If you’ve ever woken up with dark circles or had a pimple show up before an event, you’re probably familiar with concealers. They’re not just for full-coverage, glamorous makeup routines, though—these liquids or creams are stellar for no-makeup makeup days when all you want is to cover up a pimple and coat your lashes in mascara before heading out the door.
A good concealer sits nicely on the skin, pairs well with skincare (like eye creams) and makeup (like powders) you use, and stays put throughout the day. Of the 31 concealers we tested, the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer(available at Tarte) rose through the ranks as our Best Overall, with its long-lasting ability to hide any skin discoloration without looking cakey or setting into fine lines. For those who prefer to shop drugstore brands, the Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer (available at Amazon) earned our Best Value honors, as it blends into the skin evenly for a flawless—if not quite as durable—finish.
These are the best concealers we tested ranked, in order:
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer
Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer
Colourpop Matte Full Coverage Concealer
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
KVD Vegan Beauty Lock-It Concealer Creme
L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer
Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless 24 HR Concealer
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer
NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
For its legions of happy users, the Tarte Shape Tape is practically synonymous with “concealer.” And, after testing it, we see why. The concealer boasts a full coverage, satin-matte formula and a 16-hour wear time, and it comes in 30 shades ranging from “very fair with pink undertones” to “very deep with peach undertones.” In my experience, which aligns with that of our panel testers’, too, it’s easy to choose your correct shade and it perfectly matches what is described on the bottle (for me, that was “fair neutral”).
I tried this concealer a few years ago when I liked to wear full-coverage makeup to cover up acne scarring. But even now, as my preferences have shifted to more natural makeup, I love using it. A little bit goes a long way, so if you want full coverage, you’ve got it in a single swipe of the larger-than-most doe-foot applicator. If you want to sheer it out, I recommend dabbing the wand tip on the back of your hand, picking up a little bit of product on your ring finger, and blending it out under your eyes or on top of your blemishes.
This concealer dries quickly and may look a little cakey if you put it on too thickly. But if you apply it to one under-eye at a time and blend out as you apply it, you’re golden. The warmth of your fingers makes this concealer feel extra creamy when applying, but you may use a damp sponge or a brush to good effect.
While I can’t guarantee that everyone will love this, as makeup is very subjective, I feel confident recommending it as our Best Overall pick, and I think you’ll see why.
The drugstore is my favorite place to shop for makeup—mostly because it feels like a double win when you find a holy-grail product and it’s affordable. Of the 14 drugstore brands I tested, the Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer takes the crown. It’s similar to the Tarte Shape Tape in that it has a larger doe-foot applicator that deposits more than enough concealer onto the skin for a full-coverage look, but it can easily be thinned out and blended into the skin on lighter makeup days.
The concealer comes in 30 shades, ranging from “Fair Porcelain” in the light category to “Expresso” in the deep section. I chose the shade “Classic Ivory” which was a tad too dark and golden for my fair neutral skin, but I could get away with it. Despite Cover Girl offering the same quantity of colors as Tarte, this shade range could be improved with an extra option in the tan and deep categories—there are eight shades in each of the light and medium categories and seven shades in each of the tan and deep ones. Additionally, it would be easier to choose a shade if the names were reminiscent of the undertones, like the Tarte concealers. Still, our panelists felt that they received shades close enough to create a cohesive makeup look.
After hours of wear time, this concealer only faded slightly and still covered very well. For its staying power, coverage, and beautiful finish, you’ll love this drugstore brand.
Hi, I'm Jessica, the lifestyle writer and resident beauty expert at Reviewed. When I was in high school, I dealt with cystic acne that left behind hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. Because of this, I often reached for full-coverage foundations and concealers that could essentially make my face a blank canvas for any other makeup I wanted to apply. Now that my skin tone and texture have evened out, I find myself instead searching for concealers that can blend well with my skin even on days where I don’t want to wear much makeup at all, which is increasingly more often as I get more confident with my skin. For this reason, it’s important to me that any concealer I have in my makeup collection is versatile enough to cover everything I want gone for a full glam look or to just cancel out some redness on my cheeks or darkness under my eyes on “no-makeup makeup” days.
Once I narrowed down the field to my five favorites, I recruited a panel of testers with a variety of skin colors and concealer needs to home in on our top recs.
