Bionic Asks: What’s your favorite concealer?

by Bionic Beauty on 24.Mar.2010 · 31 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks What’s your favorite concealer? Do you use it to cover under your eyes, discoloration, or for something else? Or do you just choose to not use concealer?

Currently, I am testing Tarte’s Dark Circle Defense, but it’s a bit too creamy and tends to crease. It’s also very pink. In short my review of this concealer is not one that I’d spend any money on, but that’s just my two cents.

My long time favorites are:

e.l.f.’s Tone Correcting Concealerelf concealer which you can buy online or a Target stores for a buck. Yup, one whole dollar! Here’s a link to my full elf concealer review.

Bionic Beauty reviews elf's Tone Correcting Concealer

Red Point’s NOC Out Concealer palette – It comes packed with a mirror, yellow corrector, flesh tone concealer, and a rose shade perfect for covering reddish breakouts (which make me go “grrr!”). It’s a little more expensive, but the compact has lasted me over a year!

Bionic Beauty reviews RedPoint's NOC Out Concealer palette compact

Your turn! What’s your favorite?


1 Beauty Salon Wakefield March 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

great article! for me its has to be MAC makeup all the way, sure it’s quite expensive but the finish is flawless

2 Jess March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

I am with ya on elf.. I love it!

I will have to give NOC out sometime.. I just bought a sonja kashick palette last weekend, The concealer seems to glide on really nicely.. I use it mostly for under eye circles. Oh! and Sonja also has a new beauty blender I adore it’s similar to the one you had on your favorites list I belive..

3 Bionic Beauty March 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Oh!!! I adore that Sonia Kashuk palette!! Have you used her Tinted Moisturizer? It’s another of my favorites… and *all* of her brushes. I haven’t tried her version of the beauty blender yet, but it keeps calling my name. It’s blue, right? And I *know* it’s much cheaper!!

4 Tashi March 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I love many things in Sonia Kashuk’s line. I’ve used her tinted moisturizer, with very good results. I’ve had a number of her brushes. Unfortunately, almost all of them shed so badly, even with my tlc, I stopped using them. But I *do* adore her eyebrow/eyelash brush/comb thingie, the long-handled black one. I love her shadows and mascaras. Btw, please enlighten me — what is a “blender”? Is it a special makeup sponge? Sorry, but I haven’t checked out her line lately, and I’ve never heard of that type of item elsewhere. I might just check out her concealer palette, for use when I’m on-the-go.

5 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:05 am

Hi Tashi, Yes, I’ve had to return a few of her brushes due to shedding, that’s for sure. Thankfully Target seems to be pretty good about that.

As for the Beauty Blender, it’s a makeup application sponge… it made my Best of Beauty list for 2009, and here’s the review:
It’s awesome. 🙂

6 Tashi March 27, 2010 at 5:38 am

For some crazy reason, I never considered returning the brushes to Target. I’ll have to do that, should it happen again. 🙂 You know, ya just get so frustrated sometimes, and then just toss the item in the trash.

Thanks for the blender explanation. I checked out the link. I’ve used the latex triangular makeup sponges, but may try the blenders eventually.

7 Healthy Start for Lifestyle Living March 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Love the tinted moisturizer. and it’s hypoallergenic! No panicking over blotchy skin!

8 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:06 am

And it’s got SPF 15 for extra protection! Plus SK’s Tinted Moisturizer doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, or even slide off, when applied over chemical or physical sunblocks for extra protection. I use it over SPF 45 Zinc and it works perfectly!

9 Jess March 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I have a set of her brushes, I love them! I will have to try out her tinted moisturizer yet I will have to though.. My beauty blender is purple, I love it! I have been itching for the other one, but never splurged on it..

10 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:08 am

It’s probably the same as Sonia Kashuk’s, I would guess. So I don’t think you are missing anything different. But they are wonderful little “beauty gadgets”, aren’t they? Do you use yours for just foundation or for concealer too or blush or what?

