The Know-How: Concealers, Correctors & Highlighter Pens

1 Nov 2013

Concealer can be a girls best friend, but navigating between the different brands and types of concealers can be a mine field. I've tried dozens of concealers over the years and I've had more than a few disappointing finds, but some have been great finds too, I'm just still looking for the holy grail every day product! Today I wanted to talk to you all about the concealers I am currently using, my favourites, both high street and high end, and how I use them. But first, what actually is concealer? Well for starters, 'concealer' is a broad term which can sometimes include correctors. Most people refer to them all under the same term - a concealer, but they have different jobs, even if they often work and apply in exactly the same way. 

I've included liquid highlighters in this post because as well as actual liquid highlighters, I often use a much lighter shade of a liquid concealer to do the same job (everyone loves a multi-tasking product!) Correctors are used to 'correct' dark circles or discolouration under our eyes. This also helps concealers, which are used to lighten dark circles and makes you look rested rather than tired. Under-eye concealers are usually lighter in shades and consistency to general concealers which can also be used to disguise spots, blemishes, redness and scarring. How much a concealer will conceal depends on it's formula and how heavy duty it is; some lighter coverage concealers may not work well to cover excessive scarring or extremely dark colouration. Liquid highlighting/lightening pens are used to brighten an area and can be used in a multiple of ways, as well as on the under eye area to brighten. So, that's the nitty gritty out of the way, let's get onto the products! Get your cuppas and pens at the ready, as this is going to be a long one! 

Benefit Erase Paste (Benefit, 4.4g, £19.50) - Benefit Erase Paste is a must have daily essential for me, and it has an almost sponge like gel consistency. I use Erase Paste for my under-eye area every day, but it can also be used to conceal blemishes and correct redness anywhere else on the face. A concentrated, creamy concealer which easily disguises my dark circles, this corrects the tone of my skin after a night with little sleep and it has an amazing ability to make me look wide awake, refreshed and youthful! I take a touch of product onto a my Sigma F70 Concealer Brush and blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (Boots, £9.99) A little goes a long way with Erase Paste and if you use too much, because of the thick consistency, it will crease. Use a touch and blend in well for a flawless, crease-free finish. I always like to follow with a liquid concealer, as otherwise I can find the area a little sticky feeling, but with a liquid concealer or highlighter on top - it's a dream! 

Bobbi Brown Corrector (Bobbi Brown, 1.4g, £18.50) - The Bobbi Brown Corrector is a life saver for me sometimes, as it's much, much lighter and creamier in consistency than Erase Paste, but still easily corrects the tone of my under eye area, disguises discolouration with the ease of a miracle product and blends flawlessly, to leave my under eye area looking 'normal'. I use the shade Light Peach which is spot on and effortlessly brings my eyes back to life - taking any discolouration away. It's a perfect match. 

SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint Heavy Duty Under Eye Concealer (Boots, 12g, £5.49) - If you read my recent 'Products not worth the hype' post, you may be surprised to see this particular concealer pop up. But although I personally don't get on well with Phwoarr Paint doesn't mean it isn't a good concealer that will work for other people. The shade range is rubbish, it's an extremely thick concealer and even the shade 'medium' looks white against my skin, but if applied with a good brush, it can work well as an under eye concealer - just make sure to follow up with good blending if you apply any other concealers or your foundation, as the shade really does wash you out. Seventeen have opted for similar packaging to Bobbi Brown for their Phwoarr Paint, but other than the packaging there's very little else you can compare.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (Bobbi Brown, 1.4g, £18.50) - The Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealers, in fact alongside the Corrector, are very hyped up products in the blogosphere and rightly so. Of all the products I own which work to conceal and correct, my Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer are by far my favourite. The concealer works best when used alongside the corrector, and works to lift and brighten the under eye area. A little goes along way with both, and if blended well they remain crease-free all day - so long as I finish off with my Ben Nye Banana Powder to set them. It's worth noting a great high-street alternative (although not exact dupe) to the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer, is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (Boots, £4.19) - Another blogger hyped product and rightly so - the Lasting Perfection Concealer definitely takes 1st place as my favourite high-street concealer. Available in four shades, I use this concealer in two ways. With the shade Medium I will conceal any blemishes or skin discolouration anywhere other than my eyes, and with the shade Fair or Light, I will use it to brighten my under eye area which works both to conceal, and to brighten. These are amazing concealers and well worth trying if you haven't already. I like to pop some product on to the back of my hand and use a brush to apply a little at a time, blending as I go, to avoid creasing. I also always have a Lasting Perfection Concealer in my bag for on the go touch ups. Couldn't be without this one!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (Boots, £5.49) - I'm a big fan of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation but it took me quite a while to pick up the matching concealer. Now that I have it, I love using it to brighten my under eye area and it works in the same way as the Lasting Perfection Concealer to conceal any blemishes or discolouration. I would say this is a touch lighter than the Lasting Perfection Concealer, but this makes it easier to blend and less likely to crease - for me at least.

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer (Origins, £17) - Reserved for good skin days, the Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer has a really lovely, light consistency which feels weightless on the skin. I find this concealer works best in the warmer months where I'm generally wearing lighter bases, and for me it creates an almost flawless veil wherever I use it. There's also a great shade range with six shades in total. Alongside the Origins Plantscription Foundation, this concealer makes my skin look 'like my skin but better'. 

YSL Touche Eclat (Boots, £25) - Now we're on to the liquid highlighting pens and I couldn't not mention what is quite possibly the most famous and well known of them all, the YSL Touch Eclat. I use this as a general highlighting pen under my eyes, to brighten, and the usual highlighting areas such as my cupids bow, down the center of my nose and chin, in the center of my forehead. It really is a beautiful product that lightens, brightens and highlights, all whilst managing to make it look natural and not overdone. Plus, my pen has lasted almost a year so far - winner!

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer (Boots, £4.99) - If YSL is a bit out of your budget, don't worry - Collection have a great contender which I opt for using on a more day to day basis. The Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer pretty much works in exactly the same way as Touche Eclat; it is a light weight liquid illuminating concealer which works to brighten, lighten and highlight your choosen areas. Much more budget friendly, I find this just as good as the Touche Eclat, but it's worth noting that this doesn't seem to blend as flawlessly as Touche Eclat. But for a fifth of the price of Touche Eclat, it'll do!

So that was my very long post on concealers, correctors and highlighter pens. A much longer post than I anticipated, but I hope this has been of help to anyone wanting to try out a new concealer, corrector or highlighter, or for anyone who wasn't sure which is used where and what for! I'd love to hear your concealer, corrector and highlighter recommendations, so be sure to tell me what your favourites are too! 
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