Hi everyone, hope you’re well. The new Saie Hydrabeam concealer recently launched in the UK and I bought it immediately! When I saw they were releasing a concealer, I knew I had to try it as I have loved the other Saie products I’ve tried.
I’ve reviewed their Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturiser before and it’s become one of my favourite and most used base products. This meant I had high hopes for the concealer!
Typically for me, concealers can be tricky. I naturally have quite purple under eyes and I’m very pale, so usually can’t find a lighter shade to brighten. On the plus side, I don’t think super bright under eyes suit me. Of course I want my under eyes to not look purple. However, I prefer a concealer shade more akin to my skin tone.
Although my under eyes are purple, I also don’t like full coverage concealers as my under eyes can be very dry. I’m of the thinking that I’m never going to 100% fully cover the purple and that’s fine.
So, let’s delve into my review of the Saie Hydrabeam concealer.
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For your £20, you are getting 6ml, which is about average. Most concealers are around 6-7.5ml. A few are 10 or 12ml. Cost per ml is £3.33. In comparison, the Kosas Revealer Concealer is £26 for 6ml and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is £25 for 6ml.
Saie Beauty say that the packaging is made up of 75% “post consumer resin”. Basically, recycled plastic and you can recycle it. However, it also states that items of less than two inches don’t make it through the recycling stream. So you have to email Saie. They’ll send you a shipping label, then you have to ship it to them for them to recycle.
I think it’s great that they’ve created more sustainable packaging… But I wonder how many people will bother to recycle if they can’t just put it out with their weekly recycling. Also, I don’t know if that’s only for the US… so yeah. Good there’s the option, not great it’s a finicky process.
Anyway, apart from that, the packaging is pretty sleek. There’s a small, cone shaped doe foot for application and there’s a good seal once done up. Hopefully this means it’ll keep well as there’s no air getting to it once closed.
The doe foot takes a little getting used to. I used it as I would the Kosas concealer, but found it’s not soft and flexible like that. It’s quite hard and I stabbed myself a little at first. It applies a good amount of product and allows you to get right up into the smallest section of your under eye.
This is where I think the Saie Hydrabeam lets itself down a bit. There are only nine shades. To me on the above example, shades 8 and 9 are so similar, you could do away with one and make a deeper shade. Shades three and four, also incredibly similar. Now, that might be just how the picture is edited. However, it doesn’t look the most inclusive range ever.
There’s only one “pale” shade and it’s not that pale either. It pulls a little warm, but I can just about use it. It would never be a brightening shade for me or anyone below a MAC NC25 though.
One thing that makes the shades slightly more flexible is the fact it’s not a full coverage product. It’s called a sheer concealer, but you can get medium coverage with it. However, to me, this makes the shades that are super similar even more obsolete. Products with sheerer coverage are able to work on a broader range of skin tones.
This is a swatch of shade one:
- Blurring and brightening
- Ultra hydrating
- Skin enhancing
- Whipped gel texture
- Fresh and glowing finish
- Covers just enough, illuminates a lot
We’ve gone over the brightening claim above. I do believe, if you can find a shade lighter than your skin, it would be brightening. However, I can’t personally attest to this claim as I can only find a shade similar to my skin tone. As for blurring, it does somehow make my under eyes look super smooth and a bit blurred. I have the finest little lines under my eyes and they all but disappear with this concealer.
I would definitely agree that the Saie Hydrabeam is weightless. It almost feels like a slightly sticky eye cream and once blended, it sinks in and you wouldn’t know you’re wearing a concealer.
This is definitely hydrating, as I said previously, I do have dry under eyes. I always make sure to hydrate them in my skincare routine. However, I still suffer and concealer clinging to dry patches is not the look I’m aiming for. I don’t find I have to set this with powder, but sometimes I do. It depends on whether my skin is a bit oilier or dry. Also, while I’m more likely to go for a dewy look, sometimes I like a more matte base and will want to tone this concealer down.
