To say I'm a concealer snob is, well, an understatement. I have gone through hundreds, if not thousands, of products—casting off each one when it didn't nix dark circles, or brighten my under-eyes, or when the formula creased before noon. It's been a journey. That being said, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. I had the opportunity to review the Ulta-exclusive Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 24H Concealer + Hydra Prep ($30)—a dual-ended, multi-tasking serum and concealer meant to hydrate, smooth, and conceal all at the same time. It's too good to be true, I thought, scoffing at the claims and cast it aside.
But I soon discovered that this little tube contains magic...well, not really magic, but it might as well be. Keep reading for my full review and all the details below.
Pros + Cons
- Lightweight feel
- 24-hour wear
- Easy to blend
- Users complain about too light coverage
- Product packaging can create leaks
The Bottom Line
An Ulta exclusive, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 24H + Hydra Prep is an awesome multitasking concealer. If you're looking for a product that offers great coverage while hydrating your delicate under-eye area, this is the perfect option. It's now earned a top spot in my makeup rotation.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 24H + Hydra Prep
Best for: Hydrating, under-eye coverage
Star Rating: 4.5/5
Active ingredients: Squalane, olive fruit extract, apricot kernel oil
Potential allergens: None
Shade Range: 22 shades
What's Included: Product only
About the brand: Estée Lauder focuses on creating prestige makeup, skincare, and body care products for a range of skin types and tones.
How to Apply
As the day went on, I decided to give it a try. I had a date that night and hadn't brought any other makeup, so its effectiveness became crucial. I removed the cap from the "hydra-prep" side, a primer that includes a mix of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. I applied it directly from the wand and tapped it into my skin using my fingertips and that's when I noticed the first important factor—its rosy tone. The shade helps to neutralize darkness, a definite issue for me and yielded this pearlized finish that was both translucent and luminous.
When applying under-eye concealer, do so in the form of an upside-down triangle reaching up to your cheekbone This tactic works to brighten, conceal, and "lift" eyes.
After applying the serum side, I flipped the tube over to the concealer side and used the doe foot applicator to apply it to my skin. I smoothed the formula along my under-eyes and buffed and blended it in with my Beautyblender.
The results were pretty astounding. My dark circles, usual puffiness, and under-eye bags were gone and in their place was bright, even, plumped up skin. I looked Photoshopped but in a good way. I was stunned. I even resolved to use the primer before applying my usual go-to product if I didn't end up falling in love with the concealer. But, then I did fall in love with the concealer.
The concealer is oil-free, waterproof, and humidity-resistant (score), as well as entirely lightweight and super comfortable. And the whole 24 hours of wear claim? I have to say that they aren't lying. It doesn't get flaky, crusty, or creased over time either. By the end of the day, my face still looked as nice and bright as it had when I first applied it. The satin finish makes it so there's dimension to the skin, creating a surface where light can reflect. That's the secret to the whole thing—luminosity and hydration to help brighten underneath your eyes. It's pretty much a lifesaver and I don't use that phrase lightly (or often).
Are there concealers cheaper than the Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer? Yes. If $30 is a stretch for you, I have to admit that it's not a necessity in your routine. However, if you're looking for a multitasking product that covers both the need to hydrate your under eyes while adding in a lightweight concealer, then I think it's worth a try. The collection comes in 22 shades, which isn't as many as Fenty Beauty's concealer but still pretty comprehensive. My shade is Light-Medium, but feel free to click over to Ulta to find your match. You won't regret it.
Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch Concealer: This hybrid concealer is slightly more expensive ($40) than the Estée Lauder option, but offers slightly more coverage. It's formulated with Vitamin E and light-diffusing pearls that help give you the appearance of brighter, more awake skin.
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal and Treat Stick: Also formulated with squalane for a mega hydration boost, this concealer ($35) melts into the skin for a seamless, skin-like finish.
I honestly don't think there's anything bad I can say about the Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer. If you're after a super heavy coverage concealer, this won't be your jam, but if you love that "my skin but I've slept and had celery juice for breakfast" concealer look, then add it to your cart. It's worth it.