The Concealer Guide












Concealer is a lot more confusing than it first appears. What kind of concealer should you use for what? Which is best for your skin type? What colour do you need? How much should you be spending? Hopefully, after reading my post all of these things will be a little clearer!

The Corrector

Correctors are (often unusually coloured) products you put over imperfections to 'cancel out' the colour of them. Often you would put them underneath your foundation or under a skin-coloured concealer. There are a fair few on the market of different colours claiming to combat different things. I have 2: one yellow-toned one from W7 and Benefit's Erase Paste (£20.50), which is orange-salmon. The W7 Yellow Corrective Concealer* (£2.49) works well under the eyes, even though it's more for uneven skin tone and the Erase Paste really goes a long way to reduce some of the blueish colour of dark circles. The W7 has a much drier texture, so try that if you have oily skin, whereas the Erase Paste works much better on dry/normal skin types. I like to apply correctors with my Nanshy Concealer Perfector.


The Creamy Concealer

I own the most of these! They work well enough under the eyes, however be careful not to pile too much on as these can look cakey if you do. However they're absolutely perfect for spots and blemishes. I have two drugstore formulas and one high-end version. The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) only comes in 4 shades and it's quite a dry, thick texture. I personally don't use this one at all under the eyes but find it's amazing on spots and blemishes. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99) is a lot lighter and more liquid-y. Some people like to use creamy concealers for highlighting so if you want to do that, I'd recommend this one as it's really blend-able. It works much better under the eyes than the Collection, though it isn't quite as good for blemishes. It's a great all-rounder. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22) is my favourite, in part because the high-end price tag means there are so many more shades available. It's a happy medium in texture between the very fluid Fit Me and the very dry Lasting Perfection. It blends beautifully into foundation, though it's a little heavy to wear under the eyes if you only have a light base on. Otherwise it works for both dark circles and blemishes. At the moment I'm really liking using the flat Makeup Revolution Pro Concealer Brush to pat them into my foundation. If it's for highlighting or under eyes, go a shade or two lighter, if it's for blemishes make sure you match it to your skin tone.

The Highlighter


I have the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer* (£13.50) which is nice enough but personally I have major dark circles so it's not enough on it's own. I would dot it over something else then blend with my fingers for a brightening effect under the eyes. All in all, not an essential concealer for me (yes, I've tried Touche Eclat too!) but plenty of people love them so what do I know! For this type of concealer you may want to go a shade or two lighter.


The Potted Concealer

I only have one of these; Benefit Boi-ing (£17.50). They tend to have a drier consistency so are probably best for oiler skin types. Boi-ing works well for blemishes, however I tend to use it for tidying up my eyebrows, applying it with the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (not available individually). It helps to get that precise, manicured look.


The Under-Eye Concealer  

Finally I have one specific under-eye concealer to show you; the Maybelline Age Rewind Instant Eye Eraser (£7.99). It's really light and easy to blend but also provides enough coverage. I tend to use this with lighter bases, as I mentioned; if you're not using a proper foundation a creamy concealer can look a bit much. I like to buff this in with the Zoeva Concealer Brush.






Overall, I would say that you don't need to spend a lot on a great concealer, however high-end brands have a much wider shade selection. If I could only pick one type of concealer it would be a Creamy Concealer as it's possible to use them for everything, there are a variety of formulas to suit different skin types and they're available at all price points.


What's your must-have concealer?


 


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48 comments

  1. Ohhh I love this post and I am planning something similar. I see some lovely concealers on here especially our "beloved" NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I really wish the Maybelline Age Rewind had darker shades; it would have been amazing!! Lovely review as always!!..xx

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    1. I agree - 2 shades is ridiculous! xx

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  2. Still looking for my must have as most I have tried so far do not cover the eye bags (or suitcases) I have. But great round up post :)

    Pams Stuff and Things
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  3. Such a great post! I'm a huge of both the Maybelline Age Rewind and Fit Me too - They are just brilliant!

    Allie | RainyAllie

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    1. Yeah Age Rewind is perfect for lighter bases! xx

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  4. Great post!
    My fave concealer is Catriece Camouflage <3
    so great!

