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Best concealer: Discover which concealer is best for your skin

24th January 2020 | Author: Libby Mewes

If your foundation doesn’t quite give you the coverage you need, or you have problem areas you need to cover, choosing the best concealer is worth taking the time to get right.

Concealer is used for more than just covering spots or blemishes. It can brighten your skin, create clean lines for eyeshadow or when contouring, and it’s perfect for making dark circles vanish.

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Confusingly, there are hundreds of shades and formulations designed for different skin types, not to mention a wide range of prices.

To help you find the concealer best suited to your needs – from the best concealer for dark circles to the best concealer for acne – we’ve handpicked our favourites below which cost from as little as £4.

Best concealer

  1. Editor’s Pick/Best concealer for oily skin: Glossier Stretch Concealer £15
  2. Bargain Buy/Best all-rounder: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer  £4
  3. Luxury Buy: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer£24
  4. Best for plumping your skin: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid£24
  5. Best concealer for oily skin: NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop£8
  6. Best for mature skin: MAC Studio Waterweight £19.50
  7. Best for acne-prone skin: Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength £18.50
  8. Best all-day concealer: Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear£25

1. Editor’s Pick: Glossier Stretch Concealer

£15 | Buy now from Glossier 

Glossier StretchGlossier

Why we love it: “A concealer inspired by skin” Glossier’s Stretch Concealer leaves a much sought-after dewy yet undetectable finish. It’s hypoallergenic, fragrance and cruelty-free and is ideal for the most sensitive of skin types. This concealer is buildable, flexible and nourishing, too, while coming in at just £15. This is why it’s our Editor’s Pick.

Buy now from Glossier

2. Best concealer on a budget: Collection Lasting Perfection

£4 | Buy now from Boots 

Best cheap concealerCollection

Why we love it: Don’t be fooled by the low price of this concealer, it is absolutely full to the brim with quality. It’s a sure-favourite with bloggers because of its long-lasting lightweight finish that covers any blemish with ease. This product also comes in a wide range of shades, and on the best (or worst) of days it won’t come off with a little sweat and/or a few tears.

Buy now from Boots

 3. Best luxury concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

£24 | Buy now from NARS

NARS concealerNARS

Why we love it: America’s best selling concealer, this liquid concealer from Narsissist does exactly as its name suggests. It has a luxurious, creamy texture and a long-lasting, glow-inducing finish. It is packed full with goodness, and comes in an impressive 30 shades. It can also be used to highlight and contour the face meaning although you’re spending a little more on it compared to others in this list, it’s better value for money and more versatile.

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Buy now from NARS

4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid

From £24 | Buy now from Cult Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Magic AwayCharlotte Tilbury

Why we love it: Unlike others in our list, the Magic Away Liquid from mamabella favourite Charlotte Tilbury comes in wand form for both ease and precision. It has ingredients to lift, plump and soften any type of skin, leaving you looking airbrushed and ready for anything. This concealer is particularly effective around the eyes but can blur the most irritating of imperfections. It does have quite a thick texture so won’t suit mature skin or people with fine lines or wrinkles quite as well.

Buy now from Cult Beauty

5. NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop concealer

£8 | Buy now from Boots

NYX Cant Stop Wont StopNYX

Why we love it: This lightweight liquid matte concealer claims to last for an almost unbelievable 24 hours, keeping your face blemish-free through any occasion. It works effectively at keeping the oily T-zone at bay and comes in 24 waterproof, transfer-proof shades. NYX has made this product for those of us always on the move and who don’t want to have to stop to retouch makeup.

Buy now from Boots

 6. MAC Studio Waterweight

£19.50 | Buy now from MAC

Mac concealer for mature skinMAC

Why we love it: If your skin is showing signs of fine lines or wrinkles, MAC’s Studio Waterweight is perfect for giving you fantastic lightweight coverage. Its handy pipette helps control how much product you use and it blends effortlessly into the skin with just one coat.

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Don’t be put off by the small bottle, you get a lot of value for your money with this product because you only need to use a single drop. We’ve had bottles of this last for more than a year and counting and go everywhere with it due to its handy travel-size.

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7. Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength

£18.50 | Buy now from Boots

Benefit Boing Industrial StrengthBenefit

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a concealer made of tough stuff, this is your one. Benefit’s medium to full coverage Boi-ing concealer is perfect for the days you need that extra push to get out the door. It’s most effective as an under-eye cream, but with a brush can be just as powerful on those irritating spots and blemishes. We love Benefit makeup here at mamabella. So much so, it features in our best cheap makeup list. 

Buy now from Boots

8. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear

£25 | Buy now from Cult Beauty

Laura Mercier concealerLaura Mercier

Why we love it: This concealer is designed to give your skin a warm glow. It lives up to its name by truly delivering a flawless finish, effortlessly smoothing out the skin below the eyes into the rest of the face. This product is also especially hydrating, making it perfect for dry skin. The shades are divided into categories, cool, warm and neutral, making it even easier to find the right match for you. 

Buy now from Cult Beauty

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