Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ways to deal with dark circles — including under-eye creams, face-depuffing devices, and the best under-eye concealers for dark skin — here we’ve rounded up the best under-eye concealers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Sephora.
Best-rated under-eye concealer
With over 10,000 reviews, the Radiant Creamy Concealer from NARS is far and away the best-rated under-eye concealer at Sephora. Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton has written about it before, calling it “one of the dewiest, spreadable, non-creasing under-eye products I have in my makeup bag.” And there are dozens of Sephora reviewers who agree, calling it their holy grail — which, in the case of under-eye concealers, means that the formula is pigmented and creamy, so it easily covers any raccoon-like bags, yet it doesn’t feel heavy or look caked on. One reviewer summed up its broad appeal succinctly: “It’s creamy with body, not wimpy or runny, with lots of pigment for AH-mazing coverage that looks completely natural.”
Another reviewer adds that even though the price is a little high, “the packaging is sleek and classy [and] it has a soft, doe-foot applicator that applies the tiniest amount (but that’s all you need because it’s so pigmented!) The consistency is creamy, but not thick.” And several other reviewers agree that it’s easy to use: “It glides on like butter, so no tugging around the eye, and blends like a dream,” writes one. And that ability to build up or blend out this concealer means it’s versatile, as useful for first-timers trying to create a no-makeup-makeup look as it is for serious beauty enthusiasts who are preparing for a big night out. That broad appeal is another reason why it’s the best-rated under-eye concealer overall.
Best-rated (less-expensive) under-eye concealer
This Bare Minerals powder concealer is a lightweight concealer that hides blemishes and under-eye circles with a natural finish — and it’s also the best-rated, least expensive under-eye concealer at Sephora. Reviewers note that the powder formula is harder to build up than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, so it might disappoint those seeking a more dramatic, full-coverage look. But this is a favorite among reviewers who don’t tend to wear a full-face of makeup daily or who want to avoid looking “cakey.” “I’ve been using [the shade] Well-Rested for a few years now, and I just can’t do without it,” writes one reviewer. “I’m fair-skinned and don’t use foundation, but I do have under eye circles that I need to hide. I love the way Well-Rested doesn’t cake between the fine lines, and it stays on all DAY!”
Best full-coverage under-eye concealer
“I love, love, love — did I say love? — this concealer! It is full-coverage and lasts all day,” writes one reviewer with combination skin. “It does a good job at concealing the bags under my eyes, and being a part-time working college student, I need that.” And reviewers in decidedly hot and humid places — like Texas and Florida — rave about the way it holds up in the heat. “My dark circles under my eyes were well-covered and completely disappeared,” one wrote. “The formula was lightweight, and it held in the heat and humidity of a date night.”
Best long-wear under-eye concealer
Among reviewers whose primary skin concern is dark, under-eye circles, this Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer is a long-lasting, full-coverage favorite that doesn’t crease or change, even after hours of wear. “Reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked concealer but with MORE coverage and it doesn’t oxidize,” exclaims one reviewer. “Stays on all day.” It’s so long-lasting, writes one reviewer, “I fell asleep in my makeup after a long night of partying, and I still looked glamorous in the morning! Ladies, try it, you’ll thank me later.”
Best under-eye corrector
“It took me so long to find a concealer that worked for me, and this one is definitely worth the extra coins,” writes one reviewer. “It’s super, super lightweight, and it makes you look like you’re not wearing anything.” Part of the reason this is particularly effective at matching and hiding dark circles is that this oil-free concealer comes with two shades. “The peachy color is perfect for under-eye circles and very moisturizing, while the yellow-tinted one covers up redness and blemishes with ease and stays put without creasing,” explains one reviewer. Another reviewer exclaims, “I am planning on using the Laura Mercier concealers as long as I live! These are [among] the best makeup products I have come across … I struggled all my life with serious dark circles, and I am thrilled [with] how they completely disappeared.”
Best under-eye brightener
The Yves Saint Laurent concealer shouldn’t be your go-to if you’re looking for full coverage, but reviewers on Sephora swear by this pen to brighten otherwise dark circles. “This gave me a natural-looking glow I didn’t even know I could have without getting an exfoliation treatment at the spa! I feel like I legit look healthy and drink my water and I’m certain I do not,” exclaims one reviewer. And because the coverage is fairly lightweight, it’s hard to accidentally go overboard. “I love this product: it is subtle, never creases, and it’s buildable. You can use this to subtly highlight around your mouth, eyes, hide dark circles, and due to the formula, it never looks over-the-top,” says another reviewer.
Best concealer for oily skin
Though most reviewers use this skin stick from Fenty Beauty for contouring, several who cite oily skin as their main concern rave about its ability to nuke under-eye bags. “Covered all my dark circles! So done looking tired,” exclaims one Sephora reviewer. “My oily face will take off my makeup within a few hours and I’ll have to reapply. Well, not anymore!” But the drier, matte finish doesn’t mean it’s hard to put on: “It’s like a stick of butter in the best way possible. Glides onto skin smoothly.”
Best concealer for dry skin
“I have genetic dark circles, so I’ve tried every concealer there is,” writes one reviewer. “This is the only one that has the high coverage without drying out my under-eyes or creasing.” And many reviewers talk about how hydrating it is, perhaps because of the infusion of both hyaluronic acid and coconut water in the formula. “This concealer has changed my life. The coverage for dark circles and spots, the natural finish, the product size,” exclaims another reviewer, “I’m speechless.”
Best lightweight concealer
“Natural” is the word that gets repeated in 4- and 5-star reviews of this serum concealer from Bare Minerals. “This is my favorite concealer ever. It looks so natural but has nice coverage for those days when you didn’t get enough sleep or your skin isn’t perfect. I absolutely love it with all my heart,” writes one reviewer. And though most use this hydrating formula for their under-eyes, some find it so lightweight and glowy that they use it on their entire face, as a replacement for foundation. “I’ve always had an issue with concealer looking a bit cakey as a spot treatment but this blended it so smooth and looks like skin,” says one reviewer. “For me, it is a dream.”
Best under-eye concealer for wrinkles
Many reviewers over 45 speak highly of this NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. “I am literally blown away by this concealer,” one reviewer writes, adding that the finish “looks flawless and somehow doesn’t crease on my very dry 50-year-old under-eyes!” Another reviewer raves, “I am flat-out amazed. I have dry under-eyes, fine wrinkles, and dark circles. This product erased all of the above and left a solid, clear, flat skin surface with slight illumination and no shine. I am 61 and this stuff took 20 years off my eyes.”
Best concealer for dark, dark circles
“I use this to cover hyperpigmentation,” writes one reviewer with combination skin, who goes on to call it their holy grail. It’s so full-coverage that “it covers my tattoos when I want to.” Another reviewer says it’s one of the most “long-wearing products” they’ve used, adding, “I have very dark black, almost purply under eyes. Generally [I] apply a small amount of Makeup Forever corrector, [then] go in with this, and not even a shred of darkness shows through!” It’s also as long-lasting as it is pigmented: “I went to Sunsplash wearing this concealer, and man, it passed the test well beyond my expectations. … This concealer does not crease and stays on all day, through sweat, waterparks, swimming, through it all!”
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