10 Hard-Working Concealers That Erase, Well, Everything
As much as we dream about living in a perfect world where our complexions are naturally flawless, the reality is, we don’t. Between long days at the office during the week and celebrating the weekend with a late night out (or two), our skin has to put up with a lot due to our busy lifestyles. Thankfully, concealer often comes to our rescue when we're facing exhaustion.
Few things are more comforting than finding a holy-grail product that can effortlessly hide our tell-tale dark circles, cover up an annoyingly resilient blemish, and, in a pinch, even act as a highlighter. Once we find our perfect match, we’ll swear by it until the end of time—after all, faking a good night’s sleep is no easy feat. The downside, however, is that most of these magical products seem to fall out of our price range—or so we thought. We've rounded up the most popular and top-rated concealers on the market to prove that replicating a flawless complexion doesn't have to cost a fortune. Keep scrolling to find out the top concealers, all $52 and under.
Bobbi Brown Corrector ($44)
A favourite of actress Priyanka Chopra, this concealer from Bobbi Brown has skin-conditioning ingredients to help nurture the delicate under-eye area while hiding dark circles. It's also resistant to water, sweat, and even humidity, so you can wear it confidently no matter the weather.
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal ($16)
Maybelline's global makeup artist, Grace Lee, loves to use this product to diminish puffy eyes and conceal discolouration. She recommends gently tapping it on for maximum control of opacity and for the most natural finish. "It's always great with fingers as you need a very small amount," she explains.
Wander Beauty Dualist Matte and Illuminating Concealer ($42)
This unique dual-ended product features a creamy matte stick concealer for heavy-duty coverage and a liquid illuminator to liven up dull skin. When used together, the result is a perfect complexion with a natural looking glow. One reviewer says, "I love the fact that I get a cream concealer AND a liquid one all in one product. I've never looked so awake."
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer ($38)
Formulated with vitamin E, this concealer is perfect because it prevents fine lines and discolouration while hiding preexisting imperfections. It has gained a spot on the top-rated lists of countless women, and users love that it never settles into skin throughout the day.
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer To Go ($29)
We admit, this product is appropriately named—it truly is amazing. This mini version of the bestselling, cult-worthy concealer covers nearly anything and is offered in a wide array of colours. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way. One user reports, "The tiniest bit can cover so much, so you do have to be careful to use a teeny tiny amount or you'll apply too much."
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Tape Shape Contour Concealer ($37)
This Tarte-exclusive boasts around 6,000 reviews and has a nearly 5-star rating, which isn't surprising considering it uses the brand's signature Amazonian clay and a variety of hydrating naturals to achieve a creamy, flawless finish. The precision tip is great for covering spots, but you can also use it with a sponge for a knockout highlight or contour.
NYX Cosmetics Color Correcting Concealer ($25)
We know that colour correcting can make a world of difference when it comes to evening out discolourations. The pastels might look a little daunting, but this palette from NYX is a favourite due to its foolproof coverage and affordable price. Just think back to the colour wheel when applying these cream concealers, and you'll be good to go.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($38)
Created with the help of plastic surgeons, It Cosmetic's award-winning concealer is packed full of powerful ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. It has been clinically proven to help skin appear younger instantly and over time. Users say a little goes a long way and note that both a Beautyblender and brush work well for application.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer ($52)
This two-in-one formula from Clinique is lightweight enough to use as a foundation, but also opaque in order to cover pesky blemishes. It's a favourite of users and Byrdie editors alike due to its multitasking abilities, affordable price, and comfortable wear.
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme ($37)
Long-lasting, fade-proof, and comfortable seems to be the name of the game for Kat Von D, no matter whether she's working with lips or face. The stakes were high for her concealer to provide full coverage for hours, and we're happy to report (along with many other users) that she succeeded. This concealer is successful in covering everything from dark spots to blemishes with no cakey finish.
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