Base Makeup

Concealers In Rotation

November 9, 2014

For years I’ve stuck to concealers from two lines: Clé de Peau Beauté and By Terry. I’ve never had much need for concealer but my skin changed this year. These slightly dark circles under the eyes started to appear and I’ve needed a lot more coverage in certain areas of the face with scars and blemishes. Both of my go-to concealers still work really well for me, but I’ve been experimenting more with other brands and products. I thought I’d share a round up of the ones I have in rotation right now plus what tools I use.

My personal preference for blending concealer is for rounded brushes made of synthetic materials. My most reached-for tools include the MAC 252, Chanel Concealer Brush #10 and Trish McEvoy Medium Laydown #40. All of them are about the same medium size which works best for me. I’ve tried smaller detail brushes during makeovers and while they are good for precise application, I usually find larger brushes for cream products work better for me. They blend concealers well and also double as cream shadow brushes. Some days I will use fingers or a sponge, but my preference these days is for the brush.

Concealers I use right now:

  • Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond is my current skin tone match. The Cle de Peau Beaute concealer is the best stick formula I’ve tried. It covers the skin very well but looks natural. It works well under the eye area when dabbed on with fingers to warm up the product and doesn’t look cakey. The color selection is limited but they recently added two shades (all shades swatched here). This is one of the best I’ve tried, it’s pricey but performs well and a tube will last you a very long time.
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard and Ginger are new discoveries for me. I’ve had several of the older formulas in gift with purchase compacts in the past but wasn’t impressed with the formula so I never thought to try the new formulas. A NARS artist recommended I try this during a makeover when I asked for a foundation with full coverage. She suggested the Radiant Creamy Concealer and it really does cover incredibly well and blends out to have a soft velvety looking finish. It comes with a sponge wand tip. I use both Custard and Ginger and mix them depending on what area of the face I am trying to cover. I’ve found this to live up to all the hype.
  • Edward Bess Extreme Cover Cream is a full coverage creamy concealer in a pot. This one is definitely the most creamy that I’ve tried. It’s also the most pigmented but blends nicely to cover areas completely. Since the pigment is really intense, I recommend using only a tiny bit, otherwise it will be too heavy. The container is tiny but the formula packs a punch so it will last a very long time. All the shades swatched and review here. The color selection is a bit limited, but Medium is a good match for me. This one has a slightly dewy finish but does not get oily as the day wears on.
  • By Terry Touche Veloutée in Beige #3 is a highlighting concealer in a click pen type of packaging. This one gives a brightening effect even though the color Beige matches my skin tone exactly. I like it best under the eyes to cover dark circles and brighten the skin. It’s also good on days you have a bit of redness around the nose. This one has a smooth medium coverage and dries to a semi-matte but natural finish.
Swatches of the shades below (with Clé de Peau Beige for reference):

If you ask me to recommend just one concealer, I would say that I think picking a good one depends on where you want to use it and what you want it to do: eyes, spots, cover completely or brighten? For me, a concealer for under the eye won’t necessarily be suitable for spot coverage along the jawline or cheeks.

For under the under eye area, I look for colors that either brighten or have a bit of warmth. Many artists want to go lighter than my skintone to “brighten” the area, but it really just ends up looking ashy if it’s too pale. If they insist on using one that is 1-2x lighter than I think they should I usually ask them to try 2 shades on me just to make sure I can see it for myself. I think all the concealers I listed above will work for under the eyes because they have a good blendable formula, but my favorite for under the eye area is the By Terry Touche Veloutee. It has a slightly sheerer coverage compared to the others which prevents the area from looking flat.

For cover up on spots or acne scars, the Edward Bess will give the most opaque coverage followed by the NARS and then Clé de Peau Beauté.

My top two picks include the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Clé de Peau Beauté, but there are a few downsides. If you test the NARS concealers at the counter or store, you may find it difficult to find an exact match and might be in between colors (like myself). When it comes to foundations, powders and concealers I want to find an exact match, but it’s not always possible. There are times I have to buy two shades to mix which can get pricey. If I can’t find a almost exact match for concealer, I will skip it all together, but I’ve made an exception for the NARS. I found the price of the NARS reasonable and the formula is really amazing so I did not mind splurging on 2 tubes to mix colors. The downside for the Clé de Peau Beauté is also a limited color selection and price of $70 is very steep. That being said, I do think if you can find a good match I do think formula is well worth the price. A tube should last well over a year even if you use it on a regular basis as a spot cover. 

I hope you found this round up helpful! Do you have a favorite concealer?