Putting together a list of popular, highly reviewed concealers that our readers could fall in love with was a field day for me. I combed through articles, my YouTube watch history, and the best-seller pages and pared it down to 31 concealers (yes, that is actually a curtailed list).
With the help of Reviewed senior scientist Julia MacDougall, we designed our testing in three rounds with eliminations after round two. First, I dabbed up and down my arm with a red marker and painted each concealer over one of the dots to see how well it might cover a blemish. What I learned: None of the concealers could completely mask a bright red dot, and they all faded the same amount on my arm. (What can I say, not all our tests are winners.) Because of this, I didn’t disqualify any concealers and went onto round two.
At this stage, I put each concealer under my eyes to see how well it concealed darkness, how evenly and easily it blended across this delicate area of skin, and how well it stayed throughout the day. After scoring the concealers on Julia’s calibrated rubric, I had a better idea of which ones may be worthy of our Best Overall and Best Value spots. I selected a final five for round three, where I did my full makeup routine with each one. I’m no makeup artist, but this meant setting down each one with powder to see how it meshed with other products and layering on my everyday staples like brush and bronzer.
Beyond what the concealer looks like, we heavily weighted the shade range each concealer comes in. If it only came in 10 shades, points were docked. If it came in 30 shades but 25 of them were light or medium and only five were deeper, points were docked. We also paid attention to whether or not the shades had different undertones (warm, neutral, and cool) and how easy it was to shade match yourself when buying online.
In addition, because not everyone reading this will have my skin type or tone—normal-to-dry fair skin with neutral undertones—I enlisted the help of four panelists who tried the top four concealers and answered questions, just like I did, about the following attributes:
Application: How easy was it to apply the concealer? How would you rate the comfort and functionality of the applicator?
Coverage: How many swipes or how much concealer did it take to fully conceal what you wanted to cover?
Wear: How does the concealer hold up when you go through your normal makeup routine? Did the concealer stay on and stay effective throughout the day? How comfortable was it to wear the concealer throughout the day?
Shade range: How would you rate the range of skin tones that this concealer comes in? Did the concealer shade you picked online match the shade that you received?
What Should You Know About Concealers
When you’re looking for a concealer, keep in mind where and why you want to use it—under your eyes, on blemishes, to accentuate the high points of your face, or even all over your face like foundation—and how much coverage you want. If you’re like me and you want a concealer that can do it all, and look great doing it, you’ve come to the right place. In my mind, the right concealer is versatile enough to blend smoothly over your under-eye area without settling into fine lines as well as cover up a pimple without clinging to any dry patches around it. It should also blend seamlessly for a skin-like finish, regardless of how much coverage it offers. If you want a thin layer of coverage that lets your skin show through or if you want to create a blank canvas, a great concealer can rock both without looking unnatural.
Concealers also come in two formula types: liquid, which are more common and typically come in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, and cream, which are thicker and come in a pot for dabbing onto skin with a finger or a sponge applicator or brush (though you can use those with liquid, too). You tend to get more coverage and a faster application process with a liquid concealer, but a cream is great for anyone who prefers lighter coverage that’s built up with each dab instead of having to swipe it on and quickly blend before it dries.
Additionally, you can find concealers specifically for color correcting in both cream and liquid forms. These come in colors like green, yellow, and pink, depending on what you want to correct. We opted not to test these, as they are usually layered before your foundation or flesh-toned concealer anyway.
Other Concealers We Tested
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Super Coverage Concealer
The Too Faced concealer looks more like a foundation with a larger-than-most tube and wand, but it has the doe-foot applicator and creamy, full-coverage formula of a concealer. As soon as I tried it, I thought it was going to be the winner because of how well it smoothed out over my under-eye area, creating a blurring effect, and because of how hydrated and healthy my skin looked after putting it on. Many concealers make my dry-leaning skin look powdery and just plain unnatural. This looked good whether I left it bare or set it down with powder, and it stayed all day. That said, it settled into my fine lines a little bit more than the Tarte concealer.
