Cover Up: 3 Great Concealers at Budget Prices

By Emma | March 28 2012 | 25 Comments


It nearly brings a tear to my eye when I think of all the cash I’ve splashed on expensive concealer over the years. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer and YSL’s Touche Eclat were my weapons of choice, and don’t get me wrong, they’re wonderful products. But they’re eye-wateringly expensive too, which for a long time fooled me into believing they were also the best.

Now I’m older and … well, just older, I’ve sought out less pricey alternatives. I need a rake of them y’see, three at the very least: a matte concealer for covering spots, a cream for dark circles and a highlighter-y type to pop on over that.

Most of yis, I’d imagine, will get away with the cream plus highlighter, and that was grand for me too – til my skin started acting the maggot. If a product is creamy enough for my under- eyes it slides right off my t-zone, so these days I need something separate for blemishes too. Here are the three that are ticking my boxes, and at pretty bargainous prices, too:

Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer

Perfect for use around the eyes because of its creamy consistency and dual shades: salmon to neutralise dark circles; yellow to brighten. It’s €14.23 and comes with a decent sized mirror and a setting powder, too. Available in light or medium; because I mostly use it under the eyes, I picked up ‘light’.

Rimmel Match Perfection concealer

Thanks to its light reflective qualities (and €7/8 pricetag), this two-in-one concealer and highlighter has replaced Touche Eclat in my makeup bag. I’m not sure about the skintone adapting claims but it works well to ‘banish signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area.’ I use the inbuilt brush, apply just below the darkest part of my eyes, and blend upwards.

Collection (they’ve dropped the 2000) Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer

Long lasting and oil free, this is the bizz for blemishes and the sides of my nose, where everything else just melts away. It covers without cakiness and stays put all day – 16 hours is the claim, and I’d well believe it. There are four available shades – light, fair, medium and deep; I use medium, and it cost just €6.99 from Superdrug.

concealer swatches

What else is worth it at a budget price? Rate your fave in a comment!

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25 Replies to "Cover Up: 3 Great Concealers at Budget Prices"

  • Collection 2000 have dropped the 2000?

    Sounds weird by just saying “collection”

  • Lornieloo says:

    Im one if this hardly ever bothers with concealer girls coz I find it just too much effort, altho if a spot appears and sounda ron just isn’t working I use cheaper than chips penneys! Think it cost me €1.50 or something but I don’t care, it works and isn’t something I use a lot so cheaper the better..leaves me more money to feed lipstain,foundation and mascara addiction!

  • Lornieloo says:

    Sounda ron?haha…foundation I mean…stupid phone!!

  • daisydaisy says:

    I’m using that Rimmel one at the mo and I love it but I bought the Collection one last week and can’t wait to start using it!! Aldi’s Lacura concealer is really good as well and its only €4.59… :)

  • Brass Neck says:

    Oooh, love it. I’m completely the opposite of Lornieloo, I’d rather a nice light BB coverage with a teeny bit of of concealer where needed, but have been pulling my hair out looking for cheap concealer/highlighter options. Great stuff!

  • Chris says:

    Hopefully, Rimmel makes my color. :)

  • Have to say I totally agree with you about the Perfect Match and Soap & Glory concealers, they are brilliant and really good value for the results – haven’t had a chance to try the Collection one yet but sounds great too!

  • mufd says:

    yup, the “Collection” one is actually brilliant, totally agree…

  • OtherMary says:

    Where can one get Soap & Glory cosmetics in the Dublin city centre? Boots only have skincare (disclaimer: I may be very, very blind) in the S&G section.

  • Witchgirl26 says:

    I’ve been using the new Bourjois one lately & quite impressed with it. Claims to cover redness & so far seems to be living up to that! Big fan of their concealers actually.

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