Hello again! Hope your day is treating you well! I promised y’all a Concealer Run Down on Instagram and Facebook, so here we go!!
All concealers are not made equal. Each concealer serves a different purpose, and I have always used more than one concealer. Some are made for cover up to camouflage scars, spots, or those pesky little pimples. Other concealers are made to decrease the appearance of dark circles. The newest concealers on the market are brighteners and highlighters, and these have recently been my favorite!
Before we get into the individual products, just a quick run down on some color tips with concealer. Depending on what you are trying to do, a little use of the color wheel here is helpful. If the two colors are complimentary colors (directly across from each other on the color wheel), one color will balance out the other.
- Redness — green concealer or green primers
- Dark Circles — yellow-orange based concealers (On packaging, look for the buzz word “warm.” This depends on whether your dark circles are more blue-toned or more purple-toned. If they are blue-toned, look for orange-y concealers in a salmon-y color. However, if they are more purple-toned, then opt for yellow-based concealers.)
- Dark Spots/Freckles — closest to skin color and one shade lighter than your foundation
- Light Sunburn or Self Tanner mishaps — blue concealer
- Yellow-y skin/spots — purple concealer
Today’s post won’t include any of the green, purple, or blue concealers; it will just focus on every day concealers that most people tend to buy. If you would like to see a detailed post on colorful concealers, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do what I can for you. Without further ado….Here are the swatches for each product contained in this post.
1. MAC Select Cover Up, $18 (available at MAC counters/stores)
This is a thicker consistency yellow-based high coverage concealer designed to camouflage just about everything. It covers acne spots, dark spots, and dark circles. I personally use this one for acne spots, but I find it to be too thick and too drying for undereye circles. I love the tube packaging of it, which helps me to prolong its use. In addition, it seems pretty sanitary this way. This one has great staying power and will last all day, no reapplication necessary.
2. L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $10.99 (available at drugstores)
L’Oreal Magic Lumi is possibly one of my favorite products ever. I have repurchased it several times. It’s a light luminescent highlighting concealer with a sheer finish. Highlighting concealers are not made to conceal spots, but are more to create light around the eye socket area giving you the appearance of being more awake and possibly a little younger. I apply this one (after foundation and under-eye concealer) to the top of the cheek bone around the eye socket area going out toward the outer corner of the eye, on the brow bone, down the center of my nose, in a fanned-out pattern between my brows, and at the cupid’s bow (the top little dimple of your top lip). It has a slight shimmer to it, so it reflects light whether you put it on before or after foundation. It is easily blendable and can even be put over top powder without getting cakey. This one just makes my whole makeup look appear flawless.
3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19 (Boots or Superdrug, UK) or $19 (Amazon, US)
Unfortunately, this concealer isn’t readily available in the U.S., but you can order it on Amazon at a slightly inflated price. This concealer is a bit of a cult classic, and I was recently able to get my hands on one. I now understand why it is considered by many in the beauty blogosphere to be the “holy grail” of concealers. It’s affordable, creamy, is very long wearing, brightening, and is AWESOME for dark circles. It provides great coverage, whether you are using it for dark circles or blemishes, or even redness. I have been using this lately as my go-to concealer under my eyes and at the bottom corners of my nose (where I tend to stay pretty red in the fall/winter).
4. Nuance by Salma Hayek Concealer & Brightener, $10.99 (available at CVS)
This is a concealer/brightener duo. I’m not 100% certain whether the stick is the concealer or brightener because it’s not clearly marked. This one gets a ton of bad reviews online, and I’m not really sure why. I use the stick as the concealer, and it’s really creamy and moisturizing. It has good coverage, but not the best I’ve ever used; however, it has great lasting power. I use the bottom portion to brighten, which unscrews to reveal a little brush. The brightener is comparable in consistency to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi, but it’s more opaque than that one and not as illuminating because it does not contain any shimmer. If you have wrinkles around your eyes, I would suggest this brightener over the L’Oreal because matte products are better for deep lines and wrinkles. At $10.99, it’s a bit pricey for what it delivers, but it is two products in one. I’m still on the fence as to whether I will repurchase this one when I finish it.
5. Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller, $12.99 (available at drugstores)
I have been using this little roller ball for a very long time. The formula is sheer and light weight, so it blends easily. I would not have ever thought that a sheer formula could cover dark circles, but this one does!! It contains a caffeine gel formula which awakens the eye area because when applied to the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties. (Interestingly, some studies have shown that caffeine applied to the skin kills damaged cells without harming live healthy cells.) I usually apply the thin layer of this just after my foundation and right before my Lasting Perfection concealer. The duo works fantastically together! I’m quite possibly on my 7th or 8th tube of this stuff, and should they ever discontinue it, I will write a very stern letter to Garnier. Oh, and this stuff is not located in the concealer section! It’s in the skincare section.
6. Maybelline FIT Me Concealer, $6.99 (available at drugstores)
You can tell from the photo that this concealer gets a lot of love from me. The packaging has taken a real beating! Prior to getting the Lasting Perfection, I used this one as my “holy grail.” The formulas are so incredibly similar. I find the only real difference to be that the Maybelline concealer is more moisturizing than the Lasting Perfection, even though the Lasting Perfection is a thinner formula. I use this one after the Garnier on my under eye area, as well has for camouflaging spots. It’s about a shade lighter than my foundation so it works well for all over the face if you don’t have other pigmentation or discoloration concerns to address. So, if you can’t get your hands on the Lasting Perfection, the Maybelline FIT Me is a nearly equal substitute. I will definitely repurchase this one again.
7. Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, $30 (available at Sephora and Ulta)
This little stick is very pretty. It’s definitely a higher end highlighting product, not designed to conceal. However, I find it to be a great product similar to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi. However, the formulas are completely different. This one is a cream to powder formula, so I would not recommend applying it atop of any powder. It’s creamy and easily blendable with your fingers. I use this one on the same places on my face as the Magic Lumi — center of nose, cupid’s bow, high cheekbone, brow bone, and between the brows. It’s a beautiful luminous semi-sheer champagne that matches almost all skin tones. The only downfall to this product is that it comes in only one shade. I don’t know how this would fair on really dark skin tones, but I think it’s one of those colors that simply looks good on anyone.
8. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “Nude,” $4.99 (available at drugstores)
This is actually an eyeliner, but it can also function as a spot concealer. I love finding products that can function as more than what they are marketed for. This pencil is super creamy, so you can dab it onto to blemish or spot and blend gently with fingers and ta-da!! It works just as well as any other spot concealer, is super long-lasting, and at half the price, who could resist?!! It’s great for lining the bottom waterline, too! That little trick will help to make your tired eyes look more awake after a sleepless night or a night out because it makes the whites of your eyes whiter.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the concealer run down! Have you tried any of these? If so, which ones? Are there any that you absolutely love that I need to try?? If so, let me know in the comments!!
Stay Glittery, Beauties!