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Concealers: Tried & Tested



I have used many a concealer over the years. I have not suffered from acne however have had the occasional spot that needed to be hidden away. However my main concerns have been dark circles and redness around my nose and chin. So I wanted to collate my thoughts on products I have used in the hope it may help you when next searching the market for a new concealer.

Here are a list of concealers currently floating around my make up drawers and my thoughts on each:


1. BY TERRY Terribly Densiless Concealer
This has a beautiful texture that blends with skin seamlessly. I remember testing this in-store at MECCA on my hand and noticing it was the only concealer that didn't settle into the lines on my skin (or cling to the hair). While it is a beautiful texture, it has a lighter coverage so isn't the greatest at hiding red spots. I prefer to use this layered over a colour corrector on my dark circles. I would personally rate this a 10/10 for a light coverage concealer.
Price: $88
Available from: MECCA

2. GLOSSIER Stretch Concealer
I feel I have been using this concealer everyday, since the postman delivered my Glossier parcel to me. In the process of writing this post and taking photographs, it has become obvious that this is the closest match to my skin colour, which is one of the reasons I probably like it over my other concealers. But it is also the texture and the ease at which it blends seamlessly with my skin. It is so creamy and leaves a natural glow to my under eye and cheek bones, when I apply it every morning. It is also surprisingly high coverage (considering Glossier adopt the "No Makeup Makeup" philosophy). I find I reach for this to conceal everything- dark circles, spots, red patches... I would rate this 9/10 (losing one star because, as a brand, Glossier still cannot offer shipping to Australia).
Price: $18 USD (about $23 AUD).
Available from: Glossier


3. RMS "Un" Cover-Up Concealer
RMS are a cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly skincare brand which is a favourite of Emma Watson. I have had this in my makeup collection for 9 months and like it for concealing around my nose and occasionally use it under my eyes. It comes in a small pot and has a creamy but thick consistency that provides light coverage. It blends out easily and leaves a radiant and non-matte finish. I find it doesn't highlight dry skin patches either so is a bonus for concealing pesky, part-healed spots.  This can also be used as a foundation (not that I have tried) so is great if you are looking for a 2-in-1 product. To provide a quick comparison to my other pot-concealer from Glossier- RMS has a thicker consistency, provides slightly higher coverage but is harder to blend out.
Price: $52
Available from: MECCA

4. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This concealer from NARS provides the highest coverage of all the concealers mentioned in this post. It is, as the name states, a cream formula and comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. I fear I overestimated the paleness of my skin when selecting the colour, and would probably select one shade warmer in the future. However I love using this when going to events- i use it under my eyes in a triangle shape to really highlight this area and the shape of my cheek bones. I prefer to blend this out with a Beauty Blender (rather than my fingers) to give a more seamless appearance. Due to the paleness of this shade, I do not use it to cover red spots (as it has more of an illuminating effect rather than concealing), however in the correct shade, I believe it would be excellent at this! If you have never tried a NARS concealer, they are great quality and reasonably priced. They have also released a matte, pot-concealer which I cannot wait to get my hands on.
Price: $44
Available from: MECCA

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
I purchased this concealer during a Priceline 40% off sale and frankly, bought it just to see what other bloggers were raving about. I am still yet to work that out as I really did not like this concealer. It is packaged in a tube that has a brush tip. So after first application this gets very messy. I first used it on my chin to conceal a red patch however all this achieved was highlighting dry areas on my skin. Not a pretty look. It also did not last well under my eyes with the concealer becoming patchy throughout the day. If you are considering buying this, I would advise forking out a few more dollars for a higher quality NARS or Glossier concealer (if you can wait for shipping periods).
Price: $13.95
Available from: Priceline

6. Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer
I really enjoy using this concealer for under my eyes. As you will see in the below swatch photo, this concealer has apricot tones to it, which means it is great at counteracting the blueish tones in my dark circles. It comes packaged in a twist up tube with sponge applicator on the end. On one hand, this makes for very easy and even application, but on the other, creates a mess inside the cap. This is a runnier formula but does its job at correcting my dark circles. An excellent drug store option for under eye concealer!
Price: $26.95
Available from: Priceline

Top To Bottom: NARS in the shade LIGHT 1 Chantilly; BY TERRY in the shade 2 Vanilla Beige; REVLON in the shade Fair Clair; RIMMEL in the shade 010 Ivory; RMS in the shade 11; GLOSSIER in the shade Light/Clair 10

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