I’ve Got it Covered with Concealers

You’ve always got to have a good concealer to hand.  Whether it’s to disguise those dark circles or to camouflage unruly blemishes and marks on the skin, a concealer completes your look.  It shouldn’t replace the need to get your foundation right, assuming you wear it of course, and no matter how much you think you need to conceal, I think a natural effect is always best – that is the skin looks like skin and not a mask.

For me, I have three types of requirements when it comes to concealing.  The first is to conceal under the eyes (always a must for me), the second is a brightening concealer (I don’t do this all the time and typically when my foundation is say a tad bit too dark and I want a brightening effect) and lastly is pin-point concealing to cover any blemishes or marks on the skin.

In the past I used to have one concealer and hoped that it would do all three jobs, but now that I am bit more beauty savvy (or at least I like to think I am), I have realised that this is not the case as each area of the face requires a different tone i.e. a peach tone that I need to counteract my dark circles is probably not going to look so good to mask a blemish if you catch my drift.

Needless to say finding the right concealers has always been a difficult task for me but now I can honestly say that I have that department well and truly covered.  Here is a round-up of my favourites split into the categories I mentioned above:

The Under Eyes

I’m not joking it took me years to find a concealer that is perfect for this area of the face. From a variety of high-end and drugstore versions to even just relying on my foundation (which I know you should never do), I finally stumbled on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10 and I just haven’t looked back.  It featured in my Base Staples post which you can read here.

I wear the shade Warm Medium which is very peachy and perfect for counter-acting my dark circles.  The doe foot applicator makes applying it very easy and the consistency is just perfect for the under-eyes making blending easy and creasing non-existent.

Brightening

Nothing does it better than Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in my opinion, I mean the name says it all. Technically you could use this to brighten your under-eyes which is what a lot of people use this product for in fact.  For me, however, I never really got on well with this as an under-eye concealer or for concealing blemishes, but to lift and brighten up the high points of my face like along the bridge of my nose, the cupids bow and along the cheek bones, this gets a high five from me.

I have the shade Custard which compliments my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab perfectly.

Blemishes

I have three that fulfil this need.  The first is the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in shade number 8.  I got a sample pot of this back in January 2016 and I still haven’t finished it!  You literally need the tiniest amount of this heavy-duty, creamy little wonder.  Highly recommend this.

Next up is the Nars Soft Matte Concealer in the shade Macadamia (1.5 Medium).  The texture is a bit more drier and therefore requires more in the way of blending, nonetheless it does a good job at concealing blemishes and marks.

Lastly is the Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream in shade number 7.  This is on par with the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer as it is very creamy and a little goes a long way.  The only thing is that I prefer to use a small fine brush (something like a lip brush) to apply any concealers on blemishes, but as this comes in a tube it means that I end up wasting a lot of product.  Apart from that though this is an excellent concealer for blemishes and applied in moderation still leaves a natural finish despite being full coverage.

So there it is, the low-down on my concealer stash, see below for swatches.  What about you?  Which are your favourite concealers? x

From left to right: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer in Warm Medium, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream in No. 7, Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Macadamia & Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in No. 8

  • The Nars Soft Matte is my favourite – the texture works really well on my combination skin

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I’m also obsessed with the NARS creamy concealer! In fact I already repurchased it twice – which is rarely happens as I have a huge concealer collection too!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • This is such a great review! I am always looking for a great under-eye concealer but haven’t had the best luck. I used to use touche éclat but it’s kind of just brightening – good for that no makeup look but not good for heavier makeup. I never would have thought of using the Doublewear concealer though – I use the foundation & find it quite heavy & that it sets into my tear troughs, but I think I’ll have to try it out after this. I do love the foundation though! Thanks for sharing these! Always great to discover new products.

    TFM Life & Style blog

    • I’m glad you found this useful. Yes i can imagine the Touche Eclat is better for brightening than for covering. Definitely test out the Estee Lauder double wear one x

  • I have not tried that one x

  • I haven’t tried the Maybelline two, will have to give them a test x

  • They are fab x

  • Thanks for reading lovely x

  • Perhaps warm medium might work for you too? x

  • I love all your picks!
    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  • I completely agree you need different types to do specific jobs. I haven’t tried any of these but I do wonder if the Estée Lauder one is repackaged one I used to use in a tube my moons ago. I’m currently trialling Shape Tape. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

  • Always wanted to try the Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer!!
    http://www.lottiegibbons.com

  • Love your recommendations, you have so many great full coverage ones. I love the sound of the Estee Lauder one as I’m really fussy about what goes under my eyes!

    The Makeup Directory

    • Yeah me too. Luckily I really get on well with the Estee Lauder one x

  • I need to try all of these concealers, loving using the tarte shape tape at the moment! x

  • mmhmmm yes the nars one has been a staple in my routine for yonks! i feel the exact same way about that one as you do about estee lauder…never looked back.

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

    • When you find something that works I think you should stick to it…right? x

  • I have wanted to try the Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer for such a long time, I am going to have to try it out!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

  • The Nars Soft Matte Concealer looks like it would be a great fit for me, I tried the Radiant Creamy and wasn’t in love with it. Love that your foundation is Punjabi because my grandparents were born in the Punjab. Great post, I remember a while back everyone talked about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD concealer but now it seems to have slipped off the radar, will have to have a swatch in Debenhams next time, thank you for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • You should like the Nars Soft Matte concealer. So was my grandma too! xx

  • I agree: I think sometimes you need more than just one concealer! I like your selection here, I really want to try the Nars Soft Matte Concealer and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, they both sound very helpful for those bad skin days!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

    • Yes, you always need to make sure that those days are well catered for! x

  • I must repurchase the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer because I love it. I also want to buy the Nars matte concealer. Great post! xx

    Beautylymin

  • Just like you I need a concealer for all these three purposes. For the undereyes I use the Bobbi Brown Corrector with sometimes a bit of Fit Me, which is my brightening concealer of choice on top. For blemishes I have yet to find the one…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking