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The 5 Best Concealers for Dark Under-Eye Circles

By February 22, 2021March 3rd, 2021No Comments

Finding the best concealer for your skin is challenging. Whether you need it to hide your dark, under-eye depressions and circles, make your skin tone more perfect, brighten your skin or cover imperfections such as acne scars and breakouts, it is not easy to choose. Unlike under-eye creams, concealers do not treat under-eye circles. They just hide them. Therefore, it is important to find a concealer that will accomplish its purpose perfectly.

The challenge is to find the best concealer that matches not only your skin type but also is suitable for different events and occasions. In addition, your choice may be affected by the purpose of using concealers. For example, if you want to hide a blemish, you may prefer concealers that match your skin tone and contain powerful ingredients such as salicylic acid that can cleanse skin pores. On the other hand, if your face has fine lines and wrinkles, you may want to choose a subtle concealer that does not make the fine lines more prominent and only make your skin glow.
In this guide, we will discuss the top 5 effective concealers that match most skin types and why we choose them.

Read our in-depth article on under-eye depression; its causes, prevention and surgical treatment here.

4.8/5 Rating;
Editor's Pick

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

 

Instant Age rewind

3.3/5 Rating; Budget Option.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
Dark Under-Eye Circles

1. NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

$5 USD on Amazon

Value For Money

85%
Pros

  • Satisfied clients
  • Incredible price
  • Pigmented color

Cons

  • Possibility of negative skin reaction
  • Possible nasty smell

Our first choice is the NYX Professional for women looking for the best concealer for their tight budget. NYX claims that it is safe for all skin types and can cover any imperfections, blemishes, dark under-eye circles, or discolorations. It is also available in 23 shades including lavender and green. Therefore, you do not have to worry about your skin tone or type. In addition, you will be able to sculpt your cheekbones and chin.

The formula is perfect. It contains many ingredients that make concealers great such as coconut oil, glycerin, and aloe vera extract. Coconut oil reduces inflammations, prevents any skin damages, and moisturizing your skin (1).
Glycerin hydrates and protects the skin. It is a humectant, which means that it pulls water from the deep layers to the outer layers of your skin (2, 3). Aloe vera is usually for acne since it has antibacterial and exfoliating properties (4, 5).

We recommend using lavender if you have shallow skin. Green can help you to reduce any redness appearances while yellow is the most suitable for under-eye depressions.
Some users report getting reactions to it. The most popular review on Amazon is

“Used it for two days…and my eyes had reaction to it. I honestly like it because it concealed really well but it ended up pretty bad.”

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

$10 USD on Amazon

Value For Money

90%
Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Very convenient application
  • It goes on easy and blend in really well

Cons

  • Some people find it difficult to spread
  • Difficult to open
  • The applicator is difficult to use

With more than 66,000 reviews on Amazon, Maybelline claims that this concealer is the one of the best for erasing dark circles, brightening your skin, and correcting the redness appearance.

The main ingredient in Maybelline Instant Age is Haloxyl. It can eliminate fines lines, wrinkles, redness, blemishes, and dark circles. Your skin will relax and can rest. The under-eye area will be fresh and radiant. (6)

Your face is like a canvas. Maybelline has a wide range of options. The formulas are available in liquid, stick, and cushion for light or full coverage foundation. It works well with whatever makeup you wear.
On the other hand, some reviews say that the applicator is hard to use and does not release concealer liquid easily.

3. Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

$9 USD on Amazon

Value For Money

88%
Pros

  • Good price
  • Easy to apply

Cons

  • Don’t last long
  • Isn’t easily buildable
  • Can be sticky feeling at first

If you are looking for the best concealer for breakouts, Almay Clear Complexion maybe your best option. This concealer does not only cover up your current breakouts but also heals them and prevents any other acne breakouts.

Its formula is amazing. It depends on salicylic acid to treat the current acne breakouts. Also, it contains chamomile and aloe vera to soothe your skin and prevent irritations and inflammations. (7, 8, 9, 10)
It is available in 6 shades. Both ophthalmologists and dermatologists recommend it.

Despite having a good formula, some people say that it is thick. It is probably fine for concealing blemishes, but may not work for other skin problems.

4. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer

$10 USD on Amazon

Value For Money

90%
Pros

  • Full coverage of dark circles, blemishes, and imperfections
  • Lasts all day while barely budging or fading
  • Comes in a wide range of shades for fair to deep skin tones

Cons

  • Formula dries quickly
  • Difficult to blend once it sets
  • Contains fragrance which can irritate skin and eyes

L’Oréal Paris Full Wear Concealer is one of the best concealers for full, flawless coverage, according to L’Oréal. Any imperfections will be covered and any scars, under-eye circles, discolorations, redness, or breakouts will be invisible.
It is waterproof with 25 shades. You have a wide range of options to choose the best shade for your skin tone.

The concealer contains many ingredients for dry skin such as Butylene Glycol (11) and Glycerin (2, 3). Also, it contains Vitamin E, which is great for dry skin and aging (12, 13)

According to L’Oréal, your look will be perfect all day without transferring, fading, or flaking. The concealer can also work as a contour or a highlighter to double your perfections.
On the other hand, some people complain that it accumulates fast in the fine lines even after working it and setting with powder. Then, within a few hours it loses coverage and accumulates even more.

5. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Brightening Cream Concealer

 

$10 USD on Amazon

Value For Money

87%
Pros

  • Conceals the imperfections on the face
  • Makes skin look flawless
  • Great consistency

Cons

  • Less longevity
  • Cannot be used around eye area

Our last choice on our list of the best concealers is Neutrogena. Neutrogena claims that it is the perfect choice if you want to get rid of the appearance of fine lines. Most users say that it leaves their skin smooth and creaseless.

The active ingredients in this concealer are peptides and vitamin E. Peptides participates in the formation of collagen and elastin. It makes your skin firmer and younger. Also, you will experience fewer breakouts (14, 15).
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant for protecting and moisturizing your skin. (12, 13)

It is available in 15 shades; just a few dots under your eyes and your tired look will disappear.
Some reviews say that it is expensive, the quantity is insufficient, and it cannot be used around the eye area because it causes irritations.

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Dr Khaled Mahmoud

Dr Khaled Mahmoud

A medical researcher with more than 5 years of professional academic and medical writing experience. My main goal is to provide readers with evidence-based, data-driven, detail-oriented content to help them make the best choices.

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