I honestly feel like I'm on an endless quest to find the perfect concealer; no matter how happy I am with my routine, I just can't help but wonder if there's something better out there... Today I have 4 very hyped up concealers I'll be reviewing and comparing. So if you're torn over which one to check out hopefully this will help you make up your mind!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
This was the first of these kinds of tube concealers I'd ever tried, and although I've kind of moved on to other products, I do still rate it. It is a pretty full coverage and I can see how it might be a bit caky on very dry skin. However if you pick up a shade that's close to your skin tone, it works really well as a blemish concealer (as it covers any redness or imperfections). Otherwise, if you go slightly lighter (which I have with my shade Ginger), it works well under the eyes or to highlight with if you blend it out with a damp beauty sponge. My main negative is the applicator - it's just a standard doe foot but the slightly thicker, drier consistency of this concealer means it can sometimes feel like you're scraping it across your face. It also makes it tricky to get that last bit of product out (which is annoying given that this is the most expensive of the bunch). I don't have any complaints about the wear-time of this on my combination skin.
Amount of Product: 6ml
Number of Shades: 15
Best For: highlighting or covering imperfections
Probably Not Great For: people who have dry skin under the eyes
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Before I even start on this one, I must declare it's still my favourite out of all of these! Firstly, I'm a huge fan of the applicator; it's like a wide, flat doe foot with indents on both sides which capture the product. This works really well with the formula and makes application so quick and easy. I love that the texture is neither too hydrating and dewy nor to dry and caky; it sits perfectly in the middle. This means that it works both on blemishes and underneath the eyes. What's also amazing about this concealer is how lightweight, fluffy and easy to blend the texture is, whilst still giving great coverage. If you want something that looks natural but is still long-wearing and high-coverage then I'd definitely recommend this. The only negative is the shade range - I have Medium Dark Warm for my face and whilst it isn't that warm-toned, it works well enough but as we head into winter it's definitely going to be too dark for me. I also have Medium Neutral (the darkest of all the shades in this post) because there's no Medium Warm - the tone isn't quite right but this lighter colour works well enough under the eyes. They have released more shades in this since it's launch so I'm just hoping they expand the range again soon!
Amount of Product: 5ml
Number of Shades: 8
Best For: an all-in-one for under the eyes and blemishes
Probably Not Great For: I think the formula would work for most skin types but I can imagine a lot of people struggling with the shade selection
Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer Concealer
This has to be one of the most hyped-up recent beauty releases so of course I snapped it up. I have the shade Medium, which is warm-toned and works well under my eyes (I can also just about get away with this colour on blemishes too). It does have a bog-standard doe foot applicator but, as the consistency is much runnier than that of the Nars concealer, I don't find this an issue when I apply it. It's a very hydrating formula so, although it doesn't slide off blemishes, I do find it creases under the eyes. I have to set this with powder the second I apply it and generally will re-apply powder at lunchtime to ensure my concealer doesn't go anywhere. I do have combination skin, however, so if your eye area is very dry you will probably appreciate the extra dewiness of the formula. Having said that, it does give the most amazing, radiant look to the skin, which kind of makes it worth it for me. It has such a natural finish and a very lightweight texture, yet somehow gives a good medium-full coverage that never looks caky or heavy. I love how it looks on the skin, even if it's a bit of a faff to apply.
Amount of Product: 7ml
Number of Shades: 10
Best For: dry skin in need of radiance
Probably Not Great For: oily skin, especially around the eyes
Kat Von D Lock It Creme Concealer
This is probably my least favourite but I don't not like it, I actually think it's pretty good (I just felt I had to spell that out because people can be quite black-and-white in their assessment of what I'm saying!) It actually has the most incredible complete coverage out of all of these so if I can get to a counter to swatch the shades, I'm going to get a slightly darker shade so I can use it on blemishes. I did give it a go (with a lot of blending, as this is the lightest colour out of all the concealers here) and it does provide incredible coverage over blemishes too. However, as I said, due to Medium 27 being quite light on me, I reserve this for under the eyes. You really don't need much product and I blend it in with a damp beauty sponge. I actually really like the slated, spade-shaped applicator and think it's perfect for the consistency of this product and ensures you don't end up over-applying it. I don't find that this creases on me or wears away throughout the day. It's amazing at masking my dark circles and whilst it doesn't look caky or crease (as it's neither a dry formula nor especially hydrating), the only reason I'm not more in love with this product is because it just seems like a lot of makeup for everyday wear. There's nothing natural or lightweight about it, so whilst it gives that bit more coverage than the Urban Decay, I think this is one I'll be reserving for nights out when I want that completely flawless full-coverage look. It's purely personal preference though, I just like something that allows my skin to breath more for everyday wear.
Amount of Product: 6.25ml
Number of Shades: 21
Best For: flawless, completely full coverage
Probably Not Great For: a natural look
So, which is my personal favourite? If I had to rank them the Urban Decay is still my #1, followed by the Too Faced, then the Nars and finally Kat Von D's is my least favourite (though even then I don't actually dislike it!)
Have you tried any of these concealer? Which is your favourite?