Current Favourite Concealers For Dark Circles & Imperfections (At Every Price Point)

One of the things I get asked the most on social media, is ‘can you give me some really great concealer recommendations for dark circles?’ Let’s face it, no matter how cleanly we try to live (early nights, lots of skincare, minimal alcohol and cutting down on sweet treats) we’re always battling with those dark areas under our eyes. As we age the skin around the eye becomes even thinner, allowing the blood-flow underneath to show through more prominently; paired with dehydration and a bad nights sleep, the problem becomes pretty astronomical. I’ve always been a bit of a concealer addict, even as a student spending £18.00 on my favourite product and eating toasties for the rest of the month as a consequence. I go through a lot of products trying to find the best of the best, but many concealers don’t live up to expectations or provide the coverage I require – however, this edit includes some of my favourite ever formulas (with a couple of new discoveries thrown in for good measure) that will help you cover imperfections and provide you with confidence.

1. Amazing Cosmetics ‘Amazing Concealer’ (£19.50)
This does what it says on the tin (or tube,) because it’s pretty darn amazing. The thick and creamy texture provides an incredible amount of colour and coverage when applied to the skin, blending perfectly when buffed in with a little brush to airbrush away imperfections. When I’m seriously feeling tired this is one product I reach to every single time; without fail it helps to cover those dark patches and make me look wide awake. You need such a small amount for each application too, meaning the price point is more than justified for a huge supply of product. 

2. Bare Minerals ‘Stroke Of Light’ (£22.00)
A mix between a concealer and highlighter, Bare Minerals’ concoction really does add a touch of light around the eyes. I tend to use this on more ‘awake’ days just to colour correct, or along the crease of my under eye area to reflect the light and give the illusion of a more youthful complexion. Because it’s super lightweight, you can easily use this in conjunction with other products and top up throughout the day, without the fear of caking. I’ve gone through about five tubes of this stuff and continually recommend it to friends, so it’s well worth a purchase. 

3. Clinique ‘Even Better Concealer’ (£18.00)
Possibly my all-time favourite concealer, this has added skincare benefits to help reduce the appearance of imperfections over time. It’s quite thick, but it blends really well and offers some serious covering power, making it a go-to product I couldn’t be without. I’ve had this within my reportoire for a number of years since it first launched, replacing a previous concealer from Clinique I adorned – word on the street has it that they’re planning to discontinue this, so stock up while you still can!

4. Clarins ‘Instant Concealer’ (£21.50)
Another product that’s fabulous for ‘good eye days’ but equally as handy on ‘could’ve done better days’ in partnership with other products, the lightweight formula helps to reflect the light away from dark areas to give the illusion of a fresher complexion. It doesn’t ‘conceal’ or colour correct as such, but it’s a fabulous product to carry with you and works brilliantly with BB creams. 

5. Kiko ‘Dark Circle Tone Eraser’ (£8.90)
A little pump full of colour correcting greatness, again this isn’t a concealer per se – but it definitely helps to correct dark areas under the eye so you can build your makeup over the surface. It’s available in two different tones, with this more yellow shade helping to correct grey and blue tones beneath the eye. The texture is very lightweight and creamy, blending into the surface of skin without sitting in fine lines and making the situation worse. It’s not something I reach for every day, but since picking it up a few weeks ago it’s definitely been a helping hand.

6. Seventeen ‘Phwoarr Paint’ (£5.49)
My ultimate budget buy, this is about the fourth pot I’ve gone through since it launched. It’s very simialr to the Clinique concealer above that I adore so much, but a fraction of the cost. The texture is thick but creamy, helping to blend away discolouration and even cover pimples well. Although it may not be suited to those with heavy lines or dry skin, it’s a great all-rounder that really can’t be sniffed at. If you thought Seventeen was only for teenagers, think again! 

