Meet the best concealers for any occasion.
Spoiler alert: Tarte Shape Tape is not the best concealer. Or even in the top 10.
Concealers can serve many different purposes, from full coverage to most hydrating, most brightening or the most creaseproof. It can also be difficult to figure out where to start, as there are so many concealers out there. Between all of us here at Milabu, we’ve tried just about every concealer out there and have broken it down by category to give you the best. For each concealer, we’ve rated the value, application, coverage, texture, longevity, shade range, and the extra benefits. For an in-depth dive at to how we rate products, check out our rating criteria.
Best Overall: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Price: $31.00 >
Why We Love It: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is widely accepted as one of the best concealers in the beauty industry – and for good reason, too. Radiant Creamy Concealer has a natural finish, lightweight feel, and never looks cakey. Dry skin lovers rejoice, because this creamy hydrating concealer doesn’t cling or accentuate dry spots. And, even if you’re in the oily skin camp, this concealer doesn’t separate or break apart. You get minimal settling and creasing since the formula is thin and easy to build. This NARS concealer is a classic that we all know and love for brightened under eyes and concealed blemishes.
- Buildable coverage
- Radiant finish
- Creamy texture
- Doesn’t cake or crease
- Not long wearing (only 6-8 hours)
Most Creaseproof: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Concealer
Price: $29.00 >
Why We Love It: When you think of a matte concealer, you often think of the dry look and creasing that comes with it. But, Huda Beauty solved that with her #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Concealer. This concealer promises creaseproof along with water, sweat, and transfer proof. And, we gotta say: it delivers. The Huda Beauty concealer blends easily with the fingers or a brush and sets down to a non-tacky finish. It effortlessly covers dark circles and other imperfections from acne to redness. But, the most important part is the wear. #FauxFilter Concealer wears beautifully for a long time. As promised, it doesn’t crease and is virtually life proof. It stays in place for a solid 10+ hours without creasing, cracking, settling, or fading. That’s a winner in our book!
- Brightening, soft matte finish
- Easy to blend
- Resists settling and creasing
- Long wearing
- Water, sweat, and transfer proof
- Doesn’t need to be set
- Solid buildable medium coverage
- Can look heavy if too much is applied
Honorable Mention: It’s right in the name, Kulfi Main Match Crease-Proof Concealer is long wearing thanks to its self-setting properties. This is a really nice concealer that doesn’t exaggerate any texture, lines, or pores for a soft, brightened effect. It blends easily and builds well, giving solid medium coverage. Honestly, this one surprised us with how long wearing it truly is. It withstands sweat, high humidity, laughing, eating, drinking – literally everything without creasing. It’s a phenomenal formula, but the shade range is lacking and could be improved on.
Best Brightening Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Smoothing Concealer
Price: $26.00 >
Why We Love It: The OG brand Too Faced has made a comeback with Born This Way Ethereal Light Concealer. This Too Faced concealer promises 24 hours of creaseproof, waterproof, sweat and humidity resistant wear. The buttery, serum-light formula does apply easily as claimed, concealing imperfections like dark circles. Its formula is infused with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and squalane to help hydrate and diminish the appearance of dark circles. This concealer is perfect for those who want that radiant, luminous, brightened effect (think eye brightener, but with coverage!). It wears pretty well and stays luminous all day long, and does resist creasing as promised.
- Minimal settling and creasing
- Skincare benefits
- Too brightening for all over face
- Lighter coverage
Honorable Mention: Now, if you want a straight-up eye brightener, look no further than the iconic YSL Touche Éclat. In the words of YSL, this is a magic wand that “instantly gives you 8 hours of beauty sleep in 1 click.” Touche Éclat not only brightens, but also smoothes fine lines and wrinkles to lift features without creasing, settling, or caking. This is also a product you can layer with others. Wear below or on top of your favorite complexion bases for an enhanced glow!
Best Coverage: Dior Forever Skin Correct
Price: $38.00 >
Why We Love It: For the ultimate full coverage concealer, look to Dior Forever Skin Correct. This concealer may be pricey, but a little goes a long way in terms of coverage. Plus, it just has the most luxe feel and look on the skin. This Dior concealer has a natural finish that brightens under eyes and flawlessly conceals blemishes. The creamy formula is easy to blend with a brush, sponge, or fingers, and doesn’t look dry or cakey under the eyes. It resists settling, creasing, fading, and cracking for a stunning long wear. You really can’t go wrong with this concealer if full coverage is what you want.
