THE BEST CONCEALERS OF 2024

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The Best Concealer Right NowCredit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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Editor's ChoiceProduct image of Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
BEST OVERALL

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Our Best Overall concealer, the Tarte Shape blends flawlessly into the skin for long-lasting, full-coverage. Read More

Pros

  • Full Coverage
  • Wears well on the skin
  • Extensive shade range

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's ChoiceProduct image of Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Full Coverage Concealer
BEST DRUGSTORE CONCEALER

Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Full Coverage Concealer

The Covergirl TrueBlend offers a full-coverage finish that fades slightly throughout the day. Read More

Pros

  • Full coverage
  • Blends easily
  • Beautiful finish

Cons

  • Fades slightly
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Product image of ColourPop No Filter Matte Full-Coverage Concealer
TESTER’S FAVORITE

ColourPop No Filter Matte Full-Coverage Concealer

An affordable, easy-to-blend concealer that oxidizes slightly on the skin, making shade matches harder. Read More

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Wears well on the skin

Cons

  • Oxidizes

 

If you’ve ever woken up with dark circles or had a pimple show up before an event, you’re probably familiar with concealers. They’re great for full-coverage, glamorous makeup routines, and for no-makeup makeup days when you just want to cover up a pimple and coat your lashes in mascara before heading out the door.

A good concealer sits nicely on the skin, pairs well with skincare products like eye cream and other makeup, and stays put throughout the day. Of the 31 products we tested, the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (available at Tartescored Best Overall honors. We love its long-lasting ability to hide skin discoloration without looking cakey or setting into fine lines.

The author wearing the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on the left side of her face.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser
The author wears the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, the Best Overall, on the left side of her face. 
BEST OVERALL
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 16 hours
  • **Size: .338 oz.

For its legions of happy users, Tarte Shape Tape is practically synonymous with “concealer.” After testing it, we see why. The long-wearing concealer boasts a full coverage, satin-matte formula and a 16-hour wear time, and its shades range from “very fair with pink undertones” to “very deep with peach undertones.” In our experience, choosing the correct shade is easy, and it perfectly matches what is described on the bottle.

Our main tester began using Tarte as part of full-coverage makeup to cover up acne scarring. She still loves it, even as her preferences have shifted to more natural makeup. A little bit goes a long way. You can get full coverage with a single swipe of the larger doe-foot applicator.

If you want to sheer it out, try dabbing the wand tip on the back of your hand, picking up a little bit on your ring finger, and blending it out under your eyes or on top of your blemishes.

This concealer dries quickly and may look a little cakey if you put it on too thickly. But if you apply it to one under-eye at a time and blend out as you go, you’re golden. The warmth of your fingers makes this concealer feel extra creamy when applying, but you may use a damp sponge or a brush to good effect.

While makeup is very subjective, we feel confident recommending Tarte as our Best Overall concealer.

Pros

  • Full Coverage

  • Wears well on the skin

  • Extensive shade range

Cons

  • None that we could find

The author wearing the Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer on the right side of her face.
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The author wears the Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer, the Best Value, on the right side of her face.
BEST DRUGSTORE CONCEALER
CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer
  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 18 hours
  • **Size: .33 oz. The drugstore is my favorite place to shop for makeup. It feels like a double win when you find a holy-grail product and it’s affordable. Of the 14 drugstore brands I tested, the CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer takes the crown.

Like the Tarte Shape Tape, its larger doe-foot applicator deposits plenty of concealer onto the skin for a full-coverage look. However, it can easily be thinned out and blended into the skin on lighter makeup days.

Shades range from “Fair Porcelain” in the light category to “Espresso” in the deep section. I chose “Classic Ivory,” which was a tad too dark and golden for my fair neutral skin, but I could get away with it.

Despite CoverGirl offering the same quantity of colors as Tarte, this shade range could use an extra option in the tan and deep categories. There are eight shades in the light and medium categories, and seven shades in the tan and deep ones. Additionally, it would be easier to choose a shade if the names were reminiscent of the undertones, like Tarte’s. Still, our panelists felt that they received shades close enough to create a cohesive makeup look.

