My Best Concealers

December 15, 2011

I’ve been meaning to do a concealer post for a long time. I can live without foundations but I can’t live without a good concealer, because I would never leave my house without wearing one hence I have collected many…  My concealers are mainly for highlighting the under eye areas. I don’t really have visible dark circles but I find that brightening the under eye areas makes a HUGE difference to my complexion, as it just instantly makes me look more awake and my face looks more lifted.

I am a little lazy doing a proper review on each concealer that I own (you know as a beauty blogger once in a while you lose the blogging mojo!…), so I thought I’ll just quickly share what I have with you now.


Chanel Corrector: It’s a good concealer but not the best, will not repurchase.

Shiseido Natural Finish Creamy Concealer: Nothing special about this one, will not repurchase.

SANA Make Essence Concealers: One is a yellow based concealer in an essence (serum) consistency to cover dark circles, and the other one is a pink based concealer with silicone to cover pores. Best value for money as they only cost less than $10 each.

ColorScience Eyes Wide Open Eye Brightener: Strictly speaking it is an eye cream with a baby blue color made of all natural botanical ingredients.  It has a lotion consistency that sinks into your skin straight away. When it is first applied it has a cooling sensation, then quite magically it brightens and takes away the dark circles very effectively. A great alternative for those of you who don’t like to wear makeup. I bought it on skinstore, and you can find more reviews on this product there as well.

Ellis Faas Concealer: My most recent favorite! The texture is creamy but not heavy, easy to blend and provides very good coverage as well as brightening. For those of you who prefer a lightweight concealer that has a better coverage than the YSL Touche Eclat, this is the product to try.

YSL Touche Eclat: My all time favorite concealer for the under eyes! It just has a perfect formulation to diffuse light and create a soft illumating effect. The texture is neither too creamy nor too silicony, which makes it perfect for the delicate under eye areas as it will not enhance any fine lines. In the meantime it is great for retouching your makeup any time of the day, as it glides on smoothly without rubbing off your base makeup.

Estee Lauder Ideal Light: A cheaper dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat.

Bobbi Brown Corrector: Very creamy and emollient and it covers the dark circles well, I don’t feel the need of applying another concealer on top of it as recommended by Bobbi Brown. My only gripe is that it doesn’t last the whole day and it makes my mascara smudge.

Shu Uemura Pro Concealer: A heavy coverage and dryer concealer that I use to cover occasional spots.

Cle de Peau Concealer: Another holy grail concealer for me. This is my third tube! Formulation is perfection and it is versatile enough to cover both the dark circles and freckcles/blemishes in a natural way.

Benefit Powderflage: My HG setting/concealer/illumating powder for under eyes.

To conclude, my favorites have to be the Cle de Peau Concealer and the YSL Touche Eclat. What is your favorite concealer?

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

ChristinaTB December 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Cle de Peau Concealer is very interesting! What shade do you have?


Reika December 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The lightest shade.


ChristinaTB December 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

my favorite concealers are Helena Rubinstein, Armani and MUFE (but this one is very heavy).


Martha December 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love Powderflage to set my concealer as well. Right now I am loving Tarte Dark Circle Defense. It is a less creamy and slippery version of BB Corrector, and it is more pigmented so I use less. I have always wanted to try the Cle de Peau though.


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thankns for letting me know, a less slippery version of BB corrector..that sounds perfect!


Jess December 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Great post, Reika! Concealers are so important for a flawless complexion. On days I run short of time or just don’t want to wear a foundation, I would just concentrate on concealing all major discoloration and spots, finish with a powder, and I’m done!

My favorite concealer has to be the CdP Concealer too! My favorite ‘highlighting pen concealers’ are the Guerlain Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator and the Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen. Have you tried out these two yet?


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

No I haven’t…thx for the recs they are officially on my next-to-try list!


m.fay December 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

YSL Touche Eclat for most days, but when I need extra coverage, I like Estee Lauder double wear stay-in-place flawless wear.


Reika December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thx for the rec Fay, I have heard a lot of good things abt the EL double wear!


birkie December 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Against undereye circles I love Givenchy Mr. Light, because it has higher coverage than YSL. For blemishes, it depends…sometimes I even like the pencil stick ELF one for on the road but I like the Inglot creamy one too.


Reika December 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thx for dropping by birkie! Yes I need to give the giverchy counter a good visit, as im interested in a lot of things from g.


