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Concealer Bulletin: What’s New in My Updated Rotation

Concealers seem to be a source of frustration I think. And it appears to become more of an issue as our skin changes over time. The one I’ve used the longest is Le Correcteur De Chanel Concealer in the shade 91 Caramel, reviewed here.

Since then, I’ve added three more concealers so I wanted to share their performance to help you decide if they may be worth adding to your rotation.

by terry stylo expert click stick concealer

By Terry Stylo Expert Click Stick Concealer

  • Current number of shades: 12
  • Coverage: Medium to full, buildable.
  • Finish: Natural looking
  • Fragrance: Undetectable
  • Packaging: Click Stick with a push-button on tube base
  • Made in: Korea
  • PAO (Period After Opening): 18 months

I have By Terry Stylo Expert Click Stick Concealer in shade No. 11 Amber Brown which is lighter than my natural skin tone. While I don’t have very dark circles, I still need concealer to even out and brighten my under-eye area and to soften up my fine lines. With yellow undertones, this blends surprisingly well into my skin without leaving grey hues.

by terry stylo expert click stick

I find this solid stick format easier to manage in contrast to liquid concealer. By Terry’s Click Stick Concealer offers the right amount of hydration and brightening properties, plus it helps to blur my fine lines, to an extent. Plus, the click pen packaging and angled shape allow for seamless application into the corners of my eyes.

by terry stylo expert click stick concealer

The lasting power is also quite respectable as I get several hours of wear without major breakdown or fading. And I’m able to layer it over eye cream and top with powder without experiencing any dryness or cracking.

This could also work to cover up spots but in that case you’d need to shade match as close to your skintone as possible.

by terry stylo expert  click stick concealer

I can tap it in with my fingers but I definitely prefer using a synthetic bristle concealer brush for a seamless finish.

ysl touche eclat

YSL Touche Eclat All Over Brightening Pen

  • Current number of shades: 14
  • Coverage: Light to Medium
  • Finish: Soft-focus, luminous
  • Fragrance: Undetectable
  • Packaging: Click stick with push button on tube base
  • Made In: France
  • PAO (Period After Opening): 6 months
ysl touche eclat

One of the trickiest things about Touche Eclat is choosing the right shade; I have shade 6 Luminous Amber, which has slightly reddish undertones. Touche Eclat shades are categorised into Fair, Medium and Deep, with 6 falling into the deep category.

ysl touche eclat

While YSL Touche Eclat isn’t technically an undereye concealer, it’s better when used for other areas on the face, such as creating areas of light and shadow without having to worry about harsh lines.

I use it to soften the 11’s on the side of my mouth, under my lower lip contour, on the sides of the base of my nose and under my cheekbone for the subtlest smoothing and defining.

ysl touch eclat

Years ago, I bought this to use as an undereye concealer and I was quite disappointed. But, now I know better especially since I see a tremendous difference in the overall look of my face when I use this in contrast to when I don’t. Think of Touche Eclat as your personal lighting director.

ysl touche eclat

Once in awhile, YSL offers discounts on their website or sometimes the department stores offer discounts so that would be a prime opportunity to try it if you’ve ever been curious about it. I’d definitely repurchase it and I’d choose shade 5 Luminous Honey or even 5.5 Luminous Praline as they have more yellow undertones than 6 Luminous Amber.

sisley eye concealer

Sisley Phyto-Cerne Eclat Eye Concealer With Botanical Extracts

  • Current number of shades: 5
  • Coverage: Light to Medium
  • Finish: Soft-focus
  • Fragrance: Undetectable
  • Packaging: Slim plastic tube with angled metal applicator tip; comes with a brush.
  • Made In: France
  • PAO (Period After Opening): 12 months

Sisley Eye Concealer With Botanical Extract is formulated to cover dark circles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and fatigue. I appreciate the synthetic fiber brush it comes with as it’s the right size to get into the inner and outer corners of the eyes.

While the metal tip looks like a good idea, the truth is that if you’re not careful, the concealer comes squirting out and has the potential to make a mess. So I’ve learned to rest the tip of the brush against the opening on the metal top while I squeeze the tube.

sisley eye concealer

Sisley’s concealer is creamy and sinks into the skin easily. Even though shade 4 is very light for my skintone, it eventually settles down to make my undereye look brighter.

The lasting power is good but eventually, I do notice that a touch up is needed. And thankfully, it can be topped up later in the day without cracking or caking.

Sisley’s concealer formula includes:

  • Red Vine extract: tones
  • Gingko biloba extract: protects, tones
  • Arnica extract: soothes, tones
  • Caffeine
  • Soy peptide extract
  • Horsetail extract: tones
  • Carrot extract: hydrates, revitalizes
  • Candeia extract (natural alpha bisabolol): soothes, and softens
  • Plant-origin Glycerin: hydrates

Sisley’s concealer is only available in 5 shades, so a wider customer reach is squandered. I have shade 4, which is the second to last darkest shade currently offered and that’s really not saying much. I wish I had gotten it in shade 5 but it was not available in the sale at the time. Speaking of sale, this concealer is regularly priced at 104 USD and I really wish I knew why.

That aside, I had heard it was such an excellent formula and had high expectations but alas, I find it to be similar to other concealers I’ve used, minus the astronomical price tag.

sisley eye concealer

In real life, we’ve all used products for other purposes outside of the intended purpose, so I’m doubtful that the silky, light texture of this concealer would cover raised spots or serious texture on the face.

Oddly enough, the YSL Touch Eclat pairs really nicely with the Sisley concealer especially if I’ve applied too much of one or the other and need to balance things out.

sisley eye concealer

Apart from that, I fully intend to finish the Sisley concealer but I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase it unless it is deeply, deeply, discounted.

If I had to choose a standout from the three concealers, it would be the By Terry Stylo Expert Concealer. The click pen packaging, easy to work with formula, the uniformity it maintains during wear time and overall appearance make it worthwhile.


It’s quite the battleground when it comes to concealer so I hope this helps and if you need some product inspiration for before and after-sun care, check out this post.

*Sisley ingredient list taken from

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(2) Comments

  1. backstorybeauty says:

    Happy to share, concealer requires a Davos-style annual summit I think. Hopefully, we can all get back to wearing our makeup out and about, unencumbered sooner than later.

  2. Oooh, thanks for the recs! If I ever get back to wearing a full face of makeup I’ll need to check out the By Terry. Good call on the YSL, for the longest time I thought it was crap and then realized it wasn’t meant for heavy-duty coverage, LOL. The price tag for the Sisley is outrageous…unless it has super expensive ingredients, packaging AND is the most amazing concealer ever, not to mention the shade range issue, it’s totally not worth it!

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