After hours of wear time, this concealer only faded slightly and still covered well. For staying power, coverage, and beautiful finish, you’ll love this drugstore brand.

Pros

  • Full coverage

  • Blends easily

  • Beautiful finish

Cons

  • Fades slightly

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This great full-color concealer gives a hydrated, healthy look, but consider a lighter shade than you might ordinarily choose.
BEST FULL-COVERAGE CONCEALER
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Super Coverage Concealer
  • Shades: 35
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 12 hours
  • **Size: .45 oz.

The Too Faced concealer looks more like a foundation. It has a larger-than-most tube and wand, but the doe-foot applicator and creamy, full-coverage formula of a concealer.

As soon as I tried it, I thought it was going to be the winner. It smoothed out over my under-eye area, creating a blurring effect. I also loved how hydrated and healthy my skin looked after putting it on.

Many concealers make my dry-leaning skin look powdery and just plain unnatural. This looked good whether I left it bare or set it down with powder, and it stayed all day. That said, it settled into my fine lines a little more than the Tarte concealer.

Unfortunately, three of the five testers (myself included) got a shade that didn’t match our expectations when shopping online. In my case, “Vanilla” was much darker and tanner than I expected a “fair neutral” shade to look. The concealer looked great in isolation, but certainly didn’t match my skin tone.

With 35 shades ranging from “very fair” to “rich,” our panelists agree that almost anyone could find a shade match. However, the labels are misleading enough that you may end up with a shade that’s too dark. We recommend erring on the lighter side.

Pros

  • Blends easily

  • Looks beautiful on the skin

  • Full coverage

Cons

  • Settles into fine lines

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While stock issues prevented testing by our panel, Colourpop is our reviewer’s concealer of choice.
TESTER’S FAVORITE
ColourPop No Filter Matte Full-Coverage Concealer
  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: Not stated
  • **Size: .14 oz.

ColourPop’s concealers aren’t sold at drugstores, but are sold at drugstore prices through their website and Ulta. Having previously used and loved it, I wanted to throw it into the mix. Despite its claims for a full-coverage, matte finish, it’s layerable and creamy enough to sit on skin without settling in or looking dry. It’s easy to blend, and its flat doe-foot applicator holds the perfect amount of product.

Unsurprisingly given my own love for it, it landed at the top of our extensive testing. However, stock issues kept it from going out to our five panelists. Since not a single tester could get their requested color (or backup color), we couldn’t fully vet it. When available, its cool and warm shades range from “pure white”—which can be mixed to lighten any other shade—to “deep dark.”

ColourPop’s big drawback is that it oxidizes in a noticeable way. It went onto my skin looking light and cool-toned and turned orange as soon as it began to dry. When I used this concealer prior to testing, I must have purchased a lighter shade or a more suitable undertone. I can remember it oxidizing but not looking orange.

Like the Too Faced, err on the side of purchasing a shade lighter.

Pros

  • Blends easily

  • Wears well on the skin

Cons

  • Oxidizes

Two colors of Nars pot concealer against a two-tone green background
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This pot concealer was a pleasant surprise to our reviewer, who personally prefers liquid concealers.
BEST POT CONCEALER
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Pros

  • Buildable coverage

  • Wears well on the skin

  • Easy to apply

Cons

  • Limited shade range

  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .21 oz.

When I used this pot concealer from Nars, I was surprised at how much I liked the final look. Typically the more balmy texture of creams looks dryer on the skin than liquids.

Application takes a little longer than a liquid concealer. Going back and forth between the pot and your skin with your finger is more time-consuming than just using a wand. But that’s what makes it look so natural on the skin.

I was also surprised at how much I preferred this to the cult-favorite Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (available at Sephora). Even though it’s a liquid, it immediately creased under my eyes and stuck to some patches of skin that didn’t even appear dry.

