Walking down the beauty aisles in a drugstore can be incredibly overwhelming, especially when you’re in a hurry and need a tried-and-true product that won’t let you down. Concealer is one of the top products purchased at drugstores, but there are dozens to choose from. Here, we’ve rounded up the eight best drugstore concealers for every concern, whether it’s camouflaging dark circles, a big red blemish, pesky pigment issues or anything else.
Best for Dark Circles:
A full-coverage formula that miraculously makes you look like you got eight-plus hours of sleep, it also helps take down puffiness under the eyes and blurs fine lines. (I’m not surprised it’s been named “America’s Best-Selling Concealer.) However, though the sponge-tip applicator feels nice and gentle on delicate under-eyes (it also makes it easy to apply on-the-go), I prefer to blend it out with a concealer brush for a more seamless finish.
Best for Acne:
Incredibly creamy—a very little goes a long way—this concealer makes blemishes disappear without drying them out thanks to vitamin E, which lends a bit of moisture. Available in 18 shades, it’s also water-resistant up to 12 hours so it will keep red spots hidden throughout a workout class and then some.
Best for Brightening:
For those with hyperpigmentation (aka dark spots, sunspots, etc), this super pigmented serum-based concealer delivers skin-care ingredients for a more even tone as it covers. Matrixyl 3000 Plus offers its potent peptide power to fight wrinkles while vitamins A and C, hibiscus extract and light-reflecting particles help brighten for a more even skin tone.
Best for Contouring:
To steal a trick from professional makeup artists, get this concealer in your normal shade, as well as one that is two shades darker—there are 24 options—so you can contour your cheekbones, jawline and nose (and anywhere else) to your heart’s content. It’s a blendable, matte liquid that gives your room to play, but once it’s in place, it will last 24 hours.
Best for Full Coverage:
When you want to hide everything and anything without making your skin look like a cakey mess, this is your go-to. It’s highly pigmented, comes in 25 shades and lasts all day with a lightweight, satin finish that doesn’t feel heavy. It also doesn’t dry as quickly as the brand’s 16-Hour Camo Concealer, so you can take your time covering all the spots you want to. And the price point makes it a total steal!
Best for Dry Skin:
Though this formula, and everything from the brand’s Age Perfect line, was created for mature skin, it also suits dry skin very well (one of the top complaints we hear from our readers with aging skin is moisture loss). The addition of glycerin allows the serum-like texture to blend in easily, without settling into fine lines and drawing attention to them. We also love that it comes in 16 shades and offers a full-coverage, hydrating finish.
Best for All-Day Wear:
If you’re looking for a concealer that will take you all the way from your breakfast meeting to after-dinner drinks without needing to reapply or worrying that your imperfections are on full display, this is it. It’s transfer-proof, crease-proof and waterproof for up to 24 hours, though somehow it doesn’t clog pores and it was dermatologist-tested to prove that.
Best for Redness:
Green is located directly opposite from red on the color wheel, which is why it helps neutralize redness in the skin. Though normally I would apply foundation before concealer, this color-corrector should be used as the first step on areas of redness (you can also apply it directly to blemishes—it’s oil-free and won’t irritate acne-prone skin). Plus, it contains niacinamide for extra brightening to reduce blotchiness.
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