Concealer is an effective makeup tool that can spirit away dark circles under the eyes as well as blemishes, redness and scars. There is an extensive range of concealers, and because there are so many different varieties to choose from, it’s important to find the right product for what you want to conceal. Different skin needs normally require different products. Using concealer incorrectly can actually emphasise the flaws in your skin. A creamy, light pinkish tint and light-reflecting concealer are best suited for hiding dark circles under the eyes if you have a paler skin tone. Generally, the skin under the eyes is drier, and a more liquid product that doesn’t cake and collect in the folds under the eyes is ideal.
A light-reflecting concealer can also be used to highlight and enhance areas of the face, such as the cheekbones and the Cupid's bow. Add this type of concealer after applying your foundation to avoid destroying the effect. Most brightening concealers have a built-in brush or sponge, but otherwise you can use a narrow synthetic brush for application. You can add little dots where you need it, such as under the eyes, and then carefully blur them by gently patting in the colour with the ring finger. Don’t rub the concealer in, as the thin skin under the eyes is delicate. You can finish by brushing on a translucent powder for a matte effect and longer lasting results.
A firmer concealer is suitable if you want to cover blemishes, redness or scars. In terms of colour, the concealer should be as close to your skin tone and foundation as possible. Solid concealer, which generally is a little drier in texture, can be applied before foundation. Use your finger, a brush or sponge applicator. Dab gently over the area you want to cover, pressing in the concealer but don't drag or swipe it, as this just pushes it around. Slowly build up coverage in thin layers. Too much concealer can have the opposite effect and make any blemishes even more visible. Finish with a translucent powder to fix the concealer over the area.
We perform our own tests and test the products in real conditions. In our concealer test, a makeup professional tests the products and carries out the test. The products have also been tested on two additional people. This provides a selection of different ages, varying skin types and different circumstances. The following parameters have been included in the assessment of products:
Coverage capabilities: Does the product effectively reduce dark circles? How well does it cover blemishes and scars? Is it possible to build up multiple layers for better coverage?
Consistency: Is the concealer liquid, solid or in powder format? How easy is it to apply? Does it blend into the skin, and if so, how quickly?
Durability: How long does it last? Under what conditions can you use the product?
The test period lasted for three weeks and the review is based on the combined overall experience of the product. This has then been compared to the price in order to select a test winner
Liquid, light-reflecting concealer, mainly for dark circles around the eyes. Consistency is thin and it gives more lustre than coverage, which means that it can also be used as a highlighter on the cheekbones. The finish is moist and gives a natural glow, without being shimmering or glittery. The built-in brush works well for application, and then you simply dab it in lightly to blend and fix. Can be used over a more covering foundation, for example if you have very dark circles. Because it is so sheer, the limited colour range isn’t an issue.
Light-reflecting, liquid concealer that provides good coverage. Primarily intended for treating the eye area and reducing dark circles. In addition to brightening pigments, it also has a little pink in it, which neutralises and corrects the skin tone. It has a silky texture that never feels too heavy, despite the coverage it provides. Settles as semi-matte with a subtle sheen. The narrow opening is hygienic and provides exactly the right quantity. Durability is great and we didn’t have to touch it up at all during the day. Never feels cakey or collects in the lines around the eye. Unfortunately, the colour selection is limited to only light shades.
Creamy, highly pigmented and opaque concealer that hides almost everything, from spots, marks, scars and acne to dark circles. It even conceals tattoos. Despite the degree of coverage, the result is relatively natural. The concealer is packaged in a container where bacteria can easily accumulate and you should only use clean utensils and fingers to apply it. The formula contains nourishing ingredients like green tea, but antioxidants are sensitive and sadly we don't think they’re likely to remain stable and effective once the container is open. The colour range has the same problem as many others, with only three shades, all light.
Powder that becomes creamy on the skin and provides natural coverage. Pure minerals don’t cover as well as liquid or cream concealers, but if you have chosen a mineral powder foundation, it’s best to continue with the same type. The problem is that when you use too much, you inevitably get far too powdery a finish, which emphasises wrinkles and dry areas. Best applied with a brush, which gives you better access. Like other Bareminerals products, the colour range is quite extensive, which is positive. Durability is patchy and unfortunately it’s difficult to get a pleasing finish when you're touching up.
Liquid, multi-functional concealer that enables you to both suppress dark circles under the eyes and to cover spots, but only to a certain degree. Produces a semi-matte finish. The light texture is easy to apply and smooth out and the result is natural, but it doesn’t provide enough coverage for many people. If you need a stronger weapon against spots, blemishes and dark circles, you need to look elsewhere. The colour range is also not very wide and is lacking both very light and dark shades. Lasts a reasonable time but needs a little fixing powder to make it through the day.
Less is more", according to Lily Lolo and they are careful to have only a few, but high quality ingredients in their mineral makeup. Unfortunately the result didn’t match our expectations. The concealer doesn’t blend into the skin but settles on top and forms a chalky surface. Nor does it cover spots or scars, and the formulation seems to be the problem – maybe there aren’t enough minerals? It became easier to apply and get a good result if we first mixed it with the foundation from the same brand.