If life were a game, then concealer definitely would be the cheat code to flawless-looking skin. While we are aware that achieving beautiful skin requires effective skincare and adequate sleep, sometimes life gets in the way with overtime, deadlines, and sleepless nights. These stresses can leave us peppered with blemishes, dark eye bags or dull skin.
Usually providing more coverage than a foundation, concealers hide blemishes and dark eye circles so nobody will know they exist. All these sound amazing until you realise that there is a trove of concealers in the market claiming fantastical finishes, but you only have one face and a limited bank balance. This is why this list of the best concealers you can find in the market, which have been endorsed by online reviewers, is what you need to arm yourself with before you start shopping.
1. NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
The popular HD Studio Photogenic Concealer has been a consistent favourite among beauty gurus and online reviewers. Promising its users a natural-looking coverage, this concealer covers imperfections, discolouration and even dark under-eyes without caking up.
These are big claims, but their 4-star rating on Sephora certainly showcases that they are living up to them. In fact, Jackie Aina, a YouTube beauty guru with 3 million subscribers, claims that this SGD10 concealer is comparable to Smashbox’s Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer that retails at SGD36 – definitely an affordable concealer that also effectively perfects your skin.
NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand retails at SGD10 on Shopping District. All NYX products are cruelty-free and vegan.
2. Catrice Re-touch Light-Reflecting Concealer
Hailed as a dupe for YSL’s Touch Eclate (SGD62), this pen-brush concealer is loved by those that desire an illuminating effect from their base products. Perfect for the under-eye area, the Re-touch Light-Reflecting Concealer sits at a low price of SGD7.90 and includes light-reflecting pigments that highlight dark areas of the skin.
The creamy formula is also combined with moisturising ingredients to provide a fresh medium-coverage radiance to the face. Those with dry skin will understand the struggle of finding concealers that glide over dryness smoothly, but reviews have claimed that the gentle texture does not emphasise dry patches. This is definitely a merit that already justifies the purchase!
Catrice Re-touch Light-Reflecting Concealer retails at SGD7.90 at Guardian. All Catrice products are cruelty-free.
3. L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer
Available in 26 shades with six colour correctors to boot, L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer has been a holy grail for many due to its inclusive colour range, long-wearing formula and crease-resistant opaque coverage.
Many reviewers are impressed by how pigmented this creamy concealer is despite its affordable SGD7 price tag. Adding to its list of merits, this product has been recommended by popular beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook for its soft brush tip applicator. Its design allows users to reach the inner corner of their eyes effortlessly. A lightweight product that camouflages under-eye darkness, fine lines and discolouration, this is an all-rounder concealer perfect for beginners and seasoned makeup enthusiasts. For immaculate flawlessness, reviewers recommend combining the concealer with their colour correctors.
L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer retails at SGD7 on Coma. All L.A. Girl products are cruelty-free.
4. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Hyped as a dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (SGD46), this oil-free concealer sits at a comfortable price of SGD9.50 with multiple rave reviews. Following a ‘my skin but better’ concept, the Fit Me targets imperfections and flaws with a translucent finish, allowing the skin to breathe while evening out its tone.
The natural coverage is derived from lightweight pigments, which are non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Although this product has been praised for being highly blendable, some have pointed out that it can be a little drying, so those with dry skin should ensure a moisturised base before application!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer retails at SGD9.50 on Shopping District.
5. Rimmel Wake me Up Concealer
As its name suggests, this concealer is a blessing on days where sleep is not an option. Its full-coverage formula visibly reawakens and illuminates the undereye, and even contains peptides to give the twin bags an instant anti-fatigue effect. Many reviewers have also claimed this as their holy grail for crease-proof eyes throughout the day, which is truly a defining factor of a trusty concealer!
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer retails at SGD13.90 at Watsons.
6. e.l.f Cosmetics HD Lifting Concealer
e.l.f Cosmetics is no stranger to those who love high-quality products at unbelievably affordable prices. Touted as a miracle “IRL Filter” that packs a big punch, this concealer has performed better than its price of SGD7.65. Not only does it give all-day coverage that hides imperfections, it also regenerates skin radiance by minimising fine lines.
The lightweight formula is infused with ingredients such as Vitamin C, Green Tea, and Mulberry for skin firming and soothing benefits, ensuring a luminous even-toned look. Best of all, it is Jeffree Star approved! The downside among the positive reviews is its limited shade range, and that the lightest shade could still be too dark for most. As such, this concealer would be best suited to the tanner beauties out there.
e.l.f Cosmetics HD Lifting Concealer retails at SGD7.65 on iHerb. All e.l.f products are cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan.
7. Wet & Wild Photo Focus Concealer
Another well-known dupe, the SGD8.90 Wet & Wild Photo Focus Concealer is considered an inexpensive counterpart to Tarte’s Shape Tape (SGD42). Its creamy and luminous finish was formulated to give skin a perfect selfie glow without a white cast under lights.
