Ah, concealer! The one product that can really transform your face - from diminishing the signs of a sleepless night, to covering up pigmentation, to hiding pesky spots - it really is a hero product and one I cannot be without. I'm not one to completely camouflage every tiny imperfection but I like to brighten my under eye area and areas of redness around my nose and if I have a blemish, I'll cover that too but I definitely don't use the huge amounts of concealer that I often see on youtube tutorials. Today, I want to share my thoughts on the concealers that I have in my collection with you. I'm definitely not suggesting that anybody needs to own eight concealers and to be honest, I usually only have two or three on the go at any one time but I just happen to own more than necessary at the moment!
Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer: This is a pretty recent purchase for me, although I have wanted to buy since it was released. Because I have dry skin, I like a hydrating concealer and this fits the bill for me. I also like the radiant/dewy finish, especially in my under eye area although I don't think that it would be to everyone's taste, especially if you have oily skin. It has a slanted doe-foot applicator, which is perfect for around the eye and nose area and has a pretty lightweight texture but delivers medium coverage. It doesn't settle into fine lines or cake around my nose area. Overall, I really like this concealer and I can see what the hype was about! It comes in 10 shades. £20/€24.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer: This is another recent purchase and another very hyped up product. It was sold out for a long time so as soon as I saw it re-stocked on QVC, I snapped it up. This has a non-flexible doe foot applicator but it's at least twice the size of any other applicator I've used and takes a bit of getting used to. It is a very high coverage concealer, without being too heavy in texture, however I find that I need to apply it very sparingly on my under eye area and then need to finish the application with a beauty blender to ensure it doesn't look too cakey. It is extremely long-lasting and doesn't break down at all. I can see what the hype is about but I don't know that it would have holy grail status for me - time will tell because it's still early days. It comes in 14 shades. £28.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer: This is most definitely full coverage concealer but the consistency is too thick for my liking and I find it difficult to blend. I think it would be ideal for those who like very full coverage and who don't have dry skin or fine lines but that is not me. That being said, if I have a breakout, this is perfect for spot concealing if I need full coverage and use just the tiniest amount but I definitely wouldn't repurchase as I personally am not one for completely full coverage and I prefer some radiance to my skin. It would be ideal for covering scars or tattoos and is waterproof. It comes in 4 shades. £21.
DIOR Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer: This is a really beautiful concealer for anybody who has dry skin. It is lightweight, it doesn't settle into fine lines and equally doesn't crease. It blends beautifully and easily into the skin and has medium coverage so works just as well under the eyes as it does over blemishes. If you have dry skin or a lot of fine lines, I would highly recommend giving this concealer a go. It comes in 3 shades. €32.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer: I really like this concealer for areas of redness on my face but not necessarily my under eye area, purely because of my dry skin and also because I prefer some radiance. It isn't drying but I wouldn't describe it as hydrating either, but it delivers on the complete coverage part of its name without being heavy in texture. It has a narrow, flexible doe-foot applicator which is very easy to work with. This would be a great all round concealer for anybody with normal/combination skin. It comes in 11 shades. £17.50/€22.
Clarins Instant Concealer: This is one of my favourite ever concealers. It packs a punch in terms of coverage without looking or feeling heavy. It doesn't look matte or cakey, doesn't settle into fine lines or crease and works easily well under the eye as it does on blemishes. It's light in texture and blends seamlessly into the skin, working well with brushes, fingers or a beauty blender. An all round brilliant concealer and one I will definitely repurchase when the time comes. It comes in 3 shades. £22/€26.
bareMinerals 'bareSkin' Complete Coverage Serum Concealer: This is another really beautiful concealer for those with dry skin. It gives full coverage without any caking and is extremely hydrating without being too slippy so it doesn't crease. It has a radiant finish without being too glowy and blends into the skin giving complete coverage without looking unnatural. It has a medium texture and a flat, flexible doe-foot applicator (pretty much the same as the Urban Decay one), which makes it easy to get into the inner corner of the eye. It comes in 6 shades. £22/€26.
YSL Touche Eclat Concealer & Highlighter: This is more of a highlighter than a concealer but it is perfect for brightening the under eye area if your circles aren't too dark or on top of a corrector if you have very dark circles. It is so lightweight and very brightening and is the lightest texture of all of the products mentioned here so there is no need to worry about it creasing or settling into fine lines. It is a clicky-pen type of product, which is perfect for top ups on the go. I have repurchased this more times than I can remember and always buy the original Luminous Radiance finish but there are 12 shades available. £25/€35.
I know that having eight concealers is pretty excessive and that is the most I've ever had at any one time. This year I am trying to use products up before buying another in the same category, so it is safe to say that I won't be buying any concealers this year although Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher is calling my name! I would love to know what your favourite concealers are, especially if you have dry skin like I do! Please tell me in the comments below!
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