Over the years I’ve tried what feels like an infinite amount of concealers and for one reason or another, I haven’t liked them. Whether they were too drying or didn’t have enough coverage for my acne prone skin I gave up on them. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you how many I’ve tried, I’ve lost count. But after years of searching, I’ve finally found some of the best concealers for my dry, acne prone skin.
Four concealers may seem excessive and it is. But I love all of these for different reasons. Firstly I want to talk about concealers I love for covering blemishes around the face, this includes active acne, scarring and pigmentation.
My absolute favourite is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin. I’ve wanted to try this since it’s release in 2015 but couldn’t bring myself to pay the £19 because prior to this, I’d already tried high-end concealers that didn’t work like MAC’s Pro Longwear, MAC Studio Finish and Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection. Inevitably I broke down and brought it and I’m seriously so glad I did. This is without a doubt the best concealer I’ve used for covering blemishes around the face. This concealer is available in eleven to fourteen shades and I brought the shade fair-neutral, the lightest shade. It’s way to light, way too light but I prefer to apply my concealer before foundation so it still works. If you’re interested in this product I highly recommend being shade matched at an Urban Decay counter.
This is completely full coverage, it’ll cover almost anything beautifully, I really love this for blemishes. It has a nice doe-foot applicator, feels lightweight and doesn’t go cakey throughout the day. It’s a matte finish concealer and that dries very fast, you have to work quickly with this, however if you blend it with a damp beauty blender you’ll have a little more play time. Although I love this for blemish coverage, I hate this for my under eyes. Hate is an understatement. On my dry, textured under eyes, this is horrible. Because it’s so matte and full coverage it emphasises every bit of texture, if feels tight and looks crapey. I don’t recommend this at all as an under eye concealer, for blemishes, I can’t recommend this enough and it’s one I’ll continuously re-purchase, this is my second bottle!. If you’re someone who likes to highlight with concealers, this one to try (as long as you don’t apply it too close to the eye). Urban Decay can be purchased from Feelunique, any department store or direct from the website. I got mine from Feelunique.
Another concealer I love for blemish coverage is Kiko’s Full Coverage Concealer. This the latest edition to my collection and I love it. I was a little dubious of this because I haven’t had good experiences with cream concealers in the past. I tried MAC’s Studio Finish and The Balm’s Balm Time and hated them both, I found them to be dry and difficult to work with but I saw Lisa Eldridge recommend this and thought for the low price of £7.50 it can’t hurt to try. I’m so glad I did buy this, it’s fantastic for spot concealing and correcting any makeup mistakes such as over drawn brows and lips.
I have the shade 02 Natural which is the second lightest shade and again, this is slightly too light but dark enough for me to be able to use on top of my foundation. This is available in eight shades on the Kiko website. I was surprised at how creamy this is, I honestly wasn’t expecting much because I had such bad experiences with two higher-end cream concealers but this just shows that a higher price doesn’t always equal higher quality. I like to use this with a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush because it’s small but dense which gives me the best colour pay-off and this will completely cover any blemishes peaking through my foundation. This is also nice to use under the brow if you’re someone who likes a sharp, defined brow and I’ve also used it under the eye, mixed with a little oil. But in order to get the best out of this, I suggest using it for blemishes. Just like the Naked Skin, this one I’ll be re-purchasing in the future. And it’s currently on sale for £5.20 on Kiko’s website. That’s 30% off!
Onto my favourite under eye concealers. Firstly I have the universally loved, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This concealer reigned supreme a few years ago and I remember seeing this all over social media before Tarte’s Shape Tape took its place. I do like this concealer, it’s a nice hydrating product with enough coverage to eliminate the need for a corrector, on me anyway. My under-eyes are very dry, dull and sallow looking and this does a really good job of brightening the area.
I have the shade Vanilla and it’s almost a perfect match, it’s ever so slightly on the lighter side but for my under-eyes, it looks lovely. It’s light enough to brighten the area without looking ashy and this is available in sixteen shades. Again, it comes with a nice doe-foot applicator that’s nice and small and doesn’t disperse too much product under the eye. I wouldn’t say this is full coverage, probably a nice medium coverage so not ideal for those of you who like to completely cover any problems under the eye. It’s nice and comfortable to wear, very lightweight and will look lovely for anyone who likes to highlight the face with concealer. This lasts all day beautifully but does require setting otherwise it’ll crease. Would I re-purchase? Probably not. Not because I don’t like the product but for £23 I’ve used better for cheaper. However, I do recommend this if you have the money to spend, especially if you have dry under-eyes. I got mine from Selfridges but it’s also available on Feelunique and the official NARS Website.
I’ve saved the best for last because this is my all time favourite under-eye concealer and one I’m going to continue to re-purchase. I’m already on my second tube and it’s the Clinique Airbrush Concealer. Another Lisa Eldridge recommendation. I absolutely love this product and I honestly can’t recommend this enough. If you only buy one concealer, make this it. This is an incredibly light-weight product with a really nice amount of coverage. But the reason I love this so much is because of its light-reflective properties which instantly brightens my dull under-eyes, and because it doesn’t irritate my highly sensitive under-eyes!
I have the shade 06 Neutral Cream and when I first got it, I was rather scared because it came up very peachy but once I blended it in, it looked beautifully natural. This also available in eleven shades with one illuminator. As you can see on the swatch this doesn’t look like it would match, but as well as a light-reflective concealer, this also acts as a 2 in 1 corrector and concealer, on my skin anyway. Another reason as to why this is such a fantastic product! This costs £20 which is £3 cheaper than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and in my opinion, Clinique’s is leaps and bounds better. This doesn’t crease, I don’t need to powder it which I love considering my under-eyes are dry. I wouldn’t recommend this for blemish coverage because it is light reflective and doesn’t have enough coverage, but for brightening a sallow under-eye, I wouldn’t use anything else! I purchased mine from Feelunique but it’s available at any department store and Clinique’s official website.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post all about concealers, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to see you back for my next post!
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