Rant & Rave: Liquid Concealer

This Week’s Topic: Liquid Concealer!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about liquid concealers. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: They’re super easy to blend out/spread out over the skin, and they can have an illusion of being more moisturizing (whether they are or not is dependent on the formula). It can be easy to get too much out of the container, though.

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I mainly use concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes, which are pretty dark and I find that liquid concealers do not very much coverage. The only one that I can get away with (even though it still doesn’t have enough coverage for me) is “Quick, Hide!” from Origins. Apart from that one, I only use cream concealers. 

I don’t use any concealer very often, but when I do, I prefer stick or cream, as I find it more hygienic. I just swipe my brush on the product a few times, and I don’t have to worry about the applicator sitting in a tube I don’t reach for often. I do prefer the texture of liquid liners, though, and I would prefer to find one that can be squeezed from a tube.

Smashbox’s offers rather decent coverage for a liquid concealer, and I like having a liquid one to mix with a moisturizer to make my own tinted moisturizer.

I use stick or cream myself, but you’re right, liquid concealer is definitely easy to blend, especially with fingers or a sponge. Then again, I blend cream concealer just as easily with a good brush. 

I love a liquid concealer for the ease of use and travel. I hate the applicator. It creeps me out having to double dip, even with a clean face. I had been using it on my outbreaks but since those have gone away I tend to only use it on my eye area. I have some non liquids in my stash that I can’t wait to use. I may end up being ‘converted’ to cream. LOL!

I’ve only ever used liquid concealer.  I don’t use it every day.  When I do, I just dot a little bit under my eyes with the applicator and then pat the concealer in.  It works for me.  

I use cream, stick, and liquid concealers, depending on my mood and how heavy-duty I need the concealer to be. I mostly use liquid on days that I don’t need much under-eye help, and to cover up redness across my nose and near my jawline. I feel like liquid concealers are almost harder to apply, because it’s more difficult to put it only on the exact place that you need it; in my experience, once I blend it out, it covers a much larger area than where I originally intended to focus the product, and is much more sheer than I expected!

What’s a “liquid concealer”?  I use MAC ProLongwear but I don’t really consider that a “liquid” – the texture isn’t any more liquid than my MUFE or the Rimmel stuff I have in a squeezy tube with a brush tip, even though it’s in a pump. It’s pretty much the same texture as several of my other concealers in tubes with doe foot applicators.  Can someone give me an example of a liquid concealer because maybe I have to try one – I’m obsessed with finding the ultimate concealer.

All of the aforementioned would be classified as liquid. 🙂 although they are arguably creamy in texture, a cream concealer is more solidified, like in a stick or pot form. If you are familiar with the Bobbi brown creamy concealer, benefits erase paste, or revlons photo ready stick concealer, then those are typical cream concealer. Typically a liquid is more emollient and moisturizing, obviously thinner, and often have a shearer coverage, where as a “cream” concealer is drier, denser, and has more coverage. Hope this helped!!!

Can you ladies please also share brands? I’ve been wanting to try a concealer and would love to know which ones are best. Thank you.

Annie84 I like L’oreal True Match concealer.  It works well and it’s pretty inexpensive.  It retails under $10 and it goes on sale quite often.  

I like liquid concealers. They are easy to blend with your fingers or a brush. I have been loving the kat von d tattoo concealer. It dries to a powder finish, squeezable tube. It also covers up my undereye dark circles beautifully!

Despite being 63 and having fairly dry sensitive skin, I occasionally get big pimples in series of 3 or 4. I use Neutrogena “On the Spot” to dry them out and then a steroid cream-prescription, to reduce the redness. I have a very ruddy complexion that is fair to light, few wrinkles and no plastic surgery. My problem is that I have yet to find an adequate concealer for covering these obnoxious  pimples on my face. I wash my face with a gentle cleanser twice each time, the second washing is with a Clairsonic brush and don’t use the same part of the pillow case more than 2 days. If I am staying home for the day, I only wear moisturizer. these pimples are usually on the peripheral part of my face from in front of the ears to the jaw line. Any suggestions appreciates for a concealer and any preventative measures. Thanks. Love you all for your help!

Susan it sounds like you have a hormonal imbalance. Breakouts along the jawline indicate that something isn’t quite right. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong, it’s just nature’s way of making that imbalance more visible to you.

Ok if you don’t use a really hydrating day time eye cream – or you have a liquid concealer that really settles into fine lines (or creates them on its own). The one I do like and use is by IT Cosmetics. It’s been a really long time since I found a liquid one I like. But I still use stick and pot concealers as well too because they don’t take as much fussing with – go on faster and work well if it’s a day that I really need more intense hydration in the under eye area. Ones in cream pots/stick that I like a lot are Benefit Boing (pot) and Tarte Amazonian clay concealer (stick). I find the IT Cosmetics one works really well around my red areas at the base and sides of my nose and a little spot on my chin – it’s often too much to work out smoothly under my eyes but then I don’t like to take a ton of time to deal with any of my concealers. IT takes more time and often I have to still go back and be sure I powder over it or it does not look natural at all. Agree that liquids tend to have too much come out of their container in one ‘squirt.’

I prefer cream for my dark circles and blemishes, but liquid concealer is my go-to for brightening up around my eyes.  I was really surprised and impressed with L’Oreal’s True Match in this regard – it hardly creases at all on my hooded eyes.

I enjoy liquid concealers for under the eye or covering large areas of the face because they are light and easy to blend. When covering a single blemish however, cream is better. Two of my favorite liquid concealers are MAC’s Moisture Select for under eye and Laura Geller’s Real Deal concealer for the face.

I love the Maybelline age rewind thing, but in the squeeze tube. I think it’s more hygienic but it’s essentially the same thing as the sponge eraser thing. It’s really moisturizing, works nicely and is very creamy. Another FAVE FAVE HG prod for under eyes is the garnier under eye roll on thing, it’s amazing and sets to powder too!

I’m not crazy about liquid concealer. The closest I have to a liquid is MAC Pro Longwear, but it’s such a thick liquid that I’m not sure I’d classify it as such. I like thick, heavy duty concealers because they have more staying power. My combination skin can get a little oily and if a concealer is too light and watery, I lose it by the end of the day, even with setting powder. My favorite stuff is currently Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer. It’s in a tube, it’s a nice thick cream and is absolutely magical under my eyes if I take a few extra seconds to blend it out. It also covers my tattoos! Great stuff. 

I love liquid concealer! Yes I know that most cream concealer has better coverage and more hydrating (especially if you use it to cover your dark circle), but for my very oily skin, I prefer something that has better staying power & lighter consistency like M·A·C Pro Longwear Concealer.But being said that, I also love my Bobbi Brown Corrector & M·A·C Pro Studio Finish Skin Corrector Pure Orange as corrector before I put M·A·C Pro Longwear Concealer to cover my dark circle.

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