Banish the Panda with Undereye Concealers – Whats your fave?

by Paris B on · 66 comments

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Your fave concealer?

I am in dire need of undereye concealing this morning. I was at the Manchester United vs Malaysia re-match last night and got home really late! Anyone who had seen me would have found it strange – I don’t watch football as a rule and I’m a fan of neither team (so don’t come after me Chelsea/Liverpool/Arsenal fans!)! Still it was great fun sitting in a sea of red and standing out conspicuously in white! Haha… I’m neutral 😀

Reader Vivian also left a comment on a previous post about flawless makeup on the very topic of undereye concealers:-

Hi ParisB, nice painting

I’m still searching for a concealer which work for me, I have quite severe dark eye circle/eye bag. Can you recommend or tell which is the best concealer so far with full coverage?

Thanks parisb.

Undereye Concealer is something I’ve learnt that I can’t live without. I don’t have chronic dark circles under my eyes but I have a bad habit of reading till late so I wake up with shadows under my eyes. Undereye concealer makes me look more awake – and perhaps inspires confidence in others too if you have to meet people at work! Haha…

I presently have 4 under eye concealers in rotation and I think they are all pretty decent stuff so it was a good idea to showcase them all together. They are listed in order of coverage.

Lancome Effacernes Long Lasting Softening Concealer SPF12

Lancome effacernes concealer

A recent discovery and a new love. I picked it up during the last L’oreal warehouse sale for RM60 which I thought was pretty pricey at the time. It usually retails for RM121 for 15ml. The tube is short and squat and you only need very little.

I use Beige Pastel the lightest shade which has very slight pink tones. Its a little thick in texture so what I do is squeeze out a tiny drop on the back of my hand and warm it up with my fingers, then pat it on the under eye area. I find that it covers up my shadows nicely and evenly, does not sink into any lines and once dusted with a touch of loose powder lasts me the whole day and then some! It dries to a slightly matte powdery finish which I like. If you can find a color match in this line, its worth taking a look. 15ml will last me… well… forever! LOL… I use this for days when I have visible dark circles because it works to cover it up nicely leaving me looking pretty much flawless! This is already a staple in my makeup kit. Needless to say, this one was the first thing I reached for this morning!

I Nuovi Undercover Concealer

I Nuovi Undercover

Many readers seemed to have picked up on my rave on the I Nuovi Undercover Concealer in an earlier post. Its good, make no mistake! :) The texture is slightly more liquid so I can take it straight off the tube and onto my under eye area without having it look cakey. Its also got a little shimmer in it that brightens up the eye area. Sometimes we don’t need thick concealers when dealing with very dark circles because something slightly lighter that reflects light can help too.

The colour I have is 2Y which is one of the lightest and it has a little pink tone. It suits me though. There are other colour shades in the collection which I recommend you to check out in person before buying. There is minimal fading for me throughout the day and I use this for days when I have lighter circles because it just works better then.

Definite Makeup Artistes Secret Concealer

Definite Makeup Artistes Secret

I have this one in #1, the lightest shade. It comes in 2 shades only for now and coverage is pretty good. However, the colour tone is yellow which scared me initially. The texture is quite thick, slightly less so than the Lancome Effercernes so I use it the same way – dab a dot on the back of my hand, warm it up and dab it on.

Applied lightly, the yellow tones aren’t as obvious though I can’t layer it on or I’d look like a reverse panda – yellow circles instead of dark circles! So, if you have yellow undertones to your skin and have trouble finding an under eye concealer that doesn’t look pink or white on you, you might want to consider this one. Coverage is decent and there is no light reflecting. It lasts though.

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

I previously reviewed this one and I’m still not as happy with this as I should be – its the same tube btw. I was using this concealer for a while as I’d bought it and did not have other options. The colour is a good match for me but the coverage is a little thin, I feel.

There is some light reflecting qualities and it works for light circles – if you have very dark circles, this one won’t work very well. Texture is light and I can pat it straight onto my under eye area without it caking or settling. It doesn’t last as long as the others though. My first and least favourite under eye concealer for now.