With a lightweight consistency that is buildable, a few dots will provide an almost blurred effect that smooths the skin appearance. It doesn’t cake and the coverage is able to neutralise redness and darkness around the mouth or under the eyes. In fact, beauty influencer Alissa Ashley’s long-wear test showcases that this product, when set, was able to hold up long hours without creasing! The main gripe among reviewers is that it may emphasise dryness for some, so make sure you put on a moisturised base before applying.
8. Colourpop No Filter Concealer
Colourpop was a game changer when it entered the beauty market, and has quickly risen to be a cult favourite. If you were in the scene when Colourpop first branched into face products, you would know a frenzy of reviews were uploaded daily.
The general verdict of most reviews was this: it’s amazing! A creamy matte formula with soft blurring pigments, this concealer is designed to give your skin a filtered look while hiding discolouration. Not to mention, this high coverage concealer is available in an inclusive shade range of 30 colours. This allows you to use this concealer as highlighter and contour by purchasing a lighter or darker colour.
However, some reviews have mentioned that the matte texture can be a tad drying, so be sure to moisturise well before application! But at only SGD13.50, we feel that this IRL filter is worth its price and more, as most of their products are.
Colourpop No Filter Concealer retails at SGD13.50 at Shopping District. All ColourPop products are cruelty-free.
9. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer
A cult favourite popularised for its ability to conceal tattoos, the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer is an oil-based heavy-duty product great for spot covering. Uniquely, the product also comes with a shade-matched pencil that can precisely outline spots to prevent smudging. Think of it as a lip liner but for your blemishes! The pencil also aids in tracing tattoos with ease, providing a seamless blend into the skin.
Reviewers recommend setting this concealer for creaseless all-day wear, and cautions that a few dabs of the thick formula can provide almost too much coverage, so keep that in mind! In line with the brand’s flair for the dramatic, we can see this concealer working well for those interested in bold stage makeup looks that require an impeccable surface canvas.
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer retails at SGD15 on Shopping District. All Hard Candy products are cruelty-free.
10. Sleek Corrector & Concealer Palette
Imagine a pro concealer palette, complete with a corrector and setting powder, packaged with a handy mirror at only SGD15. That is exactly what the Sleek Corrector & Concealer is! In a travel-friendly compact, the corrector has brightening properties that lift the eyes, while the concealer neutralises discolouration. Finish your perfected canvas with their setting powder, which contains SPF15 for extra protection against Singapore’s harsh rays.
A great companion for on-the-go touchups, many reviewers love this product for its affordability and ability brighten up the under-eye. However, some have pointed out that this formula is medium coverage, and may not perform well on severe eye bags or blemishes. This palette is best suited for those that love to rock a fresh, natural look.
Sleek Corrector & Concealer retails at SGD15 on Shopping District. All Sleek Makeup products are cruelty-free.
11. Barry M All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer
British Barry M is no stranger in the realm of the online beauty community. With many of their products regularly recommended on forums and YouTube, their All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer has recently gained traction again due to its stamp of approval by makeup mogul Jeffree Star and Instagram beauty influencer Mmmmitchell.
As summed up by Star, “if you live in the UK you better be snatching this (product) up because it’s hydrating, it looks really pretty and it isn’t cakey.”
Luckily for us, this concealer is within reach of us at just SGD8.34 via ASOS. Delivering a soft-focus effect that blurs skin imperfections while brightening the complexion, it is also infused with Vitamin E to blend seamlessly into the skin while keeping it moisturised. With so many rave reviews under its belt, this is definitely a concealer you can trust to provide you with a flawless face every day.
Barry M All Night Long Full Coverage Concealer retails at SGD8.34 on ASOS. All Barry M products are cruelty-free. This particular concealer is paraben-free as well.
12. L’Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer
L’Oreal Paris needs no introduction in Singapore. As one of the leading drugstore brands stocked in Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice and more, many have deemed their products as holy grails. The L’Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer is undoubtedly one such product. Designed to correct skin tone, conceal imperfections and hide signs of fatigue, many reviews also emphasise its lightweight texture that blends like a dream.
Its buildable coverage allows a custom finish that matches your individual skin needs and problem areas. On top of that, it is also enriched with caffeine that provides the undereye area an instant refreshed lift. It even fights the dark circles over time with consistent application! Who knew caffeine could be the perfect pick me up solution for fatigue in the mind and the eyes?
L’Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer retails at SGD14.80 on ASOS. It is also available in-stores at Watsons.
13. BBBIA Last Concealer
For non-K-beauty addicts, the BBIA brand might seem foreign. An online Korean makeup brand that has been in the industry for over 10 years, it brings consumers trendy makeup at affordable price points. While its popularity in Korea has not yet been reflected in Singaporean waters, this SGD10.90 concealer has received great online Korean reviews for its cake-free natural coverage.
Trendy Korean Youtuber Ssin also applauds this concealer for being buildable without oxidising into an ashy colour. Some reviews have even pointed out that it minimises the appearance of pores without a primer! On top of that, this concealer is formulated with an ultralight consistency that retains long-lasting wear, which is perfect for long days in school or work. The only downside would be its shade range; it only carries two beige shades, typical of Korean base products.
