Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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What’s the Best Concealer for Blemishes you’ve tried?

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69 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Concealer for Blemishes

  1. Michelle Brown

    I like Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick because it’s very opaque (so it lasts a long time), and as long as I blend it out and use only what I need, it isn’t cakey. I just want a cheaper dupe, though.

    • Atiya Soenardjo

      Try Revlon Photoready concealer. I was skeptical at first, cause there’s a bit of sparkles on it. It turns out very great once applied, high coverage and looked flawless on the skin!

  2. As someone with moderate/severe acne and starting Accutane soon, I know this all too well. Personally, I have found the best to be Kat Von D’s concealer. Worked better for me in the coverage and wear time department than anything else.

    • Gina

      Hey Linh. I know this is none of my business but I thought I would let you know that I developed ulcerative colitis from taking Accutane so I really hope you re-consider taking it. I know the chances of your developing this chronic condition are quite low but you never know. I never expected to get it and now I’m terribly ill. If you do decide to take; I wish you the very best. It did wonders for cleaning up my acne but I completely regret it now.

    • Best of luck with Accutane, I’ve known quite a few people who have taken it, including my brother. They’ve all had it work well for them, so I hope it works well for you too. Best of luck with the search for super hydrating products once it starts to work!!

      • Gina

        Oh yes. Make sure you find an amazing lip balm and a great moisturizer. I think the worst part of my Accutane experience was the chapped lips. Always have a lip balm with you! I know this sounds a little gross but you tend to get little cuts on the edges of your lips. Thankfully I didn’t experience but bleeding because I would always moisturize but I’ve seen it happen to many other people.

    • amanda

      I was on Accutane about 5 years ago and it worked wonders for me. Since coming off of it, I’ve barely had a blemish, and when something does pop up it goes away in less than a day. If you do everything you’re supposed to do while on Accutane, you should be fine. It’s a medication that has seen a great deal of debate, but ultimately I think that was mostly caused by people not doing what they’re supposed to do while on the drug and not following up with their doctors. As for something moisturizing, I used Aveeno moisturizers (as recommended by my dermatologist) and then carried on with my normal makeup routine.
      Hope everything goes well for you! Good luck! :)

    • Ashley

      I took accutane and it worked wonders!!! best of luck to you

  3. I use Mac Studio Finish

  4. Nadia

    By far, laura mercier’s secret camouflage. Lately I’ve been having a lot of pimples and this covers perfectly them without drying my skin.

    • Tigerlily

      In spite of its rather dry consistency I do love this one too. I haven’t tried many different concealers but this one does the job so well. I especially love how easily it blends in with the skin/foundation.

    • Sofia

      Its my favorite too!! great consistency and pigmentation!

  5. Ellen

    LOVE Cle de Peau. It’s expensive, and it took me a while to bite the bullet and get it it, but it’s just amazing. Covers anything better than I have ever experienced. I use Armani Maestro under my eyes, and sometimes dab that on blemishes too. Love both of them, wouldn’t be able to choose between them, couldn’t live without them!

  6. bertha

    Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics is by far the best blemish concealer I’ve tried! It’s expensive for the teensy tube but you only need the smallest amount to cover all blemishes & it lasts ALL DAY. BEST!!

  7. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear does an amazing job covering up, well… everything! Blemishes, redness, acne, even tattoos if you’re willing to pile it on 😉

    • Audrey

      I second that!

    • Mhm. I completely agree.

      The best thing about this product for me is that despite the fantastic coverage, long-wearing nature, and matte finish, when properly applied underneath the eyes, it does not crack, cake, or really settle into fine lines! It is probably one of my HG concealers.

    • Madeline

      AMEN, SISTAH! The Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge sounds nice too. Maybe I will try it :)

  8. Absolutely MAC Studio Finish Concealer.

  9. Kristen

    I’ve been using OCC Conceal and MUFE concealer (had it so long the tube packaging has since changed). I think MUFE lasts longer and I like the relative creaminess, but isn’t the perfect color. OCC lasts almost as long, but creates a consistency that’s different than my foundation, so even though the color match is good, I feel like the texture difference makes it noticable. Neither is HG, so I’m looking forward to the comments!

  10. Brenda

    MUFE’s full cover, is the only one that lasts all day on my skin.

  11. Hands down Makeup Forever HD Full Cover Concealer. I have a lot of acne/hyper-pigmentation and this covers it so well.

  12. xamyx

    It’s been several years since I needed a concealer to deal with blemishes, but my go-to was Max Factor Erace. Luckily, I’m well past my “blemish phase”, as this is no longer readily available to me. The specific formula that was HG (although completely DC’d as far as I know) actually had an ingredient that also helped dry out blemishes, but the “regular” one also worked very well.

