I’m all about concealers! For about 3 years it was pretty much all I used because I couldn’t be bothered with foundation (let alone a full face of makeup). Below are my current favorites.
Although quite pricey at $42 a pop, I will forever be a fan of the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige).
doesn’t clog pores
doesn’t settle into fine lines
large shade range
a little goes a long way
lasts all day once set with powder
available in travel size
If you haven’t already tried this concealer (or brand), I highly recommend heading to Sephora to test it out. It has been my go-to for nearly 10 years! I remember buying my first tube when it was their only product, now the brand had expanded to primers, include color-correctors and powders.
At first I was hesitant about dropping $42 on concealer, but after trying it out I’m a believer. The coverage is well, amazing, ha. A pea sized amount is more than enough to cover my undereyes and spot treat problem areas. I sometimes just use this and go without foundation. Should you need another layer to cover a stubborn blemish, acne spots or discoloration, it is build-able and doesn’t look at all cake-y once set.
Additionally, Amazing Cosmetics is sometimes featured on Haute Look for a steal. That’s definitely the time I like to stock up. You can also pick up the “to go” (travel sized) version for $28.
If you’re looking for a drugstore alternative to the high end concealers (like the one I mentioned above), these Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (Light, Medium and Brightener) are your best bet at $9 each.
doesn’t clog pores
applicator can get grimy
doesn’t last all day
cap is prone to cracking/not staying on
limited shade range
needs to be set with powder
I’ve only used these for a little over a year and I’m quite impressed! For the price you’re getting a quality product.
It’s smooth, blends wonderfully with your fingers or a damp beauty blender. While it’s not a full coverage concealer, it can be layered to achieve that. I do find it’s longevity to be an issue especially during warmer weather.
The medium shade is the perfect match for my skin tone and sometimes I use it alone as foundation for days I don’t need a full face of makeup. I use the Brightener on days when I haven’t gotten much sleep and I find it does help to make me look less like a zombie.
My only real gripe would be the flimsy cap and sponge applicator. While it claims it’s resistant to dirt, germs and such (and I haven’t had an issue with smell or breakouts), I do understand why some would rather take it off entirely. Also, I only use the sponge to apply product not blend it out. Normally, I just use my fingers or a beauty blender.
In regards to claims of diminishing fine lines and puffiness, I feel that all depends on your skin/complexion. I’ll be 38 soon and after using it for a year I haven’t noticed much difference with my fine lines or puffiness so I wouldn’t put too much stock in these claims.