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9 Drugstore Concealers That Rival Their More Expensive Counterparts

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Whether you're looking to cover up dark circles to camouflage a fresh pimple, the right concealer is clutch for hiding all types of discoloration from the public eye. And while these concerns happen to everyone (yes, even people with seemingly poreless skin have dealt with a pimple or two at some point) that doesn't mean you have to show them off as a badge of honor, especially if you don't want to. A few dabs of concealer and poof, that pesky breakout is virtually invisible. But that's not even the best part. You can enjoy these benefits without cutting into your savings stash. The drugstore offers plenty of budget-friendly concealers to help you out.

From lightweight to full-coverage, here the best drugstore concealers for you. 

Best Overall: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Another popular Maybelline concealer, the full-coverage Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a recurring character in drugstore beauty tutorials on YouTube. It’s the Goldilocks of drugstore concealers: not too thick, not too sheer, and not too tacky. It leaves a similar, flattering natural-looking finish, and reviewers also found it extremely versatile. It brightens and camouflages dark circles, and thanks to a shade range that runs true to color, it cleans up eyebrows without leaving a telltale, sallow halo.

Best for Color Correcting: L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Set

Plenty of brands have come out with color-correcting cream palettes, but few have the staying power of L.A Girl’s color correctors. Their opaque formulas cover-up and cancel out discoloration and redness while blending out to a natural finish, all in a compact tube. This set includes six color-correcting concealers to cover up dark circles (orange), redness (green), even beard stubble (lavender), plus one highlighter for less than $20.

Best for Dark Circles: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

This is by far one of the most popular concealers out there. Users rave over its full coverage, skin-like finish, and ability to erase the look of dark circles, blemishes, and scars. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer somehow combines the best parts of cream and liquid concealers, all without the watery coverage and creasing. This concealer stays on all day (so long, touchups) and won’t crumble as you set it with powder.

Best for Dry Skin: NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer

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For dry skin, your best bet is a concealer with a hydrating formula that also doesn’t cling to dry patches. This NYX Professional Makeup HD Concealer smooths out skin for a natural-looking finish without creasing but isn’t overly dewy. Use this to hide undereye bags or spot-conceal all over your face.

Best for Melasma: IMAN Cosmetics Second to None Cover Cream Concealer

Those with melasma may have a hard time finding a concealer that disguises the discoloration without appearing chalky or cakey. That's where this creamy, buildable concealer from IMAN Cosmetics comes in. The green tea-based formula works with a brush or a damp sponge to hide the problem spots and blotchiness in a pinch. Choose from five shades that work for a wide variety of skin tones from fair to deep.

Best Full Coverage: Physicians Formula #InstaReady Concealer

If you want to cover up serious spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring, or redness, then your best bet is to choose a concealer with a full-coverage formula. Just one pump of this matte, full-coverage version Physician’s Formula is all you need to do so. This light liquid concealer covers redness, blotchiness, pimples and acne scars with just a tiny bit of product. Not only that, but it keeps them covered all day—you no longer have to touch-up multiple times with its budge-resistant formula.

Best Lightweight: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Concealer

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer Wand - 0.29 fl oz
Courtesy of Target

The creamy and luminous finish of the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer brings dimension back to your face after contouring without leaving your under-eyes looking unnaturally shiny. If you're on a strict budget but want a lightweight concealer with great staying power and a formula that rivals higher-end options, this is your best option.

Best for Buildable Coverage: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal

Not one to reach for a separate concealer for hiding blemishes and another for disguising dark circles? Then you’re going to want to snatch up this cult-classic formula from Maybelline. The brand’s Master Conceal concealer boasts an easy-to-blend liquid formula that feels totally weightless on the skin, while still providing a medium-to-full coverage look. The concealer camouflages dark spots, old acne scars, and under eye circles with ease. Plus, the formula doesn’t melt off once it sets.

Best Shade Range: L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer

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If you spend any time on YouTube, you’ve probably heard of L.A. Girl concealers—and for good reason. Their concealers are not only super affordable but full coverage and available in a wider shade range (that doesn’t have overly red undertones) than most drugstore concealers. The L.A. Girl concealer leaves a natural finish, making it appropriate as a regular concealer as well as a highlighting concealer.

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