    I was also a big fan of Revlon ColorStay, as it really did stay put all day. As I stated, it’s been quite some time since I neede a strong concealer to deal specifically with blemishes, so I’m not sure if this one is still around, or at least in the same formula.

    I currently dab a bit of MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot on the occasional blemish (the yellow tones combats the redness), and apply a bit of any random concealer on top to correct the color a bit. I also apply *before* foundation, so that helps with blending it in.

  13. Mel

    For me, hands down it’s MAC Studio Finish. I’ve got oily skin, so not only does it give me the coverage necessary but it won’t fall off my face when the oils on my face decide to have a holiday party. And the best part is I don’t need to use a primer under it.

    In general, at least of the three other concealers I’ve used (which were liquid concealers) none of them stayed on my blemishes all day the way this one does.

    Also worth considering is that I use it every day (sometimes 2x in a day because I decide to do different makeup to go out). I’ve still got half remaining after owning the product for over a year.

  14. Revlon Photo Ready stick concealer.

  15. Erin

    MUFE’s full cover concealer. Its amazing and it matches my skin fairly well, even with both my blue and pink undertones.

  16. Nessa

    i really LOVE amazing cosmetics concealer. it works so great with my acne scares that i have and for my really bad under eye dark circles. The concealer is just thick enough to cover it really well and it also has a salmon color which i heard helps with the blue-ish color from the dark circles; and on some days i just but a bb cream on and put some concealer on and i’m out the door. works GREAT! (:

  17. StephyBooBoo

    MAC Prolongwear Concealer! It’s crazy how well it covers!

  18. Currently I have been using ELF Cover Everything Concealer in Light and Benefit Erase Paste in Medium.

    • BernalChic

      I am a huge fan of Benefit Erase Paste as well, both for blemishes and undereye. In other news, I’ve recently tried Laura Mercier Undercover Pot and HATE it.

  19. Elizabeth

    MUFE full cover is a god send. It’s the only one that stays on long enough for me and blends seamlessly into the skin.

  20. Lily M

    The ultimate champion MUFE full coverage often imitated never duplicated … #1 ladies

  21. Elizabeth

    Illuminare mattifying base is a great concealer

  22. Ashley

    Amazing cosmetics concealer! You barely need to touch this stuff and it covers! Lasts for 8 hours. Has a good color range. And comes in a tube (I bought it like 2 years ago so I’m not sure if packaging has changed) so you CAN get all the product out if you’d like! But, I have yet to run out of mine and it is great. I think another great alternative that is cheaper is sonia kashuk’s quad concealer. It has 3 cream shades that are all thick and you don’t need much. Then one that is powder. Great alternative.

  23. Georgina

    I find that Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer works very well for spots, scars and redness.

  24. Miss J

    My current favorite concealer is MAC’s Pro Longwear! Other concealers I like are the Studio Finish and OCC Conceal, but Pro Longwear takes 1st place. It covers just as well as the other two, but I prefer working with a liquid over a cream, and I can also use the under the eyes, too. The other two crease under my eyes, but this does not on me.

  25. akhan

    MAC Studio Finish concealer – it covers, blends well and stays put.

  26. Kathryn

    Hard Candy Glamouflage!

  27. MUFE full cover– only thing that covers AND stays put.

  28. Hard Candy Glamaflouge concealer works the best for my pimples. I don’t really have any dark sports on my face anymore since I use a retinol, vit c and AHA product. My pimples tend to be red, raised and dry around the actual spot.

  29. Wenz

    No doubt- MAC Studio Finish! Good color match and it doesn’t budge.

    A trick someone once told me – If I have a really flaky/ dry spot I dab a little extra primer on the spot before concealing… works like charm!

  30. Tiffani

    I really like Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. It’s SO hydrating which is excellent for me because under my eyes tends to get a bit dry. It doesn’t crease, and it takes so little to cover my entire undereye area. Definitely my favorite, and I will repurchase!

    For cheapies, I like ELF’s studio concealer. Doesn’t perform as well, but with a very fine powder it does the job.

  31. Angela

    Physicians formula Rx concealer is great! When CVs has a 40/50% off sale for physicians formula, which is does periodically, they’re around 6 bucks. Awesome drugstore concealer that I feel works just as good as a department store concealer.

  32. Abbey W.

    I really love MAC’s Studio Finish or Full Coverage Foundation (same thing, really). They last and last and cover pretty much anything. Also, I haven’t found them to oxidize and turn orange like most of MAC’s other offerings!

