One of my future goals is to be able go foundation-free comfortably for most days. This does not mean makeup-free. It means being able to forego base foundation where one’s skin is generally healthy-looking minus a few imperfections that may be addressed with limited use of concealer or correctors.
A big part of this means finding a concealer that is a good fit for my skin tone, as well as tools that help in the application of concealer.
Here is a list of all the concealers I have tried thus far.
- Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Light Neutral 15 – A great value at $6 for a bottle. This shade is a close match, just a tad dark because this formula oxides easily. I may try the next shade down, Fair Neutral 10. One concern though is that this product may irritate my skin around the eyes. I see little red bumps the day after using this – but I’m not sure if the cause is the concealer or my Glossier Haloscope.
- Cosrx Clear Fit Spot Concealer in #21 – A little bit goes a long way. A small drop from the squeeze tube delivers enough product to cover almost all imperfections on the face. The color is a close match as well, though not as much as Colourpop’s concealer. The formula is commendable – centella water is the first listed and most abundant ingredient.
- Nars Radant Creamy Concealer in Custard – Quite expensive at $30 for a bottle the same size as the Colourpop and Saem concealers listed here. Custard used to be my shade when I was a #23 in BB cream, but now that I’ve gotten lighter, I’ve noticed it is now too dark.
- Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Custard – Same comments as the Nars RCC above.
- The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer in #1 and #1.5 – Great price at around $5 for a bottle. #1 is extremely light on me, and #1.5 is close but a bit too deep. Unfortunately there is no 1.25 shade.
And here’s a list of concealers I want to try in the future:
- Glossier Stretch Concealer – This is lauded by many as a lightweight, low coverage foundation. It touts some occlusive moisturizers, though they don’t impress me as much as UD’s formula below.
- Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer – I am not a fan of the generic Sephora brand, and this formula looks quite prosaic. However, it does advertise itself as a lightweight concealer (the gel serum tagline), which is attractive, and the price is low enough to make it worth at least a trial.
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – The formula is exceptional. It contains green tea extract and peptides. A cosmetics representative at Sephora matched me to the shade Light Warm. I also thought that Fair Neutral was worth trying, but the tester was missing and the associate did not have the good sense of service to open a new one. I’ll order both online for a trial run.
There are few prospects on the horizon, so hopefully one of the above is a good match. As for tools, I have a couple I like: Sephora’s #57 Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush is a good fluffy concealer brush which I have repurchased a few times; I would also like to master using a traditional flat concealer brush, and picked up PONY’s choice of the Sonia K. #110 Brush at Target.