11 Tashi March 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I found an AWESOME new one (for me) recently — Mally Beauty’s 3-piece concealer, available on I swear, I have never had such incredible success with any other concealer. 😀 Totally worth every penny.

12 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:13 am

I saw that concealer on QVC the other day, but I couldn’t dish out the bucks. I wanted to try it, but maybe someday. 🙂 I’m SO happy you’re having good luck with it!

For a cheapy, you should try the $1 elf one next time they have a good coupon code. You can often get free products, or 50% off your entire order, etc. They aren’t all the best, but they are GREAT for travel due to the small sizes.

I have one in my house, one in my purse, and one in my laptop tote- for touchups wherever. It blends out pretty well too for a full makeup fix if you need it (like after swimming at the beach and hitting the bar – don’t we all wish?!?). 😉

13 Tashi March 27, 2010 at 5:47 am

Normally, I don’t spend that kinda dough on makeup. But one, I was desperate, and two, at the time, I had the money and budgeted for it. It’s not in everyone’s price range, but if at all do-able, I say, go for it. 99% of the time, I get my cosmetics at Target. I’ve had several Mally products in the past, and have loved them. The concealer is by far and away, my fave right now. I will look for the cheapie you mentioned that’s by e.l.f., thanks!! 🙂

14 Alexia March 25, 2010 at 6:04 am

I love the DuWop Circle Block because it is so multi-tasking. I have dry skin so find it hard to find a creamy concealer that STAYS PUT. This has a 2 tier system, the first uses complimentary colours to block the blue tones that form under eye circles and the second is an anit-ageing cream concealer that evens and smoothes the whole area.

I co-own Cult Beauty so it is rare for me to buy products because we are testing all the time, but I do actually buy this one!!

15 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:15 am

Hi Alexia, Welcome to Bionic Beauty and thanks for the intro to Cult Beauty. I actually hadn’t heard of your brand, but I’ll be sure to visit your website this weekend and have a look around. I know I’ll end up with a wishlist.

It sounds like you all put quite a bit of research into your products!
I hope to continue to see you around Bionic Beauty in the future. Don’t be shy!

16 Susanna Hess March 26, 2010 at 5:19 am

I don’t use a concealer, they seem so heavy.

I do really love a tinted moisturizer though!

Interesting article, if I ever am in the market for some concealer, I’ll stay away from the cheap stuff. I’ve found you get what you pay for!

17 Bionic Beauty March 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

Hi Susanna, First off welcome to Bionic Beauty! I’m glad you don’t have a need for concealer, but if you do, please don’t consider only the higher priced ones. I’ve tried the $80+ ones and for the most part they crease, crinkle, and wear off. elf’s is only a dollar, and RedPoint’s is still affordable. Prices and brand-marketing don’t make a product. Many indie or lesser-known brands can keep their prices down, and quality MUCH higher because they don’t have the glossy stores and marketing campaigns. 🙂 Just a hint from my personal experience. For instance, Bare Escentuals is WAY expensive compared to most mineral makeup brands- and it does NOT contain natural ingredients, and actually has some potentially harmful ingredients. But they have a large PR budget to help get them the customers.

18 Susanna Hess March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for the tip!

I know more about skin care than makeup, and for quality, that includes technology, sometimes you have to pay a little more.

Makeup probably isn’t the same…

Thanks again! 🙂

19 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:18 am

No problem Susanna! I meant to say also that the elf concealer is *really* light going on as well, but covers like a dream!

Also, for cheap skincare, I’ve found some amazing buys. Aztec Secret Clay Mask is $8 a tub and that will last you at least 6-8 months with weekly facials. And Jojoba Oil for moisturizer is amazing for all skin types (& your hair, nails, etc: Some of my other faves are pricier though: and are the two that hold my highest levels of skin care love. 😀

Have a great weekend!

