Drugstore Concealers For Dark Circles I’ve Tried In 2018

I think I can comfortably say that 2018 has been the year of buying and trying concealers! I’ve been battling with my dark circles since I can remember. I think I first started using concealers, or whatever it was called back then, at the age of 14. Some might not be surprised by this, considering the fact that nowadays there are probably makeup gurus at that same age, making it big. However, back in 2004, it was quite uncommon and, dare I say, provocative to wear any sort of makeup that wasn’t a lip balm. Yet, I was left with no other options as my dark circles were just adding to the endless list of mockery and bullying I’ve experienced when I was little. Thus, I started using concealers.

For years I’ve been settling for what was on the market, but the beauty industry has revolutionised so much that I had to try whatever I could in order to find that perfect concealer. And 2018 has really been the year of trial and error, but I’ve picked the best of the bunch. Ahead, 4 of the best (or nearly best) drugstore concealers for dark circles!

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer

Drugstore Concealers For Dark Circles - Makeup Revolution Concealer

You probably haven’t heard about this one, right? It’s not like it was featured by literally every single beauty blogger and YouTuber this year? Oh, wait, it was… My bad then – you most probably know this concealer. The concealer for everyone, as described by Makeup Revolution. Furthermore, it was agreed by everyone, more or less, that it was an amazing dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Actually, some even admitted it to be better than the Tarte one! The only difference between the two? Well, the Makeup Revolution Concealer will cost you a little less. £18 less to be precise! Thus, for £4 each, it was a no-brainer that I had to try it out!

The Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer comes in 18 shades, ranging from fair to deep, in cool, neutral and warm undertones. It claims to be lightweight, yet providing full coverage for blemishes, evening skin tone and counteracting dark circles. Moreover, it has a matte finish that won’t set or accentuate fine lines and pores. It can also be used to contour and add definition. The Revolution Concealer comes with a large doe foot applicator for a smooth application that won’t drag on the delicate skin under your eyes. Although there are 18 shades to choose from, none quite matched my skin tone, thus I got two shades – C7 and C8. Mixing both shades was not a problem but I found the consistency to be quite chalky. Upon application, it dries out quickly and actually settles into your fine lines, even if you don’t really have any. It does cover your dark circles, but you end up looking like a walking dry chalkboard under your eyes. Honestly, I wouldn’t buy it again. Personally, I think it is overhyped. I was actually quite disappointed with Makeup Revolution, because I really like some of their other products.

L’Oreal True Match Concealer

The new L’Oreal True Match Concealer is the concealer of my dreams! I have no idea how I didn’t know about it. I only started seeing ads on the TV and online once I had already bought the product! Well, for seeing ads online, there is a fairly simple explanation: Google and its annoying cookies! Branded as #TheOne that can do it all, the new True Match Concealer corrects skin tone, conceals imperfections and hides signs of fatigue. Moreover, it is enriched with caffeine to instantly brighten the eye area and fight dark circles over time.

The applicator is pretty small, but I see no problem with that, considering the fact that nobody uses it to blend their concealers. The texture is quite liquid-y but glides on smoothly once applied. Although it seems like you’ll need a lot more of the product to cover your dark circles, surprisingly only 2 to 3 drops should suffice. It almost feels like you don’t have the product under your eyes, it is that lightweight! What I really like about the L’Oreal True Match Concealer is that it is not a matte finish and it will never settle into your fine lines. If you like lightweight concealers with high coverage, then I strongly recommend the True Match Concealer!

Drugstore Concealers For Dark Circles - L'Oreal True Match Concealer

Maybelline Instant Conceal Eraser Concealer

Drugstore Concealers For Dark Circles - Maybelline Anti-Age Concealer

The Maybelline Instant Conceal Eraser Concealer has been my go-to concealer prior to finding the L’Oreal True Match one. It is a winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Award and Spring Beauty O-Wards. This concealer for dark circles and fine lines instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Moreover, it is infused with goji berry and Haloxyl to reduce and lighten your dark circles.

It comes with a slightly different applicator – a soft sponge-like one, featuring an anti-microbial system, meaning you shouldn’t wet it! You get the product by slowly turning the head of the applicator until you see little dots of the concealer coming out. However, if you’re highly impatient like me and you start twisting the head quite vigorously, then you’ll end up with a lot of the product just sitting on top of the applicator. I find the texture of the Maybelline Instant Conceal Concealer to be somewhere between matte and creamy, making it perfect for long-wear foundations. It is quite refreshing, doesn’t cake and it stays all day long!


NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand


The NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand is quite a new experience for me. The NYX Concealer is lightweight and covers imperfections, discolouration and under eye circles, without looking cakey or obvious. Actually, according to NYX, the HD Photogenic Concealer Wand is one of their best-sellers. I’ve only tried it once, but the outcome was more than positive. The concentrated emollient-rich formula goes on like a dream. You can create medium to heavy coverage. The concealer comes in 17 shades including lavender, green and yellow colours. You can use the lavender for sallow skin, the green to help reduce the appearance of redness and the yellow for under-eye darkness.

Personally, I feel like this is a good option in case your favourite concealer is out of stock. And for £6, you’ll hardly regret buying it! Another good-priced concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer!

Drugstore Concealers For Dark Circles - NYX HD Concealer


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  • Nancy
    December 22, 2018

    It’s so cool that you’ve tried out different concealers over the year. Big plus when you don’t need to spend a ton of money either. I need to check out the NYX one! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Mariya
      December 22, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy! Merry Christmas!

  • Anouk
    December 22, 2018

    Great review! I would go for the Maybelline concealer.


    • Mariya
      December 22, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by, Anouk!

  • Kinga
    December 22, 2018

    so good review ❤

  • Danielle Alexa
    December 22, 2018

    I feel like there are so many good concealers at the moment from the drugstore!

    Danielle xx

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      December 23, 2018


  • Kara
    December 23, 2018

    It’s always hard to find a good concealer that actually covers dark circles, so thank you for this! I’ll have to give the NYX one a try.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

    • Mariya
      December 23, 2018

      Thanks for the lovely comment Kara!

  • Ashley
    December 26, 2018

    Such a great post babe!! I totally need some of these!! hahah its the party season dark circles!! Thank you for sharing!




    • Mariya
      December 28, 2018

      You’re welcome, Ashley!

  • Chloe
    December 29, 2018

    I use the revolution concealer under my eyes and I LOVE it! The only thing is that it runs out sooo fast, and Superdrug stores never seem to stock my exact shade so I have to order it off the website! Great post- I might give some more concealers a go!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

    • Mariya
      December 29, 2018

      I know, it is so annoying!

  • Zorica
    February 10, 2019

    I have the Maybelline and it is perfect for me

  • Kate
    February 20, 2019

    I have used the Maybelline concealer. I have been loving L’Oreal’s More than concealer. Have you tried that?


    • Mariya
      February 21, 2019

      No, I haven’t even heard of it! Now I’m straight onto Google to check it out!

  • Paula
    February 22, 2019

    Love this post! I am a sucker for the Lasting Perfection one by Collection, however I have tried a few others such as the Revolution one (which I’m also not crazy about), the Maybelline one and one from Bourjois. I really want to try the L’Oreal one now! xx


    • Mariya
      February 23, 2019

      I haven’t tried one from Bourjois yet, any good?

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