Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Here’s what’s in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe

Woman applying concealer

Just like you need a shoe wardrobe and a jeans wardrobe and, arguably, a white T-shirt wardrobe, today I would like to establish that you need one more type of wardrobe in your life: a concealer wardrobe.

After all, I consider myself a bit of a concealer connaisseur. It’s the one product I won’t leave the house without (although blush is a close second) and the one product that I feel makes the biggest overall difference in your appearance. Unless you’re one of those genetic freaks with stupidly flawless and even-toned skin, that is. In which case, feel free to skip this post. (Although I still maintain that you should probably adopt my five-second trick for looking well-rested.)

Anyway, there are many reasons I like to exercise my concealer options each morning. Some days, you may want something organic. Others may require a long-lasting waterproof formula. You might have a flaming red pimple that needs the most heavy-duty coverage possible. Or you need to camo some dark circles and want to throw some brightening action in the mix. See what I mean? Come take a peek at all the concealers I’ve known and loved…

THE BEST NATURAL CONCEALERS

And by natural I mean the eco ones, with as few chemicals as possible. For the longest time this guy has been my daily go-to:

Nvey Eco Organic Erase concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe

It’s the Organic Erase concealer by Nvey Eco, which has been difficult to find for a while now, but I’ve happily discovered you can buy from eBeauty.ca. I love it because it’s high coverage, stays put and the texture is creamy enough to work on dark circles yet thick enough to camouflage pimples. Seriously, you’d never know it was a natural product—the performance is that good. The only downside is a lack of colour selection. I’m quite happy with the shade I wear, which is Neutral… but it only comes in two other colours: Medium and Deep Beige.

I’ve just added two more prodz to my natural concealer rotation, however. This is Un Cover-Up by RMS Beauty:

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeI LOVE the concept of RMS Beauty, which you can buy at SaffronRouge.com—it was developed by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift and the products are pure, organic and hydrating. The concealer has a slightly creamier texture than Nvey Eco’s so you could use it as either a spot cover-up or a light foundation if you blended it out. Which is actually perfect for me, because I’m guilty of trying to use my concealer as foundation, but that’s probably a topic for another day’s post… Anyway, the coverage is also lighter but you can definitely build it up—just make sure to set with powder as it does tend to slide. The shade selection is better: there are four colours (I wear the lightest, #11).

Then there is this tiny tube from Living Nature:

Living Nature Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeYou might recall I have a lot of love for Living Nature’s foundation (a must check-out if you’re looking for something pure and non-pore-clogging). It’s a New Zealand brand containing zero synthetics… and their concealer does not disappoint either. It’s surprisingly high coverage (definitely the highest of the three) and a little goes a long way. Just be careful when you squeeze it out of the tube, as it does tend to dispense too much—I’d hold a brush to the tip and apply very small amounts that way instead. Again, you can get this one at SaffronRouge.com… although it’s a bit pricey ($33) for the amount of product you get. There are three shades.

THE BEST DRUGSTORE CONCEALERS

The closest one I’ve found to my beloved Nvey Eco is definitely CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer:

CoverGirl Olay Simply Ageless Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeThe coverage is similarly creamy and the coverage is great, especially around the eye area. (It’s not at all drying there, as some concealers tend to be.) Toss out the sponge it comes with, though, and use your fingers or a brush to apply. I would also set any blemishes with powder for longer staying power. Buy it at Well.ca for $13.99 (free shipping in Canada and no minimum order).

I also think Maybelline New York does a great job with concealers, especially this one (Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer):

Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe

I swear it’s a dupe for a much more expensive one from Guerlain. Quick tip: for areas where you need more coverage, I let it sit for a second or two before I blend. It’s $9.29 at Well.ca (free shipping in Canada with no minimum order). Unfortunately the shade selection is not only limited but very much on the light side—boo.

THE BEST LUXE CONCEALER

Fact: Clé de Peau is the ne plus ultra of concealers.