20 Alexia March 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

I hear you with the Bare Essentials comment, I hate that kind of greenwashing/natural coated lies! I’m not sure about the US, but in the EU there only has to be around 5% natural content for a product to be labeled ‘natural’. Even Donatella Versace is more natural than that!!

According to our expert panel the best concealer in the world is the one by Cle de Peau…

21 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:23 am

Labeling here in the States varies. You can put green, eco, natural on just about anything. If something is 95% water, it can be natural. Very frustrating and VERY misleading to most uninformed consumers.

I tried some Cle de Peau once. Way out of my price range, but it worked relatively well. However, it had some ingredients that didn’t work well for my under-eye skin. 🙁 But that’s mainly just because I have very, extremely, sensitive facial skin. My friend swears by Cle de Peau though. I just wish I had her money to spend!

22 The Cheap Chick March 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I like Physician’s Formula loose powder mineral powder foundation. I just dab on extra to cover my zits!

23 Bionic Beauty March 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

How did I forget the PF mineral powder? It *does* work well for concealer, like you said. I even have dabbed a small shadow brush in a bit of water and then patted the powder on for some extra coverage (which’ll work with all the loose powdered makeups too!).

Great tip, Cheap Chick!!!!

24 Jess March 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I am using my beauty blender to apply my mineral make-up. The application is so much easier with these blenders.

I went to target the morning, so I picked up Sonja’s tinted moisturizer. I am exited to use it.

25 Tashi March 28, 2010 at 2:41 am

Jess, do you find that your mineral makeup supply lasts longer out of the jar, used by way of your blender? Or is it no different?

26 Jess March 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Tashi, I have only been using the blender for a week or two. However I use a very small amount with my blender, it seems to really distribute the mineral makeup much better.. The key seems to be keeping your blender wet. I think there is a youtube video somewhere that gives a how to makeup application with the blender.

27 Tashi March 29, 2010 at 3:39 am

Hey, Jess, thanks! I love checking out online tutorials. I love Target, and so I’ll look there soon for their blenders. Maybe I’ll go to Walgreen’s and CVS as well, to compare prices on brands.

28 Bionic Beauty March 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

Tashi, There’s a video in the review here on BB that shows how to use the Blender as well. Jess is right- you have to use it wet (actually damp, is a better term), but I get better coverage with less makeup. However, I still also use my flat top brush from Purely Cosmetics just as often. I just switch between the two depending on my mood. 🙂


29 Tashi March 29, 2010 at 6:46 am

Ahhh, I did not know that BB has a video tutorial on using beauty blenders. Cool! Thanks! I’ve only ever used the triangular latex makeup sponges, in comparison to a “blender” (for previous foundations — liquid or cream). For my daily mineral makeup application, I use a brush by Eco Tools. I switch between a small flat-top “kabuki-style” brush, and a slightly larger blush/bronzer brush, depending upon *my* mood. 🙂 I hope the blenders are economically worth it. These days, especially, it’s good to get more bang for your buck.

30 Alexia March 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

We also sell Beautyblenders on Cult Beauty (one of the first products we took on when we launched) it is definitely a Beauty Hall of Fame product this one. Do you guys use the cleanser that comes with the blender to clean it or have you found something else that works just as well because it is quite expensive…

31 Tashi March 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

*Update*: I went to Target earlier today and saw the Sonia Kashuk blender sponges. I just can’t see spending ten dollars on a cute purple or blue small little funny-shaped sponge. While it may work absolute wonders, if it can’t wash my car, vacuum the living room, walk the dog, and mow the lawn, I won’t make it another purchase of mine — at its current price. 🙂 However, I did try using my triangular latex makeup sponges this morning for my mineral foundation, just lightly dampening one. Oh my goodness!! It works SO well. And I don’t use nearly as much as I usually do with one of my Eco Tools brushes — awesome possum!! THANKS, Jami, for the suggestion. If someone else mentioned it, thanks, and please forgive me, as there are so many comments now in here, I can’t find it. 😀

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