Which is why I took the challenge to find the best concealers on the market right now as seriously as if it were my full-time job. Also, because it kind of is. To keep things as scientific as possible, I used a light, tinted base beforehand—Lumene Instant Glow Beauty Serum (£27)—and applied all of the concealers using my fingers.
I also used two different concealers at a time (one under my eyes and one for blemishes and redness), as I tend to cocktail my concealers on a daily basis. To determine if the concealer was deserving of your hard-earned money, it needed to deliver on the following fronts: coverage, longevity and cake-free application.
It’s also worth pointing out that my skin tone lies on the ivory to fair end of the spectrum, so finding a concealer shade that suits me isn’t a struggle. Brands like Fenty Beauty (available in 50 shades) and L’Oréal Paris (available in 21 shades) both offer a good spectrum of colours for all skin tones, while Stila and Hourglass have a smaller selection but still offer a good range of shades from light to deep.
However, brands like Bourjois Paris and Paul & Joe still have a long way to go when it comes to catering effectively to all skin tones. Below you’ll find some shade alternatives to the exact product I’ve used so that you can get a picture of how the wider offering shapes up.
So without further ado, of the hundreds of concealers that I put on my face, these are the 14 that actually work. Keep scrolling.