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We know, we know. There are plenty of things in life much worse than dark under-eye circles, but that doesn't mean we don't begrudge the fact that they're a dead giveaway of last night's spicy margarita(s) or a restless night's sleep. Thankfully, there are plenty of products on the market to lend a helping hand in the matter (i.e., blend, blur, and banish any residual traces of our bad bedtime habits—hey, we're working on it!).
However, well-stocked store shelves typically lead us to another problem: too many options. After all, not all drugstore under-eye concealers are created equal, and when it comes to dark circles, we mean business. So we put our nose to the grindstone to research and round up the ones that really work.
Keep reading for the best drugstore under-eye concealers.
Best Overall: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer
As much as we love the Magic Eraser effect of a good under-eye concealer, we'd be lying if we said some of our favorite formulas haven't led to parched, creased, and flaked under-eyes—not exactly the look we're going for. However, we don't face such an issue with this lusciously hydrating pick from Neutrogena. Lightweight and effortlessly blendable, the non-greasy texture provides ample coverage and ultimately grants an overall appearance that's refreshed, revived, and circle-free.
Best 2-in-1: Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter
Rimmel's concealer-and-highlighter duo is one of the best drugstore under-eye concealers in our immense product stash. The formula magically adapts to your skin tone (and comes in five different shades) so you can conceal dark circles to your heart's content. Plus, thanks to blue sapphire and oxygenating complex, you just feel fancy.
Best Long-Wear: L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer
Featuring eight different shades, an accessible price tag, and 16 hours of wear, the name of this drugstore under-eye concealer from L'Oréal says it all. We love it for our dark circles, but it also makes for a stealthy contour and/or highlighting tool (we buy it in multiple shades) if you're in a pinch. The subtly luminous finish isn't bad either.
Best Texture: Physician's Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream Concealer
We're always up for a dynamic multitasking concealer, and this one from Physician's Formula doesn't disappoint. The yellow formula on one end helps neutralize dark circles with optimum color-correction technology while the concealer formula on the other end helps blur leftover shadows with swift, water-resistant efficiency. Oh, and it feels soft and velvety (never cakey) atop even the driest of complexions.
Best Applicator: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer
Considering this formula is constantly touted as one of the best drugstore under-eye concealers (from makeup artists and bloggers alike), it's astonishing how amazingly affordable it is. Armed with radiance enhancers like goji berry and haloxyl, puffiness, shadows, and even fine lines don't stand a chance. Plus, as Byrdie contributor Kaitlyn McLintock contends, the fun, ultra-plush cushion applicator alone is enough reason to snag it during your next drugstore run.
Best for Blending: Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
Sorry to break the fourth wall, but this has been my all-time favorite under-eye concealer for years, and I've tried countless formulas, some of which rang in at around seven times the price of this one. And in my mind, where dark circles are concerned, this luxe cream formula from Revlon reigns supreme. Despite its high-coverage consistency, it always looks natural, is easy to blend, and photographs flawlessly (hence the oh-so-appropriate name). I'm basically lost without it.
Best Full-Coverage: L.A. Girl HD Pro.Conceal
Reviewers praise the coverage prowess of this concealer and its ability to camouflage hyperpigmentation. It also comes in a wide range of shades, including color-correcting hues of green and orange, so you're bound to find your ideal match.
Best Color Corrector: Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate
Salmon tones cancel out blue/gray skin pigmentation, so this corrector is the perfect base application for negating dark circles prior to applying your favorite concealer.