Cle de Peau concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeUnfortunately, it will also set you back $80+. But possibly worth it when you consider that it conceals all types of imperfections—redness, blemishes, dark circles, etc.—while looking totally natural and without caking or creasing. There is a reason they can get away with charging that much! I’m still kicking myself for misplacing mine… it really is an amazing product. Comes in four shades.

THE BEST MID-PRICED CONCEALERS

Besides Nvey Eco, I have another go-to everyday concealer: TheBalm’s TimeBalm Concealer.

TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe

I’ve just discovered that it’s been discontinued by Sephora in Canada, and I’m devastated. You can still get it from Sephora.com, thank goodness! Again, it’s another creamy pot-type concealer (seeing a theme here?) with great coverage and bonus anti-wrinkle benefits. Plus it comes in an impressive SIX shades. As with the CoverGirl & Olay product, toss the sponge and use a brush or your fingers. (NOTE: A Sephora employee told me that Korres makes a concealer that is quite similar. Anyone tried it?)

If your main concealing concern is the eye area, then Benefit’s Erase Paste is a good one to have in your wardrobe:

Benefit Erase Paste Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeIt has brightening properties that will throw light on your dark circles, and the coverage is quite high as well. Use a brush to apply it, as you might pick up too much with your fingers—the consistency is much more liquidy than most pot concealers. Too bad it’s only available in three shades.

THE BEST HIGH-COVERAGE CONCEALERS

Did I mention that I think Benefit excels in the concealer business? When I need something a bit more industrial-strength, I reach for another one of their offerings:

Benefit Boi ing Concealer Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe

This is Boi-ing, and it’s a thick, high-coverage pot of pigment that you might need to warm up with your fingers a bit before blending. Works great for spots! Unfortunately, only three shades.

Then there is the classic Dermablend, which you can buy at eBeauty.ca:

Dermablend Profesional Cover Creme Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe It’s not something I’d use on a daily basis (way too heavy), but definitely great to have in your kit when disaster strikes or if you need to cover up things like spider veins, birthmarks, scars or bruises. (It works on the body too!) They have an incredible 19 shades and also sell a setting powder, although the formula on its own is already waterproof.

And finally, my most recent discovery… another eBeauty.ca find. If you recall my hot-day beauty post, you’ll remember this concealer from It Cosmetics:

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxeIt’s technically for the eye area, but works amazingly well on blemishes since the formula is quite thick and also waterproof. Make sure to apply it with a brush: the tube format has the same problems as the Living Nature one… you tend to squeeze out too much product and you really don’t need much for it to work its magic. Comes in four shades.

AND NOW… OVER TO YOU!

I asked the folks on Twitter and Facebook what they’re loving and here’s what they said:

  • Geraldine: CHANEL Estompe Éclat! Goes for every skin type, blends in perfectly icon smile Do you have a concealer wardrobe? You should! Heres whats in mine—from drugstore to natural to luxe
  • Alexandra: Benefit boiing. Its smooth, creamy, a little goes a long way. Its small but there’s a lot in it. Great to travel with, the lid stays secure. The colour also magically blends into any foundation or tan/lack thereof I’ve got going on. And I can layer it. LOVE!
  • Courtney: Lancome Effacernes for under eye…Doesnt crease, lasts all day, looks like skin (not makeup).
  • Julia: I reallly like Stilla concealer. Great coverage and it glides on.
  • Gina: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer is niiiice.
  • Lisa: Cle de Peau, it’s perfection in a stick…the only problem is that it’s too darn expensive, $82CND.
  • Michelle: I LOVE Benefit’s Erase Paste
  • Kristen: I love CoverGirl/Olay Simply Ageless concealer. It’s the bomb for covering up dark circles! Love that it moisturizes too.
  • Chelsea: Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics and Secret Concealer by Laura Mercier.
  • Ana: Full Cover Concealer by MUF b/c it’s the best colour match, coverage and is not cakey/greasy on dark circles or blemishes. 2nd, the balm, time balm. Great, same reasons, just not as good as a colour match for me.
  • Danika: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Great for everything except eyes. It is a bit too drying for the eye area…so I use smashbox camera ready full coverage concealer under the eye. I also find that MAC Paint Pot in painterly is great for above the eyes (I get a little red on the upper eyelid too!)
  • @tayaba: Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage.
  • @NicksLoveGuru: Smashbox and dior!!!
  • @stephaniechic: Stila’s is the one I always fall back on.

