As I have mentioned before, I am always looking for ways to cover up the dark circles under my eyes. It comes as no surprise then, that concealers are one of the most important products in my make up bag. Over the years I like to think I have tried a good selection of all the concealers out there (if not all!!) So I’m hoping that I can give you some insight into which concealer might be worth you spending your hard-earned pennies on. In this post, I want to talk to you about the main concealers in my collection, and what I think of each of them.
Tarte Shape Tape
I honestly don’t know what I would do without this stuff. It is incredible! The coverage is amazing, and its the only concealer that I can truly say covers my dark circles completely. It doesn’t crease or settle into my fine lines, and it makes my under eye look so smooth. It is also great at covering those pesky pimples, although less is more with this, because if you put too much on it can end up looking cakey around the spot – not a good look!
The coverage is so great (and there is a good colour choice too) that I actually use this concealer instead of a foundation or CC cream. It blends out like a dream and you don’t need much at all, so I just cover the usual areas (under eye, nose, chin and wherever I may have a blemish) and blend out with a beauty blender. I have Shape Tape in two shades – medium and tan sand. I’ll use the medium where I want to highlight, and the tan sand for the areas around my cheeks and any blemishes I need to cover. Check out my Quick and Easy Everyday Make Up blog post here to see this method in action.
The only downside with Shape Tape for us in the UK is that it is not readily available. I think the only place you can get it at the moment is on the QVC website here. The annoying thing is that you can only buy it along with a beauty blender type sponge that isn’t really that great, and the colours are a lot more limited than in the US. Why????!!!
Collection Lasting Perfection
I think we are all aware of this little firecracker! When I saw everyone raving about it on social media I had to go out and get it. Although, with the price being so cheap, I have to admit I was a little skeptical! I was so wrong though, this stuff is brilliant, and I’m so glad they didn’t take advantage of its popularity and push up the price. Hats off to Collection.
This was my go to concealer before Shape Tape came into my life. The coverage was the best I had come across so far, and I was pretty happy with how it covered my dark circles. There is minimal creasing which is great. It’s also great for covering spots, and as it is a bit thinner in consistency than Shape Tape, I think it does a better job actually. I find that it doesn’t cake up around the spot as much, but you can still layer it to get the coverage that you need.
One downside to the Collection concealer is that there are only 3 shades to choose from. I don’t understand why companies do this??! I can just about get away with the deepest shade when I don’t have a tan, but in the Summer I can’t use it, not even for a highlight. I would like to see them bring out some darker shades for all the deeper skin tones – they’re missing out!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I sooo wanted to love this. I tried to love this. But I just don’t think that it’s for me. I find that it is very drying under my eyes (and my under eyes aren’t dry at all) So it creases and really accentuates any fine lines I have, as well as looking a bit crusty! Not really what I’m after! Also, I always like to set my concealer with a translucent powder so that it doesn’t budge all day, but then that makes the dryness look even worse!
I personally don’t think that it has that great a coverage either, and I can definitely see my dark circles peeking through. I do appreciate its creamy consistency though, and it does blend out nicely. Although the Radiant Creamy Concealer is not for me, I think it would be great for those of you who don’t need a high coverage, and just need to even out your skin tone. It is also great if you just want to use it as a highlight.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I think that this is a great dupe for the Nars concealer. It has a very similar creamy consistency and coverage. I think I actually might prefer this over the Nars if I’m honest! At a fraction of the price, I would say to anyone who is looking to buy the Nars concealer, try this first! Again, I think that this is great to use as a highlight, and if you only want a medium coverage. This also does a good job at covering pimples and spots.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
I remember going in to MAC and saying to the girl that I wanted the highest coverage concealer they had to cover up my dark circles. She immediately bought this out and colour matched me. We put it on and I thought yeah that looks good. But since then, I have barely even worn it. I’m not actually sure why though. I don’t think that it covers my dark circles as much as I would like it to, and I did find that it creased over time a little. That being said, I loved the way it covered any blemishes or scars on my skin, and obviously it is a great colour match too. There’s no denying that this is a great concealer. I just think that I am super fussy when it comes to covering my dark circles. So if you are looking for a high-end concealer, this is definitely one to consider, and its great that you can get a perfect colour match too.
One thing to mention – it has a pump to dispense the product, which I really don’t like. I much prefer the concealers that have the doe foot applicators, because you don’t have to worry about getting concealer all over your hands.
Benefit’s Boi-ing and Erase Paste
I wasn’t going to talk about these, because in all honesty I don’t use them anymore. But that’s not because I don’t rate them, I think it’s just that Shape Tape has pushed all the rest of them aside! Boi-ing Industrial Strength concealer was my go-to for years. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff! It was the first high-end concealer that I ever bought. And honestly, I still think that its amazing. It has brilliant coverage and doesn’t crease under my eyes at all – and back then I didn’t even set it with powder! I really like the creamy formula because you can warm it up with your hands which allows it to melt into your skin. One thing I will say is that it doesn’t last all day – this is definitely one you have to top up, which used to really annoy me when I used it. I don’t do top ups, once my make is on I just want to forget about it.
I used to use Erase Paste as a concealer back in the day, but really I think it is more of a colour corrector. It does have a lovely peach colour, which is great for colour correcting dark circles for medium to fair skin tones. But the formula is really thick, which I’m not keen on at all. By the time you have added concealer (and powder) over the top, it begins to crease and look a bit cakey. It also moves around a lot too, so if you don’t set it with concealer, you’ve lost half of it by the end of the night.
What this is great for is covering up big old nasty spots. It is actually like magic. Just put a small amount in a cross shape over the spot, gently blend in with a tapping motion and watch that spot disappear!
I know that Benefit have revamped their Boi-ing range now, bringing out new products and changing the packaging. I haven’t actually tried any of these, but I’d be interested to hear if you guys have, and what you think of them. Leave me your thoughts in the comments section!
So, that is my run down on the main concealers in my collection. I think all of these have their positives, and I am very fussy when it comes to concealers because I need such full on coverage for my dark circles. But if you just need concealer for the odd spot and to brighten a little bit, I think all of these will do a great job. If you haven’t tried Tarte Shape Tape yet, and you’re willing to spend a little more money on a concealer, I HIGHLY recommend you go buy it. I guarantee you wont be disappointed. But be prepared to leave all your other concealers behind – maybe wait until they’re all used up first!
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