Debra Ferullo knows a thing or two about makeup: She works with celebs like Heidi Klum and Jaime King, and she’s been Drew Barrymore’s go-to artist for years. She even helped the Santa Clarita Diet star develop the formulas for her editor-favorite brand Flower Beauty. But today, Ferullo is helping us with a totally different task: finding the best drugstore concealers. How? We laid out dozens of cover-ups—wands, tubes, sticks, rollers, pots—in front of the artist and let her test each and every one.
“For a long time, the only good makeup available was the expensive stuff, but that’s not the case anymore,” Ferullo told us when she stopped by our office. “Now you can find some really beautiful products at the drugstore.”
“The packaging isn’t the best on this one, so it makes me not want to like it, but it has really good coverage!” Ferullo says about Maybelline’s classic stick formula. “This is one of my favorites for blemishes.”
We weren’t surprised this concealer made the top of Ferullo’s list. Tested under the harshest lighting conditions, this concealer is undetectable—perfect for covering up a pesky blemish without anyone being the wiser.
The more Ferullo played with the Physicians Formula Super CC Concealer ($10), the more it surprised her. “This is basically YSL’s Touche Éclat at an affordable price,” she told us. “It’s perfect for brightening under your eyes. This would definitely help if you’re feeling tired and you just need a little pick-me-up.”
If you prefer to put your concealer on with a brush or sponge, reach for the Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer ($10). Ferullo loved the medium texture for under the eye area, but it does require a little more work since it’s in a small tube. “It even has SPF,” she says.
“Don’t worry,” Ferullo told us as we got to Flower Beauty’s offerings. “My contract is up, and I can be totally unbiased. This one brightens and covers dark spots really well,” she says about the brand’s Secret Service Cover Up Concealer. “It gives the skin under your eyes a little boost.”
Ed. note: This product is no longer available, so consider trying the Lighten Up Concealer Click Pen ($8).
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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