The 8 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.

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.