Review: My Top 3 Favorite Concealers

What is my most important make up item? Concealers, together with eyebrow pencil and eyelash curler, is essential because I have blemished skin that needs a lot of help.

After my previous foundation post (that I hope you found helpful), I thought that it would be well to cover (pun intended) concealers too.

Personally, I really like reading reviews online before I purchase nearly anything especially if it is on the pricier side. Sites like MakeupAlley are especially useful but keeping in mind, what people like, you might not like and what people might not like, you might really like. So my advice is, if you really can, go to an actual store that lets you try on products or give you samples.

Unlike foundations, i think it is so much easier to choose concealers. But like foundations, there is warm and cool tone concealers so you have to choose accordingly to where you are placing your concealers at.

Let’s get straight into each concealers and I will explain what each does and WHY YOU SHOULD BUY IT! Starting from the bottom.

3. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage.

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This is my first high-end concealer (and one of my very first concealers) that I have ever gotten. My shade is in SC-3. I did my research and look for reviews and video tutorials on how to use it before I actually purchased and I really do like it. Some reviews recommend the Secret Camouflage brush to be used together with the concealers, but in my opinion, it is nice because it is so tiny that you can cover the zit part by part, but if you don’t have the money, skip it, you can use your hands.

How to use it: Mix the two shades together to create your own shades, apply with brush or fingers, gently press it onto your ‘imperfections’ and voila!

Problem with this concealer, it is very creamy and ‘dry’, so it is really good for covering blemishes as it will stay, but too drying for under-the-eye. You can mix and match your own shade, but is difficult especially for beginner. Expensive but lasts a long time.

You can get it in many places. Sephora and Laura Mercier’s counters would be your best choice.

2. Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment

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I bought this because so many youtubers and bloggers rave about it. I first got it in the light shade but then also bought the brightener a while later and much prefer the brightener shade because it really does ‘brighten’ the under eye.

Very affordable (around $8), but I don’t see them in Malaysia’s pharmacy (drugstore). In the US, it is available in nearly every drugstore and there always seems to be some kind of deal so it nearly always work out to be much lesser than $8. I don’t like it for my blemishes because it is a very ‘wet’ formula, super nice under the eye. They say it is a ‘treatment’ too because after about 3 months using it, I have yet to see improvement under my eye, but I am not putting too much hope on that. Eye cream does that part of the job for me.

1. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer

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I don’t know why the picture above came out like that. The tube should be see through, thus showing whatever color

My ultimate ‘holy grail’ concealers. Great for under the eye AND on blemishes. Really is super long-wear, especially after I set it with powder. It is around US $23 but lasts quite well on me. I use it EVERYDAY and my tube I got last year around October doesn’t look like it is running out on me anytime soon.

If you only get one, buy this one. The two concealers I mentioned above? On a pinch, I would take this with me on travels if I don’t want to bring the other two, but if I don’t have this, I WILL take both of them with me EVERYWHERE.

Bonus: YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Radiant Touch

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I put in bonus because some people say it is concealer but some people don’t. It is essentially a ‘cream highlighter’ that works so so well under the eye to ‘brighten’. A little bit different than Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind, this seems to have some kind of light-reflecting particles that makes you look awake but not cake.

Ultimate con: SUPER EXPENSIVE (imo). $41 for a tube like that, ok, the packaging is gorgeous and all but unless it is on super sale again, I will not repurchase, BECAUSE I FOUND A REALLY GOOD DUPE FOR IT.

Dupe: Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

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I really like this one, and I place them on the ‘higher’ (higher because my face is generally quite flat) points of my face, like my foreheads, my ‘nonexistent’ nose bridge, and chin. Price is around the same as the Instant Age Rewind but then I don’t use it everyday. Really good dupe of the YSL Touche Eclat.

Other Dupe: L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Highlighter

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This is other one that I found. Have not tried it before but I remember seeing it in pharmacies in Malaysia so you could check them out in Malaysia if you really want something like that. I don’t know how much they are selling them in Malaysia, but here in the U.S. it is around $12. Same with all other drugstore products, items go on sale or they have some kind of deal very often, so look into that.

That’s all for today, please leave a comment or e-mail me if you have ANY questions at all. Would love to hear your thoughts and have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Signing off,
Sam

Picture credit: LauraMercier.com; Maybelline.com; EsteeLauder.com; YSLbeautyus.com; Lorealparisusa.com; Sephora.com

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