29 April, 2015 How To: Find The Perfect Concealer
My hunt for the perfect concealer has been taxing, arduous, and mentally draining. I’ve tried nearly every option available at the drugstore, and a fair few from high-end and luxury brands. With this wealth of knowledge comes a strong sense of responsibility, so I thought a blog post detailing the pros and cons of my collection could help you choose a lovely new concealer for your makeup stash, or alert you to the uses and benefits of a product you already own, but weren’t aware of.
Maybelline Instant Age-Rewind Concealer: this is my favourite liquid concealer for under-eye bags. It offers a lightweight texture, decent pigmentation, and because of it’s creamy consistency, there’s lots of time to blend and customise the product to suit your needs. The sponge applicator is lovely and gentle, and it won’t irritate your eyes – however if you don’t like using it, it’s easy to swipe some onto your fingers and blend that way. Comes in two colours. The shade Nude works well on my fair-medium skin tone and has a lovely peachy tint. On the pricier side of the drugstore spectrum at £7.99 – buy here.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: highly pigmented, gel texture, medium-full coverage. This concealer works on blemishes as it helps to reduce redness and minimise the overall ‘glowing orb’ effect of a hormonal breakout, and also does a nice job of highlighting cheekbones and creating a pretty radiant effect. Comes in six colours, across the spectrum of ethnicities. I wear Medium – nice mix between warm and cool tones. Very reasonable at £5.99 – buy here.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: this one’s a godsend for dry, dull skin. I find it far too dewy on my oily complexion, but on people who don’t turn into vats of oil at around 12:30pm, it will work like a dream. It’s very creamy and radiant, and has tiny flecks of shimmer that give a little oomph to tired, sleepy eyes. Classic Beige is a little too orange on me, and this disappointingly comes in only four fair-medium shades. Cheap and cheerful at £5.49 – buy here.
Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen: at first I really didn’t like this metal-tipped pen highlighter, but after playing around with it I’ve found a way to make it work: basically, I use none. I push up a tiny, tiny amount (the size of a pin-head works well, as does the size of a grain of sand) and gently pat it under my eyes and around my nose. The formula is super-pigmented and yellow in tone, so it’s great for redness. I expect to finish my tube by 2025. I wear Wake Up Call, which I like, and there are nine shades of varying tones and warmths. Unashamedly luxurious at $39 – buy here.
L’oreal True Match Concealer: my favourite do-it-all concealer. Works equally as well on spots and discolouration as it does on under-eye bags. Creamy, but with a semi-matte finish that looks the same at the end of a long day as it did in the morning. A great multipurpose product, it also primes my eyelids like a dream when I want my eyeshadow to stay locked down and in place. Vanilla is perfect for me on pale skin days, and Natural Beige will work well when I’m tanned. Only one shade out of five is available for deep skin tones. Worth the extra few pounds at £6.99 – buy here.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: an oily-skin saviour. This will not work if you are remotely dry or flaky. Great for full coverage looks, fantastic on bulbous, painful spots that make you feel like your face is going to fall off. Don’t use this near your eyes – it’s going to dry them out and give you that sexy crepe effect. I wear a mixture of all the shades in the range (currently using Cool Medium), and none of them would work on deep skin tones. Cheaper than a Venti Frappucino at £3.99 – buy here.
NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer: in my opinion, this isn’t nearly as good as most people say it is. I quite liked it when I first bought it, but I now find that it creases really easily, drags on dryer patches, and fades in oilier areas. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has a similar premise, but does a far better job of masking imperfections and brightening dark spots. Comes in 10 shades, Custard is an exact match for when I have a bit of a tan. Overpriced at £22 – buy here.
Bare Minerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener: my last option is pretty special. The Well-Rested brightener is a creamy powder eyeshadow/concealer base, that can be worn on its own or under other products to create a ‘lit from within’ glow. It’s finely milled, incredibly pigmented and offers a natural finish that wears brilliantly during the day. I buff it on with a Real Techniques setting brush and dust a little bit on my cupid’s bow and cheekbones for a subtle hint of sheen, without things looking too frosty. Comes in one shade, would work for fair-medium skin tones, and includes an SPF of 20. Worth the splurge at £19 – buy here.
What do you think of my concealer collection – have I convinced you to pick one up? Have you got any more to recommend? Let me know in the comments below, as well as any other questions or suggestions you have for me.
Have a gorgeous day,