fan of any of the properties I mentioned above, this concealer is probably not for you.