The 11 Best Drugstore Concealers to Buy in 2018

Color correct, hide blemishes, and more with these bargain finds

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When it comes to our skin, we all do our best, or something close to it, to make it look even and glowing. But even when we diligently drink water, exfoliate, cut back on Hot Cheetos, follow elaborate skincare rituals, and catch the right amount of sleep, the rogue pimple or bad case of eye bags will still show up. Whatever your situation, the drugstore offers plenty of budget concealers to help you out. In the grand scheme of things, something that brightens your undereyes or resists mid-day oiliness for less than a pint of ice cream isn’t a bad impulse buy. There are plenty of budget-friendly drugstore buys, from a set of color correcting miracle workers to a lightweight everyday concealer to a full-coverage dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

Read on to learn more about the best drugstore concealers you can buy now.

Not one to reach for a separate concealer for hiding blemishes and another for disguising dark circles? We totally get wanting to keep your makeup collection modest. If this is you, then you’re going to want to snatch up this cult-classic formula from Maybelline.

The brand’s Master Conceal concealer boasts an easy-to-blend liquid formula that feels totally weightless on the skin, while still providing a medium-to-full coverage look. The concealer camouflages dark spots, old acne scars, and under eye circles with ease. Plus the formula doesn’t melt off once it sets. It also won’t look like you’re wearing concealer thanks to the skin-like finish it leaves behind. Another amazing feature is the wide selection of shades so there is something for all skin tones.

For best application results, squeeze a small amount onto your fingertips, tap under the eyes or onto any spots and gently blend. If you want more coverage layer another small amount over top and set it using a powder.  More »

Colourpop probably holds the market share on affordable lip products, but their No-Filter Concealer also yields impressive results. It’s more of an everyday concealer, for when you don’t have drastic eye bags or dark circles but still want a pick-me-up for your undereyes. Lightweight, buildable, and not too dewy so you don’t end up weirdly shiny under your eyes, this concealer blends out with little to no effort. It takes to skin for a natural-looking finish that doesn’t crease.

And because it’s so easy to work with, you can repurpose it a variety of ways, whether sculpting your eyebrows or highlighting after contour. Some reviewers loved it so much they use it all over as a sheer foundation. While Colourpop's concealer is not the most cost-effective option, it's effectiveness is worth the slight splurge.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer Wand - 0.29 fl oz
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According to user reviews, this full-coverage concealer from Wet n Wild resembles the cult-favorite Tarte Shape Tape concealer in formula and consistency, though it is not an exact dupe. Maybe it won’t edge the Shape Tape out of the market any time soon, but still, the creamy and luminous finish of the Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealer brings dimension back to your face after contouring without leaving your undereyes looking unnaturally shiny. If you're on a budget but want a concealer with great staying power and a formula that rivals higher end options, try this Wet n Wild one. More »

This is by far one of the most popular concealers on Amazon, with more than 2,000 5-star reviews that rave over its full coverage, skin-like finish, and ability to erase dark circles, blemishes, and scars. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer somehow combines the best parts of cream and liquid concealers, all without the watery coverage and creasing. This concealer stays on all day (so long, touchups) and won’t crumble as you set it with powder.

And if you’re concerned about the sponge applicator (which many reviewers liked for how well it blended out their concealer), it’s antimicrobial and won't cake up with nasty bacteria that can harm your skin.

Another popular Maybelline concealer on Amazon, the full-coverage Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is also a recurring character in drugstore beauty tutorials on YouTube. It’s the Goldilocks of drugstore concealers: not too thick, not too sheer, and not too tacky. While not an exact dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer, it leaves a similar, flattering natural-looking finish. Reviewers also found it extremely versatile. It brightens and camouflages dark circles, and thanks to a shade range that runs true to color, it cleans up eyebrows without leaving a telltale, sallow halo. Pair Maybelline's concealer with the brand's Fit Me foundation for a foolproof, drugstore-priced makeup base that will last all day.

NYX Professional Makeup Gotcha Covered Concealer
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The slightly utilitarian packaging of this product is a good clue to how longlasting the concealer truly is. Oily skin and concealer enjoy an antagonistic relationship where an aggressive emission of sebum from your T-zone, forehead, and wherever else break up concealer with a machine-like determination. The result is greasy clusters around your nose and forehead.

This NYX concealer, however, avoids that altogether. It’s very full-coverage—one reviewer described it as the “thickest concealer” she’d ever seen—but that’s exactly what allows this waterproof concealer to cover up dark circles and blemishes without breaking up. Because the formula is so thick, you’ll need to warm up the concealer a little bit to make it more pliable, but a little goes a long way. More »

If you spend any time on YouTube, you’ve probably heard of L.A. Girl concealers. And for good reason: their concealers are not only super affordable, but full coverage and available in a wider shade range (that doesn’t have overly red undertones) than most drugstore concealers. The L.A. Girl concealer leaves a natural finish, making it appropriate as a regular concealer as well as a highlighting concealer. Reviewers recommend shaking the tube to mix up the product (this takes care of the “water” other reviewers reported finding in the tube) and using the brush-like applicator to dispense, rather than apply. This method will help you avoid potential bacteria build-up.

NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer Wand
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For dry skin, your best bet is a concealer with a hydrating formula that also doesn’t cling to dry patches. This NYX HD Concealer often draws comparisons to the super-fluid Urban Decay Naked concealer, but the consistency is a little thicker, while the UD concealer resembles a serum. The NYX formula smooths out skin for a natural-looking finish without creasing, but isn’t overly dewy. Use this to hide undereye bags or spot-conceal all over your face. More »

Plenty of brands have come out with color-correcting cream palettes, but few have the staying power of L.A Girl’s color correctors. Their opaque formulas cover up and cancel out discoloration and redness while blending out to a natural finish, all in a compact tube. This set includes six color-correcting concealers to cover up dark circles (orange), redness (green), even beard stubble (lavender), plus one highlighter for less than $20.

If you want to cover up serious spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring, or redness, then your best bet is to choose a concealer with a full-coverage formula. Just one pump of this matte, full-coverage version Physician’s Formula is all you need to do so. This light liquid concealer covers redness, blotchiness, pimples and acne scars with just a tiny bit of product. Not only that, but it keeps them covered all day—you no longer have to touch-up multiple times with its budge-resistant formula.

The concealer features high-tech polymers that work in conjunction with one another to mattify, blur imperfections, and smooth over skin. It also has broad spectrum SPF in the formula to protect against harmful UVA/UVB rays. To apply, dampen the baby sponge that comes with the concealer then dab and blend anywhere you want to conceal. The sponge works great around hard-to-reach spots like around your eyes, nose, and smile lines. It’s also hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and dermatologist tested. More »

Those with Melasma—a type of hyperpigmentation that looks like brown patches on the cheeks, forehead and upper lip—may have a hard time finding a concealer that disguises the discoloration without appearing chalky or cakey. That’s why we love this creamy, buildable concealer from IMAN Cosmetics.

The pot-style component houses a versatile cream that allows you to layer it from sheer to full coverage without turning into a heavy mess. The green tea-based formula works with a brush or a damp sponge to hide the brownish-colored blotchiness on your skin, and not only that but it also doesn’t move once it sets. To ensure it truly doesn’t budge, we suggest topping it off with a translucent powder to avoid creasing or smudging throughout the day. The concealer comes in five shades that work for a wide variety of skin tones from fair to deep complexions.  More »