The Best Concealers | Concealer Reviews
We've all got our dirty little secrets. When it comes to looking gorgeous, honesty is not the best policy. We recently put dozens of cover-ups and concealers to the test in an effort to find the best products money could buy. A few favorites emerged. A few less-than-stellar concealers made separating the bad from the beautiful an easy task.
Here's what we loved and what to look out for... because getting what you want often begins with figuring out what you don't want. (Turns out that's true of men and makeup.)
So, we begin our search for the best concealers by establishing our list of don'ts..
- Don't use one concealer for all purposes. For example, the best cover-up for blemishes is often too thick under eyes.
- Don't apply concealer underneath foundation; that reduces the effectiveness of even the best products.
- Don't rub; apply by patting lightly with your pointer finger or a flat makeup brush.
The Best Concealers
Jane Iredale's Circle/Delete Under Eye Concealer, $32, is the best product we've found for concealing dark circles. But this must-have product goes beyond just covering up "raccoon eyes." Key ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide sun protection while vitamin K reportedly acts as a lightening agent to help fade hyperpigmentation. Get yours here.
Best concealer for blemish cover-up
Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage is the hands-down winner for covering a bevy of skincare sins, from blemishes to blotches. In a range of shades with unsexy names such as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, this product proves that concealing imperfections is serious business. Each compact in the Secret Camouflage collection contains two shades: one to match skin's undertones and one to match skin's color. Each shade can be used separately or blended together as needed. Get yours here.
Best bargain and best VEGAN concealer
Ideal for blemish-prone skin, The Body Shop Matte Clay Concealer helps conceal all types of skin imperfections with their 100% vegan Matte Clay Concealer. This lightweight concealer is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and offers up a full-coverage matte finish that we tested...and loved
It promises to work well at concealing imperfections, blemishes, and dark circles; we found it's excellent for covering zits and equally as good under eyes. Normally $10, on sale for $6 now here.
Best concealer for him
For men who have something to hide, we like the Menaji Skin Care line, reportedly used by everyone from Tom Hanks to Evander Holyfield. The Undetectable Concealer ($29 at Menskincare.com) is available in hues ranging from Light Camo to Deep Dark Camo. The fragrance-free formula is sure to be a hit with guys, and the added benefit of SPF 8 helps prevent sun damage, particularly good in the sensitive under eye area.
Carolyn's "Best Concealer" pick: Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer
"Tarte makes one of my favorite concealers. I discovered it at Ulta when a under eye laser treatment left me with not one but two black eyes! This concealer was dense enough to cover my med spa "oops!" and years later, I still count on it. If you want substantial coverage -- like I do thanks to running several businesses and having four kids -- Tarte serves up natural looking coverage that is ideal for covering up a myriad of sins." Get yours here.