BEST FOR: Dark Circles
Winner: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, .28 oz., $24.
I absolutely can’t stand my under eye area… I have almond shaped eyes so everything creases and settles into fine lines and I have tired dark circles and I’m only 23 🙁 Plus, I have allergies all the time so my eyes are always watery, so I’ve been looking for a waterproof concealer to really cover those suckers up. This stuff is amazing! If you’ve read my previous posts, you probably know by now that I have dry, finicky skin and this concealer feels oh so moisturizing while making my under eye circles disappear. It feels like skincare and powerful makeup in one. AND I looove it. As I said, everything creases on me and I can’t set my concealers because my skin is too dry, so I cannot attest for the anti-creasing abilities, but I have heard from others it does a good job in that category.
Runner-Up: Lancome ‘Effarcenes’ Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, .52 oz, $30.50.
I think that if a concealer is really good for dark circles, it is probably pretty good in the other criteria. While I have not figured out my favorite shade, the formula is amazing. It’s really thin, which is awesome for anti-creasing, and is actually waterproof, which is very important in my book. Due to its thin formula, it is build-able if you feel you need more coverage, just remember to apply one thin layer at a time, letting them dry in between. I think the only reason it is runner-up is because I felt I got more skincare benefits out of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer. But, you should be using separate under eye skin care to begin with anyway. (Note: the under eye area is very delicate and it is important to really pay attention to what products you’re using and to protect the area…you can do this by using a rich under eye approved moisturizer).
UPDATE: I was EXTRA tired the other day, waking up at 6am for work, so my under eye bags were REAL that morning. I decided to use this in my makeup routine….took BART, got to work and looked in the mirror, and I was a little disappointed. My under eye area almost looked grey. If you’re having a really bad under day, stick with the IT Cosmetics ‘Bye Bye Under Eye’ Concealer. I don’t know if it was a combination of lack of moisturizer and not the right shade or what, but I must say I was not as impressed with my Lancome concealer that day.
BEST FOR: Blemishes
Winner: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, 15ml, $32.
This does exactly what it says it does. It is waterproof and girrrllll (or boy), it covers. I must note that this formula is made for covering blemishes and any skin imperfections but is not formulated for the under eye area. It is thin and build-able, just remember to apply one thin layer at a time, letting them dry in between. Happy “my acne is not showing” days forever!
Runner Up: NYX Waterproof Concealer Stick, $4.99.
Okay, this is a low cost alternative that is easy to just stick in your purse and go, and it is waterproof (which is important). I use it to cover any zits or red spots I see pop up and it seems to do its job. I haven’t tried to cover anything too severe so I’m not certain on how full of coverage you can get, but the formula seems build-able.
Hope that helps!