Laulau December 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Dark circles have always been my biggest issue and with age, it doesn’t get any better of course !
I think I have about 30 different concealers, I buy them all but I’m very often disappointed. So here are my top favourites :
1. Diorskin Sculpt, lifting smoothing concealer, shade 2 : the BEST I’ve ever had. Easy to apply, very good coverage, perfect color (doesn’t become gray as it often does with other concealers) and very natural result and lasts the whole day. I’ve bought it at least 3 times already ! I wouldn’t survive without this one 😉
2. Max Factor Mastertouch, undereyes concealer, shade 309 : I really like this one too. It comes as a pencil with a little sponge at the end, very easy to apply, great coverage, nice colour, not expensive ! Love it !
3. Chanel Perfector Corrector (same as your number one), shade 20 : excellent coverage, easy to apply but I need to put some powder on top (I usually use Powderflage by Benefit), very nice result.
4. Clinique airbrush concealer, shade 4 : result is ok, coverage is not enough for me. But the texture is great.

Will try the Cle de Peau that I don’t know yet 😉


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Wow thats a huge collection of concealers laulau! thnx for the recs I will keep them in my mind. Just wondering is the master touch long lasting? I have always wanted to try out this range but the testers at the store here are just so dirty!


Laulau December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hi Reika,
Yes, I personally find that the Master touch is quite long lasting.
Bye, L


Joyce September December 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I love ZA’s coverage, and also Missha’s. Pity the latter’s re-formulation ain’t as desirable :3

Wish Benefit’s hadn’t been discontinued, I kinda regretted not purchasing it earlier this year. I had Origins’ concealers are pretty good, pity the makeup range has pulled out in Singapore.


Reika December 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Same in Australia, origin’s makeup line has been pulled out and we’ve got very limited selection of their skin cares…


stephanie December 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

wow you have a great selection of concealers! xxx


Cafe Bellini December 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I’m too lazy to always wear concealer. I’ve tried MAC, Bobbi, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Chanel… but I don’t really like any of them. I would like to try the Cle de Peau!


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

You should darl it’s the best!


Daisy December 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Love the review — precise and useful




Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks daisy!


Daphne December 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Great post. You always have some fabulous suggestion. Thank u for taking time to blog even it’s busy Christmas period. I live in Sydney too but where can u find Cle concealer in Sydney?


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hello Daphne unfortunately I don’t know, I bought all of my cdp overseas…


Chloe December 16, 2011 at 1:33 am

Thanks for sharing! I still haven’t found my favourite yet, but will consider some of these!!


Reika December 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thx Chloe!


Karen December 16, 2011 at 1:53 am

Totally agree. Touche Eclat and Cle de Peau are my holy grail as well. Although I generally use Cle de Peau more just because it’s faster at covering my dark circles which are my biggest worry.


Reika December 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Yay that’s good to know Karen! *high five*


joyce (bronzerbunny) December 16, 2011 at 2:20 am

I want to try cle de peau too, but I really can’t spend that much! I really like YSL touche eclat, but will look at estee lauder and ellis faas as potential alternatives 🙂 I never liked Chanel foundation or concealer much…. and I just bought lancome macquicomplet and really like that so far!


Walls December 16, 2011 at 2:43 am

Fantastic post, Reika! I recently purchased Armani’s High Precision Retouch concealer in #3 Pale Peach. It has high viscosity and is nice and light-weight and does not make my skin look chalky or dry. Unlike you, I quite like the Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection concealer and use it to excellent effect (I have this in #10 Beige Clair). Oddly enough, this colour, being Chanel’s lightest, is the same shade as Armani’s #3. For fair girls who have trouble finding a light enough colour, Armani’s concealer in #2 may be the ticket. For me, since my under eye skin is quite dry, I need something that is gel or liquid in consistency rather than dry like Clé de Peau’s, which just sits on top of my skin. One caveat about Armani’s High Precision Retouch: it offers good coverage for mild to moderate darkness, but for those who have really dark circles, they will likely have to pair the Armani with a more pigmented concealer.


diva December 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

Ah great post. Can’t live without concealer and mascara. Without those 2 things I’m just not human. Could I ask what shade you are using for Ellis Faas? I’m taking a recent interest to her products. x


Lily December 17, 2011 at 12:32 am

For undereyes, I like Clinique’s airbrush concealer. It is lightweight and doesn’t settle into fine lines at all. I don’t have severe eye bags or panda eyes, but without this concealer, I’d look extremely tired. For spot coverage on the face, I like Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage. Can’t get my hands of some of the brands you mentioned above because they’re not available in Malaysia. I’d really like to try YSL and CdP otherwise!
Thanks for the post =)


Krystal December 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

Hi Reika! Great post on concealers ^_^ I’ve been using BB’s corrector and concealer which are nice but a bit to thick. So I’m currently trying one of Lisa Eldridge’s recommendations which is the Clinqiue Air brush concealer. It’s very light weight compared to BB’s corrector but I find that I could still use some more coverage.

