High end or high street: concealers

So far in my high end or high street makeup challenges (lipsticks and mascaras), it’s been a pretty 50:50 split over which products perform the best. Today I’m testing out three different budget concealers (helped along by the arrival of what can only be described as the largest spot in the world) – which one will be awarded the top performer place? Read on to find out.

This concealer has become a bit of a beauty blogger holy grail item and after using it for a few days I can see why. The formula is creamy and blends well into skin, covering blemishes and red spots easily. It doesn’t look cakey and the doe foot wand applicator means you can easily use it on the go. I tend to dab a little on and either blend with my finger or a small concealer brush and set with a small amount of powder. It lasts really well, giving a good 8 hours coverage before needing a top up. I used the shade ‘fair’ which was a good match for me, but if there’s one downside to this product, it’s that it only comes in 4 shades. This is quite common with high street brands so is more of a general moan, but I think it would be good if they introduced another couple of shades.

Healthy Mix is the most liquid concealer of all three that I tested and I have to be honest, I found it a little troublesome. The packaging means that you have to squeeze the product out before using it, which meant I often ended up with a lot more than I needed. That said, this is a very good, lightweight concealer that doesn’t leave your skin feeling like it’s been caked on. I only got about 6 hours wear from this, so you will need a mid afternoon top up, and the shade ‘Eclait Clair’ (aka light) was a tiny bit orange for me.

The most expensive of the bunch, this comes in an expensive feeling metal tube that twists up to reveal the product (think narrow lipstick case). While in the packaging it looks much more solid, it actually feels very creamy to the touch and blends into skin well without leaving any obvious concealer signs. Wear time is good, lasting about 8 hours and I didn’t experience any creasing or patchy bits. This is another product that works well blended with either fingers or a brush, and the shade match is just perfect. There are 19 shades to choose from, making it a good choice for an exact match.

So which concealer wins top spot? I think the Collection concealer is a total bargain – at £4.19, it definitely deserves first place. The packaging might not be uber glam, but the product inside is fantastic and I would quite happily use this in place of more expensive brands. Bobbi Brown comes a very close second – if you want something slightly lighter in texture that can be easily built up, then I would recommend this, but you will be paying a lot more for it.

What’s your favourite concealer?

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  1. everyone loves collection concealer so much, but I hate it! its so thick and cakey, and too yellow for me.

    Catherine x

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  2. I agree with you completely - Collection's Long lasting perfection concealer is a fab product, and at that price a steal, compared to some of the other concealers on the high street :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  3. Favourite concealer - NudeStix, which isn't cheap at £24 but I feel its worth it. The colours are much better, it covers well and wears well. I have that Bourjois concealer which isn't bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.


  4. The Bobbi Brown one sounds fab! I really don't get on with the Collection concealer, it creases on me so badly. I really like Soap & Glory's Kick Ass Concealer :)

    Jess xo

  5. I love the packaging of the Bobbi Brown, looks really robust and easy to use too. I need to try the Collection one, everyone seems to love it x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  6. I gave the Bourjois concealer a go after reading so many great reviews, but found it to be pretty average.
    Estee Lauder double wear stay-in-place concealer is definetly my favourite , but keen to try the collection one now ;)

  7. I couldn't agree more with everything you've said, I'd love the collection concealer to come in maybe a shade lighter but for now fair does okay, also I tried the healthy mix and that was SO orange, really anoying as I thought it would be a good one!

    Jamie-Lee|Glitter Infatuation Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

  8. Definitely need to get my hands on the Collection concealer!xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  9. I must be one of the few bloggers who didn't like the Collection concealer, I found it too cakey! The Bobbi Brown concealer sounds lovely though :) xx

  10. I've been considering taking a plunge into more high end concealers and will definitely be giving Bobbi Brown a browse!
    Catherine x | Brighton Girl

  11. Collection do need a lighter shade than Fair - that why I tend to reach for the Seventeen Stay Time Comcealer more these days. They do an Extra Fair shade which is a better match xx

  12. The collection concealer will always be my favourite! I've tried other but I always end up going back to it xx

  13. The only high end concealers I have tried are by Benefit! I really want to experiment a bit more with concealers!


  14. I love the Collection, but also the 2True one, which is similar and even cheaper!


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