When it comes to finding the right concealer formula for you, there’s a huge assortment of factors to consider—the finish (matte, satin, dewy, etc.), staying power, shades selection, and of course what skin concern you’re actually trying to disguise. Whether you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation, pesky scars left behind from previous breakouts, or dark spots from sun damage, courtesy of sun damage, finding the right concealer to seamlessly camouflage them is definitely one of the most difficult makeup challenges to deal with.
Because dark spots are well, dark, you’ll want to opt for full coverage and super opaque formula that is fade-resistant and stays put for longer than just a few hours after applying it. Liquid and stick formulas tend to be best—especially if you also have oily skin or are prone to get shining during the day. To ensure its coverage stays put all day long, it’s a good idea to set the concealer with a finely milled setting powder over the areas where you used the concealer. Ahead, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite flawless-looking concealers to help you cover up dark spots in a flash.
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1. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer
This easy-to-apply concealer gives you up to sixteen hours of flawless coverage without caking, sinking into fine lines and texture, or emphasizing pores. The transfer-resistant formula doesn’t overdry the skin, giving you a natural-looking complexion.
Pros & Cons
- All-day hydration for full coverage that’s never cakey or masky
- Smudge and transfer-resistant wear for up to 16 hours when set with Dermablend Setting Powder
- Smudge and transfer resistant wear for up to 16 hours when used with Setting Powder
- On-the-go flawless coverage
2. e.l.f. Camo Concealer
This super opaque concealer is perfect for instantly hiding pesky imperfections, including dark circles, blemishes, and of course, dark spots. The long-lasting formula doesn’t transfer onto your clothing during the day or clog your pores.
Pros & Cons
- Very affordable.
- Very nice creamy texture.
- Sets to quickly, no time to blend well.
- Creases within minutes of application.
3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer
While this creamy, anti-aging concealer is formulated to combat dark circles, the high-coverage formula also works like a charm for helping you hide hyperpigmentation, scars, and dark spots. The nourishing cream is neither too hydrating nor too matte, making it great for almost all skin types.
Pros & Cons
- Those with younger, smoother eyes who can benefit from a thinner formula.
- Those with crepey, aging eyes who need a lighter concealer that won’t tug and blends easily.
- Those looking for a concealer that’s thinner, blends easily, and wears long.
- Those who are conscious of bacteria or anal about germs (the puff makes me cringe).
- Those who do not want to second guess their shade (I had issues getting my color right and having to worry about mixing to get it to match, etc…as far as I’m concerned I shouldn’t have to mix shades to get my color correct).
This comes in a plastic tube with an attached puff for application. It’s a concealer that you can swipe on without every having to touch it. I like the packaging alot, I find the puff a interesting way to apply concealer as you’d think it would give you that airbrushed appearance. The puff is a soft little fluffy piece of dense cotton-like fiber which you can saturated with the concealer by twisting.
Application is a simple affair of twisting color onto the puff and swiping on with a little finger blending to get things blended out. It does to some extent give a very nice finish but proper blending with a finger is necessary to get a more polished look. The formula thin with a medium pigmentation that did a decent job of concealing my woes such as fine lines, darkness, puffiness, and fatigue. There isn’t any question about the formula, I thought it was good, not great, not bad, but just good. It didn’t settle into fine lines, it had a hydrating feel, and enough color pay off to conceal my problem areas, basically all the things I look for in a good concealer.
The product comes in a few shades selections as well as a yellow based neutralizer for concealing really dark circles (to be used in conjunction with the concealer for total coverage) as well as a brightener with a pink base that you can use to highlight certain areas around your eyes. I had purchased the neutralizer as well as the light shade of concealer. The colors look very beige in the tube but be warned they do run a tad lighter than what your eyes are seeing at first glance. In my case the light was too light and the medium was too dark but the neutralizer seemed to be perfect…shrug…colors are a bit of a toss up and disappointing if you can’t get your shade down. To make things work I simply use a bit of the neutralizer to brighten up my eye area and a tiny bit of the medium concealer…this seems to keep the medium from making my eyes look too tired due to the heavier beige in the shade (the shade swatched is the light and neutralizer).