If you’ve been reading this here blog for a wee while, you’ll know that I suffer from some serious issues with blemish-prone skin. And I know it probably shouldn’t but it does really get me down at times, so I tend to go to great lengths to try and conceal any particularly obvious ones before I head out of the house.
So as you can no doubt imagine, I’ve put my fair share of concealers to the test in recent years, from the plain ole cakey to the downright runny and everything in between and I thought I’d bundle up some of this concealer-related knowledge and share it with y’all right here, right now.
Best for brightening:
While I know there are a ton of high-end wonders out there that tend to dominate this specific concealer section, I tend to opt for some more budget-friendly bits. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) is a great option for brightening up the under-eye area but can on occasion crease. On the other hand, the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles (£7.99) doesn’t provide as much coverage as the Rimmel alternative but the lightweight formula doesn’t crease at all and it blends beautifully.
Best for redness:
You may have seen the Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette (£25.50) in my recent New York hauls, but if not, allow me to introduce you to the most superb concealer palette which can be used to mask all manner of sins. I prefer to turn to it on those days when I’m suffering from serious blemish-related redness as I find it lasts really well on the skin and won’t go patchy throughout the day.
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve sung the praises of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£38) but you know what? I’m going to do it again… Yes this may be the priciest pot of concealer I have ever purchased but it has more than paid for itself in terms of usage. It’s incredibly pigmented and thick and can be used in any number of ways, from adding extra coverage to your foundation or tinted moisturiser to on-the-spot concealing. Brilliantly brilliant.
Best for lightweight yet hardcore coverage:
Quite possibly my favourite of all the categories, these are the concealers that I tend to turn to day after day. In the mornings, I kick off my daily concealer habit with the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer (£22) which is the most amazingly creamy and easy-to-blend formula. It smooths into the skin so easily without a trace of cake and will last pretty much all day, ensuring your blemishes and bumps remain under cover for hours. Should I need a top-up while out and about however, I opt for the L’Oreal Match Perfection Concealer (£6.99) – offers great coverage without any cake – or the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer (£5.99) which is a thinner formula concealer that blends brilliantly into the skin and makes touching up my base incredibly easy.
So, there you have it, my top concealer picks. Although I won’t lie, chances are I’ve already added another to the stash in the time you’ve taken to read this… Sad, but true.