Concealer best in test

Concealer: 11 products tested

Last updated March 2017

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.

Products tested

How the test was made

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?

Packaging: How hygienic is the packaging? How suitable is the packaging for the type of concealer? Is it is easy to get the right amount of product out of the container?

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

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer

Durable concealer with easily applied texture and a flattering, natural coverage

Packaging: Tube Formula: Cream Quantity: 10 ml Price class: Premium
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Liquid concealer that camouflages and merges entirely with the skin. The narrow tip is hygienic and provides the small quantity needed. The consistency is light and transparent on the skin, but it’s easy to build up the coverage without caking. Spots, red marks, dark circles or hyper pigmentation are no match for this concealer. It simply sinks into the skin and makes everything perfect. The colour range includes many yellow shades, which is flattering for most people, but unfortunately no darker shades. Long durability, and withstood both sweat and high sebum production.

+Easily worked texture, natural coverage, durable, flattering shades
Poor colour selection
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L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer

Affordable and easy to apply concealer that reflects light and looks natural

Packaging: Stick Formula: Cream Price class: Budget
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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 reflective, easily applied, natural, affordable
Thin.
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Clarins Instant Concealer

Covering concealer with very good lustre and durability, hygienic packaging

Packaging: Tube Formula: Cream Quantity: 15 ml Price class: Premium
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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.

+Covers, adds lustre, durable, hygienic
Limited colour selection
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Glominerals Camouflage Oil-free Concealer

Comprehensive and durable concealer with a creamy texture and natural result

Packaging: Jar Formula: Cream Quantity: 3.1 g Price class: Premium

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.

+Good coverage, durable
Poor colour range, unhygienic jar
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Nyx Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer

Affordable and easily applied concealer, wide colour range and mousse-like consistency

Packaging: Jar Formula: Mousse Quantity: 7 g Price class: Budget

Creamy concealer with a lovely whipped, mousse-like consistency. It’s easy to apply, glides onto the skin smoothly and is easy to apply evenly, but it takes a long time before it settles and it needs to be fixed with powder. The name is a bit misleading in that it’s not completely opaque, but it’s enough to hide most blemishes in a natural way. Durability isn’t the best and it’s easy to accidentally rub it off during the day. Offers a wide range of colours, which we appreciate. However, you should beware of the purple and green colours; they’re supposed to neutralise your skin tone, but in fact merely make your skin a strange colour.

+Easy to apply, extensive colour scheme, affordable
Doesn’t cover as well as the name implies
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Yves Rocher Flawless Skin Concealer

Provides great coverage, with good durability and is available in many different colours

Packaging: Stick Formula: Cream Quantity: 1.4 g Price class: Budget

Yves Rocher's Flawless Skin Concealer is a soft and creamy concealer in stick form. It brightens the skin while simultaneously providing really good coverage. This means that the concealer is suitable for both dark circles and blemishes. Despite providing great coverage it doesn't look cakey. Flawless Skin Concealer blends easily into the skin and gives a soft finish, although the feeling of the end result can be a little heavy. The stick format is perhaps slightly unhygienic, but at the same time it's very practical for getting the cream in the right place. But you do have to carefully blend in the concealer with your finger afterwards to even out the edges. During the day, the concealer lasts well, and it doesn't accumulate in the creases around the eyes. Yves Rocher get an additional plus for producing Flawless Skin Concealer in a number of different shades, both light and dark.

+Good coverage, good durability, available in many shades, simple to apply
Feels heavy, slightly unhygienic packaging
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Bareminerals Multi-Tasking Concealer

Concealer that gives a natural result and also contains sunscreen

Packaging: Jar Formula: Powder Quantity: 2 g Price class: Premium

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.

+Contains sunscreen, natural-looking results
Contains bismuth oxychloride, doesn’t give sufficient coverage
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Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Concealer

Absorbed well by the skin and has a luxurious design.

Packaging: Stick Formula: Cream Quantity: 2.5 ml Price class: Premium

There's no doubt that this stylish, exclusive gold pen from Yves Saint Laurent gets top marks for design. A single click on the button in the top dispenses just the right amount of concealer. You then apply it either with the soft brush or your fingers. YSL Touche Éclat is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves no visible traces. The product is extremely economical. But even though it lasts a long time, the packaging only contains 2.5 ml, which is very little for such a steep price.

This concealer succeeds admirably at covering dark rings under the eyes after a sleepless night. The dark areas are brightened up to give a more alert overall impression. The product can also be used successfully on other dark areas that need a touch up. However, it covers spots and blemishes less well as the redness shows through. To conceal these effectively you need to use another product. The range of colours is relatively poor and the product also lacks sunscreen. YSL Touche Éclat Concealer isn’t a bad product, but overall it's not really worth the price.

+Luxurious design, easy to apply, absorbed well by the skin
Expensive, contains a very small quantity
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Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer

Natural concealer that’s easy to apply to the skin and affordable

Packaging: Sleeve Formula: Cream Quantity: 6.8 ml Price class: Budget

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.

+Easy applied, natural, affordable
Not enough coverage
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Yves Rocher Radiant Youth Corrector Pen

Non-sticky after drying, lasts all day

Packaging: Pen Formula: Cream Quantity: 1.5 ml Price class: Medium

Yves Rocher Radiant Youth Corrector Pen is a bright concealer with a light consistency. The product quickly adapts to the skin tone. It works well around the eyes, but it's a little too thin to cover blemishes and red spots. When the concealer has dried, it lasts very well and isn't shiny. Nor does it stick in the creases around the eyelid. However, it can stick in wrinkles, which means it's more suitable for younger skin. When applying the product, you rotate the bottom of the packaging so that the cream comes out of the brush tip. This is a nice idea in theory, but unfortunately the brush doesn't apply it evenly so you still need to use your fingers. It's also easy to get too much cream. Unfortunately the concealer is only available in two light shades. Despite this, Yves Rocher's Radiant Youth Corrector Pen can be a good alternative if you have younger skin and are primarily looking to lighten the area around your eyes.

+Non-sticky after drying, lasts all day
Not good on blemishes, not for mature skin, small range of colours, hard to get the right amount
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Lily Lolo Mineral Concealer

Concealer that only contains a small number of ingredients in order to reduce the risk of allergies

Packaging: Jar Formula: Powder Quantity: 5 g Price class: Medium

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.

+Few ingredients, which reduces the risk of allergies
Chalky surface, doesn’t give sufficient coverage
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