CONCEALER. This is by far one of my most essential/loved/best makeup products.
It doesn’t matter if I’ve had a few too many late-night-early-morning situations or if I’ve been the queen of the glorious eight hours of sleep. Concealer hooks it up.
Concealer can take years off and add hours of sleep when worn correctly. I love this stuff.
Over the past couple of years I’ve definitely transitioned from wearing fuller coverage concealers under my eyes, to light diffusing formulas, which are more friendly on fine lines and smile wrinkles. Not that I mind my laugh lines, I just don’t love the look of having product sink into them.
Light diffusing formulas work by reflecting light, making your under eye area look brighter and fresh. They tend to feel lighter, have a more fluid texture, and look dewier. Full coverage, matte finish formulas (think Tarte Shape Tape) are excellent for concealing around the nose, blemishes and acne scars, but I’ve moved away from using them right under my eyes as I’ve aged.
My Criteria for Under Eye Concealers
1 – must look dewy, must not look cakey/heavy.
2 – must cover dark circles with at least two layers
3 – somehow ages me in reverse, like Benjamin Button
4 – lasts all day (I use a setting spray, but I still like them to last on their own)
5 – no creasing (when used with setting powder/spray)
6 – looks like a second skin
With that being said, here are concealers I use regularly. I placed them in order of price from lowest to highest, except for my #1 pick, which you’ll see more about below.
Because I find order and organization soothing (haha) I’ve also listed the shades I use when I’m at my normal skin tone (I’m cool toned and fair) first, and then second I listed the shade I use when I have a faux tan, which makes me a bit darker and more neutral toned.
My Favorite Concealers for Dry + Mature Skin:
1 | Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector, $32, .16oz.
- shade Light to Medium
Okay, this one is not technically a concealer. It’s an under eye brightening color corrector. I wanted to start with this product because it’s a MUST HAVE.
This product literally reverses any dark circles or darkness at the inner corners of my eye. It makes every concealer work 1,000x times better, from my $6 drugstore finds right up to my $53 Tom Ford splurge concealer.
I have included photos below of each concealer with and without the Becca B.C. underneath. I think it makes every concealer look more smooth and dewy, and reduces the blueish circles better than any second (or third) layer of concealer ever could.
It’s literally a miracle product and I’m willing to write that, knowing I probably sound like an idiot, because I truly love this so much.
I dab it right on to the dark parts only (this placement is important), then dab it in. You need the smallest, smallest amount to cover even the darkest circles. This pot lasts forever. Once it’s completely blended in, I apply concealer over it.
It’s the best product and I use it daily, whether or not I’m wearing any other makeup. Every person that I use this on when I’m doing their makeup takes a photo of the back of the pot. It’s that noticeable of a difference! There is no other product in my kit that people photograph to buy for themselves later as much as this Becca corrector.
2 | Colourpop No Filter Concealer, $6, .14 oz.
- Light Neutral 14
I love the amount of coverage you get with this concealer. It’s also ultra lightweight, so it never feels heavy or thick on my skin. It doesn’t crease and lasts all day.
There are a few downsides. I wish it was slightly more luminous, the finish is a teeny bit too matte. I generally wear this with the Becca corrector, so that adds dewiness. I just wish it had a bit more light-diffusing properties on it’s own. Also, it’s available only online for now. I’ve purchased four shades trying to find the right one, which is still under the price of one high-end concealer, but I’d still love to be able to swatch and see in stores. Colourpop has some products in Ulta stores now, I’m really hoping they expand and include concealers. I think they’d fly off of shelves if everyone could get their perfect shade on the first try. And finally, the shades I did buy did oxidize, meaning the got darker once they were applied and oxygen hit them. This wouldn’t bother me if I could just test them out and get the right shade after oxidization.
Overall, the formula is really great though. It’s noticeable how light and comfortable the formula is to wear. I will be purchasing more to find my ideal shade. I can wear shade 14 when I have a bit of a faux tan.
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3 | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, $9, .2oz.
- shade Fair
- shade Light
This is a great drugstore concealer. It feels lightweight and the sponge tip is great for dabbing a small amount of product on and not over applying.
The coverage leans a bit more matte. I prefer a more dewy finish as my under eye area is a bit more on the dry side, so I pare it often with the Becca corrector. This has a finish of a much higher-end concealer.
