9 Concealers That Will Make It Look Like You Just "Woke Up Like This"August 25, 2015
Since I was able to toddle into my first makeup store, I knew I had dark circles under my eyes. I was frequently asked, "Are you sleeping?" and told, "Wow! You look tired!" The first beauty product I ever used besides sparkly eyeshadow was most likely a concealer. There was nothing that uncovered the magic of makeup for me more than being able to hide my dark circles. I've been in a rut lately with my own stash of concealers. What started out as a personal quest for that "I just woke up like this" look quickly became a blog post (as it so often does). I thought I should share some old tried and true favorites and also share some concealers I want to try that I know have buzz. Without further ado...
Tarte CC Eye Priming Concealer Stick - I wish I could buy this concealer in bulk! I tried this on a whim after my mother raved about it. A few weeks later I purchased it and was fan-girling right along with her. Since I was a huge fan of Tarte's Creaseless Concealer, I knew Tarte could whip out an amazing concealer. I just wasn't sure how it would measure up compared to the Creaseless. This product comes in stick form and goes on with a cream consistency. Since it comes in stick form it is easy to target blemishes and draw in the under eye area. I found that this concealer was top notch at evening out my skin tone and great a blemish cover-up. My dark circles were vanished in a swipe, the redness around any blemishes was immediately dissolved, and it was the perfect concealer to prep eyelids for shadow. There's a limited range of colors, but since it's a CC the colors are pretty adaptable. If you need a fuller coverage concealer that also evens out skin tone or discoloration - this is the one for you!
Tarte Creaseless Concealer - This is my all time favorite concealer! No words can express the true and infinite love I have for this particular concealer. I don't know if it's nostalgia because this was the first high-end concealer I was ever recommended at a Sephora when I was sixteen or if it's really just that damn good. I've bought countless tubes of this concealer and have never been disappointed with it. It's creamy/tacky out of the tube, but holds true to it's namesake by being creaseless as can be. This is important to me because unfortunately all of my developing fine lines seem to be concentrated around my dark-circle eye area. This concealer comes in a huge range of colors and is exceptionally long wearing. It doesn't offer much in the way of brightening, but it will cover dark circles and blemishes effortlessly. A+
Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer - This is my all time favorite drug store concealer by far! I rock Shade 2. It strikes a fine balance between brightening and coverage. In my opinion, this concealer doesn't offer full coverage, but it does brighten like crazy. It's absolutely perfect for the under eye area and I often use it as part of my highlight and contour routine. Seriously, if you're in the market for a good drugstore concealer give this one a go!
L'Oreal Paris MagicLumi Concealer - This is my second favorite drugstore concealer! It's meant for brightening and again, in my opinion, doesn't really offer full coverage for blemishes. I find it slightly less opaque than the Flower concealer I mentioned above. It has a bit more of a sheer consistency, but offers a truly luminescent glow. I have a ton of friends who raved about this product for giving them beyond average brightening and for making them look especially fresh faced. That being said, it's great for under eye and subtle highlighting. It's slightly more expensive than the Flower concealer, but not by much. Try them both and pick a winner. Surely you can't go wrong.
Benefit's Bo-ing Concealer - I gave this a try junior year and it slowly edged out my Tarte Creaseless Concealer for about five months. It offers five shades (I found I had to mix two to get my "perfect" shade) and is described as "industrial-strength." It's a creamy consistency, best applied with fingers by gently patting into the under eye area. I found that it covered up my dark circles effortlessly and didn't settle into fine lines. It also was great for blemishes. This one isn't really for brightening, but if you need a long-lasting concealer that is full coverage, but somehow looks natural and won't budge - this is it!
Benefit Fake-Up Concealer - I haven't tried this one, but have heard really good things about it. Though it only comes in three shades, it's supposed to be ultra hydrating, nix the look of fine lines and dark circles, and give your under eye area a really naturally look. Reports say it has a silky finish and the product as a whole offers top-notch coverage. Apparently a little goes a long way, so it's worth the spend because you won't be running out any time soon!
Pixi Concealing Concentrate - This is a higher end drugstore pick. It comes in two shades, but the only one I've tried is adaptable peach. It remind me of a tackier version of the Bo-ing concealer mentioned above. You can apply with your fingers or a small brush. I opted for an eye shadow brush to apply because I found it easier to work with and blend. This is also blends out well with a beauty blender. This stuff is pretty high powered and makes you look instantly awake - like you got your eight hours. I know that I love going for this concealer whenever I'm wanting to pull off the whole "no make-up, make-up" look. It's really natural looking and I find myself marveling at how fresh and awake I look. It seems to hold all day. My only advice? Make sure to set this concealer with powder! I find it can sometimes get caught up in fines lines/creases if you don't (I had to learn that one the hard way). A little powder and this concealer can go all day. It offers nice coverage and moderate brightening, but keep in mind the range is really limited as far as color selection goes.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - This one makes the list simply because for the past two months every beauty youtuber I watch has used it and loved it. It's one of those concealers that have a cult following and most likely for good reason. It seems to strike a balance between full coverage and brightening. I sampled this concealer last time I was at Sephora and my heart jumped as I felt the truly creamy concealer glide on to the back of my hand. I did notice that though it glides on, it has an excellent stay power and won't easily budge. It's not liquid-like in consistency. If you're willing to splurge, give this one a try and see what all the fuss is about for me!
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - I use It Cosmetic's CC cream as my foundation and I am borderline obsessed with it, so I knew their concealer had to be good. This concealer offers total coverage, no creasing, longevity, and is guaranteed to make you look like you got a full night's rest. It's the closest competitor to my favorite Tarte Creaseless Concealer. They have a similar feel, coverage, and consistency. I will say a little bit of this product goes such a long way, so even a sample sized tube will last you a good amount of time. I do think this product goes on a bit slicker than the Tarte Creaseless and may offer a bit more brightening. However, this concealer doesn't measure up to the Tarte Creaseless when it comes to color selection. I believe there are only 3-4 color options in the It Range whil Tarte offers well over 10.
What concealers are you loving? Let me know! I feel like concealer is the product I'm always on the hunt for.
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