Reader Poll: What’s the Best Concealer (or Combination of Products) for Dark Under-Eye Circles?

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Another way to cover dark circles...

Another way to cover dark circles…

You probably already know which one I’m currently using to disguise the permanent purple half moon residents living underneath my eyes (seriously, I should charge them rent) because I regularly shout it from the rafters, but for the cheap seats in the back, it’s MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.

It’s a full-coverage liquid concealer that comes in a glass bottle, so it’s a little fragile, and it has a pump dispenser, which isn’t always easy to use (I squirt too much!).


I usually mix it with MAC Careblends Grapefruit + Chamomile Essential Oil (I do about a 50/50 ratio of each) to sheer Pro Longwear out a little, because of how pigmented it is. I love MAC Pro Longwear by itself, but for me, mixing it with the oil helps to keep it from camping in my fine lines and makes the coverage look even more natural, and not as heavy.

I love this combo, but I’m always looking for a better option…because I can’t stand Pro Longwear’s pump. If you have a recommendation for an end-all, be-all under-eye concealer that’s been rocking your world, please share. My dark circles and I beg you. 🙂

What’s your pick for the best under-eye concealer (or combination of products) for dark under-eye circles?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Divya says:

    I don’t have a huge under eye problem but I find the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer very very natural and brightening!
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  2. Agata says:

    Have you tried itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer? I have been using it for a while and I have not found anything better. I have never tried Mac’s Pro Longwear Concealer, I feel like it should change soon!
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  3. Natalie says:

    I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer combination. I’ve never had better coverage!

  4. Bella says:

    At the moment I’ve been using Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. Since they extended their shade range, shade 3.7 is perfect (I was always between 3 and 4!!!). I also like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but lately I’ve been favouring the LM.

  5. Kuz says:

    Karen, have you (or Tabs) ever tried Meow Cosmetics? They’re an indie brand and their Undereye Concealer is the! And bonus – it comes in LOTS of shades, so it was easy to find my match. 🙂

  6. joy says:

    I use Make Up For Ever’s Full Coverage Concealer. I have come back to it a couple of times after trying something else, though I’m still not 100% satisfied with it. For a brief time I used Bobbi Brown’s concealer and corrector which REALLY settled into my fine lines and looked just awful at the end of the day. The MUFE concealer luckily stays where I put it.

  7. You know what, I have no idea. Most things just seem to draw more attention to the problem.
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  8. Jenny says:

    I currently use Maybelline’s instead age rewinder in “brightener” and it works well enough, but I’m looking for something better with staying power!

  9. Fancie says:

    I love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s a little thick but has great coverage and really brightens. I never thought to try mixing my concealer with oils though. I’m going to give it a try!
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  10. Allison C says:

    I have Amazing concealer which is a full coverage concealer, and I’m thinking of trying IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye because I’ve heard raves about it.
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  11. Kim says:

    I’m skewing the poll because I don’t have a concealer rec. However, I was catching up on this week’s posts and must say:

    1. The Presidio looks like a fun time! I only know the name from the movie.
    2. I’ve always been a Tabs’ gal so I’m totally not into the Shupette line. 🙂
    3. Oh, Karl. Even the happiest of folks who love life can be fans of sweatpants. They’re comfy! HAHA!

  12. Vanessa C says:

    Nars Radiant Concealer has been a life changer for me!! I have panda eyes and nothing ever really covered my dark purple/green and stood crease-less all day. I apply 5 dabs under each eye in a triangle, blend with my Beauty Blender (have you seen the tiny ones BTW?!) and set with Anastasia’s banana color from her Contour Kit. Looks bright and smooth ALL day.

    Bobbi Brown Corrector + Mac Mineralize Concealer is a close second.

  13. Amanda says:

    Most days I can get away with just MAC mineralize concealer, but when I need extra strength I layer Bobbi Brown corrector underneath. The peach helps cancel out my deep blue circles.

  14. I’ve tried many different concealers and color correctors for the darkness on my inner corners near the bridge of my nose, and right now I’m loving NYX Dark Circle Concealer – it works really well (applied with a concealer brush), and it’s a great price, so no complaints there!

  15. Pauline says:

    Has anyone tried Eve Pearl, Kevyn Aucoin or Cover FX concealers??

