Rant & Rave: Liquid Concealers

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Liquid Concealer

These are my favorite type, as I find they offer fluidity for concealing on the face or underneath the eyes while being blendable, so I can adjust coverage as desired. The only downside is that they tend to have more slip and can crease more readily (but often are more forgiving if I do a second blend!).

— Christine

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I only use liquid concealer (Tarte Shape Tape is my favorite). Any attempts I’ve made to use other formulas have been disastrous!

What I love about them is that they’re easy to blend and can be applied sparingly. No negatives, really. I just wish I didn’t have the need for concealer!

Raves: Liquids work best with my oily skin, provided they dry down completely. I only spot-conceal for acne, and occasionally dark undereye circles. Liquids are easy to apply precisely in small amounts.

Rant: It’s hard to find a skin color/undertone match for me.

Even though I’m nearly 60, I still only have love for liquid concealers. They last far better on my oily t-zone than cream formulas do. The undereye area is finally becoming more tricky, however. So, for that specific area, I may need to try out something less emphasizing of the increase in crepey-ness that has been slowly and insidiously increasing there. ?

I personally prefer creamier concealer consistencies like Lancome Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer or MAC Prolongwear Concealer, but I don’t like anything that comes in a pot or palette.
When I think of liquid concealers mostly the ones with doe-foot or sponge tip come to my mind, I don’t know why I associate tube concealers more with cream consistency, rather than liquid. 😆

Rave:
– They don’t dry as fast as creamier concealers (usually) and they are more blendable. I would say they are easy-going and friendly concealers, allowing you more time to work with them.
– I have dry and crease prone under eye area, and liquid formulas tend to emphasis less my dryness. They overall tend to mesh better with the skin.
– They are versatile, I can use liquid concealer as foundation if I want to travel really light.
Rant:
– Personally I can’t get a liquid formula beyond medium coverage, no matter the technique I try for building up coverage; and if I do, it looks cakey.
– Another `personally` is that they actually don’t have enough slip (that’s why I like creamier consistencies).
– They usually come with doe-foot applicators or sponge tips. I hate unsanitary make-up. Even if I always use clean hands and tools, I still feel like I’m pushing germs down the tube each time; and sponge tips are hard to clean.
– They always need to be set with powder; at least on my skin.

They have never given me the coverage I need so I have always used cream formulas, both under my eyes and on spots. If I want to use a color corrector, though, I use the liquid ones from UD as they layer better under a cream concealer.

Fortunately I don’t need to use concealer (as yet), so I can’t really comment about concealers in general, but I do think, from what I have read, is that a good one is hard to find.
I think a liquid concealer would be easier to work with than a stick one because they don’t look so cakey under the eye.

I have tried creams and liquids and find that I have more control with liquids, providing that the delivery system works. I find a doe foot applicator preferable to a pump since the mechanism of the pump can stop working more readily and I have more control with a doe foot.
My only rant is finding the correct shade. Sometimes I need to mix two to get the right shade.

I use liquid concealer on my undereye area only, I prefer a cream for spot concealing everywhere else. The thing I dislike about liquid concealers is that they seem to have a small ‘sweet spot’ for lack of a better term. Too little and you don’t get the coverage, too much and you get creasing or in my case most of them tend to make my undereye look too dry. I’ve gotten pretty good at avoiding using too much but there’s still that stray day when I’m just not having a good application day…

Love that they are easy to blend. Love that they generally come in a tube which is easy to apply. That is about what I love about them.

Hate that I can’t find a decent shade match. Hate that they don’t build to full coverage, even the ones that purport to build. I cannot get them to cover by hyper-pigmentation or my genetic dark under eye circles. If I try to build them up they get cakey. The thicker ones gather in my fine lines and wrinkles, which are increasing daily. I have used about all of them but haven’t tried the Jouer so when I use up the many I have open now, I am going to give it a try.

I’ve had the same problem with creamy concealers you describe. Used under the eye, they cause my makeup to run. I use them to color correct the eyelids and surrounding area. And then I used a palette concealer for the actual under eye. My favorite is Surratt.

I normally don’t use a concealer , the few I’ve tried have a slight chalky look and texturize the skin.
The one I’ve been recommended and really like is the new Estée Lauder”Double wear plus Hydra Prep “ concealer.
It’s a double ended wand with a hydrating light fluid primer on one end and the concealer on the other ., So far so good.

I don’t use it much, so not much in the way of rant and rave. I have one for undereye (Touche Eclat), and one for brightening up areas of my face; they’re fine for their intended use. I don’t use either for blemish touch-ups — I have a concentrated powder concealer for that (and that’s the only thing I’ll use as I have oily skin, and liquids go thin and rub off quickest over areas where I need them most … I don’t have that problem with my powder concealer).

Like liquid concealers less than creams because I have very dark circles and they tend to go on thinner. I do like one in particular though that works well over foundation and thus as a final concealer if I’m layering (which now with Benefit’s Boing I don’t absolutely have to do); L’Oreal’s Age Perfect Radiant Concealer. They really did a good job making a concealer for more mature (a.k.a. wrinkled) skin.

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