- Full coverage
- Concentrated; a little goes a long way
- Beautiful finish
- Inclusive shade range (30 shades)
- Shades can oxidize and appear darker
- Can look heavy if applied heavy handed
Honorable Mention: Blemishes and dark circles beware, because Hourglass Vanish Airbrush will make them go poof. The formula is potent and takes the smallest amount of product to cover any imperfection. When we say small amount, we mean it, because this concealer can look cakey if you apply too much. But, but applies easily with a brush, sponge, or fingers leaving under eyes looking bright and diffused and imperfections blurred. Hourglass claims up to 16 hours of crease resistant wear. And Vanish Airbrush delivers without having to worry about creasing, settling, or fading for at least 8 hours.
Most Long Wearing Concealer: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Concealer
Price: $29.00 >
Why We Love It: If you’re looking for a product that can give you glam coverage, but also wear beautifully on its own, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Concealer is a solid option. Not only does this Lancome concealer offer full coverage, but it’s also incredibly long wearing. The creamy formula resists creasing and doesn’t look cakey despite being a thicker texture. With Teint Idole Ultra Wear, you get blurred imperfections and brightened under eyes for over 10 hours – without creasing, settling, or fading!
- Full coverage
- Natural finish
- Doesn’t look cakey or heavy
- Blends easily
- Brightens and blurs under eyes and imperfections
- Not as weightless as claimed
Honorable Mention: What makes Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin so great? In our opinion, its waterproof wear! This concealer sets fast, so blend fast and work one eye at a time for best results! Matte Velvet Skin has a matte finish ,but it doesn’t look dry or crepey, or feel too heavy on (though, if you apply too much product it can crease and feel heavy). Its full coverage can conceal anything from dark circles to blemishes, and even helps brighten the under eye area! We recommend this concealer for normal, combination, and oily skin types as it can be hard to work with on dry skin. But, we love this virtually life proof concealer on days where we know we’ll be sweating or out in the humidity!
Best Shade Range: Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Longwear Liquid Concealer
Price: $28.00 >
Why We Love It: Let’s call it what it is – Rihanna’s Fenty makeup line has some of the best shade ranges in beauty, and her Pro Filt’r Concealer is no different. With 50 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect match. Pro Filt’r promises buildable medium to full coverage with a creaseproof long wear. And, this Fenty concealer delivers. It provides easy to blend, buildable coverage that helps conceal “blemishes or hangovers and bad decisions,” as stated on Fenty’s website. From under eye dark circles to redness and acne, Pro Filt’r delivers photo-ready coverage that lasts all day with virtually no creasing, settling, or fading.
- Crease proof
- Budge proof
- Long wearing
- Exclusive shade range (50 shades)
- Not as full coverage as claimed
Honorable Mention: There’s a lot of love for the Rare Beauty Concealer in the beauty community. It’s a solid buildable light to medium coverage that brightens under eyes beautifully. The thicker texture can be difficult to blend, so we recommend picking up the Rare Beauty Concealer Brush (such a steal at $16) for best results. We also recommend prepping the under eye area with extra hydration because this concealer does have a tendency to settle, crack, and crease. But, this concealer excels in its shade range. Liquid Touch comes in an impressive 48-shade range with many undertones that suit all skin tones.
Best Cream Concealer: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Price: $30.00 >
Why We Love It: The best cream concealer is hands down NARS Soft Matte. Its creamy texture applies like a dream, blurring and hiding imperfections from acne to redness to dark circles. This NARS concealer shines with its long wear that resists settling, creasing, and budging. And not only that, but it also isn’t drying. The formula is oil free and infused with hyaluronic acid and peptides, plus vitamins A, C, and E for antioxidant benefits. The shade range is impeccable, and NARS is always improving and adding more shades. Let’s be honest, NARS just knows what they’re doing when it comes to concealers.
