The Concealer Stash

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If there's one single makeup item that I absolutely can't live without, it's concealer.  It can hide a multitude of sins if you've been burning the candle at both ends, and it can give you a big confidence boost if your skin isn't quite looking its best for whatever reason.

I'm a huge concealer junkie, so I purchase and use up more concealer products than any other type of makeup.  For a short time when I was at college, I almost did away with concealer in favour of heavy foundations, but thankfully I soon realised that the 'caked on / masked face look' wasn't a good one! Like all makeup, concealer comes in a wide variety of formulas, textures and coverage levels.  Some can multi task and be used on various areas of the face, others are best applied in specific regions (e.g undereyes etc).

Below is my current stash of concealers and what I use them for.  There's a good mix of high end, mid range and budget options, so if you're looking for a new concealer to try, you're in the right place. 
The Undereye Concealers
I have dark circles combined with pigmentation around my eyes, which means that I look virtually dead or at best, very ill, if I don't apply something on top of them!  To combat this, I first use a product that acts as a corrector to erase any blue or grey tones.  I find that A La Carte Secret Light Concealer* works well at banishing dark circles and doesn't settle into any fine lines thanks to its creamy formula, or I'll use the cult Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer* to neutralise any discoloration. 

Over that, I'll then apply a brightening concealer where it's needed to really perk up the undereye area and make myself look much more awake.  I love Liz Earle Light Reflecting Concealer* which is amazing, but if you need extra coverage, go for something more pigmented and matte such as Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer or Youngblood Ultimate Concealer*. The latter is a great one to try if you're searching for a more natural, mineral based concealer in a solid cream format.
The Blemish Beaters
Covering up blemishes is a tricky skill to master, but it's mostly all down to finding the right shade for your skintone and opting for a formula that isn't going to slide right off, or cake up later in the day.  I really like the Alterra Concealer Stick because the flesh toned colour is perfect for me, but if you can't find it in the UK (it's German), then B. Flawless Long Lasting Concealer* from Superdrug is an excellent alternative and slightly more creamy.  For those particularly pesky big red blemishes, you can't go wrong with the ever popular Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which is one of the best and most budget friendly concealers you can find on the planet.  It delivers light-medium coverage and lasts throughout the day.   

My skin is sadly prone to breakouts (though recently it's been behaving, touch wood!) so when one does occur, I'll reach for Per-fekt Skin Perfection Conceal* which you can pick up from Sephora. This is a heavy duty concealer that comes out super thick, but has a light, gel like texture once you actually apply it.  It gets rid of any redness and covers up imperfections like a dream, plus you only need a tiny amount because it's so pigmented. 
The Multi-Taskers
A lot of concealers on the market like to claim that they do it all, but in my experience I've found most are best kept for using either for undereyes or for blemishes etc, and not usually both.  This may be due to different areas of the face having different textures e.g undereyes may be dry and blemishes are normally more oily.  To buck the trend, two of my HG concealers definitely do it all (well for me anyway!).  I love, love, love Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer which comes in a wide range of shades, gives fantastic coverage and is beautifully creamy, yet doesn't slide around once you've blended it into the skin.  It's not cheap though, so for a more budget friendly option, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is very similar and much more affordable for me to use everyday.

Have you tried any of these?
What are your favourite concealers?

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24 comments

  1. Love reading this post and it's actually funny because I just thought today about posting about my favourite concealers too - especially one from Witch which I don't see in your stash - but yours is still way bigger than mine. :) X

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    1. I would love to see your favourite concealers! I've used the Witch one in the past and really rate it :) x

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  2. I use the Clinique airbrush concealer and have been pretty happy with it for the under eye area! I would like to find something a bit more natural but it really does a good job!

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    1. I've heard so many great things about that one!

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  3. I love Per-fekt's concealer and I just bought Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer so I'm looking forward to trying that out :) lovely post! xx

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    1. Thanks Beth, hope you like the Collection concealer! xx

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  4. I'm a concealer junkie too, though I haven't got quite as many as you - yet hehe. Love the sound of the Estee Lauder concealer - everyone goes on about the Double Wear foundation but not seen a post mentioning the corresponding concealer before. xx

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    1. It's a bad addiction to have lol! I picked up the EL one on recommendation from the Pixiwoo girls, but it does seem to be something of a hidden gem on the blogosphere compared to the all the raves the foundation gets xx

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  5. I love the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, so easy to work with! It blends so beautifully.

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    1. It's amazing isn't it? Can't believe how affordable it is as well!

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  6. This is a great post! I always look for new concealers as I haven't quite found the perfect one for everything yet. I've definitely added some of these options to my wishlist. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. Let me know if you try any of them Celina - would love to hear your thoughts! xx

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  7. Really want to try the Perricone concealer for under my eyes as the Collection one is too cakey for under my eyes
    Daniella x


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    1. It's really great, you can sometimes find Perricone MD for sale prices on QVC :) x

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  8. I have quite a few too and am always looking for more because of my dark circles! I love the No Concealer Concealer - worked so well for me in covering any redness and spots xx

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  9. I really love the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, but my all time favourite has to be the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - it's just amazing xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  10. Great collection! I have horrible dark circles
    I use Bobbi Brown corrector and Cliniques Airbrush concealer to battle that dead look.
    That Perricone concealer looks interesting.
    Lovely post!
    TarteTanya

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I want to try those two :)

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  11. I absolutely love the Maybelline fit me concealer!!! I just keep going back to it again and again! Its perfect for everything
    Please check out my blog http://littlebeautybloge.blogspot.co.uk/ it would mean the world to me
    Elizabeth x

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  12. really want to try the fit me concealer!

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