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Is there anything more satisfying than touching the wand of a great concealer to the furious red pimple on your chin and watching the disappearing act happen before your eyes? Yes, the perfect foundation is hard to come by, but finding its match in a concealer — the one that melts into skin, magically lending brightness to dark circles and steamrolling bumpy blemishes — is a whole other kind of struggle.
In an attempt to find the crème de la crème of concealer, our Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Awards testers tried the best formulas to reach the mass market this year. After vigorous swiping, blending, and sweat-soaked dancing (you know, to test staying power), we found one formula we all agreed on. Ahead, the hands-down favorite — and candid reviews of the three runner-up formulas we're pleased to fully endorse.
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"Apparently I've been sleeping on oil-based concealers. I didn't know if I'd be into the thin, slightly runny consistency until I tried this concealer, and realized the coverage it gives is perfection. It's lightweight, so I don't feel like I've trapped my skin under thick spackle, but heavy enough to provide believable brightness when I swipe it under my eyes." —Channing Hargrove, Fashion Writer
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There's a reason they call this stuff 'All Nighter.' It stuck with me for the duration of a crazy Saturday night — after countless vodka tonics and Hot 100 hits spent on the dance floor — with zero bathroom touch-ups required. Since then, I've used it before every one of those marathon nights that could keep me out until 2 a.m., because I can trust the coverage will never smudge or fade." —Emily Curl, Entertainment Host
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"Truthfully, at first glance, I had low expectations of this concealer. I love First Aid Beauty, but this formula looked way too thin to cover serious blemishes, like red and irritated pimples. But once I touched the delightfully bendy doe-foot applicator to my skin, I realized how wrong I was. The color blends in seconds, with a soft pat of my fingers or a BeautyBlender, and lasts all day. The coverage is incredible: It hides everything, but is lightweight so it doesn't crease under my eyes, and I never feel like I have concealer slathered all over my face (even though I do)." —Danielle DeJoy, Director of Platform Reporting & Insights
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"One light layer of this fluid concealer gave a believable soft-focus brightness to the bluish tint around the inner corners of my eyes, while two thicker layers fully concealed the red, bumpy pimples along my jawline. Considering the versatility, and the fact that the concealer stayed borderline flawless all day — zero flakiness or melting off — right up until my double cleanse, I'm keeping this miracle tube in my permanent rotation." —Megan Decker, Beauty Assistant