Are concealers harder to find than foundations? While you think about that, here are 4 concealers I continuously return to, to lessen the appearance of dark circles, smooth over little spots, do a hint of contour and to prep my eyelids for eyeshadow. Each concealer is a different shade and using them is led by the needs of different parts of my face. While the formulas vary quite a bit and deliver markedly different results, I’m not keen on the day I have to return to the market to find replacements. Starting with the most opaque, here they are:
Cle de Peau Stick Concealer in Mocha (Old Formula)
There’s a new incarnation of this concealer on the market featuring SPF 25. But I have every intention of using up as much of this as possible. Cle de Peau’s concealer, (I have the shade Mocha), is the most opaque one in my collection. It’s what I use to lessen the appearance of spots and brighten any shadows on my face. This concealer is also good to use on cheeks over foundation to further conceal or smooth out the remnants of hyperpigmentation. As opaque as this concealer is, it’s creamy, easy to apply, stays where it is placed and is buildable using fingers or brushes. Miraculously, the finish is skin-like, so despite its strong concealing ability it never leaves skin looking like a patched wall. I’d love to see Cle de Peau expand their shade range as there are six shades offered at the moment. Otherwise, this is a high-performance concealer I first shared thoughts on here.
YSL All Hours Concealer
YSl’s All Hours Concealer is the one I reach for when I have absolutely no time for foundation yet need to look pulled together in a snap. Plus, it provides the right level of hydration for my dry skin. Applied under the eyes, over spots, onto the sides of the nose and into my laugh lines, this works very quickly to deliver an overall even, finished look. YSL All Hours can last up to sixteen hours but I’ve never tested it for that duration.
Formulated with flexible pigments meant to move with skin, this concealer will not turn grey or crack. The finish is also very skin-like and the formula absorbs excess sebum to keep coverage looking fresh. YSL All Hours concealer comes in eleven shades from fair to deep. I’ve had more time to use this concealer since I first reviewed it here and in retrospect, I would have gone down a shade to 5.5 Warm Tan instead of 6 Mocha which is the one I have.
Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel Concealer
Of the 4 concealers reviewed in this post, this one has become my most used. Any cons in regard to this concealer would be the price and the fact that there are only eight shades. However, points are given because Chanel has added deeper shades up to Chocolat. I have the concealer in shade 91 Caramel which thankfully matches my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 91 Caramel reviewed here.
This is such a user-friendly, easy to apply and blend concealer featuring a gel-cream, long-wearing formula. Le Correcteur de Chanel Concealer match the yellow undertones in my skin beautifully and melds with my skin to smooth and brighten. With brightening pigments that maintain a perfected finish, it leaves skin looking like a better version of itself without a spackle job effect.
I cannot over-emphasise enough how smooth this formula is and the measured luminosity it delivers to the skin upon absorption. Chanel is brilliant at complexion products (foundation, primer and concealer) and if I had to recommend one above the other three in this post, this would be it.
Here are the four concealers heavily swatched. Yes, I realise that two of them don’t appear to be a match for my complexion but they actually go right into the skin. From left to right they are:
- Clé De Peau Beauté’s Stick Concealer in Mocha.
- YSL All Hours Concealer in 6 Mocha.
- Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel Concealer in 91 Caramel.
- La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing Brightening Eye Treatment in 30.
La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing Brightening Eye Treatment
I’m still uncertain what made me get this concealer/treatment apart from the fact that I had been eyeing it up for several months. Once I peered at the brand closer and saw that a meagre three shades were offered, that was not enough to scare me off. But not before I scoured the internet looking at swatches and videos to get a better idea of how it looks and behaves.
I explored this concealer in an earlier post and included a video of me applying the product here. Part concealer, part brightening treatment I adore this for adding luminosity, highlighting the areas closer to my eyes especially the outer corners, highlighting halfway down the bridge of my nose and the top of my cheekbones. It can also be used to prime the eyelids and on top of any other complexion product that needs some adjusting if it’s too dark. It’s portable and exceedingly easy to use with the added benefit of being packaged in a click pen with a brush dispenser. However, I prefer blending it with a separate brush but if you’re short on time, the built-in one suffices. With a silky formula, this also scores extra points for including a refill in the box. A shade range expansion is desperately needed but apart from that, I’d rate this product well for its versatility, delivery and performance.