Concealer recommendations needed
March 26, 2012 6:25 AM   Subscribe

So they discontinued my go-to concealer, and now I need some suggestions.

My favourite and beloved concealer - the Origins brand - has been discontinued in my skin. I used to buy the "very light" which apparently no longer exists, and the "light" one is noticably darker than my skin tone. So now I need recommendations for another concealer that is as natural as possible and comes in an equally light shade. Oh, and actually works and lasts a decent length of time?

I'm in the UK and price is a consideration, although for something very good I'd probably be willing to pay up to £25
posted by stillnocturnal to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Personally I like Almay. Not sure if you're looking for organic or not.
posted by stormpooper at 6:37 AM on March 26, 2012

No. 7 Intelligent Colour is my favourite. It only comes in three shades, which apparently "blend" into your own. Try the "light" version to see if it works with your skin tone.

I buy the medium (I have light brown skin) and it blends nicely into my own skin colour. I really notice the effect in the mirror as well as in photographs - my skin looks much more even-toned.
posted by Ziggy500 at 6:44 AM on March 26, 2012

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ranges from porcelain to a dark cocoa-y brown (I'm somewhere in the middle). Most of the shades are yellow based, so they blend beautifully. You do have to adjust your technique, since a little of this stuff goes a long long way. Expensive, but it works and one little pan lasts forever.
posted by pickypicky at 6:45 AM on March 26, 2012

Benefit Bo-oi-ng works for my very pale skin to cover up the blue under my eyes. I apply it with a flat concealer brush (I got a Benefit one for about £5 on eBay) and it lasts well.

I also find the No7 stuff in a stick (I don't think it's Intelligent Colour - it's a cream/lipstick type tube, not a lotion) is pretty good and pale. All the No.7 foundations are too dark for me so I was surprised.

If you're near Westfield in Shepherd's Bush, I hear Inglot concealers are good, but they didn't have my colour when I was there.

stormpooper - Almay hasn't been available here since about 2001.
posted by mippy at 6:50 AM on March 26, 2012

I like RealSimple's cosmetics reviews, and they recently did one on concealer. (Sorry for the click-y link. I didn't see another working link to get them on a single page; print didn't work for me.)
posted by juliplease at 6:51 AM on March 26, 2012

I use YSL Touche Eclat. It's expensive (25GBP), but covers really well, so it lasts a long time. I have light skin, and I use the second lightest shade. It has a brush applicator, but I still paint it on my hand and then use my ring finger to dab it on my face.
posted by melissasaurus at 6:52 AM on March 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

I came to recommend YSL as well, so what meilssasauraus said.
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:54 AM on March 26, 2012

I like Paula's Choice soft cream concealer in soft ivory (I'm super pale).
posted by neushoorn at 6:57 AM on March 26, 2012

It's £1 over your budget, but I really like Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage. It's very good because it has two colours that you can blend together to your own preference -- i'm super-pale so I favour the lighter brick, but you can get pretty much whatever you need.
posted by ukdanae at 7:10 AM on March 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Lush's Jackie Oates is for very, very light skin, and though you're supposed to blend it with moisturizer to make a foundation, I've used it straight up with a fingertip as concealer.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:23 AM on March 26, 2012

I used Touche Eclat until I discovered Cargo OneBase.
posted by elsietheeel at 7:50 AM on March 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconding Benefit Bo-oi-ng- it comes in a very light shade (perfect for me), is thick enough to cover well and has good staying power.
posted by shes_ajar at 8:36 AM on March 26, 2012

I like using Makeupalley reviews for this type of question. You can filter the reviews so you only see the ones by people with "fair" skincolor. Registration is required.
posted by insectosaurus at 9:23 AM on March 26, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks for your help everyone! I ended up buying the benefit bo-oi-ing because it was in store in my area and I could try it out to check the colour. I like it so far, but time will tell. I may try some of the other suggestions here too.

Insectosaurus, I do use makeupalley, but in this case I just didn't know where to start (I was secretly hoping someone here might have had exactly the same issue as me and discovered a practically idential product. I can but live in hope)
posted by stillnocturnal at 9:30 AM on March 26, 2012

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