I have really bad hereditary under eye circles. These aren’t the type that can be fixed by eye cream, a good nights rest or water. I’ve had them since I was a kid and they aren’t going anywhere. Because of that, I have made significant investment in concealer over the years. When my parents saw my dark under eye circles they should have bought stock in a concealer company!
Unfortunately, after years of many concealers & many brands, I still don’t have a favourite. Just a look in my current makeup drawer and I have 6 concealers that I currently use, not including any correctors or brighteners. So I decided to put them to the test and do a true concealer smack down!
I took before and after pictures using every concealer that I currently own. I tried to be consistent with holding the camera and flash vs no flash for the pictures. I didn’t want lighting or any other factors to confound my results. The pictures aren’t super flattering, but I’m posting them in the name of science!
Prices listed are in Canadian dollars and reflect an average.
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circles Roller – $15
-Easy to Apply
-Does not crease
-High price for a drug store brand
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – $8
-Great packaging & Doe-foot applicator
-Formula is sticky/tacky. Needs to be set with powder
-Tiny amount of creasing
Cle De Peau – $75
-Creases and settles into fine lines
-Smudges with under eye makeup easily
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer – $29
-Settles into fine lines
-Packaging deceiving, small amount of product
Hard Candy Glamoflauge – $4
-Good coverage & does not crease
-Inexpensive with large amount of product
-Thick formula, can be difficult to apply
-Some flashback with camera flash
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer – $23
–Long lasting & does not crease
-Great as eye primer
-Packaging – product wastage
-Sticky/tacky consistency. Needs to be set with powder
Overall, I think this shows that top dollar doesn’t always give you a superior product. While Cle De Peau gives excellent coverage, I find it settles too much into my fine lines and for that reason I often pass it by when choosing a concealer. On the other hand, the cheapest concealers, Glamoflauge gave very similar coverage for a fraction of the cost.
My top pick overall would be Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I think it has excellent coverage, it doesn’t crease and you can’t beat that price!
Are you a concealer hoarder? What’s your favourite concealer for under eye?