Best concealers to try if you want to cover up dark circles and hide blemishes

Fed up of having tired looking eyes and skin?

Under eye bags and spots are some of our biggest beauty complaints women face, but you don’t have to suffer through them.

These days concealers are more effective than ever before in combating dark shadows, blemish and scar cover ups. There’s also a formula to suit every skin type – from oily to dry and ageing.

Our beauty team have been putting their skin to the test to a range of concealers, to see if they really did live up to their claims.

So whether you’re finding it tricky to hide break-outs, or cover up the signs of a sleepless night – one of these formulas below should be able to help you. Here’s what they discovered…

bareMinerals barePRO 16 Hour Wear Full Coverage Concealer, £23

Creamy and high pigmented in a choice of 10 shades, for all skin tones.

‘This is full coverage, but without feeling like I’ve put a mask over my skin. It still feels healthy to wear. The only tiny niggle I have is that it feels a little oily, so I have to pat it down with powder. But, did a really good job at covering up darkness under my eyes.’ Beauty writer Zoe

8/10

Elizabeth Arden Stroke of Perfection Concealer, £21

This stick concealer comes in four shades, designed to disguise blemishes, pores and dark circles

‘I tend to assume stick concealers will be heavy and cloggy but this one is a revelation. The formula is very silky with the perfect amount of ‘slip’. I find it really covers my undereye circles without making the skin look wrinkly or dry.’ Beauty director Lynne

9/10

Barry M All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer, £4.49

Six tones to match the existing full coverage foundation shades.

‘I’m so impressed with this bargain. It blends into my skin perfectly, without highlighting dryness. The coverage is amazing considering how light the formula feels. Covered everything from spots to a hideous hangover!’ Beauty writer Zoe

10/10

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer, £24

Comes in 12 line-blurring shades

‘It’s thick enough to cover redness, but also light enough to use around the eye area without it looking cakey. Easy to blend and a good shade range. I like it, but just not enough to make me want to splash this much cash on it .’Beauty writer Zoe

9/10

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Concealer, £3.50

Medium coverage with six shades in the range – made to last 25 hours on the skin while still allowing it to breathe.

‘A lot of product gets wasted because as soon as the lid comes off, the concealer keeps spurting out. It also feels really chalky to apply and sits noticeably in my pores. I like the cushion applicator, but nothing much else.’ Beauty writer Zoe

4/10

L’Oreal The One True Match Concealer, £7.99

14 shades that offer instant coverage and colour correction. Added caffeine means dark circles should fade over time if you keep using this.

‘I loved this under my eyes. The formula is liquidy, so it sank into my skin quickly without highlighting any dry patches. Less good for blemishes – it’s just a little too thin to hide spots and doesn’t build up into a thick enough coverage.’ Beauty writer Zoe

7/10

Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer, £11.99

Works to fill in lines and wrinkles with micro-fillers, while colour correcting to reduce red tones. There’s three shades to choose from.

‘Ooh this is a good one! It did a lovely job of covering my dark circles and it made my undereye area look brighter and more awake. It was also really flattering on lines and dry skin.’ Beauty director Lynne

9/10

Barry M Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer, £4.50

There’s five shades, all infused with cucumber and aloe extract, which is meant to make your skin look brighter and your eyes more awake.

Really annoying design – once you open the lid, the applicator wand sort of bounces about, splodging product and not easily screwing back into the tube. The formula itself was OK as a skin brightener but it didn’t have enough coverage for dark circles. Not keen.’ Beauty director Lynne

3/10

Lottie London Got it Covered Concealer, £3.96

Same long-lasting, vitamin E-enriched formula, but with four new shades to now make a total of eight on offer.

‘Good extra shade choice and I love the thickness of the concealer – it gives a good coverage under eyes as well as on blemishes. But if you put this in your make-up bag, the product squirts into the lid and makes a mess.’ Beauty writer Zoe

8/10

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