Cream concealers generally have smaller shade ranges. The 16 options here, while lacking compared to many of our picks, are the most I’ve seen for this type of product.


Other Concealers We Tested

Product image of L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer - Waterproof, Full Coverage
L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer – Waterproof, Full Coverage
  • Shades: 25
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .33 oz.

Originally in my top picks, this L’Oreal concealer fell flat with our panelists.The shade selection skews toward fair and light shades. Four of our five testers noted that it could use some diversifying.

This concealer gave medium to full coverage and wore fine throughout the day, but all panelists had one or more gripes with it. Complaints ranged from disliking the smell to needing to apply too much to get great coverage.

Pros

  • Blends easily

  • Wears well on the skin

Cons

  • Limited shade range

Product image of Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless 24 HR Concealer
Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless 24 HR Concealer
  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .27 oz.

This concealer from Smashbox is fine but not memorable. It looked good with just one swipe under my eyes, but I put a little extra on to cover some blueness that still showed through one layer.

This concealer didn’t crease terribly during a sweaty walk, and it kept even coverage all day. The more extensive shade range is also a plus. If our top picks don’t jive with you, it may be worth a try.

Pros

  • Extensive shade range

  • Durable

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Revolution Beauty Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer
Revolution Beauty Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer
  • Shades: 50
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 16 hours
  • **Size: .14 oz.

This full coverage concealer from Makeup Revolution appears comparable to the Tarte Shape Tape. Its wide applicator deposits plenty of its thick formula. Its shade range rivals high-end brands, but it’s under $10.

Sadly, it wasn’t very memorable. It blends easily, looks fine on the skin, and doesn’t fade too much throughout the day. However, plenty of other concealers on this list perform similarly or better.

Pros

  • Full coverage

  • Durable

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
  • Shades: 23
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: Not stated
  • **Size: .11 oz.

This drugstore concealer from NYX Professional Makeup blends out easily and looks nice on. Unfortunately, the applicator doesn’t hold much product and feels drying on the skin as you swipe on the product.

This isn’t a bad option in a pinch, but you’ll need to dip into the concealer multiple times to get a full coverage look. It could also stand to expand its deeper shades.

Pros

  • Blends easily

  • Wears well on the skin

Cons

  • Dry applicator

  • Requires several swipes

Product image of Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer
Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer
  • Shades: 30
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .37 oz.

As a luxury brand, I assumed the brand name would carry this concealer, and not an amazing formula (sorry, Dior). Despite my low expectations, it blended out really well with just my finger and wore beautifully on my skin.

My main gripe is that the majority of its 30 shades are for light and tan skin, leaving out a decent range of deeper tones. That, and you can do as good or better for way less money.

Pros

  • Blends easily

  • Wears well on the skin

Cons

  • Limited shade range

Product image of Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
  • Shades: 6
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 10 hours
  • **Size: .1 oz.

Benefit’s cream concealer made me check my loyalty to liquid concealers. Like the Nars Soft Matte pot, it melted right into my finger in the pot and blended beautifully with my skin. On lighter makeup days, I found myself using this as a brightening concealer under my eyes. It also helped conceal some spots on my cheeks without looking like I had makeup on.

For that purpose, this concealer is perfect. But if you want full coverage or a creamy liquid formula, it’s definitely not for you. In addition, like most cream concealers, it has a very limited shade range. Still, that may be fine, considering it’s lighter than its full-coverage claim.

Benefit also makes a liquid, the Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer (available at Sephora). However, it equally lacks in the shade range department (14 colors), and it fell to the bottom of my list because it clung to dry patches of skin during application.

Pros

  • Wears well on the skin

  • Blends easily

Cons

  • Not enough coverage

  • Limited shade range

Product image of Make Up Forever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer
  • Shades: 26
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 12 hours
  • **Size: .17 oz.