Some other brands I’ve tried for concealer

I’d also tried Benefit Boi-ing #2 before this. I found it a little thick for my under eye area and the colour was not quite a match being just a shade too dark. However if you have a color match then its worth a shot. I haven’t tried YSL Touche Eclat though I really want to just to say I have LOL…

For seriously full coverage, thus far its Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer for me. Even if I find that its not been doing a very good job with coverage lately, its still the best I’ve tried for now. I use it only for facial blemishes as I find it too thick for the under eye area. Some reviews I’ve come across online do report using it on dark undereye circles with great success so my suggestion is to try it out and see.

I hope this has been of some help if you are in the market for an undereye concealer. Do you use undereye concealer? What’s your favourite? Was anyone else crazy enough to go to the game yesterday?! 😀

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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aiyu July 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

My daily concealer is Neutrogena 3-1 Concealer, which is not available in MY. It’s cheap, and it works.
My fav is still Bobbi Brown concealer though.

Can you advice on how you ‘warm up the concealer with your fingers’ ?


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Hi Aiyu

To warm up concealer, I put a dab on the back of my hand and use my fingers to rub it against my skin to “warm up”. Then I pat it on. I’ll show how soon :)


aiyu July 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

PLEASE DO ! Looking forward to it. Thanks :)


Synaesthesia July 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

my favorite concealer will be the I Nuovi Undercover Undereye Concealer. Previously, I was using The Body Shop concealer but it’s really not a good one. After reading, ParisB reviews on I Nuovi concealer I rushed to the nearest I Nuovi counter and got myself one. I love the texture, love the brightening effect although it can’t hide my severe dark circles and it’s never settle into lines.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Hi Synaesthesia

I have to agree with everything you said about the I Nuovi concealer – its pretty awesome and the brightening effect is quite something too!


Jean July 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

Thank you for sharing.. This is a useful post!!


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Hi Jean

Thank you! I’m glad you think so :)


Jas Min July 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

I’ve seen the YSL undereye concealer that you are referring to in action before I think. My friend and I were shopping for makeup for our ball and we stopped by the YSL counter. The salesperson was extremely friendly and helpfull and highly recomended the ‘magic stick’ (as she referred to it as. lol) for my friend who has heavy eye bags and even helped to demonstrate the product directly on her. It was absolutely amazing. The brightening qualities it had was the best I have ever seen. We were terribly tempted to purchase it. If only the price was a little more student friendly T_T. But we did walk away with eyeshadows and concealers in the end. I swear the day I earn enough I must get that magic stick!


Jyoan July 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm

You mean the YSL Touche Eclat I guess… I am also searching for a concealer right now. But all those that I’ve tested on my hands just don’t make me happy. =((( So I never buy them, and I have never used concealer before… even though I need one for my dark eye circles.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Hi Jyoan

You know, the best place to test concealer isn’t on your hands but on your eyes! So get the sales person at the counter to help you put it on your under eye area. Most will oblige :)


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Hi Jas Min

A magic stick! Reckon its like Harry Potter’s wand? 😀 I’d love to try it though – maybe the next time I go duty free. Glad you enjoyed your shopping anyway – you must both have looked awesome at the ball!


Connie July 21, 2009 at 11:59 am

I apply concealer only if I remember too. nothing covers eye bags anyway! >.< I have the I Nuovi one and it's pretty decent but too fluid for me. I'm currently testing out Estee Lauder illuminizer brush pen thingy… liking it so far. I still think missha perfect concealer gives the best coverage. but it can accentuate lines. The Lancome one sounds like quite the gem!


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Hey Connie

I agree – nothing covers eye bags – but hopefully something light reflecting can make them less obvious LOL… I haven’t tried Missha though when you said lines, I just remembered I’m no spring chicken so I won’t try that! 😛


Renee July 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’m using Laura Mercier secret camoflague concealer … but the best I’ve used is Boiing by Benefit – really thick and somewhat cakey but it really conceals everything!


