I’ve done a round up of the high end concealers in my collection before, so I thought it was about time I went through the more affordable options in my collection too… If you fancy a concealer bargain then stick around, I would say some of these are just as good as my high end faves!
I apply all concealer under/ around my eyes with a damp beauty blender and I tend to set them all in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (my holy grail powder), when mentioning how long any of these concealers last on the skin it will be after they have been set with this. I would really recommend using a loose powder to set any concealer, it definitely reduces creasing and improves longevity on the skin.
Everyone knows just how brilliant the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is, so I won’t spend too long on it. The hype seems to have died down over the last year or so but this is definitely a concealer I will continue to repurchase. It’s pigmented, creamy and lightweight managing to cover both blemishes and around my eyes really well lasting atleast 7/8 hours. I feel lucky that shade 1 works well for brightening around the eyes and shade 2 is a good match for any blemishes I have, otherwise the shade range is pretty pants! A recent concealer rediscovery has been the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint, possibly the most underrated concealer I own. This is so soft and pigmented and does the best job at covering the darkness in the corners of my eyes and keeping them covered all day/ night long. I tend to warm this up with my finger then gently pat it over the problem area and it covers so well, I don’t put this directly under my eyes as I prefer something a little more creamy for that. Again, I have issues with the shade range but fair does seem to work well for me as it has a yellow undertone counteracting the dark blue bags.
A complete dupe for the beloved Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This matches the Nars offering if not beating it for me, it’s pigmented, heavy duty yet not quite as drying as the Nars Radiant Creamy making it even better for the under eyes. Annoyingly, I have to say it again, the colour range is shocking and the lightest shade is just about light enough for my under eyes, such a shame because the formulation is perfect. Also this does have a habit of getting stupidly messy around the top of the tube. The packaging and shade range are the only factors that make this obviously a more affordable product. A concealer from Maybelline I don’t like quite as much is the Age Rewind Concealer. I think for anyone with dry under eyes needing something a little less heavy duty this will be lovely, however I just don’t find it conceals enough for my liking and I don’t really understand the sponge applicator. I keep this for the good skin/ had an amazing nights sleep days.
Lastly is the L’Oreal True Match Concealer, for me this is similar to the Maybelline Age Rewind and I don’t tend to reach for it as much as it doesn’t conceal enough, although layered over the top of the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint it adds radiance to my under eyes and feels lovely and hydrating, a good pick for anyone with a dry skin type and little to cover under the eyes.
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Do you have an affordable concealer favourite?