- Buildable, full coverage
- Natural looking on skin
- Oil free
- Crease proof
- Neutral shades pull warmer
- Can be drying under eyes
Honorable Mention: Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer is actually a pretty great clean beauty dupe for NARS Soft Matte Concealer, which is why we’ve picked it for an honorable mention. The creamy formula applies easily and has buildable coverage that hides anything from dark circles to blemishes. A little goes a long way, and it can look heavy if too much is applied. We recommend applying with the fingertips as the warmth really helps it blend in and become one with the skin. Duet Perfecting Concealer is best worn with a setting powder, resulting in a beautiful wear with minimal settling and creasing.
Most Hydrating Concealer: Winky Lux Peeper Perfect
Price: $16.00 >
Why We Love It: Dab a tiny dot of Winky Lux Peeper Perfect under your eyes and watch as you get instantly brighter, concealed under eyes! Its creamy texture, brightening properties, and high coverage are a few of the reasons why we love this Winky Lux concealer. The formula is on the wetter side, which gives it an effortless application with the fingertips or a brush. We will say, this is definitely a concealer you want to set. Without setting, it is prone to creasing and wearing off pretty fast. But, paired with a loose setting powder, a creaseproof all day wear is what you’ll get. Its lightweight, yet high coverage formula are why we think this concealer is perfect for all skin types, but especially for drier and mature skin.
- A little bit goes a long way
- High coverage
- Blends easily with a brush
- Works well as an eyeshadow base
- Skincare benefits
- Does need to be set to keep from moving around and creasing
- Undertones don’t reflect actual skin tones
- Not a great shade range (10 shades)
Honorable Mention: Another great hydrating concealer is ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer. ILIA is a clean beauty brand with a robust product lineup of high-performing makeup. ILIA concealer features ingredients like stabilized vitamin C, Mastic, and Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, which help brighten and smooth the appearance of skin. The formula has a lightweight, thin texture that resists creasing and settling, wearing well for 6-8 hours. This is the perfect under eye concealer for your no-makeup makeup days.
Best Up & Coming: Dominique Cosmetics Wide Awake Full Coverage Concealer
Price: $26.00 >
Why We Love It: Not only is Dominique Cosmetics a great up & coming brand, but Wide Awake Full Coverage Concealer features the first ever de-puffing cooling wand applicator. Dominique Cosmetic’s founder, Christine, designed this to help awaken tired eyes and apply the perfect amount of concealer to avoid a cakey look. Plus, the formula is infused with caffeine, antioxidants, and vitamin E to minimize the appearance of dark circles and protect against environmental stressors.
The Dominique Cosmetics concealer provides a buildable medium coverage that flawlessly covers everything from dark circles to blemishes. It blends easily with the fingers or a brush, for a beautiful diffused, smooth finish. The only thing we wish was better about this concealer is its wear time. It wears well for around 6 hours, but can start to settle/crease/fade. The shade range could also be improved, however, the shades are pretty versatile and can be used for multiple skin tones.
- Skincare infused
- Buildable medium coverage
- Unique metal tip applicator
- Soft, diffused look
- Not the longest wearing
- Can settle and crease
- Expensive for amount you get
Honorable Mention: Another up & coming brand is Bobbi Brown’s Jones Road line. One product that went viral on social media is The Face Pencil, which does a little bit of everything. Jones Road describes it as “a makeup artist’s dream… but simple enough for a newbie to master,” and we agree! This face concealer pencil covers redness and dark spots, corrects discoloration, lightens dark circles, and brightens where you want it to. Something unique about this formula is that it is formulated with a clear base so that there’s never a chalky undertone.
Where this concealer shines is a first step to color correct. It’s not crazy high coverage, so those who like the clean girl makeup look or just want the slightest amount of color correction would love this. It’s also easy for on-the-go as it’s easy to swipe directly on and blend out with the fingers.
Best Clean Concealer: Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer
Price: $28.00 >
Why We Love It: There’s a reason Kosas Revealer Concealer went viral – and the hype is real. Revealer Concealer combines medium to full coverage with a lightweight feel and skin-like finish. For best results, we recommend applying with a brush (we love the Rare Beauty Concealer Brush, $16) and setting with a loose powder (ILIA Soft Focus, $34, is a fave). The beloved Kosas concealer has about 6-8 hours of near perfect wear. Like any concealer, it can crease and settle, but we find this to be minimal. It’s great to have a high performing clean beauty concealer that can both brighten under eyes and conceal blemishes!