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hi Renee

Thanks for your input! I started with Boi-ing but then the color ended up too dark for me :( I’m between colors so its too expensive to buy 2 and blend!


jojoba July 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

full cover is my love and hate. when it wants to work, it works. when it has a bad mood, it plays up big time. i think i am going to give lancome a try. for some reason, that looks good. my recent love is Lumiere Cremay Concealer in Medlum, the bomb for the moment.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hi jojoba

Ya I think I’m having the same problem with Full Cover. Some days its perfect and others its like I had no concealer on! I haven’t tried the Lumiere one. Maybe I’ll take a look in future :)


Nikki July 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Though I have panda eyes! I am too lazy in the morning to even use concealers! I use NYX on regular days and MUFE concealer palette on special days :)


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hiya Nikki

LOL I need the concealer else I don’t know how to face the people I meet looking like a zombie! 😀


July 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Try skinfood concealer, the one in a tube (like maybelline’s liquid concealer). Cheap. Only RM24.90. And good. =)


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Hi Erin

Oho! A cheap and good rec. Will take a look and see if any colours suit me. Thanks.


Janice Phua December 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

I bought this Skin Food concealer in natural color (another one is fair color) but it didn’t work well for me :( it’s cheap indeed but can’t really cover up my severe dark circle. still searching for a concealer that can work on me.

I went to Sasa counter and tried I Nuovi with high hope after reading the positive review from ParisB but sad to say that it’s a bit too thin for me. tried Red Earth too, it’s better than I Nuovi in my opinion. not yet buy it as I’m still searching for the best one. ;p oh ya yesterday I tried BB too (with the assistance from beauty consultant) but I’m not really satisfied with the outcome. sigh.


Vonvon July 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I am using I Nuovi’s and so far it works well even on the darker circles. I tried Boi-ing from my Primpcess set, and love it as well, not only covers my dark circles but also makes my under-eye area somewhat brighter.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Hi Vonvon

Glad to know Boi-ing works for you. Wish I wasn’t between shades!!


Sylvia July 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I am currently using Stila Illuminating concealer which i bought during the move-out sales. It has good coverage, semi-matte finish and non-oily which is perfect for my normal-to-oily skin. I am using it everyday in the morning if I use make up and i dab onto my eyelids as well cuz I discover that my eye make up will not crease! It gives my eyes a fresh look and I’m loving it.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hi Sylvia

I love anything with Illuminating in its name – usually it works great! This one sounds pretty awesome – too bad I’m discovering it too late 😉


JackieA July 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

PB, do the brands you mentioned above have colors for Indian skin tones? My current concealer is Bobbi Brown and it does a halfway decent job although i have to use two colors to get the desired effect. Big boo to companies that have limited color choices! When will they learn?


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Hi JackieA

If you are dark skinned, I don’t think any of the brands I mentioned have very dark shades. However, if you are latte colored you might find a match in Lancome or Make Up For Ever. I’m not sure about I Nuovi. Definite Cosmetics only has 2 shades both of which are yellow toned. That said, you could find a match there too if the shade suits you.


Hasegawa Ayane July 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I was in search for a concealer a while back and read your review on the I Nuovi one and decided to give it a shot. It works decently for me but I have very dark circles under my eyes so 😛 As I’m on a student budget, I guess I’ll be sticking to this for quite a while :)


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Hi Hasegawa

The I Nuovi one works quite well for me with dark circles too. The Lancome one just lasts that touch longer which is useful when I have long days :)


Eli July 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I am trialing a Napolean Perdis set now and its doing a pretty decent job! NYX concealer in a jar is okay but I need something with heavier pigmentation.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Hi Eli

I saw the NYX concealer once but the fact it was in a jar and I’d have to dip my fingers in every time turned me off. Do report on the Napolean Perdis one :)


Amanda July 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I can’t live without undereye concealers too! Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer is my everyday concealer. I’ve been using it for almost 2 years now and it’s so far my favourite. I also use Benefit Erase Paste as undereye brightener.


