If you're naturally shadowed or perpetually sleep-deprived, then you'll want to be armed with a good concealer (or, better yet, an impenetrable shield of self-confidence, though I will say that buying a concealer is way faster than dismantling the patriarchy). A tried-and-true concealer has the ability to instantly give the skin a glowing appearance and flawlessly cover small breakouts and imperfections. Whether you’ve been searching for a product that will withstand the most humid climates or a formula equipped to banish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, the hunt for a great concealer can be...daunting.
So, to make everything a billion times easier, the Marie Claire beauty team read every review, swiped on (almost) every single cult-favorite concealer on the market, and called on professional makeup artist Erin Parsons for insight on her holy grail under-eye heroes. We narrowed down the competition to the absolute best 30 formulas you're guaranteed to fall in love with. From luxury retailers to classic drugstore brands, we made sure to select the concealers armed to perfect all of your under-eye needs this season. Pick your favorite, ahead, and get swiping.
In case 8,000 five-star reviews don't speak for themselves, then maybe you'll be wooed by the fact that this cult-favorite concealer is filled with Amazonian clay (to soak up skin oils to prevent midday slippage), plus hydrating shea butter, olive oil, and sunflower seed oil to keep skin dewy and hydrated all day long.
This liquid formula is one of the most sworn-by concealers of every makeup artist in the universe, thanks to its full-coverage yet sheer-looking finish that's like a shot of espresso to your eyes. "This is one particular concealer I reach for the most when working on deeper skin tones. The formula is beautiful but even better, the color range is vast with many different undertones," says Parsons. "I find it great for coverage, brightening and sculpting the face."
Alright, this won't actually erase dark circles or rewind the clock, (because this isn't Harry Potter, and for that, we are sorry), but this creamy powder is pretty much the next best thing in a tube. "I love the formula because it keeps the skin fresh and doesn’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles yet provides a medium coverage,"explains Parsons. Dab and sweep the sponge-y puff under your eyes, around your nose, and anywhere else you want the goji berry- and haloxyl-spiked formula to brighten and smooth.
Your eyes will never look dull again if this little pen has anything to do with it. Promising "eight hours of sleep with the click of a pen" (uh, in my wildest dreams, right?), this cult-favorite cream is infused with light-reflecting—but never shimmery or glittery—minerals that brighten with every swipe. "I use this concealer on top of regular concealer to provide a brightening effect without adding too much coverage," says Parsons. "I find the best way to use it is to apply a dab and let it set for about 30 seconds before blending. This allows the product to thicken thus producing a seamless blend."
Just like Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation, this concealer is designed to work its magic—in this case, seamlessly mask dark circles and brighten the under-eye area while creating a lit-from-within glow. This ultra-hydrating gem is formulated with ingredients like caffeine, glycerin, and vitamin E to also smooth out the appearance of fine lines and reduce puffiness.
A little goes a long way with this full-coverage, creamy formula. Honey and jojoba oil work together to moisturize and smooth the skin without becoming cake-y. Just a light dab and you can instantly conceal a pesky breakout or mask those unwanted dark circles for the flawless second skin finish. Plus, it's waterproof, so even a bit of sweat won't cause this baby to budge.
If you're looking for a clean beauty option that performs, try this au naturale, lightweight skin perfector. It's infused with feel-good ingredients like castor seed and coconut oils to hydrate and plump the skin. Just a few swipes will leave you utterly amazed by the pore blurring and fine line diminishing results.
Do away with unwanted imperfections with this complexion-smoothing formula. This concealer has 16-hour staying power and glides on with absolute ease. Spherical micro powders work to brighten the under-eye area and create a blurring effect for a real-life airbrush finish.
Revitalize your under-eyes with this color-correcting liquid concealer which doubles as makeup and skincare. Its nourishing formula includes a combination of Illuminating Complex EX (derived from platinum golden silk and Japanese pearls to address environmental damage) and optical technology to instantly cover up dark circles and leave a healthy glow. Plus, the applicator brush makes it super easy to maneuver around the delicate eye area.
If you're looking for a weightless yet full-coverage formula, this is for you. The under-eye area is incredibly sensitive and thanks to this light and pigment technology, it blurs pores, smoothes fine lines, and veils discoloration seamlessly. The vitamin E and manuka honey draws in extra moisture and leaves behind a satin finish.
Looking to mask the appearance of your tired eyes? Same. This formula features a fancy "propietary diamond complex," which illuminates the under-eye area with an instantly filtered, lifted, and luminous effect. Forgot your makeup sponge in a rush? No problem. It comes packaged with a mini, removable sponge for flawless blending in a flash.
Give your under-eyes a second-skin effect with Dior Skin's latest family member: This concealer, which features the best of both worlds with its moisture-enriched and matte finish formula. It smoothes fine lines, conceals dark circles, and stays put—no setting powder necessary.
What do you get when you mix a color corrector with a lightweight concealer? This gem from Lancôme. The yellow-tinted formula cancels out dark circles without looking heavy, so you can wear it alone or layer it under your favorite full-coverage concealer and foundation. "I find myself grabbing for this one on a daily basis lately in my personal makeup application," says Parsons. "It doesn’t crease or sink into lines and gives just enough coverage where I need it. I don’t have to set with powder but even if I choose to do so it never looks heavy."