My favorite thing about this concealer from Makeup Forever is that it looked a bit dewy on my skin. That’s rare; my skin tends to absorb the moisture from any product I put on it. Unfortunately, as soon as I went for a walk—and became a little sweaty—it melted into my fine lines. It wasn’t a cute look.

Pros

  • High coverage

  • Dewy

Cons

  • Settles into fine lines

  • Not durable

Product image of Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer
  • Shades: 50
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: Not stated
  • **Size: .27 oz.

I wanted to adore this Fenty concealer—have you seen the amazing shade range and sleek packaging?! Unfortunately, it looked dry on my skin and didn’t cover circles and dark spots as thoroughly as others. Someone with oily skin who likes medium coverage may have better luck with this concealer.

Pros

  • Extensive shade range

Cons

  • Not enough coverage

  • Drying on the skin

Product image of Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer
Urban Decay Stay Naked Correcting Concealer
  • Shades: 24
  • Cruelty-free: Yes
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .35 oz.

This concealer from Urban Decay is fine, but not a standout. Brands like Tarte and Too Faced boast similar prices and even better, longer lasting results.

Pros

  • Decent shade range

Cons

  • Not high coverage

Product image of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer
  • Shades: 18
  • Cruelty-free: No
  • Wear time: 24 hours
  • **Size: .34 oz.

I liked how buildable the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer was, how nicely it blended into and felt light on my skin, and how it wore throughout the day. However, many people can’t shop its limited shade range. That pushed it to the middle of our list of 31 concealers (and the bottom of the ones worth your consideration).

Pros

  • Buildable coverage

  • Durable

Cons

  • Limited shade range


How We Tested Concealers

The author applying the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer under her eyes.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser
We tested 31 top-rated, highly-reviewed concealers.

The Tester

Hi, I’m Jessica, former lifestyle writer and resident beauty expert at Reviewed. In high school, I dealt with cystic acne that left behind hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. Because of this, I often reached for full-coverage foundations and concealers that could essentially make my face a blank canvas for any other makeup I wanted to apply.

Now that my skin tone and texture have evened out, I’m far more confident with my skin. I find myself searching for concealers that can blend well with my skin even on the increasingly frequent days where I don’t want to wear much makeup.

That’s why it’s important that any concealer in my collection is versatile enough to cover everything I want, from a full glam look or to just reducing redness on my cheeks or darkness under my eyes on “no-makeup makeup” days.

Once I narrowed down the field from 31 choices to five favorites, I recruited a panel of testers with a variety of skin colors and concealer needs to refine our top recs.

The Tests

The author with swatches of concealers on her arm.
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Round one of testing consisted of swatching each concealer over a red dot that mimics a pimple.

Putting together a list of popular, highly reviewed products that our readers could fall in love with was a field day for me. I combed through articles, YouTube, and best-seller pages. From all those choices, I pared my list down to 31 concealers. Former Reviewed senior scientist Julia MacDougall helped design three-round testing, with eliminations after round two.

Our first test used a red marker to simulate blemishes on my arm to test how well each concealer could cover them. Unfortunately, the dot was too bright to determine anything useful. Not every test is a success. We moved on to the next round.

At this stage, I put each concealer under my eyes. We measured how well it concealed darkness, how evenly and easily it blended across this delicate area, and how well it stayed throughout the day. After scoring the concealers on Julia’s calibrated rubric, I had a better idea of what our top contenders were.

For round three, where I did my full makeup routine with the five top scorers. This meant setting down each one with powder to see how it meshed with other products, and layering on my everyday staples like blush and bronzer.

Beyond what the concealer looks like, we heavily weighted the shade range each concealer comes in. Concealers lost points for only coming in 10 shades. They also lost points if they came in 30 shades but only 5 were darker than light or medium. We also noted whether the shades had different undertones (warm, neutral, and cool) and how easy it was to shade-match yourself when buying online.

A panelist wearing swatches of the concealers on her arm.
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A panelist wears swatches of the L’Oreal (left), Tarte (center left), Too Faced (center right), and Covergirl (right) concealers.