ParisB July 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Hey Amanda

Know what? I’ve never tried Bobbi Brown’s concealer! They all look so yellow :( Maybe I’ll check out a counter with less scary SAs soon 😉


Amanda July 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

By the way, I just picked up a Bobbi Brown corrector in Light Peach yesterday and am really impressed. It does a great job concealing my dark circles. I don’t have bad undereye dark circles but if I don’t get enough sleep, I’ll scare people off without having my undereyes concealed. *lol*


Natalie July 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Hi Paris,

Undereye concealer is a must for me thanks to my ezcema I constantly havin dark circles. Revlon Age Defying concealer is cheap and works. Using the Benefit’s Erase Paste in between too, not bad, it has light reflecting property. :)


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

Hi Natalie

Oho! I’d forgotten about Revlon Age Defying Concealer! Its pretty awesome stuff – only snag is that it only comes in 2 shades but yeah thanks for reminding me 😀 I couldn’t get Erase Paste to work – too pink!


Yani July 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Hey Ms B! Touche Eclat is really worth trying out – it works very similarly to the iNouvi – hides and brightens. I can’t live without my GloMinerals GloCamouflage Oil-Free cream concealer. It starts out a little thick, but spreads out nicely after a little warming out. Fantastic coverage. I like Lancome’s Long-Lasting Concealer too.


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hey Yani

Now don’t you start me on Touche Eclat! I gotta seriously check this one out


Shanghainese Dumpling July 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

HI Paris

I use Laura Mercier’s Concealer Pot, it’s the one has the gel and cream concealer and the setting powder in one little pot, I’ve reviewed it on my blog as well. I think this is my current favorite because I have those purple green / blue colour dark circles due to bad blood circulations (hay fever), so i need serious stuff hehe :) If i really make the effort of covering I also have orange gel base as it counteracts towards orange blue dark circles

I have never used a liquid concealer, as my dark circles are too bad so it doesn’t really cover


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

Hi Shanghainese Dumpling

Ooh I haven’t used this one too! I’m learning so much! 😀 I must agree that cream concealers cover better because they are thicker. Liquid can’t quite cut it sometimes. Glad you’ve found one that works for you!


Shanghainese Dumpling July 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Sorry Paris, typo hehe I mean Purple Blue Dark Circles not orange blue hehe


S-Kay July 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm

YSL Touche Eclat as corrector and Bobbi Brown eye concealor on top and finished with it’s powder. Perfect coverage till end of the day and it brightens up my face immediately.


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

Hi S-Kay

Ooh sounds like a winning combination! That’s another vote for Touche Eclat right there!


July 22, 2009 at 12:29 am

I’ve never tried any of those brands before – good read, btw. Bit out of reach for me personally, but never say never 😛

Boi-ing #2 doesn’t look right on me also, so that’s one product out for me.

I don’t really like getting separate concealers for under eye and facial blemishes if I can help it – too much to do.

I like Origins’ Quick, Hide! concealer as it’s not too thin – it’s just too bad that Origins Malaysia has stopped selling its cosmetics. Sigh. (I’m on my last tube, making it last as long as I can :P)

So atm am using Skin Food’s Peach Sake Perfect Concealer for my entire face and (sometimes) what’s left of Stila’s cover up stick. But that’s not going to stop me from looking for the “perfect” concealer.


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

Hi Synical

About using separate concealers – I’m presently concealing mostly pigmentation as the skin seems to be behaving :) So blemish concealer is just too thick for my undereye hence using 2 concealers. Its mostly a matter of choice. I’d read a previous commentator mention Skin Food has a good concealer – might check it out since its affordable :)


melian22 July 22, 2009 at 2:01 am

Wow, I should check out MUFE Full Cover…it sounds like a good one. For dark circles…I usually use Bobbi Brown’s corrector as it really hides my dark circles.


