Concealer is very important to me. I need them to cover my post-acne marks. There are times when I don’t want a full foundation face so concealer is the way to go to cover my blemishes. For that purpose I tend to get my true shade instead of going lighter.
I think I purchased my first concealer during my freshmen year of college. At that time, I know pretty much nothing about makeup other than lip glosses and mascara. That was also the year I began to explore and discovered beauty blogs and videos on YouTube. My skin was pretty good then and I didn’t need foundation. So I went and got a concealer instead to cover the few flaws I had. I still remember going into a M.A.C store with my friend Sharon and purchasing my first concealer and face powder. How time flies! Since then, I had acquired more and found my holy grails. The following are some I am currently using.
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda: $10.49 (Target)
I got this mainly because I seen gurus on YouTube using it so I decided to give it a try myself. The bottom left one is a color corrector that has a greenish tint. The top two are the concealers and the bottom right is a setting powder.
Pros: inexpensive, can mix concealers to get desired shades, sleek packaging
Cons: not very hygienic, tends to cake and crease, not long-lasting
Boots No7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick: $9.99 (Target)
I got this when my sister-in-law said this is a dupe for the Hourglass concealer. It is and maybe even better than the Hourglass one. I think I found my holy grail drugstore concealer. It is very creamy but have a powdery finish. Because of the powdery finish I don’t recommend using it on actual pimples or else it will get cakey!
Pros: inexpensive, easy to blend, great coverage, long-lasting, looks natural, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic
Cons: few color selections
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Corrector: $7.99 (various drugstores)
This product claims to be both a concealer and treatment corrector for dark spots. Sounds nice, huh? I don’t buy that it will diminish dark spots over time but as a concealer it is pretty decent. You have to twist the tube and product will come out of the sponge.
Pros: inexpensive (cheapest out of all my concealers), easy to blend, not cakey, looks natural
Cons: hard to control how much product come out, twist tube break easily, sponge applicator not hygienic, not very long-lasting
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: $32 (Sephora)
I swatched this product on a trip to Sephora after I ran out of my holy grail concealer. It was very creamy and easy to blend. After applying it on my face, I like how natural it looks and purchased this to give it a try.
Pros: sleek packaging, good coverage, easy to blend, smooth texture
Cons: pricey, smudges/creases a little, not many color selections
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer: $70 (Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys)
This is a favorite among some people. I’m pretty neutral about this product. I don’t hate it nor do I love it. I find it better as a concealer for under eyes. For other areas of the face, I find it too drying. It is a decent product but I think I can live without it.
Pros: very nice packaging, creamy texture, easy to blend, good coverage
Cons: EXPENSIVE, few color selections
La Mer “The Radiant Concealer” Broad Spectrum: $70 (various dept stores)
I don’t have this product anymore but still want to talk about it. This is probably one of the worst concealers I ever used. I hate it and already tossed it out. I purchased it about two years ago for about $65 (now it is $70) when I was in a La Mer phase. That was the worst $65 spent. It is a creamy concealer with a powdery finish. It doesn’t last at all and slides right after application. With such an expensive product, I thought it would be amazing but I was deeply disappointed.
Pros: can’t think of any
Cons: expensive, not long-lasting at all, slides off right away, not very hygienic
MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer: $32 (Sephora)
This is my favorite concealer of all time. I purchased this after the La Mer concealer failed me. I was so surprised of how well it work for me. As the name of the concealer said, it is full coverage. I used it on pimples before and it concealed it very well. I like to use it on my post-acne marks and it looks very natural and stays put all day (even in hot Texas summer days). I have pretty much used this every single day since I got it. This concealer had lasted me for about a year and a half. I have now ran out and need to repurchase.
Pros: full coverage, waterproof, light-weight, easy to blend, natural looking, long-lasting, non-comedogenic, hygienic squeeze tube helps control product usage, many shades to choose from
Cons: none for me :)