So since I highly value your opinions and recommendations ^_^ I just wanted to know out of the CdP and YSL, which is better out of the two? Thank you again for sharing I love your blog!


Reika December 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

Thank you so much Krystal! If you prefer a concealer with better coverage, I would say go for the CdP as it has better coverage than the BB but less thick and dries into a semi-powder finish. I don’t really need to set it with powder again with the CdP concealer.


Krystal December 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Thank you much Reika! I’ll be picking up the CdP concealer then, officially on my must have Christamas list! ^_^ Thank you again for the recommendation


Jamilla December 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love the Shu, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown concealers myself!


katherine December 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

Hi Reika
have been following your blog for a long time and this is my first time saying HI, merry christmas to you and your family ..and family of makeup haha
wow that’s a big stash of concealers. thanks for showing your concealer, yes i also think this base makeup is the first step to a flawless overall since a base makeup if well taken care of, the rest will enhance the base. so it must be right..can i know what’s the base makeup you use to correct any skin dullness or uneven skin tone? over time i think my skin is getting lacklustre from long office work and my skin tone like uneven and i’m wondering if your stash, whether there is any base makeup that works to even out skin tone and illuminate with brightness? so i wonder if i can borrow your advice, thanks so much Reika. i love all your look, wear and carry (bags i mean! hehe)



Reika December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

Hi Katherine, thank you so much for the sweet comment! To cover dullness and uneven skintone, I like to use the Dior radiant base or the By Terry Teint De Rose . The both have a pearly pink tinge to it so they even out the complexion and give the skin a very luminous glow. For foundation I highly recommend the Giorgio Armani Designer Lift foundation, as this is the only foundation that doesn’t oxidize on me after 8 hours of wear.


Petrina December 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Great post! I don’t use concealer but I think age is catching up n beginning to see the need occasionally esp the under eye area. What shade do you use the Touché Éclat and CDP?


lisa January 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Hi, great post! Concealers are the hardest things to buy, so thankyou for your lovely advice 🙂
Im in Melbourne – just wondering where you get your Sana and Ellis Faas concealers?
I found Sana on but it was $23? And Mecca has Ellis Faas for $58?
Know anywhere cheaper?
Thanks gorgeous…


Reika January 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

Hi lisa I bought sana concealers from, and bought the Ellis Faas concealers from


fiona chung February 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

hey Reika, love your blog, i always have a look for the latest makeup colours and your swatches, esp from chanel.
was wondering what shade your estee lauder instant light concealer is? think im same skintone as you so just want to order it online without trying. thanks!


Dawniehl February 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

My dark circles are quite bad, caused by sinus problem. Light coverage concealers never work for me. I tried Bobbi brown, body shop, sheseido…
I found Shu Uemura’s pro concealer about 6 years back and using it til now. Recently when I went to the counter to replenish my stock, the sales person told me its been discontinued and replacing it is something called Point Concealer. It didn’t work tat well for me. How sad..
Any recommendations for concealer closest to Shu Uemura’s pro concealer kind of texture & coverage??


Reika February 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

You should try the Becca concealer! Quite similar to Shu’s.


Petrina March 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hi Reika, I considering putting through an Elis Faas order ( so many things to try!) and just wondering what shade is your concealer and if you still love it ? Thanks dear!


Reika March 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

What a coincidence Petrina, I really want to place a big EF order as well! Their products are divine! My concealer shade is the lightest.


jenabovetherainbow September 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thnxx sooo much for this post! I have panda eyes and so I constantly search for a better concealer… I will definitely try out the one from Shu Uemura and Bobby Brown! And because it’s really cheap, I’ll also get that one from SANA <3 I love japanese make up products, hope it will work for me 🙂


CC October 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Have u tried la mer concealer?


Reika October 14, 2012 at 2:07 am

Nope I haven’t..


Julia April 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I have a question for you. how can you get cle de peau products in australia?Thank you 🙂


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