Our Top 5 Concealers Of All Time

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Before Snapchat and Instagram filters, all we had to correct and perfect our skin was concealer. With the ability to hide everything from dark circles to pimples, these handy, pocket-sized tools are the warriors of the makeup world.  Brands are continually introducing new products to the market, and this makes the search for the right concealer a daunting task. Despite the large array of products at our finger tips, there are still a few that we can always count on to get the job done. From cult-favourites to hidden gems, we’ve compiled a list of the top five concealers we’ve tried.   

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29 at NARSCosmetics.com)
Pros: This cult-favourite is great for All Skin Types, and for use all over the face. With a large range of shades, this full coverage concealer is infused with a multi-active botanical blend for an added skincare benefit. 

Cons: A common issue that can arise is that it can get cakey, but this is only if applied incorrectly. The trick is to always wear eye cream before applying. Remember that a little goes a long way, and blend it out!


Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($31 at Sephora)
Pros: This small but mighty concealer is great for for normal to dry skin. The colour-correcting shades work to neutralize undereye circles while not drying you out. While the packaging is small, it’s full coverage goes a long way.

Cons: If you’re using the corrector shade, you are limited to covering the undereye area. It is also very creamy and therefore needs to be set with powder in order to stay. We recommend the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($30 at Sephora).


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment ($10 at Well.ca)
Pros: This drugstore gem offers a medium coverage for all skin types. It also has an added skincare component, Haloxyl, which is used to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles over time. Another bonus? Certain shades can be used as a liquid highlighter (perfect if you want to jump on the non-touring train).

Cons: The sponge applicator can be unhygienic depending on your personal methods. It also needs to be blended right away as it will set fairly quickly. However, this means that it has great staying power.


Make Up For Ever Full Cover ($39 at Sephora)
Pros: For the makeup fanatic with the long work day and no time for touchups, this full cover, waterproof long-wearing concealer is for you. It works best on normal to oily skin types since it is oil-free with a matte finish. This concealer also works great to cover bruises and tattoos.

Cons: It is not recommended that you use this product for mid-day touchups due to its thicker consistency. It also needs to be set in order to wear, however this elongates its wear.



Maybelline FitMe Concealer ($10 at Well.ca)
Pros: Although this product is often labelled as a NARS Creamy Concealer dupe, they are quite different. This oil-free, medium coverage product has a creamy formula that makes it great for anyone who doesn’t want to wear a full-face of makeup. Just set it and move on!

CON: The colour range is not very large right now, which (ironically) makes finding the right shade difficult. In most cases colours need to be mixed.

 
Main Image: Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

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