It’s great for days I am running errands and don’t want to use a pricier concealer. I find myself using it often and I love how it looks with the Becca corrector. This came with me on my last vacation and I was really happy with it the whole trip!
4 | Physician’s Formula #Instaready Concealer, $11, .37oz.
- shade Fair
This is another great drugstore concealer find. It is a bit more full coverage, so go really light handed with application.
One of my only cons with this concealer – I love the formula – but the packaging puts out two to three times the amount that I need to cover my under eye area. So I end up wasting a lot of product, as the tiniest drop gives you full coverage. You do get a lot of product though, .37oz is a generous amount, so it’s not a huge monetary waste, it just drives me insane to not be able to get the correct amount.
The other downside is that this concealer only comes in two shades, which is so odd to me. It comes in Fair and Light. So if you are medium, tan, or deep skin tone, no dice. Most companies have at least one shade available in each of the five skin tone categories and many now have multiple shades with different undertones in each category.
I blend this concealer out with my fingers first, then a beauty blender. It has a nice finish, which leans more matte. I usually wear the Becca Brightening Corrector underneath to give it a bit more luminosity.
5 | Julep Cushion Complexion, $30, .16oz.
- shade 100
- shade 110
I recently discovered this concealer from Julep and really love it! It has the light diffusing formula that I was talking about earlier, so it’s lightweight but covers dark circles.
You can tap the concealer in lightly with your finger and it blends in perfectly. You can also build a second layer for more coverage with out any caking or heaviness. I rarely use a beauty blender to finish blending this concealer, it blends nicely with just fingers.
This formula has a super lightweight feel, which I really liked. If you are looking for a super natural looking concealer, that still diffuses the look of dark circles, this would be a great pick for you.
6 | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30, .22oz.
- shade Vanilla
I really, really love this concealer. The formula is lightweight, but covers everything. It diffuses light beautifully, making your under eye area look flawless. I only have it in one shade, Vanilla, but I’d like to try their lightest shade, Chantilly, to see how that would work on my fair winter skin.
I really like that this formula sets, so that after a few minutes it feels dry to the touch and not sticky at all. I usually wear one to two light layers of this concealer.
Out of all my concealers, this is probably the one I reach for the most. The coverage is just right, the luminosity is perfect and it truly makes my under eyes look brighter and never settles or enhances fine lines. It’s a great product, with an impressive range. If I could only buy one concealer again, this would be my pick.
7 | Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, $32, .18oz.
- shade Porcelain
Another light diffusing win-win formula. Becca’s concealer is truly luminous and makes me look like I’ve had a full night’s sleep no matter what. It feels lightweight and sheer, but does cover dark circles with two light layers.
My only (constructive) criticism of this concealer is that the lightest shade they offer, Porcelain, is still dark on me. I can only wear it when I’m faux tanned. I’d love if they came out with one or two more fair shades so I can wear it year-round.
This is an excellent concealer for people who could use a little bit more sleep in their lives. It really does make me look well-rested and awake!
8 | Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, $35, .12oz.
- shade 1 Fair
- shade 2 Fair
I first tried a sample of this concealer with another order I’d placed from Charlotte Tilbury. It feels light, but does set and eventually becomes dry to the touch. It has a really silky feeling and a beautiful light diffusing effect.
This is a really nice, radiant looking concealer. The only downside is that there isn’t a ton of product in the wand, so it does go quickly with regular use. But the finish and look on the skin is really gorgeous.
9 | Tom Ford Concealing Pen, $53, .11oz.
- shade Alabaster (I have shade Porcelain, but they’ve changed the names, so I think this is closest)
I was lucky enough to get a ton of Tom Ford products when I was on the makeup team for one of their runway shows in Los Angeles. This concealing pen has become one of my favorite concealers.
It blends into the skin flawlessly and circles disappear. It just makes dark circles vanish. This has a lightweight feel, sets nicely, and diffuses light. It truly has a no makeup look. It just looks like a second skin.
I do wish it was a bit more affordable, but Tom Ford makeup is a luxury brand, so it is what it is. I will say this, it’s a gorgeous product and I would absolutely buy it again, along with a lotto ticket to pay that CC bill. If cost is not a concern for you, this is a wonderful concealer.
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Thank you for reading. As always, I hope this post was helpful!