  16. Kristi says:

    I use a combo of the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the Brightening shade. Oh, and Zyrtec. Because most of my dark circle loveliness is caused by allergies. Aaaaa-choooo!! My only complaint about the MAC is that I really don’t need a full pump of product. Too much waste!

  17. Rachael Williams says:

    I have tried everything and I swear by Amazing concealer, nothing beats it!

  18. Talia says:

    Personally, I am a big fan of MAC’S “Select Cover Up” that I apply with my 217 MAC brush to really set it and blend it easily. Due to the fact that this feels quite drying for me, I first apply Benefit’s “Fake Up” to get some moisture on those dark circles and a light coverage and after apply “Select Cover Up” to fully conceal.
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  19. Candy says:

    Wayne Goss recently raved about Estee Lauder doublewear concealer… thinking about giving it a try. Right now I use Nars Radiant Concealer.

  20. Lisa says:

    My skintone is deep (caramel) and I have super dark circles. I use Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer. It comes in a stick (like lipstick) and it covers EVERYTHING. I set it with powder foundation and it lasts all day, with no settling in the creases. It also contains SPF 30 and comes in 10 shades.

  21. Ditte K. says:

    Helena Rubinstein’s magic concealer combined with Laura Mercier’s secret eye brightening powder does the trick for me 🙂

  22. Kerry says:

    I’ve been using Cle de Peau for 5+ years. Too bad it’s so expensive. I usually have a friend bring one back from Taiwan, where it is a bit cheaper.

  23. Gina says:

    I really love the Tarte maracuja creaseless concealer. I warm it up a little in my fingers and dab on, then blend out with a beauty blender or brush. Sometimes it creases a bit right away…I blend it again, set with powder and it’s perfect all day!

    I had horrible luck with the Nars creamy concealer…it didn’t go on smoothly for me and looked patchy near the inner corners of my eyes, even if I put eye cream on just before! I’ve also heard good things about the It Cosmetices bye bye undereye.

  24. Denise S. says:

    My favorite combo now is Nars Radiate creamy concealer I use two colors ,Caramel and Amande together. I stopped using any kind of setting powder cause it emphasized fine lines under my eyes. I went into a MAC store a while ago trying to get a good concealer. After a lot of tries I got 2 pro longwear concealers NW40( too dark) and NC42(too light) they look ok together. I agree the pump puts out way too much product!! Being a WOC I struggle with getting the right shade of concealer, unfortunately I have a makeup bag full of concealers I can’t wear!Still looking for the holy grail!

  25. just_kazari says:

    I never found a concealer that I liked (especially at its pricepoints), so I tend to use foundation that’s a shade lighter. I use the Pixi foundation at the moment — it’s creamy, full coverage, and very moisturizing — and stays all day!

  26. Nina says:

    I love the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener. It’s so easy to use, and it corrects and covers up at the same time. I apply it with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, which makes it blend out very quickly.

  27. Darbie says:

    Givenchy Mister Light. I am a machinist, so my makeup has some tough conditions to stand up to. Not to mention, I work night shift so under-eye circles are a constant companion. This pen works for me and my skintone. When I work a hard twelve hour shift it lasts about eight.

  28. Wendy says:

    It cosmetics bye bye under eye or tarte creaseless. Both have a correcting and brightening effect which is a must have for this tired mamas eyes. I like Mac Pro long wear but it’s just not enough (maybe when the kids are older:). Amazing cosmetics is good but I find the it and tarte ones a touch drier and less prone to creasing.

  29. Amanda says:

    I really like Tarte Maracuja Creasless. It’s almost dewy which is so great because I hate the ones that look dry. I also like the Lancôme waterproof one. I always go back to it.

  30. Denise says:

    I know its very pricey but I’ve heard great things about Cle de Peau’s concealer. I ordered one 2 days ago so hopefully by the end of the week it should be here. I’m super excited and optimistic as I have a couple of their lip glosses which I love so, fingers crossed….

  31. Chelsea says:

    The concealer combo that’s worked best for me so far is applying Benefit’s Boi-ing and setting it with the Bare Minerals Broad Spectrum Concealer. The powder makes it look more natural & prevents creases.

    And I’m not sure if I picked the wrong shade, but the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind actually made my dark circles look worse!

  32. Meredith says:

    I have terrible dark under eye circles and I use Clinique advanced concealer topped with amazing cosmetics concealer. It takes these two products to fully cover my circles but they do a great job in combination!

