As someone who has quite dark circles, I am incredibly hard and picky on the concealers I use. My concealer needs to not only cover my dark circles, but they must be comfortable, long wearing and above all they must not settle in my fine lines!
Often with a concealer you can get a feel for how good it is on first use. However, some concealers need a little TLC on application, as not all concealer apply and work the same way.
For todays post I am going to put some much loved concealers to the test. Some concealers that I love, will be ones others hate. While I know for certain one or two that I am really not a fan of will be holy grails for others. Always keep in mind with posts like this, that what works on one person might not on another!
Maybelline Instant age rewind dark circle eraser
Ok lets just get the obvious one out-of-the-way. I have lost count to the amount of times I have repurchased this concealer. Not only is this fantastic for covering my dark circles, but I find the consistency is incredibly light and sets really well without sitting in my fine lines.
I can wear this on its own when my dark circles aren’t too bad, but on the days that they are very obvious, I like to apply a layer of the dark circle eraser underneath another concealer to get the most impact.
My only complaint about this concealer is the shade range. In Ireland we only have access to two shades. Nude and Light. I wear the shade light but if you’re in the States there is a little bit of a better choice with the illuminating and neutralising shade.
Kat Von D Lock it concealer
Now that Kat Von D beauty is finally available in Ireland ( well through the world wide web at least) I can at long last start including some of my favourite products from her range in my blog posts.
The Lock It Concealer was one of those concealers that I really didn’t like on first use. In fact it took me a good few weeks to get the hang of it. The trick with this concealer is to use a very small amount. I apply it to my dark areas, let it set for a few minutes while I do my eye makeup and then I blend it in. I also have to set it with a powder. Once this is completed, the lock it concealer is a fantastic high coverage concealer. It does a great job of eliminating my dark circles. It wears well throughout the day and once set, it doesn’t move.
You can now buy Kat Von D products from Debenhams online for €26. They will also be available in store in 2017!! The concealer on the Debenhams website is a different packaging so I am not 100% if they are the same thing, but there is something telling me that they were just repackaged! You can have a look here.
Clarins Instant concealer
Over the past few weeks since the baby arrived, this has been my go to concealer. The Clarins Instant concealer has been a favourite of so many beauty bloggers for a long time now, but just like the Kat Von D concealer it took me a while to get the hang of it. While the Kat Von D requires only a very small amount of product, I find that I need a good bit of product when using the Clarins concealer.
The Instant concealer is an incredibly creamy consistency that blends into the skin beautifully. It doesn’t move throughout the day and the best part is it really does cover dark circles.
Again the only downside to this concealer is the shade range. There are only 3 shades available. I wear shade 01. You can buy it at any Clarins counter for €26. Debenhams now have 10% off here.
You can read a full review here.
Urban Decay Naked weightless concealer
I couldn’t talk about concealers and not include the Urban Decay Naked weightless concealer. This is a seriously fantastic concealer. It is a full coverage concealer, with a seriously lightweight feeling to it. It is incredibly light weight under the eyes and the consistency is very fluid, and you really only need the tinniest amount to get good coverage. Once set it doesn’t budge from your under eye.
The shade range is really good in the weightless concealer, but it can be hard to find the perfect match due to the big selection. I wear the shade light neutral.
Sometimes concealers are just ok. They do the job but there are some things that I just don’t like about them that stops me reaching for them more.
Mac Pro long wear concealer
For a very long time this was a real holy grail concealer for me. It gives great coverage and does a fantastic job of not only covering up my dark circles but it brightens the under eye area too. It sounds fantastic doesn’t it? Well it is, if you’re someone for whom ageing hasn’t kicked in. You see while the pro long wear concealer really is great for covering the dark parts, the thick consistency means that it sits in my fine lines. Lately no matter how much I set it, as the day progresses it moves into the lines and makes my under eye area look old!! If I wasn’t at the point in my life that I am desperately praying for the ageing game to slow down, this concealer would be a holy grail for me, but due to the fine line issue, this concealer has to go into the maybe pile for me.
A 9ml bottle of concealer will set you back €23.50. If you want to read a full review from the time when lines weren’t as much of an issue for me, you can check it out here.
Estee Lauder double wear
This is another concealer that has the potential to be a hit, but due to my own issues it has ended up in the maybe pile. The Estee Lauder double wear concealer, has a thick consistency but although it is thick it doesn’t settle in fine lines. The colour I use, 02 light medium, is great for brightening up underneath the eyes and giving a more alert look. However, the problem for me lies with the coverage. On days when my dark circles aren’t too bad the coverage of this concealer is grand but if there is above average darkness I find the this just doesn’t pack the punch to cancel out the darkness.
If you don’t have overly dark under eye circles then this might be worth a go, but if dark circles are an issue, you might want to give this a skip. A tube will cost €28 and can be bought at any Estee Lauder counter.
Before I go into the details of why I don’t like these concealers, just like with the other concealers, keep in mind that while these don’t work for me, they might work for you.
Make up For Ever Ultra HD concealer
As a massive Make Up For Ever fan, it absolutely pains me to include this concealer in my misses category. I wanted to try this concealer for a very long time, as so many YouTubers have raved about it. Even my favourite Jaclyn Hill had this included in her top concealers. However from my very first use, myself and the Ultra HD concealer just didn’t see eye to eye.
If there is only one issue with a concealer, I can usually over see that, but with the Ultra HD there were a few things wrong when I used it . Firstly although the consistency wasn’t all that thick, I found that the concealer was difficult to blend and just sat underneath my eye. As a result of this, it moved quite a bit and settled in my fine lines. It really made my under eye area look like a hot mess after about an hour. I tried setting this with a number of different powders and yet I still had the same problem.
Not only was the consistency off for me, but I just felt that the coverage wasn’t good enough for my dark circles. At first it did an ok job, but as the day wore on the coverage faded down and my dark circles shown through.
If you still fancy giving it a spin you can buy it online from Make Up For Ever Ireland here for €25.
TheBalm Time Balm Anti wrinkle concealer
This concealer was such a disappointment for me. When I first applied this, I thought, holy good god this is brilliant. It had high coverage, covered my dark circles and brightening my under eye area but the problem kicked in after about 20 mins when it broke down so badly. Not only did it sit in fine lines, but it wore away really quickly and took my foundation with it!
While the ingredients of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Soybean Oil, Panthenol, Linoleic acid and phospholipids all sound fantastic and should on paper do a great job, on me this concealer was a little bit of a disaster. I do however feel on a younger person, this might work out a whole lot better but for me it is a definite miss.
You can buy TheBalm Time Balm here for €17.50 here.
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing concealer
Ok I know this is going to be a controversial one but for me, there is nothing amazing about the Amazing concealer. I know so many people love this, but out of all the concealers that I have tried over the years, I don’t think I have disliked a concealer as much as this one. Part of the reason for my disappointment is that I had such high hopes for this being an absolute saviour and it just fell so flat.
For me the big problem with this concealer was the consistency and how it work. It was incredibly thick and you really only needed to use a little bit, but even still, no matter how many times I set it, or applied it in different ways, it just looked awful underneath my eyes.
There are people who adore this concealer, so I would advice not writing it off completely and maybe try and get a sample or even try it out in the Marks and Spencer beauty hall, but for me this was an epic disappointment.