I’m back with another guide and this time I’m comparing six concealers. Previously I’ve done this sort of post on mascaras and foundations and they have been quite popular so I thought let’s continue the tradition! I’ve been using all of these concealers for a long while so I have fully formed my thoughts and ratings. These are my own opinions and what I look for in a concealer could be quite different to what you look for. For example, I don’t suffer from acne so I tend to use concealer for covering up dark circles, pigmentation and redness. For this reason I look for concealers that are hydrating, easy to blend and ones that don’t crease too badly under the eyes or around the mouth.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the contenders…
Similarly to the foundation guide I have broken the table up into Shades (how many are available), type of Formula, Coverage, Finish, Longevity, Crease-factor, Cost and my overall rating. Please note that I did not use setting powder with any of these products. I rarely use powder and this seemed to be the most honest way to test longevity and crease-factor.
Below are swatches of each one and you can see some shades are a lot lighter than others. That’s because I had to pick from an online swatch and I didn’t get it quite right! These are the joys of online beauty shopping and colour matching.
Let’s start with the liquid formulas which are the Ellis Faas Concealer (shade S202), FitGlow Beauty Conceal+ (shade C2) and ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer (shade SC2). I love the Ellis Faas and ILIA concealers (as you will see on the table above) because they are very pigmented but light weight so it doesn’t feel like you have to apply loads of product to get decent coverage. They do not crease on any part of my face, the packaging and applicators are easy to use and the satin finish is truly perfect for me. Sadly, I found the FitGlow concealer to be too thick for me which is why it is scored low. I think this concealer might work really well for those who like a full coverage or need to spot conceal. The pigmentation is amazing, unfortunately it just didn’t satisfy my concealer needs and I noticed significant creasing around my eyes, nose and mouth when using it. Another minor note is that all of the silver print on the packaging and the logo is coming off.
The cream contenders are Glossier Stretch Concealer (Medium, now called shade G9), Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer (Light) and Rituel de Fille Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover (Metis). Glossier Stretch is the concealer which provides the least coverage compared to the rest mentioned in this post, but I do like it for touch ups which is why it lives in my handbag. It’s very dewy and performs well, requires minimal blending effort and does not crease which is why, out of the three cream concealers, it is my preferred. I’m scoring the Rituel De Fille concealer lower than Hynt Beauty because it is a bit drying and it creases on me. The Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer is not drying at all but it does crease, especially around my eyes. It does have fantastic coverage however, similar to FitGlow Beauty Conceal+.
That wraps up my concealer guide and I hope it was helpful to you. It’s always fun doing these comparisons and it makes me really think about each product in great detail. I’d love to know about your favourite concealers so let me know in the comments below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Next week: Róen Beauty review