As you will know, if you've ever seen a photograph of me or watch me on YouTube, I am incredibly, incredibly pale. So pale that most drugstore and high-end beauty brands just don't seem to cater for my skin tone or complexion at all. As a result, over the years, I've put many to the test with varying degrees of success.
Concealer is all the more important in my makeup routine as I very rarely/almost never wear foundation. This mostly has to do with the fact that I just haven't found my perfect match when it comes to a foundation, at least up until this point. I'm quite lucky that blemishes only pop up every so often, normally around my time of the month, which means that I mainly use concealers to hide dark circles under my eyes and a multitude of tiny little broken capillaries and purple veins.
So today I thought that I would share with you my top 5 concealers, ones that will work particularly well for those of us with pale and fair skin, as well as some swatches so you can get a feel for how these look, even if I did struggle to fit all the swatches on my hand/arm, hence the alternative swatches idea. I'm also going to talk about each one in a bit more depth than I would ordinarily in a post like this so you can really determine whether or not one of these, or more, might be for you. So let's get started;
NYX HD Concealer in CW02 Fair - £5.50
When NYX first arrived in Boots, here in the UK, I was one of those people who got more than a little bit excited. That level of excitement and anticipation was further increased when an actual NYX stand cemented itself in both the St. Enoch and the Buchanan Galleries branches of Boots, here in Glasgow. Despite there always being a big crowd huddled around the stand, I managed to fight my way through to pick up this brilliant concealer a couple of months ago. And ever since then I haven't been able to stop raving about it to everyone. As you'll soon hear me mention, the drugstore isn't always that great at offering up a wide variety of shades, particularly if you're at either end of the shade spectrum but I was instantly impressed with the selection of shades at the NYX stand. They even had a yellow, green and purple version of this very concealer, if you've been wanting to colour correct and colour correct on a budget. I'm also really tempted to try out their concealer jar for a bit more coverage.
Makeup Forever HD Concealer in 305 Porcelain - £21
I first picked up this particular concealer in Sephora during my last trip to Florida and it's one that I will always repurchase as a result. If you've got dry/dry-ish under eyes, then this is the concealer for you.
Another big plus point; this is properly porcelain. Don't you hate it when you try out a porcelain shade only for it to be orange or yellow-ish in tone? I definitely do.
This doesn't sit in any creases or crevices either and is easily one of the most blendable beauty products I've ever tried. It is a little pricey, especially when you compare it to some of the others in this blog post but for me it is practically worth it's weight in gold.
My only slight issue with this is the applicator. Who thought it would be a good idea to use a bendy silicone-y/plastic applicator for this? This means I have to apply the concealer directly onto my finger or the back of my hand instead of right onto the skin but I guess it's a pretty minor issue in the grand scheme of things.
Amazing Cosmetics A Little Amazing Concealer in Fair - £19.50
First of all, just a little heads up. Look Fantastic currently have £7.80 off the RRP of this, making it just £11.70, which is definitely worth taking advantage of if you've wanted to try this out for a while.
Out of the five concealers that I've featured in today's blog post, this is the thickest in consistency. It really works to camouflage every little imperfection. From redness, to broken capillaries and dark circles, this has you and them covered. And it's one of those rare products that truly is budge-proof, making it perfect for warm Summer days or wearing to the gym if you need a bit of concealer courage to get you there.
It's also an Allure award-winner and apparently a certain Miss Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a big fan of this. If it's alright for RHW, it's certainly alright for me.
KIKO Natural Concealer in 01 Clear - £5.50
This next concealer is a rather recent discovery. If you saw my KIKO Glasgow Grand Opening & Haul blog post, then you will know that I picked this up when KIKO opened it's doors in Glasgow City Centre last month. But quickly this has become a go-to concealer for me, particularly when I'm in a rush.
You know when you find a perfect match when it comes to your concealer shade? Well I'm definitely not used to that, particularly when it comes to the more purse friendly options, meaning I was over the moon when I gave this a try.
This certainly has more of a pinkish tint to it than any other concealer I've tried in the past and please don't let the shade name, Clear, put you off. It's pale but not too pale or white, if you know what I mean.
Sara Hill Little Pop Concealer in Peely-Wally* - £16.50
Talking of shade names, how fantastic is the name of this little pot of wonder? If you're from Scotland, you'll definitely understand the phrase 'Peely-Wally'. Other notable shade names when it comes to the Little Pop Concealer are Milk Bottle, Caramel Wafer and Custard Cream. Out of all the concealers in this blog post, I find that this works best on blemishes. It's also incredibly creamy and one of those products that just feels lovely on the skin.
I also absolutely adore the little blurb on the back of the Little Pop Concealer box. It reads;
'Spots are awesome, redness is cute, dark circles make you look mysterious, but if you did want to keep those beauties a secret from the world then this is the stuff for you. Little Pop is a bad ass concealer, it's like a magical invisibility cloak for those wee bits you want to keep hidden.'
Do you struggle to find shades that match you and you skin-tone? Have you tried any of the concealers mentioned in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And would you like to see more posts like this where I share my top 5 mascaras. liquid lipsticks, brow products, etc.?