Monday, 15 May 2017

My current favourite concealers, recomendations for dry/dehydrated/mature skin

Starting with a funny story, concealers were the reason this blog was born :) It was almost 4 years ago, I had a small baby and a two year old, good night sleep was a distant memory and my eyes looked less then perfect. I was using foundation and some other makeup at that time but because I never had much issue with breakouts I never used concealers so I turned to uncle Google to find out 'how to cover dark circles' and that's how I discovered the whole world of beauty blogging and YouTube videos. Some months later, after spending endless hours of reading other people's blogs, I decided to create my own. And the rest is history, as they say :)

Best under eye concealers for dry/mature skin

It took me a while to find concealers that would work well for my under eyes. The famous Collection concealer, that everyone and their mum raved about, looked awful on me, so drying and creased a lot, so I just tried as many others as I could justify buying and after a few misses I found my favourite formulas.
I'm in my late 30s and although I don't have deep wrinkles I earned, over time, some fine lines around my eyes and my skin is on a drier side. Now that my kids are older and sleep well at night I don't suffer with very dark under eye circles, most days I could get away with wearing only foundation but I still like to touch up the under eye area with some concealers to brighten it up.

I want a concealer that has a nice coverage, feels creamy and hydrating on the skin but it's not too slippery or waxy that will crease like crazy. I do set every concealer with a light dusting of powder to ensure that it won't move and settle in my fine lines but I have come across some concealers that would look horrible very quickly despite setting them with powder so I know that the concealer's formula is the key.

I rarely try high end concealers because I just find the drugstore offerings good enough for me but I know many of you find it very difficult to get a good shade match in drugstore concealers and you're more likely turn to high end brands.

Today I'm sharing with you my current favourite concealers. Yes, I know there are quite a few but they all work for me well and do different things or have different shade which I need depending on what look I go for or which foundation I'm using.

Pixi Correction Concentrate, shade Brightening Peach, £14, (nr 2 in the swatch photo below)

This is actually an under eye corrector and I don't use it on its own but as the first step of hiding dark circles when I want a really flawless look. It's a thick, yet creamy formula that melts upon the contact with the skin. It has peachy undertones so it works great at cancelling the darkness and brightening the area. I apply it with my ring finger, a tiny amount, just to the darkest part of my under eyes. I usually follow with another concealer on the top to add more coverage but for 'no makeup' makeup days this could do on its own. I wouldn't apply it all over my under eyes as the formula will look heavy on the dry skin and it could settle in fine lines even when set with powder. There's also another shade available, Awakening Apricot, which would suit darker skin tones.
I have a review with photos of the Pixi corrector I did some time ago if you want to have a look.

Maybelline Fit Me, shade 15 Fair, £5.99, (nr 3 in the swatch photo below)

This is an oldie but goodie, especially in the shade Fair (not easy to find in actual shops), often compered to NARS Creamy Concealer, I can't comment on that as I've never tried the NARS offering. What I can say is that the Fit Me concealer has really nice creamy formula which, once set with powder, doesn't crease under my eyes, it's quite well pigmented so it also works well at covering blemishes, hyperpigmentation or redness. If you can get a shade that will match your skin tone then it's worth trying as, in my opinion, it's a great drugstore concealer.

Best under eye concealers for dry/mature skin

This is my newest purchase but one I'm really enjoying as it does exactly what it says it would, it brightens the under eye area, so I look more awake and youthful even if I might be running low on energy levels. I mentioned in my Maybelline haul post that this concealer on its own doesn't give much coverage but it's perfect to apply over under eye corrector or just darker concealer with higher coverage. The formula of this concealer is very creamy and easy to blend, it doesn't look heavy and it's not drying under the eyes.

Tarte Tape Shape Concealer, shade Light Medium, £19, (nr 6 in the swatch photo below)

As I mentioned I haven't tried many high end concealers as I just didn't feel the need for it but for some reason the Tarte offering was calling my name, probably because of its hype and everyone raving about it. I managed to get it through QVCUK who's official UK stockist of Tarte products, the concealer comes with a blending sponge and the duo costs £28 which is significantly more then the concealer on the Tarte website but I find the sponge really good and comparable to Beauty Blender so it's not a bad deal in my opinion, especially if you want to avoid the shipping cost from US and the possible custom fees. It's also worth noting that you get 10ml of product here which is a lot comparing to some other concealers.
The concealer comes with a giant doe foot applicator which holds more then enough product for both under eyes, the formula is very pigmented so a little goes a long way, it's quite creamy and it blends into the skin effortlessly. Once set it doesn't budge. I ordered shade that it's too dark to highlight with, so I use just a tiny bit to cover my under eye dark circles and then apply the Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener on top to actually brighten that area. Both concealers work brilliantly well together.
The Tarte Shape Tape concealer is perfect to conceal any imperfections as it's very pigmented and long lasting, it also doesn't accentuate dry skin. Overall, the hype is real and it's a fantastic concealer.

Best under eye concealers for dry/mature skin, swatches

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer, shade Light, £7.99, (nr 4 in the swatch photo above)

This is a brilliant concealer for me to highlight with as the shade is light enough to do that but it's also very lightweight so doesn't feel heavy or looks cakey when applied in the centre of my face. The formula is quite liquid-y and quite hydrating, so especially good for under the eyes. It does need setting though as it's prone to creasing if left on its own. The coverage is light to medium so it won't be good for anyone with very dark under eye circles but it will work well on those minimal makeup days or on top of the under eye corrector.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, shade Light, £7.99,  (nr 5 in the swatch photo above)
Another Bourjois concealer and one that I really like, admittedly the lightest shade is not very light even for me so I know people with fair skin tones will struggle to make it work for them but if you can get a match then I highly recommend it. The formula is nice and creamy yet it provides very decent coverage without feeling heavy or being cakey. I can use it on its own as it blends into my skin nicely covering under eye circles and despite not being very light it adds a touch of brightness to my skin. It also covers well blemishes or any other skin imperfections. I love using it with my Bourjois foundations as they have light yellow undertones so they all work well together.

Best under eye concealers for dry/mature skin

Have you used any of these concealers? Which concealers are your favourite?



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