7. Delilah ‘Farewell Cream Concealer’ (£24.00)
One of my new favourties, Delilah as a brand offer the most beautiful cosmetics that have clearly been developed with passion. This chunky crayon provides a creamy but very lightweight and blendable texture, making it a great tool to use even if you’re starting to see fine lines. It doesn’t overload the area or cake throughout the day, nor is it too heavy for use alone or with a BB cream. Even featuring hydrating and antioxidant ingredients to leave skin feeling fab, it’s available in six different shades so you can get your perfect match. After a number of weeks I’ve barely made a dent in the product, showing it lasts an absolute age too.

Have you tried any of my favourite concealers? Or do you have any other must-haves that you rely on?

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  1. Ciara Pollock
    April 1, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    I love the Seventeen concealer, it's one of my favourites!Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  2. beautybyalicee
    April 1, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    I love the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light, I really like how thin in consistency it is but the coverage is pretty good. I really want to try one of the Kiko concealers.alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  3. Mary Tohill
    April 1, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    My must have is the Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer. Like all of you I have very dark circles but I hate thick concealers as they settle into my fine lines even when I blend them out and set with a setting powder. However this one is as light as water and you would think from the consistency that it wouldn't cover anything but it actually does a great job of making me look more awake! It also feels very comforting on the skin, almost like an eye treatment!

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I'm definitely going to have to check that out – thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Philippa
    April 1, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Need to try some of these, my dark circles are really hard to conceal. The corrector from pixi works well though (:ABlogByPhilippa

  5. Natalie
    April 1, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    There are so many new concealers that I now want to try! I'm always looking for new products to cover dark circles and annoying spots and scars. Great roundup!Ivory Avenue

  6. Lily
    April 1, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    I really want to try out some Kiko products. Lovely recommendations

  7. Chloe x
    April 1, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I've tried so many concealers and none have done what I really wanted, I've been trying to get hold of the Clarins one for ages but my shade is always out of stock. Really helpful post!

  8. ATopsyTurvyBlog
    April 1, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    I adore the Clarins Instant Concealer. I've tried a lot but that's got amazing coverage and is very moisturising Casey – ATopsyTurvyBlog

  9. Katie Leask
    April 1, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I have tried so many different concealers but none of them ever seem to make much of a difference to me! I'm quite liking Benefit Wake Me Up at the minute but even that doesn't provide me with as much coverage as I would like. I'm gonna splurge on that Clarins one after reading your post, it sounds heavenly! This post was so helpful as it's something I constantly struggle with, damn my bad circles! Lovely site. xxLA COCO NOIRE ¦ Lifestyle, Food and Photography Blog

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Glad it was helpful Katie – and do let me know if you get on with Clarins.

  10. Annabel B
    April 1, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Not surprised by the Clinique concealer, need to add this too my list!Annabel ‚ô•Mascara & Maltesers

  11. Natalie
    April 2, 2015 / 2:43 am

    i've been wanting to try the phwoarrrr paint for so long, too bad they don't sell it in the us ):Natalie / Salt & Sail

  12. Anonymous
    April 2, 2015 / 8:11 am

    I bought Seventeen's Phwoar Paint a few days ago as it was recommended by my friend. I'm yet to try it under my eyes but the bit I tested on the back off my hand felt so creamy and blendable x

  13. Chaste & Beautiful
    April 2, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    I moght try the seventeen or the kilo one as they are budget friendly. What do you think about the Maybelline fit me and age rewind eraser concealer?

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      I tried it when it first launched and didn't get on with it to be honest.

  14. Emma Matthews
    April 9, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    What a lovely selection! Usually I use Mac Pro Longwear, but I'll need to give some of these a try!EmmaBEAUTY AND RAGS

  15. Sarah Montgomery
    April 10, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    haha, I always avoid seventeen cause I feel too old but I'm going to have go and check that concealer out now.Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle –

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      They do some amazing cosmetics – so don't be put off!

  16. Angela Smith
    July 19, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    I usually use home remedies to get rid from dark circles, though it take time and effort, it works so great and it's chemical free too. Many of us often searching for the best eye cream for dark circles and puffiness, that are cost effective too. I read lots of Review over online about Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller what do you think is that really a effective solution for dark circle problem?? Do you have any personal experience?

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