Saturday, 19 September 2015

3 Fabulously Hydrating Concealers – To Suit All Budgets

Concealers can be our best friend, but they can also be our worst enemy. The right formula for our skin type applied correctly can do wonders to hide the tell-tale signs of too many late nights, or the shadowy blue veins under our eyes as skin thins (a common age-related problem).

But the wrong formula even if applied correctly can make dark circles and fine lines appear more prominent than they really are!

As we age, skin becomes thinner and drier. Mine certainly has and it’s why when choosing a concealer not only do I look for the right shade (a tone lighter than my natural skin colour) but also one that’s going to hydrate. A dry formula applied over dry skin? You get the picture?

I’ve struggled to find really good moisturising concealers, particularly ones at a low price point, but these three stand out for me, whatever your budget.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer - £7.99 for 10ml

A total bargain! While the driest of the three concealers featured, it’s a relative point and for the money this really is surprisingly moisturising. It’s a fruit cocktail of melon (hydrating), raspberry (antioxidant), and apricot (radiance).

This gives good coverage and doesn’t clog, though I do top-up the hydration after a few hours by tapping a bit of serum under my eyes (my current fave for doing this is Dr Organic  Snail Gel Eye Serum, another bargain at £12.99 available here. The Bourjois concealer is available from Boots here.

Benefit Fake-Up Concealer - £18.50

This is an unusual one! If you look closely at the top of the tube you’ll see there’s a balm running around the outside of this concealer. That is what delivers the hydration, and it’s very moisturising indeed!

The colour concealer is in the middle and as you apply, these two elements blend together, so coverage is seamless - in case you were worried!

This is available in three shades. I have the lightest and use it as a highlighter to brighten up the inner corner of the eyes. It’s brilliant for that and has a lovely sheen to it (something you can see in the pic below). Available here.

By Terry, Densillis Concealer - £44 for 7ml

OK, this is pricey but oh so good. This is the most hydrating of the three, and the one I turn to when budget allows. It’s very fluid (so  blends effortlessly) and feels light on the skin, though still gives full coverage.

One application of this really does last me all-day long. It’s also supposed to be skin firming, though personally I’d rely on skincare for those benefits. Available at Space NK here.


  1. I tend not to wear concealer very often but I'll check these out.

  2. I currently use Body Shop and Mac concealer but I am yet to find the perfect one. Will check these out.

  3. My concealer goes dry around my eyes so easily. I've tried Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and loved it! I'll have to give all 3 of these a go.

  4. Hi, dear Tracey! I missed the opportunity of buying the first two concealers and I now I feel stupid - it was my prejudice. The first one, Bourjois, is a brand that I like very much, but somehow I thought the concealer wouldn't be good. The second, by Benefit, I thought "ah, just 'fashion', temporary product launched to be a novelty and fool us", so I didn't buy and now I see it was good - OK, always time to get one. And the 3rd, By Terry, Densillis Concealer - I never heard of that brand, but since you said it is good, I want it!!!! Thank you so much for your review, some more items to my "to buy" list! Hope you enjoy the weekend and maybe you sleep a bit more! Hugs and kisses!!!!

  5. I've tried so many and have still not found 'the one'. The By Terry sounds promising, I must check it out next time I'm at the counter.
    The Beauty Bloss

  6. I have really dry skin and I'm forever changing brands in search of the right products but I have been debating over the Bourjois one but really want to try the Benefit


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