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  • Lily Seymour November 9, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Very nice post about the concealers! Just wondering you find the need to change from season to season, I'm a lot oilier during the summer and real creamy concealers won't work for me, I have to use the stiffer ones in pots like Mac, etc.

    • Sabrina November 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Hi Lily, I've used the CdP and By Terry for years throughout all seasons. I don't usually have to change formulas, I find they work well year round for me.

  • Jo November 9, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I like the Cle de Peau and like you could not find a match with NARS so I skipped it. Have you tried the new Le Metier Peau Vierge Glow Pen Highlighter? It is a light concealer that highlights the undereye area well. I like it a lot.

    • Sabrina November 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

      I haven't tried the LMdB, but now that you mention it I will have to check it out 🙂

  • Rosie Waldherr November 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I've been using a MAC concealer from the Mineralize collection and I love it, but sometimes it's a bit too sheer for me…I might need to get one of these xD

    Rosie's Life

  • Carla - Blush Parade November 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for the post! As a woman with genetic dark circles (they won't go away no matter what, lol), I'm always on the search for my holy grail concealer. The Edward Bess one looks amazing, will have to investigate!

    • Sabrina November 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Glad you found the post helpful 🙂

  • We Believe in Style November 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    The best concealer I've ever used so far is by Clinique, because they make one perfect for my complexion, but I really would like to try something by Nars.
    Your blog is really inspiring, I love your photos.

  • Jen27 November 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    These are some gorgeous picks! The Cle de Peau concealer is the best I've tried- like you said, looks so natural, but covers perfectly 🙂


  • michelle November 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I have a healthy sample of Cle de Peau that Nordstrom was giving away (part of the pick 3 samples) that happens to be my color (so nice of them:) It will last a LONG time so I am glad I don't have to spend $70!
    Seems Clarins concealer is all the rage right now and you cannot even get it in shade 1. I think we can blame pixiwoo and Salli Hughes as they went a bit gah-gah over it and now it is in hot demand. I am anxious to get a sample of it.

  • Thao, T. P, Nguyen November 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I have really dark eye circles which never fades no matter what skincare I use. So concealers for eye area is a must in my makeup routine. I have in my rotations Giorgio Armani color corrector, Burberry concealer sample, Nars concealer stick and creamy tube. GA neutralizes the blue purple color the best but it's really thin and needs an extra layer of concealer/foundation. Nars is affordable and pigmented, but it totally fades away after 4 hours on me. Most of the Nars pigment doesn't really blend on my skin as it also creeps into my eye lines and folds as time goes. The Burberry is the best in my book in terms of longevity, texture and the weightless feeling. Its downside is the limited color range and very hard to find in Montreal. Cle de Peau de Beaute is overpriced to the top in Canada, so I'm gonna pass on that one forever…

  • Leonie Parker November 10, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Really need to try out some new concealers

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

  • María Blardone November 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Edward Bess one looks incredible
    Lots of love, xx

  • How Does Dee DoIt November 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Ive tried most of these but always wanted to try the Cle de peau and havent becoz of their limited color selection. That is EXCITING to hear that theyve added 2shades! my current favourites ( for my undereye circles) are my estee lauderdouble wear and the ItCosmetics concealer!

    • Sabrina November 12, 2014 at 12:17 am

      I always hear such good things about the EL, I found their colors looked pinkish on my skin, but I haven't checked it out in quite some time. Perhaps their newer formulas have more colors to choose from. Thx for the rec!

  • Clever Girl Reviews November 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I love the NARS concealer. I need Vanilla for under my eyes and Chantilly for spots. Chantilly is also good for super subtle highlighting as it's about half a shade lighter than my overall skin tone.

  • Christina November 16, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I love the NARS one for easy day to day, however I recently had some bad spots and have fallen in love with the MUFE full coverage. Heavy duty coverage and lasts till I take it off! Recently got a sample of the new Laura Mercier under eye concealer also and I'm loving it. The sample will last ages though, you only need the tiniest amount!

  • amykriensky November 17, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    how do you (or anybody else with an opinion?) feel between the BY TERRY touch expert versus touch volouptee? have you compared? trying to decide between the two! for reference, i have good skin with minimal spots but bad under eye circles! thanks!

  • Unknown January 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I hope you can answer me. I tried all kind of concealers, low, high… and they are not good for me. I live in Europe and the only way to buy Cle de peau is online, it is difficult. My reference in colors always is Mac, do you know your tone in mac? I am NC30 NC35 and I guess almond would be good for me but I am not sure
    Thank you very much

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