Hi ladies! Today I had a case of the Mondays. Not that my day was bad (although working in finance on a day when the Dow drops 600 points isn’t the most fun) but what I mean is that I was (am) tirrrreeeedddd. Always a problem when I stay out or up late on weekends and sleep in and have to get back to my normal routine. I end up awake at midnight, trying desperately to fall asleep. The result? Getting about 5 hours of lackluster winks.
On days like today, concealer is the most useful tool. I have tried and tested several concealers in my day. After finding holy grail worthy products I have decided to dish what I love, dislike and am undecided on.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller- Grade: B+
I actually *really* like this product. It feels cooling to my eyes in the morning. It’s easy to apply and it’s not thick so application takes just seconds. I prefer this on days when I am going pretty bare faced (hellloooo weekends) and in the summer it’s been nice too because I prefer something light weight. I don’t notice creasing with this product and I don’t set it with a powder.
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette- Grade: B-
This gets a B- grade because it’s only useful for me as a face concealer because under the eyes it’s a hot mess and doesn’t stay put. As a facial concealer alone, the grade would be B+/A- range. But I have to consider that most gals wouldn’t want to buy two concealers, especially when this one comes with three already. The powder included is very nice for setting. These blend well and hide spots nicely.
Mally Cancellation Conditioning Concealer* Medium- Grade: A-
Another product that I am really happy with. It blends nicely into my skin, fully covers dark circles and spots on the face. It doesn’t crease even if I don’t set it with powder (which I traditionally don’t like to do as powder ages skin and makes me look dried out). I would have given this an A grade if it weren’t for the price point/product amount. I would like to see a little more product for the money here.
Benefit Erase Paste Medium- Grade: C-
It’s the creasing on this product that lowers it’s grade significantly. It covers under eye circles like a dream and the salmon undertone to it really helps. However, this stuff is THICK. I used this in the winter last year. I must have liked it because I used an entire jar. This is my second one (mini version). I find this is WAY too thick to use on the face. It’s not a summer time concealer for me at all. Overall, if this didn’t crease so easily I would give it a much higher grade. AND if it was multipurpose.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Medium- Grade: A
This concealer is fantastic. It’s the perfect shade match for me too. It has a great consistency. It’s not watery, nor does it have molasses-like thickness. I like the wand applicator too. There is a reason why this is the concealer I choose to carry in my daily makeup bag. It lasts all day on me without creasing and works in equal measure under the eyes and on the face. Too bad we cannot get this easily in the U.S. thankfully I was able to con the lovely H of 25FLondon to send me one!
TheBalm Time Balm Concealer Medium- Grade: B+
I do like this concealer. The only problem I have found with it so far is it’s just a tad too dark for my skintone. Can’t blame the concealer for that now can I? lol. This concealer is again thanks to the lovely H. I have heard so many raves about this product (my mom included) so it was nice to finally give it a go. I mix it a bit with another concealer you will see shortly and it creates a great shade for under the eyes and all around my face. It stays put on me with very minimal end of the day creasing.
Milani HD Advanced Concealer 02- Grade: B-
Firstly, I don’t necessarily have a fond-ness for click pens in general. I don’t like them frankly. That’s not why this product borders the B-/C+ range, though. It’s because it’s under eye concealing properties aren’t the best I have seen. It definitely brightens and lightens but it doesn’t completely cover. I do like it on the face, however, and under my eyes on days when I just want a little bit of brightness and not a heavy concealer. It’s also pricier than I would like to see for a drugstore product. Overall it’s one of those YSL touche eclat dupes that does what the YSL ones do, for a fraction of the price. If you have tried the YSL, you know they don’t do squat for concealing…they are really just brightening. This actually does give you some concealing, just not 100% coverage. I still enjoy having this around.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW20- Grade: A+
The.best.concealer.I.have.tried.period!!!!! It’s too light for me right now, and to be honest I think the lady at MAC got me way too light of a shade. I can’t use this on my face for that reason (would look leper-esque) but I was able to use it under my eyes up until the middle of June. Now it’s too light to even use there which is a bummer because I LOVE this stuff. My bottle is about 1/4 gone and I have had it since March. It NEVER creases on me, doesn’t need to be set with anything, blends well, covers everything and it isn’t unreasonably priced. This gets my highest recommendation. Only word of caution: the pump. Because this concealer is pigmented you only need a tiny amount so trust me when I say slowly compress the pump and get just a dab out. A whole pump wastes product. The pump is an after thought for me. I don’t care. A product this good could be sold in a ziplic bag and I would still buy it.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Medium- Grade: B
I got this product in the Tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous set on QVC. It will be released on it’s own in the near future. At any rate, it’s thick…soooo thick that you need to rub it on the back of your hand first (Thanks to Amy from The Beauty Call for the tip) to warm it up. First, normally that’s too much work for me. Second, it’s a waste of product because it rubbed into my fingers and into my hand. BUT when it goes on my skin it gives the loveliest finish under my eyes and it really does what it says it’s going to do: not crease! It is moisturizing which is great because everyone could use moisture in the eye area. I docked it a few points for not really being able to use it on my face. I don’t like thick concealers all over my skin….I feel like it would cause break outs.
I hope this helps you ladies out there in search of a great concealer. The 4 above I wouldn’t want to go through life without!
Oh, and I had to include one dishonorable mention:
ELF Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter- Grade: F
It does not conceal and it does not highlight. The consistency is very watery and thin. Totally not worth the money.