Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let Them Seeeeee

Like the Frozen reference in the title? Well, if Elsa and I have anything in common, it’s that we like to hide things. For her, it’s magical powers. For me, it’s dark circles that make me look more like Kung Fu Panda.

And switching out and old concealer for a new one can feel a lot like this:

We feel you, Indie.

Now, I don’t know about you, but, if I’m going to take the time and spend good money on a concealer, I want that bad boy to CONCEAL. I don’t want some watery mess that blends into oblivion, that create a fleshy translucence that allows my purple-y undereyes to peek through. Oh, how long I’ve have these concealer problems. Let me count the ways.

First, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch. Referred to as a “luminizing” pen, this is recommended as a skin-colored highlighter that helps reflect light. I can’t even count the number of accounts I’ve read from makeup artists and users extolling the virtues of using this product either alone or under concealer to brighten.
Not only do I find this product to be entirely USELESS, but, at $42 a pop, you’ll never catch me restocking this bad boy. Overpriced, underpigmented, and lacking in any real light-diffusing properties, I’m genuinely confused why people like it so much. It’s not my jam, and the little gold pen will never be found in my makeup bag.
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On the flip side, super heavy concealers can cake, show creases you didn’t even know you had (which makes you feel super awesome btw. #GrandmaFace), and it will rub off in weird patchy chunks if you accidentally rub around your eye area. These thicker concealers also tend to be much drier. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage palette is also oft-written about for being in every makeup artist’s kit.
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Franky, I don’t get it. It’s too dry of a formula for me. It’s annoying to apply, as it’s in a pot, which I never like, because it just harbors bacteria and essentially becomes a very expensive petri dish. It also has a “color corrector” and a concealer. I don’t know about you, but I find all the colors to be rather strange. Basically, one is too pink and one is too yellow. So I’m paying $35 to “customize” my concealer… and by customize, I mean do more work. The LAST thing I want to do in the morning is MORE work. I don’t need to customize my concealer. My skin color doesn’t change. Summer or winter, I’m so pale I gotta use SPF 9,000 and stay outta the sun. One color of concealer is good for me.

And don’t even get me started on the $70 Cle de Peau concealer that beauty gurus “rave” about. I can smell the mark-up from here. #Bullshit

Now that I’ve kvetched about what I DON’T like about the concealer market, let me offer a few recommendations. They offer strong enough coverage to minimize dark circles, stay put fairly well, and are reasonably priced (well, compared to Cle de Peau anyway). Be forewarned, though, even these recommendations are not perfect. I have yet to find the holy grail of concealers, and, I fear I may never find it.

Therefore, below are a list of concealers that hold up pretty well, even if they may not totally receive the Broken Down Beauty seal of approval just yet.

Amazing Cosmetics

Amazing Concealer
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Highly pigmented
Tons of shades
Doesn’t crease


Cheezy AF name
Slides off/Wears away as day goes on


Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer

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Stays in place
Easy to apply


Exacerbates fine lines and/or dry skin
Not a ton of shades
Definitely not 12-hours… calm down, tarte

Make Up For Ever

Full Cover Concealer

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Easy to blend
Wide shade range


Less pigmented than some full-cover concealers
Can look dry

As I’m still on my concealer quest, this list will grow and change as time goes on. These are a couple of suggestions to tide you over until you too find the concealer equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant (sans the whole face-melting thing, of course).

2 thoughts on “Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t Let Them Seeeeee

  1. Nice refreshing approach on your blog! I feel you on the tedious quest of finding a concealer that works. I too am still looking for a holy grail concealer that both covers enough without emphasizing lines, or make my under eye area flake and dry looking and at best works both under the eyes as well as on the face… It does not get easier with age…;)
    However I must say that I don’t agree with you on the Laura Mercier secret camouflage. I find that to be an excellent concealer for the face, pinpointing spots, tone down redness around the nose or on the cheeks and so on. Used under the eyes it is horrible, since it is virtually just pigment with a tiny amount of chemicals holding it together. And on the face that is great, since then it stays put longer! But it is not made for under the eyes! Som MUAs use it there anyway, preferably on younger models in need of very tiny amounts of concealing, but they then mix it with either a foundation, a moisturiser or a mixing medium for face pigments. Never use it raw under the eyes!!
    I also lasts and keeps fresh almost forever, since there is so little ingredients in it that can go bad. So unless you dig your fingers or dirty brushes in it it can last for years. And does not turn into a petri dish for bacteria… I also find it doesn’t change consistency even if it is left open by mistake for days! Quite remarkable from a user standpoint imo…
    The Ysl touche eclat is great for highlighting when you don’t want shimmer. But it is not a concealer. Young girls with almost no dark circles under the eye area can however use it in the same way as a concealer but then to highlight. I don’t even think Ysl markets the touche eclat as a concealer…

    But thanks again for an interesting blog worth following!


    1. Thanks so much for you detailed comments! You make very good points about the YSL Touche Eclat. I’ve just never found it to be a great highlighter, though. It’s almost too natural to give off any kind of discernible effect. Perhaps on camera it might have more of a pleasant, noticeable look. That I have not explored! And I wish more people thought like you about the Laura Mercier palette. I agree that, on the rest of the face, it can be incredibly helpful. I do know a fair amount of MUA who still try and convince me that it works for under the eyes too. They should have a chat with you. Set them straight! Thanks again for sharing in my frustration with concealers 😉


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