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

Hi Melian22

Full Cover is good but don’t get your hopes too high and you’ll be alright :)


Ling July 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

Hi, first time leaving a comment here. ^^
I have the YSL Touche Eclat, it’s better to be use as a highlighter, if you have very dark circles, it won’t work that well, as it’s quit light, it can’t cover the dark circles but only reflects the lights on that area. I use them on the nose, it’s great.
I am currently using RMK concealer, it’s good too, but also need warming up as it’s quite thick, but covers well and it has little light reflect too, pair it with the concealer settling powder.
I am also using the benefit erase paste, it’s far better then boing. boing is more drying, erase paste also apply better after warming, it won’t settle into fine lines, and can cover well, I usually dust some of the powder flage over it, it helps the eye bags too, coz of the reflection.


ParisB July 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Hi Ling

Welcome! I hope this won’t be your last 😉 I found Erase Paste too pink for me, but you’re another one making me want Touche Eclat!


AnT July 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Hi Paris B…

I have been using Linda Seidel’s natural cover for many years now and I can’t live without it. It’s perfect for me because I like the undereye area to look similar colour as the rest of my face :)
Perhaps you could try it out as well? :)


July 23, 2009 at 11:25 am

me likey the Multi Tasking concealer from EDM, does the job well :)
but a little dry, so i use it on top of Inuovi which fades a little on me and maybe even oxidize a little :(

with the powder concealer, it sets it pretty well :)


abby July 24, 2009 at 1:10 am

I just bought the I Nuovi one today after reading your review. Was having an ok dark eye circle day so it covered pretty well.

That Boi-ing did nothing for me. I had high hopes. Will check out the Erase paste during their workshop probably

Now i too feel like trying out Touche Eclat! Gosh. How much is it that you don’t wanna risk trying it PB?


ParisB July 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

Hey Abby

Touche Eclat is RM133 here. Not super expensive-lah but its just that I already have many undereye concealers and only 2 eyes! LOL… But soon soon…I’ll get it I’m sure 😛


Waifon July 26, 2009 at 9:20 pm

i don’t have very bad dark circles or eye bags but the one concealer that has given me all the coverage that i need would be Benefit’s Erase Paste. It’s slightly heavier than Boi- ing BUT it has brightening effects. Therefore it helps eliminate the darkness underneath the eyes. It conceals redness around the nose and blemishes perfectly well too! :) of course it helps to have a good powdered foundation, compact powder or loose powder to set the concealer and make it look less visible. I’m currently using Benefit’s Hello Flawless powdered foundation too, which works pretty well with Erase Paste but can appear cakey is heavily applied.

Hello Flawless, true to its name provides a flawless finish but that’s due to its limited shades so i had to settle for the one nearest to my tone. Same goes for Erase Paste. But Benefit has now introduced more shades to their Hello Flawless collection! when i bought it, there were just 3 :( but it’s all good now cos i’m using another mineral powder foundation to counter the bright concealing effects of Erase Paste. Lengthy comment haha sorry!


Farah Lily July 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm

my HG of concealer used to be bobbi brown’s creamy concealer, but the moment i laid eyes on YSL’s touche eclat, there’s no turning back! it works as both concealer and face brightener and i seriously love it so much! it buys me some years off my face. i highly recommend it :) though i really want to try laura mercier’s concealer too (tho i heard it only works well if you use it together with eye cream:)).

so yes it’s touche eclat for me :)


FaRaH January 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

hi Paris B!
i wanna ask , what is the best concealer for scars?
not acne scars..more scars..


ParisB January 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

The best concealer I’ve tried for full coverage is Make Up For Ever Full Cover. I’ve reviewed it here on my blog (I think) it works well to cover and I’ve read it can even cover tattoos so it should work on surgery scars too.


mari August 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

what is a wonderful concealer that will cover up scars i have very oily skin i want something that will last all day for school. Today i bought amazing concealer tryed when i got home and i hate it already, waisted $30. :/


ParisB August 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

Try Make Up For Ever Full Cover. Its the best out there for full coverage that does not budge, for me.


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