May 5th 2016
A good under-eye concealer is the closest you'll find to a cure for dark circles, and this week the Glossy Posse have taken it upon themselves to help find the one for you. From creamy pots of corrective colour to brush-on brighteners, we've tested a whole host of concealers and reviewed their abilities to make us look well-rested and alert no matter how much we're burning the candle at both ends. Read on for our honest reviews and let us know in the comments if there's one you really rate...
Feedback "This is really a highlighter rather than a concealer, brightening up any dullness around the eyes. It has a creamy, silky texture so it's not too drying on the skin, and thanks to the lightweight formula it blends in seamlessly - so I don't look like I've caked a whole stick of concealer over my face.
"I loved the brush applicator as it made it far easier to dab it on evenly and smoothly without dragging, and it definitely brightened up the darker shadows under my eyes. Well worth the cult following and higher price tag."
Feedback “I really rated Garnier’s BB cream so was intrigued to see what the eye roll on version was like. The tube has a rollerball so that it’s really easy to apply; you simply roll under the eyes and feel a cooling sensation as the cream glides onto the skin. It’s quite a thin, watery texture, so it feels good on the skin but takes some time to build up.
Being quite pale, I tried the Light shade but I’d say even this was a bit too dark for me; given that I wanted to conceal darker shadows and circles, it wasn’t doing the trick in perking up my complexion. Though the colour wasn’t right, it did moisturise the eye area well and I’m certain the cooling effect helped to reduce early morning puffiness. Great as an eye cream but I’d recommend a brightening concealer over the top.”
Feedback “I love the consistency of this concealer - it feels super light on the skin and unlike other concealers that I've tried, this was very creamy which made it easy to apply without needing to rub the skin harshly. As I often struggle to find a good concealer for olive skin with golden as opposed to yellow undertones, I was really impressed with the actual colour of the concealer (it’s available in ten shades) as well as the fact that it gave complete coverage without feeling 'cakey' at all. Perfect.”
Feedback: “Dark circles? No problem. Blemishes? Bring ‘em on. This little pocket rocket of a concealer had mine completely covered.
“With an impressive shade range (10 in total) ranging from Fair to Dark Caramel, it made light work of the signs of a bad night’s sleep thanks to its high coverage formula, opaque finish and supreme durability. Definitely a concealer that delivered on its promises, only a tiny amount was needed to provide the results that I was looking for. A pricier buy? Yes. Worth every penny? Absolutely.”
Feedback “Like a shot of espresso for your eyes, this under-eye awakener erases all traces of naughtiness with just a swipe of a wand. Although quite bold and opaque when first applied, the silky brightener quickly blends into the skin and stays put all day. It dries quickly too, so there is no danger of panda eyes due to eyeshadow fallout. I also loved the transparent tube - it’s vital to know when you’re running low on this beauty staple! Not quite as illuminating as the classic Touche Eclat, but it’s a heavy duty disguise for tired eyes.”
Feedback “I usually prefer a liquid formula when it comes to under-eye concealers so that I’m less likely to drag the skin, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this little pot. I was pleasantly surprised; though I couldn’t see the ‘spatula’ that the packaging suggested I use, I dabbed it on under my eyes with my fingertips and found it to be quite creamy in texture.
"The key with this one is to gently build it up and tap it on rather than attempt to glide it across the skin - it takes a little more time but builds up a fair amount of coverage, though the overall effect was more brightening than concealing. I used it on a couple of blemishes too and it really does live up to its name if used carefully - a mini Photoshop in a pot.”
Feedback “This is one of my favourite concealers of all time. For the days I’m feeling old, drained and tired, it works a seamless kind of magic, whisking away dark circles (and any other facial abomination that has reared its head overnight). It has a soft, creamy texture and I feel it blends into skin, hiding under-eye baggage but remaining undetectable to others. On the days I’m doing the school run and there’s no time for proper make-up, I also dab this around the nose, on the chin and on blemishes and it instantly makes skin look flawless in ten seconds. I also feel it comes in great real skin colours (not too apricot thankfully - who has apricot skin?) but it could do with being available for darker skin tones too (my only complaint)."
Feedback: This rather verbose concealer promises a lot, so I’m happy to report it delivers on every front. This super lightweight product glides on to skin and blends effortlessly without scrimping on coverage. It doesn’t cake or fade away throughout the day, and the overall effect is very natural. A little of this concealer goes a long way and the wand applicator is somewhat heavy-handed, but any excess product can be easily blended up along the cheekbones as a highlighting base for strobing. The only downside is how pricey it is. If you have cash to splash or are an Urban Decay devotee then this is the one for you.
Feedback: "A bargain at under a tenner, this nifty concealer does exactly what it says on the tin. A figurative eraser for even the inkiest of dark circles, it’s incredibly satisfying to apply. A few twists of the bottle delivers just the right amount of product, and the innovative fuzzy pom-pom shaped applicator distributes and blends in one smooth motion. The colour match is spot on and not too light, so you can avoid any reverse-panda eyes. This is my new go-to concealer."
Feedback: “I must admit I usually prefer a liquid concealer for underneath my eyes, but Laura Mercier might just have convinced me otherwise with this Secret Concealer. A rich, creamy formula, it isn’t drying on the skin at all so there’s no caking; instead, a gentle pat of the almost moisturising texture banishes dark circles with a natural, luminous yet opaque finish. It’s everything you want from a concealer, with an impressive shade range and a long lasting finish. The price, it has to be said, is off-putting - but the little pot will last longer than most thanks to the high coverage payoff. A makeup bag must-have.”
Feedback: “When your skin is looking dull and the bags under your eyes are giving your lifestyle habits away, this is the concealer you need to pick up. A generous tube of smooth, creamy-liquid concealer, nothing brightens your complexion quite like it; a super soft texture, owing to the aloe vera extract, means it covers and conceals with a flawless, airbrushed finish. Dark circles are diminished, and it works effortlessly to cover up blemishes too. My only criticism? Though I’m the fairest of them all and am well catered for with the lightest shade, a wider range would be beneficial for anyone with olive and darker skin tones - there are only three to choose from, which is a shame as I believe every woman should own this gem of a concealer.”
Buy online: Launches in October, keep an eye on Charlotte’s website
Feedback: “Charlotte Tilbury is the creator of possibly the most covetable makeup products of all time, and part of the appeal of her range is the fact that much of it does actually seem to be endowed with some kind of magic. It’s just innovation of course, but the fact that Charlotte somehow engineers matte textures so that they glow, makes solid eye pencils feel like liquids and conjures up creams that seem to add life on application puts her in a field of her own.
"Her upcoming undereye wand pushes her creativity and problem solving panache even further, as it pairs a hyaluronic acid-packed anti-ageing eye cream with a light reflective concealer. A few clicks of this and I realised how much of an ironically ageing effect my regular concealer was having. Rather than gathering in creases and crow’s feet, Mini Miracle creates a smooth, tight canvas with a click of the ‘treatment’ end, followed by a flattering, blendable veil of colour. The fact that your eyes are cared for makes them look infinitely more well rested, meaning that less concealer is required in the first place. The concealer that you do apply, however, is silky and dark circle bashing. The price point is as usual pretty sky high, but the fact that you can wear the eye cream at night (it revs up cellular repair), makes it a very worthy investment. I’ll be very distressed when my wand runs out of youth juice.”