SKIN | A quick look at concealer

Unless your complexion is perfect (in which case, what is your secret?) chances are you use a bit of concealer in your daily makeup routine. I’ve collected a number of concealers in my search for the best. But all concealers are not equal: the perfect concealer for pimples and redness may not be perfect for covering and brightening undereye circles. Keep reading to see what I think about the five pictured above.

From left to right: Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless eye concealer in 210, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Vanilla, Revlon Colorstay concealer in 02 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting concealer in 010 Ivory, and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Brightener.

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless eye concealer
This is a cream concealer in a jar with a screw top lid. The concealer is swirled with a white moisturising cream that I assume is where the Olay part comes in. In this sense the concealer is similar to Benefit’s Fake-Up, as they both offer added moisturising balm to hydrate the eye area as well as concealing. The tone leans toward pink but is too dark to give any brightening effects on my skin (this is the problem with buying Covergirl in New Zealand – you can pretty much only get it from The Warehouse and supermarkets where there are no testers). It also has a slightly greasy feel.

NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Vanilla
It’s probably no secret by now that NARS is my preferred base makeup brand. This concealer is the most expensive one I own but it does not disappoint! You can see it’s a neutral shade with slight pinky undertones, perfect for brightening under the eye. The great thing about using higher end products for your base is that there’s a much better colour selection to choose from. This is a really thick creamy product, so it gives good coverage under the eye and blends well. I can use it for blemishes too, and it covers redness well. I don’t think I can say a single negative thing about this!

Revlon Colorstay concealer in 02 Light
You can see when this is swatched next to the NARS concealer that it’s a lot yellower in tone. If I didn’t have my NARS one I would use this more often and it would mostly be fine: it does a good job covering blemishes and works under the eye in a pinch. At less than half the price of the NARS creamy concealer, I would definitely recommend this to anyone on a budget.

Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting concealer in 010 Ivory
This is a thinner, wetter concealer you squeeze from the tube through a brush-tip applicator. This actually works a bit better than the click-pen style you see in things like the iconic YSL Touche Eclat concealer. In fact this Rimmel concealer is a good affordable dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat, as long as you’re not expecting it to conceal blemishes. I bought it in a shade lighter than my skintone to use as a highlighter and it does the job well. I couldn’t find a good link to this online but as far as I’m aware this is still available in places like Farmers.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Brightener
This was a tricky one to hunt down but I had heard good things about it from various girls on Youtube, so I eventually gave in and got a friend in America to send it over to me. I suspect you may be able to find this at those clearance makeup sales that pop up every now and then. You can see next to the others that this is very thin and very pink. I dab this on under my eyes if I’m looking particularly tired, usually over another concealer. I don’t love the applicator as you have to use the sponge directly on to your face and I feel like it gets a bit gross, but I give it a good clean with some isopropyl alcohol at the same time as doing my brushes and it’s fine.

So what’s next on my concealer list? Like Harriet, I’ve got my eye on the MAC Studio Conceal and Correct palette. What’s your concealer of choice?

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  • Great review! I was pondering about buying the Maybelline Age rewind concealor, but it looks rather pink on your hands and I have medium/light skin with yellow undertones. Do you think that would suit me?
    I am using the Nude by Nature concealor at the moment and I love it! I’m also loving the Revlon Colorstay.

    • This is the brightening shade so it is very pink. If you want a highlighting concealer better suited for yellower toned skin I’d probably suggest MAC Prep and Prime highlighting pen in Light Boost. If that’s out of your budget L’Oreal does a good one too!