Because we can never say it enough, the sun is your skin's number-one enemy. So when it comes to concealer, there's no better bonus than added sun protection, like the SPF 35 in this creamy, lightweight formula. "This concealer is what I reach for when I’m doing a makeup look that requires covering the brows," says Parsons. "It provides a blank slate and doesn’t disturb the glue underneath. It's great for anyone needing intense coverage for dark circles under the eyes or blemishes." Dab it over your skin with your ring finger for a sheer look, or load up a brush and blend it across your face for a full-coverage finish.
Meet the do-it-all, multi-use concealer you've been waiting on. It's equipped to conceal, highlight, contour, and retouch your skin for a flawless finish. A single swipe of this baby under your eyes equals a full day of coverage—a little goes a long way. And its skin-first ingredients, like coconut water and hyaluronic acid, works for all skin types.
This buildable, blurring concealer claims to stay put up to 12 hours. I can attest that it moves accordingly with my oily skin to resist sweat and humidity throughout the day. Tip: Use the warmth of your fingertips to glide this concealer onto your skin for a natural, radiant finish.
bareMinerals is a brand known and loved for lightweight, natural products. This ultra creamy stick is full-coverage yet feels like you're wearing absolutely nothing. It molds right onto your skin and protects it from pollution with lots of nourishing antioxidants like raspberry seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, and sea lavender.
The "Mother of Makeup," a.k.a. Pat McGrath, presents her first-ever concealer: a creamy, full-coverage, lightweight formula. For a natural second-skin effect, add this silky smooth concealer to your makeup bag to brighten and blur your under-eye imperfections. Plus, the formula is long-lasting and won't get tacky and drying-throughout the day.
Some concealers feel dry as hell. This is not a good combination for my perpetually dehydrated skin. When I discovered this hydrating formula years ago, I was hooked on how glowy it made my skin look thanks to its hyaluronic spheres-spiked formula. Even better? You can skip the extra step of setting this with a powder because the fool-proof formula sets itself for up to 12 hours.
It's pretty miraculous when you have sunken, tired eyes from staring at a computer screen too long that suddenly look red carpet-ready. This is exactly what happened to me when I got up from my desk to take a deskside with Marc Jacobs Beauty to test this concealer. The ultra-creamy concealer instantly woke up my entire face with just one swipe. The portable stick makes for easy touch-ups, too.
Do the happy dance, because you'll never have to worry about a concealer not coming in your shade again. Leave it to Rihanna to drop 50 shades of incredible concealers that'll exceed your expectations when it comes to coverage, and stay in place all damn day. I'm convinced this sweat-proof formula is made with a magical potion that won't move to save a life.
Calling all my ladies who don't play when it comes to full, full-coverage. You need this pore-perfecting, blemish-hiding, skin-brightening concealer in your life—like, yesterday. This creamy concealer is almost too good at hiding hyperpigmentation. When my skin is acting crazy, this concealer puts me in a good mood because it makes me forget my "problem spots" are even there.
Introducing a budget-friendly concealer that gives luxury competitors a run for their money. This skin-smoothing concealer, which comes in 30 shades, takes its job of diminishing dark circles and shielding spots very seriously. Those with sensitive skin will appreciate its vegan ingredients.
Mark my words: this concealer has the silkiest consistency ever. You barely even need a makeup sponge or a brush to work this into your skin. The super malleable texture makes blending a breeze. Once applied, which takes literally two seconds, it'll hug your skin with a lightweight (yet buildable) texure.
This stick concealer has been my favorite drugstore buy for six years straight, and for good reason: The formula is so ridiculously creamy that it melts into your skin from the moment you swipe it on, making it easily buildable, without any caking. But the biggest draw is its imperceptible light-reflecting pigments that leave you with a soft, diffused finish, like an Instagram filter IRL.
For a full-coverage look that doesn't require a touch-up before lunch, meet Kat Von D's magical Lock-It formula. The concealer is both hydrating and matte (a rare combination), so it'll never settle into the itty-bitty fine lines around your eyes.
This sheer, lightweight concealer does the work of lightly covering redness and dark circles, while also helping to soothe irritated skin with a dose of anti-inflammatory chamomile and hydrating blue lotus. If you have oily skin, try setting this one with powder so it doesn't crease.
The double "amazing" in this concealer's name is anything but hyperbolic. The formula is water-resistant and hella concentrated, so just a few drops is all you need to hide literally any mark or zit on your face. And with 19 shades to choose from (yes, including deep mocha), you're guaranteed to find a match for your skin.
This super-blendable (and waterproof!) formula is filled with line-plumping hyaluronic acid, brightening antioxidants, and light-reflecting flecks, all working together to cancel out dark circles so you look hella awake.
This. Stuff. Is. Magical. The lightweight formula (which feels almost like a balm) is part-color corrector, part-eye primer, and part-concealer, meaning it not only smooths fine lines and hides redness, but it also brightens dark circles with its peachy undertones.