  33. Laurie says:

    For me, the concealer(s) I use all depends on how out of hand my under eye area happens to be that day (I always have some amount of circles, though, as they’re inherited for me). On any regular day? I prep w/ smash box’s under eye moisturizing concealer (wait a few mins) and then go in with 3 of the Nars Radiant Creamy concealers (biscuit to cancel out the bluest areas, honey over that and on the majority of the under eye area, and custard near the lashing for extra brightening). I set w/ a little fan brush and clinique’s almost powder.

    For particularly rough mornings, I’ll prep with benefit’s It’s Potent eye cream first (let that hang out a sec), do my Nars routine, and then follow that with dabs of Benefit’s erase paste where needed. On rough days I set w/ Ben nye’s yellow (I think it’s called banana) powder, using a little fan.

  34. Nat says:

    I love your sleeping mask! Please tell me more about it :3 I NEED something just like it!

  35. Karen says:

    I LOVE the EL Double Wear concealer. It doesn’t crease at all and their color range is fantastic. If my circles are super bad, I’ll throw some Chantecaille concealer (the one in the jar) just at the bottom of the circles, to blend in with the rest of my skin. I also happen to like to LM under eye concealer that Karen didn’t have such a great experience with – but I find that the tiniest drop with cover under both eyes with super full coverage and it doesn’t crease for me. HG.

  36. Mac prep and prime vibrancy eye and prolongwear concealer on top of it. Most of the time that is enough, but when I need more coverage, then MAC studio finish orange corrector underneath the concealer does the job!
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  37. Hayley says:

    I use the MAC select, but on the hunt for something else as this doesnt really do it for me much

  38. Lulle says:

    Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
    theBalm Time Balm Concealer

    Both do a really good job and are best applied with a flat firm synthetic brush.

    Anything heavier I’ve tried (including Mac Studio Finish) looks cakey and gets into fine lines.
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  39. Tarte Maracuja, It cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye and NYX Dark circle concealer are my favorites:)

  40. Sarah says:

    Cle de Peau concealer

  41. breyerchic04 says:

    I’m currently using vibrancy eye then a tiny bit of a bobbi brown corrector and then finally mac select coverup because I like the finish. I’ve always been told my undereye is too dry for pro longwear concealer.

    • Carol says:

      I’ve always been told that too, but I decided to give it a try and I absolutely love it! You could try it at a MAC counter. My undereye area is dry but I’ve had a very good experience wih the pro longwear concealer.

  42. Caitlyn says:

    This is my favoritw. It fills in lines and does great coverage.

  43. RM says:

    I’ve tried nars radiant, but it’s too thick and looks dry on me. bobbi brown is too thick and creamy and never seems to set. my current regimen is the tarina tarantino brightening eye pen followed by the tiniest dot of smashbox high def. i don’t even squeeze it out of the tube, just tap my finger on the tip itself. after eye makeup is done, i set with MAC Pro shaping powder in accentuate, which is just the right shade of pale peach to work on my fair warm complexion.

  44. Cameshia says:

    I use NYX full coverage concealer to cover the dark circles in orange and Kat Von D lock-it concealer in my skin tone

  45. Mai says:

    I have tried Mars radiant concealer, Marc Jacobs,bobbi brown, too faced,maybelline, many brands and all of them crease on me within 1 minute *sigh*.. I use primer if u were wondering but nothing seems to work..

    The only concealer I am 60% satisfied with is makeup forever, I love it because it looks insanely natural. I recently tried Mac pro long wear and I think I will be a big fan because it is the only one so far doesn’t crease within the first two hours XD ..that’s awesome..

    I heard a lot about the new concealer from LM .. can u please do a review about it?!

  46. Ginger says:

    Clinique airbrush concealer!! I call it my ‘nap in a stick’… It brightens, conceals, and makes my eyes look awake. 🙂

  47. Nicole says:

    Clarins Instant Concealer or Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener.

    Both give me “I swear I’m awake” eyes.
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  48. Mandi says:

    I use the Posh Impish Eyes for under eye circles. It’s a de-puffing serum that has caffeine and some other ingredients in it. I really love it because I can actually see a difference immediately without a concealer. I haven’t found a concealer that I really love yet but it is something I am constantly on the hunt for.

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