Battle of the Eye-Brightening Concealers – Drugstore


If you’re anything like me, a shortage of sleep will make you look, feel, and act like an angry dragon. I get puffy, bruised-looking undereye circles, and they only seem to subside after four cups of coffee and an actual 8-hour night of sleep (which is rare). So how do I prevent strangers from thinking I got into a bar brawl the night before, you ask? Concealer. One of makeup’s greatest arsenals.

MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer is still on my list of things to try, but for now, almost every single concealer I have is from the drugstore. I did leave one popular drugstore concealer off of this list, which is the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It’s not on my list because I’ve forgotten to repurchase it the last 600 times I’ve gone to Target, so sorry about that.

Remember that time Little J tried to make the over-tired, I-got-into-a-fight-with-my-eyeliner-and-my-eyeliner-won look happen on Gossip Girl? Unfortunately so do I. Hopefully she was apologizing to Blair for that eyeliner. Anyway, that’s basically how I look without concealer. {exaggeration}

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Here is a swatch of all of the pictured products except the Nyx Wonder Pencil:

From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener
From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener

The Maybelline CoverStick, $6, is very thick and drier than the others, so I find that it applies best underneath foundation. I would definitely recommend warming this up before applying so that it doesn’t drag on your skin. It gives medium-buildable coverage, but settles into fine undereye lines. I would skip this one for an undereye concealer and use it for the face instead. I give this a 3/5.

The Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $10.50, is a very liquidy concealer. The shade that I have, 02 Light, is very yellow-toned, which I prefer for my undereye area, so that’s a positive. I find that this isn’t quite creamy enough to blend into my foundation how I wish it would. This concealer offers medium coverage and is not buildable. I’ve been using this lately as I’m running out of the Fit Me concealer, but I don’t think I will repurchase this. I have used this on blemishes on my face and found that it offered decent coverage but poor staying power. I give this a 3/5.

Next up is the Nyx HD Photo Concealer, $3-5, which I love! I have the shade Porcelain, which is very pink-toned. The color itself is not my favorite, but I find that if I dab even the tiniest bit of my foundation over the top of it with my beauty blender, it’s perfect. This has a whipped-like texture and is very lightweight. I will definitely repurchase this in a more yellow-toned shade. The lasting power is good, and although it does settle into fine lines, it only settles into them a little and isn’t super noticeable. I give this a 4.5/5!

I picked up the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, $6, after seeing it used in a YouTube video by a girl I went to school with. (You can find her channel, NattyGlam, here) I have the shade fair, and although it has a slight pink undertone, I like how the color helps to mask the purple-black circles under my eyes. What I don’t like about this concealer is the consistency – it is really thick! For that reason, it’s not one of my top picks. I once used this as foundation in a moment of desperation, and I actually didn’t mind it. I give this a 3.5/5!

The e.l.f. Mineral Eye Brightener, $2, is not so much a concealer as it is an undereye setting powder. It’s a yellow-toned powder in a little pot that reminds me of the BareMinerals minis. I was drawn to this because I like the idea of a powder meant to specifically set undereye concealer and brighten up the area. Unfortunately, I find that this product makes the undereye area look very cakey and emphasizes any fine lines. I also think that it does the opposite of brightening – it makes my undereye area look dull! Definitely skip this one. I give it a 1.5/5.

The Nyx Wonder Pencil, $2-5, is a multi-purpose concealer pencil. It can be used to spot-conceal pimples, highlight under the brow, and brighten up your tightline. I love, love, love this product for the tightline! I find that white eyeliner on the tightline is too obvious and unnatural looking, so this is a great alternative if you want to achieve a wide-eyed, awake look. It’s pretty cheap and lasts forever. I give it a 4.5/5!

And finally, my holy grail drugstore concealing product. If I had to choose one word to describe the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7, I would choose the word “amazeballs.” I haven’t tried the Nars Creamy Radiant concealer, but I’ve heard this is a dupe. Quite frankly, I love the Fit Me so much that I probably won’t ever shell out the money for the Nars. I have it in two shades, 15 light and 20 sand. Light has a slight pink undertone, and sand has a pretty strong yellow undertone. I use them both separately and together, depending on how tan or pale I am. It never settles into my fine lines or pores, and blends seamlessly with my foundation. It never looks cakey, and lasts all day. I love this stuff! 5/5 and I can’t recommend it enough.

What are your favorite concealers for the undereye area? Let me know in the comments below!



4 thoughts on “Battle of the Eye-Brightening Concealers – Drugstore

  1. Shelbie! I love this post! I’m always looking for a better under eye concealer! Definitely going to try the Maybelline Fit Me!

    My little sister has looked at your blog with me and asked me to see if you would have some advice about concealing acne. She’s 16 and suffers pretty badly from acne all over her face. She also has combination skin (oily and dry at the same time). Poor thing tries her best and I do what I can to help her too but it’s a struggle. Any advice that you might have would be greatly appreciated!

    XO Ashley


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