An overview of my current concealer products. In case you have no idea what these do, concealers hide our blemishes, red spots, acne, and dark circles. They do almost nothing to your bags. I mean, let’s be real. No matter how much concealer you put on a surface that it not flat, the protrusion will cause a shadow.
Like Krysty, I don’t really like hiding my bags because lighter concealers emphasize them and make them look baggier, or at least more noticeable. I think my issue is more on the ‘puffy’ side than ‘dark circles,’ so when I conceal under my eyes, I keep my expectations in check. Of course the puffs will show when I smile! The best thing I’ve ever done about that is come to terms with it. But that’s neither here nor there!
I have found a favorite to use, however! Can you guess which one I like the best? 🙂
THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE CONCEALER (02)
I think this might be my pinkest shade. I used this on my under eye area, and I DID NOT LIKE IT AT ALL. So I stashed it away never to be seen again, except I did see it again. Then I tried to warm up the product with my fingers before application, and this is pretty much awesome to use on my scars and blemishes because it’s so close to my skin tone.
(Used on dark circles & blemishes; set with a light dusting of mineral foundation.)
K-PALETTE 0 KUMA COVER CONTROL CONCEALER (02 YELLOW BEIGE)
Holy grail status here! I use this mostly for brightening under the eye and concealing the dark circles. It’s way too light and yellow for blemishes. Sometimes, I feel like it looks a bit too chalky and powdery on me, but I found that if I warmed the product up between my fingers first, it works 10x better.
(Used on under eye area. Blemishes concealed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer.)
BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX CONCEALER (53 DARK RADIANCE)
This stuff is awesome. I think this might be the best shade match for me, to cover my blemishes. The best part is that I can use it on my dark circles, too. My only qualm about this is its staying power. This rubs off pretty quickly, even after setting with a loose powder such as bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil.
The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer makes it stay a little bit longer, but not much. Which is a pity, because it’s honestly such good stuff.
(Used on blemishes and under eye area.)
BLOOM SECRET WEAPON CONCEALER KIT (FAIR/MEDIUM)
I bought this on a whim, mostly because it looks like this when you open it up:
Rarely ever use this because the coverage is quite paltry, and the consistency of the product is not that ideal. It’s not a totally bad product; I think it just doesn’t suit my skin—both in type and tone. The colors are a little too cool for me and the texture is too slippery… I feel like it makes me look ashy:
In theory, it’s awesome, but if most of the shades are unusable in actual on-the-go practice, then it fails in that regard. I find that using an actual concealer brush, instead of the useless one it comes with or your fingers, increases my good opinion of this product, though not enough that I’d go to it when I need concealing.
(Used on blemishes & under-eye area for concealing & brightening.)
COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER (3)
This is the darkest shade I’ve seen ’round these parts, and it still feels too light for me upon application. It later settles into a better shade match, but not until after it’s done shocking you with how light it is.
Honestly, I don’t get the hype. Perhaps it’s because I don’t really conceal that much. My sister is a concealer nut and she’s not super impressed, but she likes it alright.
(Used on under eyes and blemishes.)
And, those are my concealers! I’m so tempted to pick up Le Métier de Beauté’s Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer and NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer, but I know that I have way too much right now to even consider trying those. I ran into the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer this weekend, and was seriously amazed at a) the coverage, b) the lasting power, and c) the overall texture & feel:
What are your favorite concealers? 🙂
Bourjois and Collection are not cruelty-free.
I noticed that the concealers you mentioned that matched closest to your face are those that are also a close match to the back of your hand.
They always say that you should test concealers and foundations on your face. But I find that the back of the hand is one of the best places to swatch complexion products.
My skin tone/undertone really shows on the back of my hand — if something is way off from the back of my hand, almost always, it won’t match me.
Hey there. Thanks for the review of your concealers. I remember watching a video by Waybe Goss a while back where he shows how you can make your undereye bags “disappear”. You can watch it on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmvcI3q53_0 for the tutorial. For me, I’m currently using Revlon Colorstay concealer, and I love it because of the perfect match. I’m NC42 and using medium deep. I also like MAC moisturecover. I bought it too light though, but it’s an amazing undereye concealer because of the light consistency. And for blemishes I use MUFE full cover. It’s waterproof so the staying power is amazing, and it really covers up. I have the shade #10. I’ve also heard good things about Maybelline’s fit me concealer, and Revlon’s Photoready concealer 🙂
Yeah, I’ve seen that video, but I don’t think it really works in practice. Does it work out for you? It just makes me look chalky. Thanks for sharing!
I don’t struggle with bags under my eyes. My concerns are dark circles, so I haven’t tried… Yea, it always looks so easy when they do it on those youtube videos 😉
Wow, this is detailed – and you have a lot of concealers! Did you see my post on this last week? Concealer was the theme of the week for The SO Project series 🙂
Thanks, I’ll check it out! Haha I am a concealer dunce so I have had to try a few to find one I really really liked.
I was waiting for this because I briefly saw it when you accidentally posted it.
I know nothing about concealer (not anything that’s not theoretical anyways) So I just use a second (or third) layer of foundation as concealer.
I find that there aren’t a lot of options for me locally, because I’m morena. Even MAC doesn’t carry my shade, but this was helpful, thank you!
I might just go to Rustans and see if they have the NARS radiant creamy concealer in my shade, or the revlon colorstay someone mentioned up there in the comments haha.
BTW love the title
Haha aww, well here it is! 😀 I can’t seem to layer properly. I need to perfect this technique!
I think NARS has a decent color range! Someone said that Bobbi Brown has a great shade range too. 🙂
Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer is my HG product for concealing those bags! 🙂
For blemishes, I use Bobbi Brown’s Touch Up Stick. Found her regular concealer *too* creamy, so the foundation stick works better. Her shade selections are, imho, the best. 🙂
Thanks for the suggestions! I really wanted to try the Bobbi Brown concealers but they’re not CF. 😦
aww man i thought/assumed collection was cruelty-free! i liked it a lot though…maybe because i feel that it really matches my skin tone…at least the medium one did. will try the okuma one soon! 🙂
I really don’t like the texture! :0 To each their own naman, haha I feel like my skin is too dry.
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