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.
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.
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.
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.
Tons of shades
Cheezy AF name
Slides off/Wears away as day goes on
Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer
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
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).