BBIA Last Concealer retails at SGD10.90 at Guardian.
14. COSRX Clear Fit Spot Concealer
Fans of Korean skincare would be familiar with this brand and its straight-forward, effective products. Their no-nonsense attitude carries forward to their face makeup, which is formulated with skincare properties to ensure that the skin is protected even with pigments on.
The COSRX Clear Fit Spot Concealer is no exception. Made with Centella Asiatica Extract, which is hailed for its hydrating effect that soothes compromised skin, this concealer is praised for its high matte coverage that does not settle on fine lines. When a product is described as “a little goes a long way”, you know you are definitely saving bucks since less is needed.
COSRX Clear Fit Spot Concealer retails at SGD12.90 on Hush. All COSRX products are cruelty-free.
15. MISSHA Closing Cover Liquid Concealer SPF30/PA++
An elastic texture may seem like a strange way to describe a concealer, but that is exactly how MISSHA describes its Closing Cover Liquid Concealer. This is largely due to elastomer gel in the product, which helps to fully cover pores and blemishes around eye and lip areas.
There are also moisturising botanical extracts such as aloe vera leaves and oatmeal in the formula to help hydrate skin. In addition, this creamy concealer is highly adhesive to ensure longer wear. Various reviewers have complimented how it does not emphasise dry patches or fine lines, but recommend using this concealer with a blender or brush instead of your fingertips.
MISSHA Closing Cover Liquid Concealer SPF30/PA++ retails at SGD13.90 at MISSHA Stores.
16. ZA Perfect Concealer
Packaged in ZA’s signature pink tube, the ZA Perfect Fit Concealer seems unassuming at first but a quick dive into online reviews proves otherwise. Receiving positive comments from beauty bloggers since 2014, the main standout of this product is its pigmentated coverage that does not cake or crease. One blogger even mentioned wearing it to her boxing sessions!
Its semi-matte finish also produces a skin-like finish that would dupe others into thinking you had your solid eight hours. Readily available at Watsons, this concealer is a quick-fix for days you feel like a zombie, but do not want to look like one.
ZA Perfect Concealer retails at SGD13.90 at Watsons.
17. The Saem Perfection Tip Concealer
The Saem Perfection Tip Concealer is a long-standing Asian beauty favourite. Priced affordably at SGD5.70, this lightweight concealer adheres to blemished or shadowed areas of the skin and blends out beautifully.
The low price point does not mean this product skims on ingredients. Formulated with oxygen complex and glacier water to keep the skin moisturised, it also contains a reflective powder that plumps the skin with a healthy glow. Adding on to that, the concealer also contains SPF 28 PA++ sun protection, which is much needed extra protection against the Singaporean climate.
This product is also a favourite of K-beauty YouTubers Edward Avila and Joan Kim, who have oily skin and dry skin respectively, showcasing that the concealer could work well for both skin types.
The Saem Perfection Tip Concealer retails at SGD5.70 on ALTHEA.
18. ALTHEA Flawless Creamy Concealer
A creamy texture that dries to a breathable semi-matte finish, the buildable coverage of this concealer leaves long-wearing cover over panda eyes and pesky spots. Affordably priced at SGD6, this product is also made with Aquaxyl, which is an extract of birch sap. This ingredient has the ability to retain moisture in the skin by preventing evaporation, leaving skin hydrated and healthy throughout the day.
The main downside of this Korean-made concealer is its limited shade range. However, it is possible to use the lighter shades of this dewy concealer as a way to brighten the face, instead of using it as a concealer!
ALTHEA Flawless Creamy Concealer retails at SGD6 at ALTHEA.
19. Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer
Aritaum has a similar concept to Sephora, where they house an assortment of brands while also carrying products under their name – such as this full-coverage concealer.
It promises no cakey finish with a lightweight feel and comes with a doe-foot applicator is shaped with a wide area and narrow tip for a precise application. The formulation is also an interesting mix of rosehip and argan oil. While rosehip oil moisturises and improves pigmentation of skin tone, argan oil is rich in antioxidants to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
It is also great to point out that many online reviews expressed that a little goes a long way, which means greater savings since you will have to repurchase less!
Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer retails at SGD8.90 at ALTHEA.
20. Nature Republic Botanical Cream Concealer
What’s better than a pigmented, lightweight concealer? One that carries skincare properties as well!
Infused with blue lagoon water, this SGD10 concealer not only masks dark circles and angry zits, but it also soothes irritation while moisturising the skin. Its range of natural ingredients also helps to control sebum production, allowing your makeup to stay fresh throughout the day.
Other key ingredients that further improves the skin condition are the lotus flower root extract that has skin brightening properties, and a Jasmine flower extract that contains anti-ageing properties. What’s not to love when you can cover blemishes while improving them at the same time?
Nature Republic Botanical Cream Concealer retails at SGD10 on ALTHEA.
Featured image from Sahrish Adeel
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