- Blends into skin seamlessly
- Solid medium to full coverage
- Great color range (28 shades)
- Great for under eyes and blemishes
- Minimal settling and creasing
- Packaging can be messy
- Not the longest wearing (6-8 hours)
Honorable Mention: Rose Inc Softlight Clean Dewy Hydrating Concealer is another great clean beauty find. This concealer shines with natural, hydrating coverage and a crease-resistant long wear. The formula isn’t super creamy and emollient, but it does blend with ease using the fingers or a brush. However, this concealer can look heavy pretty quickly if you apply too much. It’s best to apply a tiny amount and build to your desired coverage. The more you apply, the more it is prone to creasing and look crepey. If you apply with a light hand, you’re sure to enjoy the natural, hydrating wear.
Most Skincare Infused: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer
Price: $33.00 >
Why We Love It: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Concealer is a beautiful concealer. This radiant concealer boasts hydrating medium coverage that conceals, corrects, brightens, and lifts. It’s the most skincare-infused concealer with active skincare levels in the form of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, and vegan collagen to name a a few. Despite this Charlotte Tilbury concealer being a thicker consistency, it is creamy and blends in easily. However, it is best to blend this concealer right away and not let it sit, and immediately follow with a setting powder. By doing this, you get the least amount of settling and creasing while minimizing crepey-ness. Charlotte Tilbury promises a near life proof wear, and, we agree – this concealer wears beautifully for 8+ hours, keeping imperfections flawless concealed. The coverage is buildable and can be customized for light makeup days or full glam looks.
- Active skincare levels
- Long wearing (8+ hours)
- Sweat and humidity proof
- Conceals + corrects
- Creamy texture that is easy to blend with brush, fingers, or sponge
- Doesn’t accentuate texture, lines, or pores
- Thicker consistency that can look heavy if too much is applied
- Can look crepey (blend + set right away for best results)
- Needs to be set with a powder
Honorable Mention: A newer launch, but another one of the best concealers with skincare benefits is Milk Makeup Future Fluid. The formula has 6 plant-powered ingredients wrapped into what Milk calls ‘Hyaluronic AI Plant Complex,’ featuring ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, arnica, Defensil Revivyl, and caffeine. And boy is this concealer fluid! It blends so easily, feels lightweight on the skin, and provides instant medium to full coverage (even with a finger application!).
Definitely start light with this concealer because it can get heavy and cakey looking when too much is applied. It can separate and crease, so we recommend making sure skin is prepped well. The applicator is nice and handy, with its pointed tip and flat doe foot of ultimate precision. To set, a loose powder and powder puff is the best combo.
Best Drugstore Option: NYX Bare With Me Serum Concealer
Price: $11.00 >
Why We Love It: One of our favorite drugstore makeup products to come out of 2021 is NYX Bare With Me Serum Concealer. We could go on and on about how much we love this concealer, but we’ll keep it brief. It has a buildable medium to full coverage that feels and looks lightweight on the skin. Despite its thicker formula, it blends with ease and resists settling, even under the eyes. The formula has sort of a self-setting property and is super fluid, stretching with the skin, giving it a beautiful 8+ hour wear. Next time you’re perusing the Target or Ulta makeup aisles, pick up this concealer. You can thank us later!
- Blends easily with brush or fingertips
- Full coverage
- Long wearing
- Stretchy, fluid formula that moves with skin
- Very little to no creasing and settling
- Lack of shade range (13 shades)
- Packaging/application can get messy
Honorable Mention: Truth be told, there are a lot of bomb concealer formulas that can be found at the drugstore. While we do think NYX Bare With Me Concealer is the best, there are other formulas that shine in different areas. Whether you’re looking for the fullest coverage, the best concealer for mature skin, or the most long wearing, we got you. Check out our best drugstore concealer picks here: ‘The 9 Must Try Drugstore Concealer Formulas.’
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Edited by Maddie
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