Where Too Faced really lost points: Three of the five testers (myself included) got a shade that didn’t match what we thought it would be when we’d picked out online. In my case, the shade “Vanilla” was much darker and tanner on me than I expected a “fair neutral” shade to look. The concealer would look great if I took a zoomed-in photo of just where I applied it, but it certainly did not match the rest of my body in skin tone. It comes in 35 shades ranging from “very fair” to “rich” and panelists agree that almost anyone could find a shade match, but the labels are misleading enough that you may end up with a shade that’s too dark. My advice: Purposefully lean on the lighter side.
Colourpop’s concealers are sold at a drugstore price of under $10 through the company’s website and Ulta, so you won’t find them in an actual drugstore. I used this concealer prior to testing and loved it, which is why I wanted to throw it into the mix. Despite its claims for a full-coverage, matte finish, I find this concealer layerable and creamy enough to sit on my skin without settling in or looking dry. I also appreciate its easy-to-blend formula and flat doe-foot applicator that holds the perfect amount of product.
Given how impressed I was when I used it in my personal life, I’m not surprised to see that it landed at the top of this list after extensive testing. It was among the five that should have gone to panelists—but as apparent stock issues meant that not a single tester could get their requested color (or backup color), we couldn’t fully vet it.
The concealer comes in 30 shades (when available), both cool and warm, ranging from “pure white”—which can be used as a mixer to lighten any other shade—to “deep dark.” My main complaint with Colourpop is that it oxidizes in a noticeable way. It went onto my skin looking light and cool-toned and turned orange as soon as it began to dry. When I used this concealer prior to testing, I must have purchased a lighter shade or one with a different undertone that was more suitable for my coloring, as I can remember it oxidizing but not looking orange. Like the Too Faced, I’d err on the side of purchasing a shade lighter.
When I used this pot concealer from Nars, I was surprised at how much I liked the final look, as I think of creams, which have a more balmy texture, as being dryer on the skin than liquids. I went back and forth between the pot and my face, tapping in the product and watching it smoothly blend into my skin with the warmth of my finger. The application takes a little longer than a liquid concealer, as you get less product on your finger than a wand gets on its doe-foot applicator, but that’s what makes it look so natural on the skin.
I was also surprised at how much I preferred this to the cult-favorite Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (available at Sephora)—a liquid—which immediately creased under my eyes and stuck to some patches of skin that didn’t even appear dry.
I have yet to find a cream concealer with an extensive shade range, and while this one, with 16 options, is lacking compared to the 30 of our picks, it’s the most shades I’ve seen for this type of product.
I was pleasantly surprised with this concealer from KVD Vegan Beauty, as it touts a full-coverage formula for all-day wear. While I have plenty of great luck with concealers claiming to be full coverage, like some on this list, I worried it would feel too heavy on my skin, especially because my first impression was that the formula was thick and the applicator was dry.
Looking past that, I found that the formula blended out easily and looked great on my skin all day long. If you have a lot you want to cover, this is a great option. That said, you may have trouble finding your perfect shade match among the only 20 options, especially if you have a deeper complexion, and this concealer lost points for that.
L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer - Waterproof, Full Coverage
Originally in my top picks, our panelists tested this concealer from L’Oreal, too—and that’s where it began to fall flat. First, it comes in 25 shades but many of them are fair and light shades. Four of our five testers noted that the shade range could use some diversifying.
When it came down to it, this concealer gave medium to full coverage and wore fine throughout the day, but all panelists had one or more gripes with it, including disliking the smell or needing to apply more concealer than expected to get great coverage.
This concealer from Smashbox is fine but not memorable. In my notes, I wrote that it looked good with just one swipe under my eyes but that I put a little extra on to cover up some blueness that still showed through one layer. This concealer didn’t crease terribly when I sweat during a walk while wearing it and it kept even coverage all day. The more extensive shade range of 30 is also a huge plus. If others further up on the list don’t jive with you, it may be worth a try.
Revolution Beauty Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer
This full coverage concealer from Makeup Revolution appears comparable to the Tarte Shape Tape—it has a wide applicator that deposits plenty of its thick formula. It also comes in 45 shades that rival high-end brands, but it’s under $10. Sadly, it wasn’t very memorable. It blends easily, looks fine on the skin, and doesn’t fade too much throughout the day, but plenty of other concealers on this list do the same or perform even better.