Whoa! That’s a lot of concealer! And now I’ve got a bunch more that I need to try, including Amazing Concealer, MUFE, Laura Mercier… a beauty editor’s work is never done.

Tell me:

Do you have a concealer wardrobe?
Which prodz are your favourites?
Where and how do you like to apply them?

26 Comments

Nomadic D
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 4:21 pm

I used to have a bunch, but honestly when I found my maybelline holy grail, I tossed all the others. It’s this one:

http://www.maybelline.com/products/16/face/concealer/instant-age-rewind-double-face-perfector/light-medium/20?shadeId=102

And it’s perfect because it’s two in one, so there’s my concealer wardrobe for you! One side is creamier and has decent coverage, and the other side is more liquidy, a little sheerer, and slightly illuminating, but not in a sparkly way. I use both ends, all the time. Cannot recommend it enough!

On a side note, I tried Time Balm and didn’t like it at all, too thick, made me look like I had under eye wrinkles where, I swear, there are none.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Meg
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 11:42 pm

I love this guy too! I’ve had trouble finding it lately, though – is it discontinued? That would make me very sad. D:

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:10 pm

Yay Maybelline! But I’m wondering if they’re replacing it with this: http://well.ca/products/maybelline-instant-age-rewind_25985.html Hope not!

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Nomadic D
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:32 pm

whoa… that would be horrible. Like, seriously. Concealer is one of those few products I’m not even tempted to shop around for because mine is just so darn perfect. Losing that would open up a whole pandora’s box of comparisons and testers and purchases and returns and reviews… I don’t even want to think about it. If you find out let us know, I can stock up like it’s armageddon.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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skybluesky
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 4:23 pm

I swear by Cle de Peau’s stick concealer! I also love Laura Mercier’s 2-toned Secret Camouflage and Make Up For Ever’s HD concealer (many colors, natural color, stupid leaky click applicator but worth it) .

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:11 pm

Great picks! A makeup artist just told me the other day that MUFE’s pencil concealer is also great, apparently it replaces the need for a brush (i.e. for pimples).

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Liz (Beauty Reductionista)
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 4:30 pm

Great post! I agree re: Benefit Boi-ing! Amazing concealer but Light, Medium and Dark just isn’t enough for everyone falling between the three. I like to use MUFE HD Invisible Cover for both undereye and blemishes because I’m lazy like that, but now you’ve got me reconsidering a “concealer wardrobe.” Doh.

P.S. A limited range of theBalm is sold at the Rexall in First Canadian Place. Last time I checked, they did have the concealers in stock. Hopefully they’ll continue to stock!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:12 pm

Hooray that TimeBalm is still in Canada, awesome news!!!

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Susanne
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 5:18 pm

I’ve got some serious dark circles. The only concealer that’s opaque enough for me (and still creamy enough to blend) is the MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in a little pot. Sometimes I’ll layer some Bye-Bye Under Eye or Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer underneath.

I just ordered the Eve Pearl salmon concealer. I’m also curious about setting the concealer with the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder. The search is never over!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:14 pm

I keep hearing positive things about this Eve Pearl concealer. Can you try it in person or just order online?

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misschris2025
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 5:40 pm

MUFE Full Coverage and Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer! Full coverage concealers that really do the trick and offer a wide range of shades, from light to dark deep. You just have to make sure to set it with loose powder to maximize staying power but it works wonders for me!

