Review of High-end and Drug Store Concealers

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 :)