I had higher hopes for this Makeup Revolution concealer, as I assumed it would have the same likable attributes as the Conceal & Define one, but with the added bonus of feeling and looking hydrating on the skin because of its inclusion of hyaluronic acid. Instead, the Conceal & Hydrate appeared powdery on my skin—not a problem with its non-hydrating counterpart—and had the exact same results otherwise.
NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
This drugstore concealer from NYX Professional Makeup blends out easily and looks nice on, but the applicator doesn’t hold much product and feels drying on the skin as you swipe on the product. This is not a bad option in a pinch, but you’ll end up needing to dip into the concealer multiple times if you want a full coverage look. It offers 20 shades, but it could stand to expand its deeper tones.
Being from a luxury brand, I had lower hopes for this product, as I assumed the name brand is what would carry this concealer, and not an amazing formula (sorry, Dior). Despite my preconceived notions, I found it blended out really well with just my finger and wore beautifully on my skin. My main gripe with this is that the majority of its 30 shades are for light and tan skin, leaving out a decent range of deeper tones. That, and you can do as good or better for way less money.
This cream concealer from Benefit made me check my loyalty to liquid concealers. This formula, like the Nars Soft Matte pot, melted right into my finger in the pot and blended beautifully with my skin. While I still had the concealers with me for testing, I often picked up this one for lighter makeup days when I wanted to brighten up my under-eye and conceal some spots on my cheeks without looking like I had makeup on. For that purpose, this concealer is perfect. But if you want full coverage or a creamy liquid formula, this is definitely not for you. In addition, like most cream concealers, it has a very limited shade range of six offerings, though this may be fine considering it’s lighter in coverage (despite it’s full-coverage claim).
Benefit also makes a liquid, the Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer (available at Sephora), but it equally lacks in the shade range department (14 colors), and it fell to the bottom of my list because it clung to dry patches of skin during application.
My favorite thing about this concealer from Makeup Forever is that it looked a bit dewy on my skin, which is rare because my skin tends to absorb the moisture from any product I put on it. However, this proved too good to be true because as soon as I went for a walk—and became a little sweaty. It melted into my fine lines—not a cute look. It comes in 26 shades, which is on par with many other concealers on this list.
I wanted to adore this Fenty concealer—have you seen the amazing shade range of 50 options and sleek packaging?! Unfortunately, it looked dry on my skin and didn’t cover my dark circles as thoroughly as others. That said, someone with oily skin who likes medium coverage may have better luck.
I liked this concealer from Urban Decay just fine, but it wasn’t a standout, especially as compared to brands like Tarte and Too Faced that boast similar prices and even better, longer lasting results. It offers a decent range of 25 shades.
I liked how buildable the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer was, how nicely it blended into and felt light on my skin, and how it wore throughout the day. However, it has a limited shade range of 18 that many can’t shop, which explains it falling in the middle of our list of 31 concealers (and the bottom of the ones worth your consideration).
The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Cream Concealer (available at Target) clung to dry patches that I didn’t know I had and only looked decent on my skin from far away.
The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (available at Target) has an incredibly limited shade range of just 14, majority being light colors. The applicator felt dry on the skin and didn’t hold a lot of product.
The Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer (available at Target) looked dry on my skin, clung to patches as I tried to blend it out, and faded away throughout the day.
The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (available at Target) offers light to medium coverage that looks fine on the skin, but has a scarce shade range of just 18. Still, I liked the Fit Me better than the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (available at Target), which comes in a tube with a sponge-tipped applicator that the product comes through, making application messier and seemingly less hygienic.
The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer (available at Sephora) was not a standout in any of our tests. It faded throughout the day, took a little more concealer to cover everything, has an unimpressive shade range of 22.
Both the E.L.F. Cosmetics Hydrating Camo Concealer (available at Target) and the E.L.F. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer (available at Target) felt heavy and looked dry on my skin, though the Hydrating Camo was a tad better.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer (available at Sephora) creased right away and settled into all of my fine lines—hardly “flawless.”
The It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot (available at It Cosmetics) required me to dip into the pot several times to get light coverage that barely faded my under-eye circles.
The MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer (available at MAC Cosmetics) has light coverage that settled into fine lines and wears off within hours.
The RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up Concealer (available at Sephora) certainly was lightweight (as promised), but that meant it didn’t cover anything despite multiple layers. It was also too emollient to stay in place.
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