Skin enhancing…. I kind of put this in the same boat as blurring. It makes my under eyes look like there aren’t wrinkles, so I guess it does sort of enhance.
When it comes to texture, the Saie Hydrabeam is a slightly sticky gel-cream. It melts into the skin, almost like a gel balm. Not sure I see the whipped part, but it does have a gel texture. I’m going to assume that maybe the fact it’s a little thicker might be the whipped part? It doesn’t look or feel like an airy whipped formula though.
I tend to agree that this gives a fresh and glowing finish. This goes hand in hand with the last claim which is that it covers just enough and illuminates. My under eyes do look fresh and it covers just enough to make me look like I have slept in the last decade. I joke, my under eyes have been purple as long as I can remember. It’s not lack of sleep, just the fact my skin is so pale it’s almost translucent haha!
Anyway, it is definitely glowy and illuminating. Makes me look fresh and put together, without being overly done up. I love to use this concealer on days when I’m not going full glam and just have a bit of tinted moisturiser and blush on.
APPLICATION AND REVIEW
The Saie Hydrabeam is easy to apply. Both with your fingers and a brush. They say to apply with fingers to melt the product into the skin, which definitely works. However, I find it works just as well when stippled in with a brush.
I have used this concealer on other areas of my face. Saie Beauty say it can be used anywhere, but it’s called an under eye concealer. On my problem areas I didn’t find it awful, but it doesn’t quite live up to my favourite, which is the Kosas currently.
As the name would suggest, this product really excels at the under eyes. It’s so seamless with the skin, it looks like you naturally have amazing under eyes. I love the fact that I can wear this concealer with a full face and also when I’m rushing out the door and just need a little something. Sometimes I wear it alone with my SPF. It performs well with or without powder. I use powder when it’s a hot day and when my skin is a little oilier than normal. I get a solid 8 hours wear without it fading.
With regards to settling, if you have any lines under your eyes, products will settle. It’s just a fact, I’ve never found a concealer that 100% does not settle. It’s just varying degrees. Some are ever so slight and some are really clingy. The Saie Hydrabeam sits at the ever so slight end of the spectrum. Unless I’m pulling at my under eyes really close to the mirror, I can’t see the settling.
Worn alongside the Slip Tint and a new primer I’ve been testing, (the Lys Gripping primer – AMAZING!) my skin looks blurred, even and radiant. I’ve been wearing all three on repeat! I may have mentioned that I’m currently using Tretinoin to clear my skin, so there’s been lots of changes happening recently. With these base products, they glide over my skin and don’t cling to dry patches. On days where I’ve felt like I look a peeling mess, these products have saved the day!
I would say that the Saie Hydrabeam is a solid medium coverage, you can also sheer it out. However, it will never be a full coverage product. Let’s get into how it covers my under eyes.
Here’s the Saie Hydrabeam on my left eye (your right):
And with the Saie concealer on both under eyes:
After testing this concealer over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself gravitating toward it more and more. I’m not sure it quite knocks the Kosas Revealer off top spot for me.. Purely because with the Kosas I can do my under eyes and acne with the same product. However, it’s pretty close when it comes to under the eyes.
I get less settling with the Saie than the Kosas. The finishes are slightly different. Both hydrating, but the Saie is more glowy and blurring. Kosas does have a better shade range as well and their lightest shade is a near perfect match for me. However, the coverage is slightly higher, so it’s more important to get a good match.
The Saie concealer is more forgiving when it comes to shades, but I do wish they had a broader shade range. Price wise, this concealer is better value for money that a lot of range in a similar price bracket.
If you want a concealer which blurs, hydrates and gives you a glowy, healthy looking under eye, then I think you’d enjoy the Saie Hydrabeam. It will never be full coverage, but the claim that it’s just enough coverage is true. I want to look a better version of me. I want to still see my skin, but have it evened out and this product does exactly that! So, if you’re after similar, then I’d recommend you give it a go!