    Xoxo Colli

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  5. I use rimmel wake me up concealer but I don't think it works too amazingly on me. I think I need to try some corrector underneath it maybe.

    Jessie | Taylormayed

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    1. Yeah I picked that one up recently and I'm not sure how I feel about it...xx

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  6. Love this post - I really want to try out the erase paste and maybelline eraser concealers. I love my Collection Concealer - I have still to let go of my pennies and splurge on Nars creamy concealer x

    gillmclaughlin.com

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    1. Yeah I really like the Collection one on blemishes, the colour was just quite off for me :( xx

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  7. I am still looking for a heavy duty concealer that will cover my broken capillaries and stay there more than few hours :) But I think I have found my perfect under eye concealer which I coincidentally just reviewed it on my blog today :))

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  8. I love the sound of the W7 corrector. My must have concealers are the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer too, and the Seventeen Stay Time concealer which I prefer to Collection's Lasting Perfection! I'd love to try Benefit's Boi-ing :)

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I love Age Rewind :) Need to try some of Seventeen's - people seem to love them! xx

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  9. The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is amazing for blemishes. Great picks :)
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

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  10. How have i still not got my hands on the NARS creamy concealer?! I must pick it up soon!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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    1. Haha just saw your latest haul ;) xx

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  11. The the Maybelline Age Rewind Instant Eye Eraser is an absolutely amazing product. Right now I'm using the new MAC Studio Correct and Conceal Duo (pale pink/yellow), along with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light if I need extra coverage. Even though the EL is a potted concealer, it's creamy enough to use under the eyes for sure. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I keep hearing about the Double Wear concealer and foundation, may need to get my hands on them...xx

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  12. Great post - my favourite concealer is the essence stay all day concealer x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. I've not tried that one but they're so affordable I may have to :) xx

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  13. I’m in love with your blog! It was so interesting to read your posts and also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos!
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  14. I love your blog! I really want to try the Nars concealer now, might have to purchase.
    Jennaloves3.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) and that is my absolute favourite! xx

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  15. This is such a great post, I loved reading about your concealer collection. My holy grail concealer has to be the NYX HD Mineral Concealer, its just wonderful! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. I need to try that - I always seem to overlook NYX! xx

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  16. I really want to try the NARS concealers!! I've head such good things about them!!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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  17. Luckily I rarely get spots (touch wood!) and only really use concealer for my under eye area, reading your post I realise now that actually I should be using one specifically for the under eye area or a corrector - I never realised! Thank you!
    cottonandcandie xx

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  18. So far out of the ones I've tried, the Collection concealer wins! I really want to try the Nars & Maybelline ones though - you have a great stash here :D

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. Thank you :) I really rate the Nars xx

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  19. I didn't get on with the Nars concealer, as it creases badly on me. But Maybelline Fit Me concealer is my absolute favourite from the drugstore. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  20. So many great options here. Really need to get my hands on the Maybelline one. I'm actually enjoying the No 7 version but my dark circles have been pretty tamed lately so maybe that's why x
    Beauty with charm

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    1. Yeah mine are pretty bad at the moment :( xx

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  21. Really great post Jasmine - so many great concealers you have listed! At the moment I am loving the Clarins Instant Concealer - I think it might even be a "holy grail" product :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Bella & Bear Pro Makeup Brush Set Giveaway

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    1. I've heard such good things about that - I really need to try it! xx

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  22. Great post!
    I have quite a few of these concealers myself and some I have liked, other not so much. I have wanted to try the Fit Me concealer though.
    x



    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean - concealer can be so hit and miss! xx

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  23. This is such a great, helpful post Jasmine. I love the Maybelline age rewind but still need more coverage under eyes... definitely have a selection to choose from now :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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    1. Yeah the Age Rewind for me is pretty much for when I'm using a bb cream of something and the Nars is too much! xx

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  24. Hey, have you ever tried the Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer? If you have, what are your thoughts on it?
    www.makeuptraveler.blogspot.com

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    1. I actually haven't - I don't think we get that in the UK :( xx

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