Not everyone reading this will have my skin type or tone—normal-to-dry fair skin with neutral undertones. That’s why I enlisted four panelists who tried the top four concealers and answered questions about the following attributes:

  • Application: How easy was it to apply the concealer? How would you rate the comfort and functionality of the applicator?
  • Coverage: How many swipes or how much concealer did it take to fully conceal what you wanted to cover?
  • Wear: How does the concealer hold up when you go through your normal makeup routine? Did the concealer stay on and stay effective throughout the day? How comfortable was it to wear the concealer throughout the day?
  • Shade range: How would you rate the range of skin tones that this concealer comes in? Did the concealer shade you picked online match the shade that you received?

What Should You Know About Concealers

The author blending out the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on her face.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser
You can apply concealer using your fingers, a brush, or a sponge.

When looking for a concealer, keep in mind where and why you want to use it—under your eyes, on blemishes, to accentuate the high points of your face, or even all over your face like foundation—and how much coverage you want. If you’re like me and you want a concealer that looks great doing it all, you’ve come to the right place.

In my mind, the right concealer is versatile enough to blend smoothly over your under-eye area without settling into fine lines. It should also cover up a pimple without clinging to any dry patches around it. Regardless of how much coverage it offers, I want it to blend seamlessly for a natural finish. A great concealer looks equally amazing as a thin layer that lets your skin show through, or when creating a blank canvas for makeup.

Concealers come in two formula types. Liquid, is more common, and typically comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. Cream concealers are thicker and come in a pot for dabbing onto skin with a finger, or a sponge applicator or brush. (You can use those with liquid, too).

You tend to get more coverage and faster application with a liquid concealer. However, a cream is great for lighter coverage. You can build it up with each dab, instead of having to swipe it on and quickly blend before it dries.

You can find color-correcting concealers in both cream and liquid forms. These come in colors like green, yellow, and pink, depending on what you want to correct. We opted not to test these, as they are usually layered before your foundation or flesh-toned concealer anyway.

More Concealer Options

  • The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Cream Concealer (available at Target) clung to dry patches that I didn’t know I had and only looked decent on my skin from far away.
  • The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer (available at Target) has an incredibly limited shade range of just 14, majority being light colors. The applicator felt dry on the skin and didn’t hold a lot of product.
  • The Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer (available at Target) looked dry on my skin, clung to patches as I tried to blend it out, and faded away throughout the day.
  • The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (available at Target) offers light to medium coverage that looks fine on the skin, but has a scarce shade range of just 18. Still, I liked the Fit Me better than their Instant Age Eraser.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (available at Target) comes in a tube with a sponge-tipped applicator. That makes application messier and seemingly less hygienic.
  • The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer (available at Sephora) was not a standout in any of our tests. It faded throughout the day, took a little more concealer to cover everything, and has an unimpressive shade range of 22.
  • Both the E.L.F. Cosmetics Hydrating Camo Concealer (available at Target) and the E.L.F. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer (available at Target) felt heavy and looked dry on my skin, though the Hydrating Camo was a tad better.
  • The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer (available at Sephora) creased right away and settled into all of my fine lines—hardly “flawless.”
  • The MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer (available at MAC Cosmetics) has light coverage that settled into fine lines and wears off within hours.
  • The RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up Concealer (available at Sephora) certainly was lightweight (as promised), but that meant it didn’t cover anything despite multiple layers. It was also too emollient to stay in place.

 

Meet the tester

Jessica writes and edits beauty content as a member of Reviewed’s commerce team and manages a beauty TikTok called Beautorial. She’s spent four years testing makeup, skincare, hair care, and body care products, and she acts as Reviewed’s beauty expert.

Jessica represented Reviewed’s beauty section at CES in-person and virtually for four years, and she was nominated for and graduated from the Gannett Emerging Leaders 2021-2022 program.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College, and she’s written for Scary Mommy, 7News, Boston.com, Citizine, and Boston Common Magazine.

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