THE BEST AFFORDABLE CONCEALERS FOR PALE SKIN
Concealers are a tricky one to find if you’re as white as a ghost like me. It gets even more difficult if you’re after a more affordable, drugstore option. Shade ranges are definitely improving (expansion of existing shade ranges and new launches with both paler and deeper shades are something we saw a fair few times in 2018), but there doesn’t seem to be that many choices for us still.
I’ve personally tested out around 30 concealers that cost under £10 from the UK high street in order to create a definitive list of the best ones to get! You can see the full list (including some of the ones to avoid) over on my YouTube channel or at the end of this post, but below is my Top 7. I’ve also written posts about my favourite pale skin-friendly highlighters and bronzers!
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1. REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE
I think this concealer was probably first on everyone’s list when they read the title of this post. The whole shade range for this concealer is excellent (25 shades!) and they are even expanding that to around 40 shades this year after listening to feedback! The shades C0 (white), C0.5 (palest pink) and C1 (fair neutral) are my personal favourites – C1 matches my skintone almost exactly, making it brilliant for spots, C0.5 is my highlighting shade for under my eyes, and C0 works well to lighten other concealers up if needed!
As well as the brilliant shade choices, this concealer is high coverage, blendable, looks flawless under the eyes and makes an excellent eyeshadow base. I use C2 and C3 (a little too dark for me) as my eye bases and C0 works well for a cut crease.
2. GOSH HIGH COVERAGE
This is an underrated concealer that I never hear anyone talk about. The shade range is absolutely dire for anyone deeper than ‘Light’ – there’s only three shades – but the shade 002 is really pale and yellow-toned, meaning it’s brightening under the eyes or excellent for those of you who are yellow-toned anyway.
As inferred by the name of the concealer, the coverage is great. It has the same large applicator as Revolution’s concealer, which I find really easy to work with. It blends well, looks great under the eyes and a little goes a long way.
You can get this concealer from Superdrug for £7.99.
3. ESSENCE CAMOUFLAGE MATT/HEALTHY GLOW
There’s two concealers in one here, because they’re pretty much the exact same concealer with two different finishes. One is matt, and the other is dewy. The shade #10 is a slightly pink-toned porcelain shade which works really well for me under my eyes, and I can even use the next shade up (#20) on spots. Again, the shade range isn’t excellent for deeper skin tones, which is mind-boggling.
The concealer is quite thick, but works well to conceal bags and blemishes due to the high coverage. It does claim to cover tattoos, but I haven’t tried that one out yet! It’s such an affordable concealer and deserves more love.
You can get this from your local Wilko for around £3, or from Amazon for a slightly higher price.
4. MAYBELLINE AGE REWIND ERASER
This is one of those concealer ranges that expanding their shade range in 2018. Before, their fairest shade was ‘Light’, which was so dark. Now, we have Ivory and Fair! Ivory is the palest shade, which is a great under-eye shade for me as it’s quite neutral.
The concealer is designed to hide the signs of ageing under the eyes by blurring lines and concealing dark circles, which I think it does. It’s a thin formula and a sponge applicator meaning it’s really quick and easy to apply and blends out like a dream. It’s not the highest coverage in the world but does conceal my bags!
5. BARRY M ALL NIGHT LONG
This is a fairly new release and a suprising one, as Barry M didn’t really have much in the way of a decent shade range before this collection! The shade Milk is almost the shade of actual milk; it’s extremely fair, and sometimes (depending on what foundation I’m wearing), it can look a little too fair.
The concealer reminds me a little of Collection Lasting Perfection in the way it applies, the coverage and the packaging, but I prefer it a lot more! The Collection concealer oxidises incredibly so it turns orange on the skin, and the Barry M Milk shade is much fairer than Collection’s Extra Fair.
6. MAYBELLINE FIT ME
Another Maybelline concealer! This was another one that expanded its shade range, I think at the same time as Age Rewind did. Previously I had tried shade 15 which was way too dark, but then shade 05 launched and it was the perfect match. It’s pretty much the exact shade as Ivory from the other Maybelline concealer!
This formula is more creamy and thicker than the Age Rewind, and also provides a little more coverage. It does sink into my fine lines around my eyes a little bit, but not really that noticeably, so I don’t mind.
7. SLEEK LIFEPROOF
Finally, the newest release from Sleek is their Lifeproof concealer. This has a great shade range, the fairest being Flat White (I love coffee so I was pleased about the names). It’s fair without being too pale – sometimes if something is too white it looks strange under my eyes – and has great coverage.
Despite its great formula, it does have one drawback – the smell. It smells very much like chemicals or paint which makes me cautious of putting it on my skin. It doesn’t burn or anything (er, hello L’Oreal True Match Concealer), but it does make me wary about what ingredients might be in this concealer.
You can get this concealer from Boots for £7.99.
Honourable mentions go to Rimmel Breathable Finish in Light Ivory (Superdrug and Boots, £6.49), Revolution Fast Base in C0.5 and C1 (Superdrug, Revolution Beauty and Beauty Bay, £5) and Max Factor Radiant Lift in Fair (Superdrug and Boots, £9.99).