Can anything make a bigger difference in a flash than a great undereye concealer? We’d say not. Find the right product and your dark rings can be erased instantly, making your entire face look brighter, fresher and wider awake.
A great concealer needs to do more than just disguise dark circles though. It needs to carry out its work in stealth, covering up sleepless nights without settling into fine lines, cracking up or highlighting dry patches.
We and our testers tried out a selection of new formulas to find out which concealers gave an impressive brightening result without giving the game away. So if you’re forever fielding concerned queries about how exhausted you’re looking, these are the cover-ups you need in your life and on your under-eye shadows.
NYX Professional Makeup Serum Concealer (13 shades), £8.80 here
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Claims to be the world’s first ‘viral concealer’, having racked up millions of views on TikTok for its undereye effects. It also has skincare ingredients to hydrate and calm irritation.
Beauty director Lynne says : “TikTok doesn’t always get it right but this time it’s bang on the money. I don’t think I’ve ever found a concealer that’s erased so much with such a superfine texture. More amazingly still, it really didn’t crease under my eyes – a first for me. If I could give it an extra star, I would.” 5/5
Benefit Boi-Ing Bright On Undereye Concealer (12 shades), £18.28 here
A new sister to Benefit’s original high-coverage Boi-ing!, this lighter option combines dark shadow disguise with luminising pigments.
Real Beauty tester Lola says: “This concealer has a creamy yet light texture, with perfect coverage that minimises my dark circles. It’s super easy to blend out and gives me the best flawless and poreless effect I’ve found. I will definitely be re-buying.” 5/5
Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer (8 shades), £3.49 here
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The brand’s original full coverage favourite has been updated with a formula free from microplastics or silicones.
Real Beauty tester Sara says: “This was a good concealer for under eye dark shadows. It’s smooth and not too shiny, plus it lasts all day which is a bonus. The best bit is it is one of the cheapest I have come across. A very good price for a quick fix.” 4/5
KVD Good Apple Concealer (32 shades), £23 here
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The partner to KVD’s bestselling Good Apple foundation, this contains “interlace” pigments which promise to spread seamlessly across the skin for a lasting, no-crease look.
Real Beauty tester Lisa says: “It wasn’t cakey, and went on really smoothly. The best thing was that it doesn’t leave creases! I have dark circles and this makes them disappear! I have always found it tricky to find one that gives that coverage.” 5/5
Morphe Filter Effect Soft Radiance Concealer (20 shades), £12 here
Made to pair perfectly with the brand’s Filter Effect Foundation range, this hydrates, nourishes, conceals and brightens tired under eyes.
Deputy beauty editor Zoe says: “I would definitely describe my under eyes as lacklustre, so I’d never dream of going without a concealer. My problem is I also have dry skin, meaning thicker coverage concealers cling to the texture. This, however, applies so smoothly, and instantly conceals any darkness. A light dusting of setting powder over the top and I’m covered for the whole day.” 5/5
Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer (25 shades), £27 here
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Promises enough coverage for both under eyes and blemishes, in a soft-focus finish that corrects, brightens and blurs.
Real Beauty tester Penni says: “This has amazing coverage! I only need a couple of tiny dabs under my eyes and my dark shadows disappear. I don’t wear it every day but I keep it on standby for whenever I’m looking particularly shattered.” 5/5
Barry M Fresh Face Perfecting Concealer (20 shades), £4.99 here
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This lightweight formula uses hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, and can be used to contour as well as conceal.
Real Beauty tester Julia says: “I’m impressed by this, and not just for the price. It blends well and has a luminising effect. Looks natural in daylight, not too heavy. I’m in my 40s and I felt more confident from wearing it. A nice affordable new makeup bag staple.” 4/5
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