Concealer Swatch-A-Thon

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I was suprised to realize that I own 15 concealers and three concealer palettes (the two L’oreal True Match concealer crayons – [review // $8.99 at Ulta] are not pictured below because they live in my desk at work; swatches are in my original review). Here’s a roundup – I’ll start with a description of each concealer, organized by type, with all swatches at the bottom.

Concealer Comparison

The lightweight, light-reflecting concealers:
Clinique Airbrush // Maybelline Lumi // Physician’s Formula Spotless // Rimmel Match Perfection

Clinique Airbrush in Neutral Fair [$19.50 at Sephora]
I am not completely sure of the shade, though I think it was Neutral Fair – it wore off quite a while ago. I really like this one – lightweight and works under the eyes and on the face. It looks too light for me in the swatch, but actually blends in quite well. Given how much I’ve used it, I’m surprised it’s still going, and expect it to run out any day now. I would repurchase this.

Maybelline Lumi in Ivory [review // $7.99 at Ulta]
I bought this a shade too light to use as a highlighter – and it works well as a subtle highlight. It’s very similar to the Clinique in formula – maybe a touch thicker.  I would repurchase this in my shade as a concealer.

Physician’s Formula Spotless in Light/Medium [review // $12.99 at Ulta]
I bought this quite recently, and I do like it – I especially like the cooling sensation of the rollerball, but I also like the thin, fluid texture of the concealer.  Decent but not perfect color match. I probably wouldn’t repurchase this.

Rimmel Match Perfection in Light/Medium [$5.99 at Ulta]
I have four concealers named Light/Medium, and three of them are decent matches. This one is way, way too dark. I can’t really speak to the quality of the product because the shade is just not usable for me.  I might try another shade if there was a good sale.

Concealer Comparison-2

The creamy-but-still-lightweight concealers:
Maybelline Age Rewind (x2, with sponges pulled off) // Revlon Age Defying // Clinique All About Eyes

Maybelline Age Rewind in Neutralizer & Medium [$8.99 at Ulta]
This is a really nice concealer – I really like the texture. It covers well, yet doesn’t get cakey. Neutralizer is meant to color correct undereye circles, but as it’s yellow, I like using it on facial redness. Sometimes I mix in a little Medium to make a better match. A note about the packaging – this concealer dispenses through a sponge, which can’t really be cleaned. I’m not usually concerned about such things, but the sponges eventually got kind of icky, so I just pulled them off – very easy to do! I am not sure if I would repurchase these to mix, but I’d definitely buy a concealer that matched better with this formula.

Revlon Age Defying in Light/Medium [discontinued]
I bought this on clearance at CVS earlier this year; I believe it’s been discontinued, which is too bad – it has a nice texture with decent coverage. It’s not a great color match for me, but blended in or mixed with other concealers it can work.

Clinique All About Eyes in Light Petal [$17 at Nordstrom]
This is a great undereye concealer – the peachy shade corrects bluish circles quite well. I’d be happy to use this as my sole undereye concealer if I didn’t love trying new products so much! Do note that my circles are quite minimal; your milage may vary if yours are darker. I would probably repurchase this, I’m not sure though.

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The heavy duty opaque concealers:
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer // OCC Conceal // theBalm Time Balm // LA Girl PRO Conceal (x2)

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in 04 [review // $48 at Nordstrom]
This is expensive, but a little goes a long way – it’s incredibly pigmented.  I think it would be worth it if I had a perfect match, but unfortunately I don’t think I do – I’ve swatched shades in store before.  04 is too light and too yellow for me, but makes a good mixer to lighten other shades. I wouldn’t repurchase this shade, but I’d LOVE to buy another pot if I had a good match!

OCC Conceal in Y1 [review // $20 at Sephora]
This is almost-but-not-quite a perfect match; however, I don’t love the texture – just a bit too thick and stiff. I think I just prefer more liquid concealers – this one has a pretty typical texture for potted concealers. I would not repurchase.

theBalm Time Balm in Light/Medium [$18 at Beauty.com]
Although I prefer more fluid concealers, I have to make an exception for Time Balm, because it is the best match for my skintone I’ve ever tried. I bought it recently during theBalm’s 50% off sale, and have been using it every day since. Love! I will repurchase this, unless I find something else that matches me perfectly in a formula I prefer.

LA Girl PRO Conceal in Creamy Beige & Pure Beige [$2.99 at Drugstore.com]
These are really great for such an inexpensive concealer – very, very opaque.  I bought two shades because I suspected the lighter would be too light and the darker too dark, and I was right. I don’t usually bother to mix them, but if I had a better match I would love this concealer. There are shades in between the ones I bought, but the undertones aren’t right for me. I won’t repurchase due to the shade match problem, but probably would if it matched well.

Concealer Comparison-4

The palettes:
Koh Gen Do // Graftobian // Temptu

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Concealer palette [$54 at Sephora]
I bought this palette on Hautelook for well under the retail price – and I’m glad I didn’t spend $54 on it, because it has that typical potted concealer texture I don’t like (too dry/stiff for my preferences) and it’s not possible for me to mix a good color match; the light and medium shades are both too light, and the darkest shade is too peachy. I would not repurchase, and I might sell this one.

Graftobian Corrector Light wheel [$18.99 at Amazon.com]
I bought this primarily for the yellow and green correctors. I don’t really use it anymore, but it’s quite nice for what it is – I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an affordable corrector palette. I would repurchase.

Temptu S/B Concealer wheel [$26 at Amazon.com]
I love the texture of these concealers – very creamy, plenty of slip, but don’t slide off my face. However, I haven’t been able to figure out how to make a good color match out of the shades – the undertone is always off. This is a really nice product, but not right for me. I wouldn’t repurchase due to the match issue.

And, swatches!

I tried to swatch the individual concealers from lightest to darkest, though I didn’t quite succeed.

concealer comparison swatches - light

1 – Maybelline Lumi // 2 – Clinique Airbrush // 3 – Maybelline Age Rewind Neutralizer // 4 – LA Girl light // 5 – Revlon // 6 – Physician’s Formula // 7 – Kevyn Aucoin

concealer comparison swatches - medium

1 – theBalm // 2 – OCC // 3 – Maybelline Age Rewind Medium // 4 – LA Girl darker // 5 – Clinique AAE // 6 – Rimmel

Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer swatches

Koh Gen Do Moisture Concealer palette

Graftobian Corrector Wheel Light swatches

Graftobian Corrector Wheel Light

Temptu SB Concealer wheel swatches

Temptu S/B Concealer wheel

One concealer that is missing from this roundup is Ellis Faas [review // $40 at Sephora], which I adore. However, it’s been missing for several months now, so I think – sadly! – that it is lost. I have been wanting to repurchase, and I probably will soon!

I’d love to know your favorite concealer – please tell me in the comments!

*The Temptu concealer palette was received courtesy of Temptu and The Makeup Show. I won the Clinique All About Eyes concealer in a giveaway. I purchased all other products featured in this post. This post contains (many!) affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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  • Ooh, the swatches are so helpful! I’m definitely tempted by the Balm’s offering- I’m using and generally liking OCC Y1, but it is slightly dark and a bit too dry. Time Balm sounds like a great option! 🙂

  • Great swatches!

  • Astra Combat

    thank you for this awesome review

  • Lisa Wagner Bailets

    Great swatches! Did you notice if any of these were better or worse about settling into lines?

    • Unfortunately I didn’t pay attention to that, sorry! I tend to mostly use concealer in areas without too many lines (chin, cheek, etc).

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