  33. Haley

    Hard Candy Glamoflage! Definitely HG for me at least. Stopped my concealer-hunt as soon as I found this. And the best part? It’s only $6!

  34. Veronica

    For drug store makeup, I find L’Orea’s True Match liquid concealer works very well to touch up. Keeping in mind, I have very good skin and only get the occasional zit or redness.

  35. Angela

    I quite like Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

  36. Jill

    I like Bobbi Brown concealer kit– it has a creamy concealer in one teeny pan, and pressed powder in the other. Best when concealer is applied with a tiny brush. Then let dry, powder– invisible! I find the liquid type concealers with the sponge tip appliers completely ineffective

  37. becca

    I’ve had acne for about 10 years and the best i have used is the MAC STUDIO FINISH CONCEALER. It doesn’t give me more acne than i already have, so many other concealers just gave me more acne. It stays on all day on my very oily skin. Its full coverage and very pigmented. I also find that it doesn’t accentuate dry areas, its actually kind of moisturizing. The shade range is also better than other brands (i don’t get why some companies do 4 concealer colors). this is also one of the few concealers out there that is truly noncomedogenic.

  38. Sylvia garza

    My top 3 favorites are erase paste,mac studio finish concealer, and revlon photo ready stick!

  39. Terri

    I love Cle de Peau despite the price. At 46, I need something creamy and this is just the best ever. I just dab a bit on and then pat in with my finger and it’s magical. I hate the price but it has lasted a LONG time and I still have a lot left so that makes me feel better.
    Lately I have also been using Laura Geller’s Real Deal Concealer that I have had in my vanity and forgot about. The tiniest dot (think OCC lip tar amount) under my eyes really brightens them up.
    Who knew?

  40. Geneva

    MAC Studio Finish Concealer and Prolongwear concealer

  41. andrea

    im a mac makeup artist and i gotta agree with a lot of ladies on here: studio finish and prolongwear! i have the amazing cosmetics one as well and that one is fantastic (but mac is cheaper and more readily available in canada; where i live.)

  42. Quinctia

    This is going to sound crazy, because I don’t use anything else from the brand, but Cover Girl’s Fresh Complexion. It’s a liquid, I have an absolutely perfect color match, and it just works for me.

  43. MAC Studio Finish Concealer because it gives great coverage.

  44. Sigrid

    Kiko skin evolution concealer! Its only 5.5 €, great colour match, awesome coverage and lasts all day :)

  45. NYX HD concealers work pretty good for my blemishes. Great value for the price. Won’t break the bank!

  46. Ana

    Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation is what works for me. On my skin it doesn’t work as a foundation but is the best blemish concealer I have tried. The bad thing is the limited color range.

  47. Nancy Dav

    I really love the hourglass corrective concealer (in the color sand). It covers a lot with just a tiny bit and blends perfectly into my NC35 skin. (It also doesn’t crease under my eyes!).

  48. Elizabeth Cunningham

    Several good ones in my opinion, ultimately the choice depends on skin type and preference for a certain finish, certain texture, or one pigment system vs another. My faves are MUFE Full Coverage Concealer which works under OR over foundation, and can be blended with other products. Bobbi Brown makes a concealer with a pretty finish that feels nice on my dry under-eye skin. I have used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear concealer but the pigments are just all wrong for me now. Kat Von D’s Tattoo Concealer (or whatever the name is) is good, not great. Amazing Coswmetics is top shelf for coverage, but the pigment range is too narrow! And it can be fun to finish off with a concealing powder, MUFE white finishing powder is excellent; BE sells Well Rested and everyone should just keep that stuff handy just because. Some folks seem to like Laura Geller’s Spackle and face powders.

  49. melody

    Love mac studio fix concealer and powder combo to hide a pesky blemish.

  50. Amy

    I’m still trying to find one. It’s extremely difficult for me b/c 1. I have super super fair neutral skin (NC/NW 5) and 2. It’s not the opaqueness that I’m having trouble with, it’s the flakies around or on top of the blemishes that I have issues with even with exfoliation.

    Does anyone have a good product suggestion or tip to dealing with flakies? Thanks!

    • nervousaboutangels

      I recently got Mary Kay’s microdermabrasion kit – it does an awesome job getting rid of flaky skin on my chin and my cheeks just below my eyes – places foundation used to make look all dry and patchy. I’m not sure how recommended it is for breakout prone skin though :-/

  51. Mugdha

    Reckon Colorstay. This is the only one that stays on my oily skin. The formula is kind of thin but build able.

  52. Rita

    Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer is good

  53. Korey

    Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer palette from Target. I absolutely love it! Use a brush though. And use the powder it comes with. Really makes a difference.