(long time reader, first time question asker) i'm looking for a quality concealer for brown skin that would just be used for photo shoots sparingly, but i'm faced with all sorts of brands and have no clue if they're full of harsh harmful chemicals or not! any suggestions for quality + great range of brown skin tones? thx thx thx

Asked by

I think Make Up For Ever’s concealer palettes are great and come in a good shade range including those for brown skin. I have multiple. MUFE has a good range of concealer shades and they’re great for full coverage and shoots. Here is one you should look into. It’s great. There is also the Graftobian ones, which are quite similar. You can also buy a concealer palette from the likes of BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents! I use one on shoots, this one. This 6-pan one for brown skin is only $5 at the moment. It’s quite nice. Oh, and I’m very fond of Eve Pearl concealers (and so are television makeup artists) — and it comes in a very respectable shade range. There’s actually nothing wrong with the Black Opal concealers from the drugstore… I’ve used them on girls on shoots before and it’s creamy and good! 

Just a tip for people interested in the MUFE concealer palette, but are looking for a cheaper alternative; bh cosmetics do a great 10 pan concealer palette, and the coverage/formula is very similar. The only difference is that bh's ones are more creamy and will suit dry skin very well. But the performance is almost identical.

Asked by

true! i use it on shoots and like it very much. you get a lot more concealer for $15 (it’s on sale). good recommendation! thanks for the note. 

I finally caved and purchased the MUFE camouflage cream concealer palette and I chose the lightest shade with the green correction color. What is your opinion of the best way to apply it (I.E do you warm it in ur palm? Or with fingers/brush/apply before or after foundation?) thank you!

Asked by

I usually apply concealer with a a synthetic, rounded brush, like the Real Techniques Deluxe Blending Brush, or the Sephora Multitasker Brush. But I think warming it up in your hand and applying with your fingers is perfectly fine. I actually prefer using the Angled Buff Concealer brush (or the smaller version) from Sigma, but I’m too lazy to clean it all the time hahaha.

Most people put on concealer after foundation. I do it before.

Hi, I'm looking for a good concealer, and I was wondering if the Boi ing concealer from Benefit is any good. Its a bit pricey but I want to know if it is worth it. Thoughts?

Asked by

It’s not my favorite one in that price range. I like Tarte’s and Dermablend and NARS more. Dermablend is my favorite, but NARS is also fantastic and considerably easier to find. 

I want to get a non-drugstore foundation and concealer soon, and I was wondering if you had any you thought were good?

Asked by

It depends on your skin type and the coverage you want. I am fond of Koh Gen Do foundation, NARS Sheer Glow, Bobbi Brown foundations, and MAC Face & Body. They all offer different finishes and coverage and work for different skin types. I don’t wear foundation very often (bb cream 5ever) but when I’m doing makeup for shoots I pack those. 

For concealers, I pretty much only use Dermablend Quick Fix for my blemishes. I have for years, I must be on my sixth tube. Eve Pearl salmon concealer on my eyebags. Though I do like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay concealer well enough, and MUFE’s concealers are hefty — I just prefer the stick and cream texture of Dermablends over the tube of MUFE. 

Favorite Concealers - Drugstore & Otherwise

One of the most common questions we get is about concealers so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of our favorites. Chi-Chi and I both use mid-range to high end face products, so there is only one drugstore concealer here, but it’s quite a nice one and holds it’s own against concealers twice or even three times the cost. Here they are, for your perusal:

Honorable mentions: Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer (specifically for under-eye area) as well as the Graftobian Concealer palettes (a comparable, and more affordable version of the MUFE palette — it’s just harder to find, which is why it’s not included in the roundup).

Actually, if you want to invest in any concealer palettes for your kit or otherwise, I think Graftobian is the way to go. They have so many different ones depending on your shade range and if you want to color correct or specifically conceal, it’s pretty great. It’s also cheaper than the MUFE one, although I don’t know if the shipping costs would cancel that out.

So! What concealers are your faves? Drugstore recommendations? Have you tried these and utterly loathed them? Let us know in the comments (we have DISQUS enabled).

Some of these links are affiliate links, so we get commission if you purchase through them (less than 10%, so literally pennies). This does not impact our reviews of the products and all products mentioned here were purchased with our own money.