While we're all for fun parties and late-night conversations, they tend to yield less than favorable dark circles come morning. Instead of swearing off celebrations, holiday cheer, and a few glasses of eggnog, we found the next best thing: effective (and affordable) concealer.
With all your recent expenses (gifts for loved ones, a warm winter coat, and, of course, a few splurges for yourself), we thought it would be helpful to keep the price point lower than usual. Below, find the best drugstore concealers, all under $12.
Nix any lingering holiday exhaustion (and the corresponding under-eye circles) with Sonia Kashuk's little pot of magic. One commenter exclaimed, "I bought this thinking it would be like the other concealers—watery, thin, and useless. I have terrible dark circles and redness (which I thought was impossible to conceal), but this product covers it perfectly. I'm so glad I found it!"
This concealer does a lot of heavy lifting. It's for those terrible, puffy mornings when dark circles are at their worst. "It's always great with fingers as you need a very small amount," says Grace Lee, Maybelline New York's global makeup artist, "and tapping and blending with your fingers allows for creating opaqueness and coverage as you need it."
Try this blendable crayon for foolproof, customizable coverage. The application is precise, and the formula provides sheer coverage that's shockingly buildable as well. Kelli J. Bartlett, the director of makeup artistry at Glamsquad, exclaims, "The shade range this concealer provides means you can always find the perfect match!"
For a super long-lasting, matte finish with waterproof full-coverage, Pixi has the rest beat. It's concentrated, pigmented, and covers a late night in minutes.
Infused with skin conditioning agents (to treat your fatigue while concealing it), this medium-coverage concealer is every bit as glowy and natural-looking as you'd hope. Celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat sings its praises: "What I like about it is that it blends beautifully onto the skin, and it lasts throughout the day. The coverage is wonderful, and I start by using a small amount and building from there if necessary. What's nice is that it comes in a lot of different shades, and there's a color for just about anyone."
Do you have a favorite concealer? Let us know in the comments below, and find our editor's picks of concealers that cover literally anything.