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Kharina
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 5:41 pm

I own By Terry Touche Veloutee, Eve pearl Salmon Concealer, MUDE HD Invisible and Dermablend. The MUFE is bloody expensive here in the UK, but it is very good at concealing redness on large areas like cheeks. I adore the By Terry, it’s Touche Eclat on steroids, conceals, highlights and moisturises. But I use Eve Pearl on a daily basis with Dermablend on spots whenever necessary. It makes my skin look completely flawless.
I really want to check out the Cle de Peau, seems like the one all makeup artists love. I have to say I am not a fan of Benefit’s Erase Paste, it creases like a mofo.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:16 pm

That’s three recos for Eve Pearl! I need to look into that. Love anything By Terry – she is a goddess.

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Samantha
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 6:42 pm

Lisa Eldridge, a celeb makeup artist likes Vichy-dermabend corrective foundation and concealer for concealing spots, and clinique airbrush concealer for under eyes. I haven’t tried either one yet.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:17 pm

She’s so great! I used to use the La Roche Posay Toleriane foundation as a concealer and it worked really well… since it’s a sister brand to Vichy I wonder if it’s similar. I found it too thick for a foundation but really great on spots and redness.

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Emma
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 7:15 pm

The covergirl concealer is my go-to concealer. It’s so creamy and perfect, I adore it.

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Jessica
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 8:30 pm

The balm products including the timebalm concealer is available at rexall pharmaplus. Not every one but quite a few of them.

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Angela
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 10:53 pm

I’ve tried the Korres product you speak of, specifically on my under eye circles and for a while it was working well, but now I’m finding that it doesn’t provide enough coverage and is majorly creasing. Perhaps I’m doing something wrong.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:18 pm

Oh darn! Thanks for letting us know. Are you setting with a translucent powder on top? That might help.

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Angela
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 10:47 pm

I am! And it helps sometimes…sometimes it ends up looking dry. I think this has to do with too much powder.

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heather
Wednesday, September 7/2011 at 1:14 am

so many great suggestions, thanks. i love clinique airbrush concealer but just for my eyes. it brightens and blends so nicely. stays put, too. i’m currently trying a sample of MUFE HD concealer but not loving it. my ongoing problem is redness (cheeks, nose, chin) that comes up again after a few hours of being out of the house. do you know of any awesome redness-reducing prodz i might try? thx again

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:24 pm

You might look into colour correctors instead of concealers for large areas of redness… I know M.A.C makes these: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/160/7191/Prep-Prime-Fortified-Skin-Enhancer-SPF-35/index.tmpl
Clinique also does a redness solutions line: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P271904 and http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=SENNCLGJJ0JVCCV0KSKAQAQ?id=P271903&categoryId=RPYMAL&shouldPaginate=. I haven’t tried so can’t vouch for the staying power though. I have the same problem so will make a note to look into this some more for a future post!

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Jess
Wednesday, September 7/2011 at 2:08 am

Have tried RMS and it is way too light for me in the darkest shade (NC42) – such a shame, because I would love a completely organic and natural concealer.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:26 pm

Aw that sucks! it really is a beautiful product – lately I’ve been blending it out using as a foundation as well as concealer and it’s great. Hopefully they add more shades soon.

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QuiteLight
Wednesday, September 7/2011 at 12:42 pm

Only Susanne mentioned MAC concealers, & they’re all I use! Stick (travel makeup kit) & pot, both great. It’s one of the few that comes pale enough for me!

I’ve had good luck lately using my mineral foundation to cover blotchy redness in small areas, as long as I keep it light & well blended.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, September 13/2011 at 7:28 pm

Yes I was actually shocked when the makeup artist who did my face on Friday didn’t use any concealer AT ALL on me! It was all Chanel Vitalumiere, just built up in areas where I needed it and sheer everywhere else. So once again I have makeup ADD and am re-evaluating what I do. Happens every time I meet a new MUA with a different perspective….

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