Concealers for Dark Skin (My Concealer Stash: Fenty, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Cover FX)

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So since I recently added the new Fenty concealers to my stash and just got a NARS concealer in PR, I figured let me do a post on what’s in my concealer stash. Now I don’t need ALL of these, but have held on to a few that were sent in PR and I got curious with the Fenty and the NARS Soft Matte, so those are new purchases. I’m still very minimalist when it comes to my makeup stash, but I still will make purchases—they will be more thought-out purchases and less impulse vs how trifling my behind was before…lol.

See my foundation stash here.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer

Coverage: Full
Finish: Soft matte (contains Optimal Diffusion Powder, which transforms the look of skin by blurring imperfections with light-diffusing spheres. The formula delivers all-day wear and high coverage that’s non-cakey, and won’t settle into fine lines and pores)
Formula: Cream (in a pot)
Good for: highlighting or if you prefer a concealer that doesn’t dry down fast so you can manipulate it (sheer it down, layer it up)

I have this in shade Amande and like to use it for my highlight. See it in action here.

Video Demo:

(the sound on these are silent so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

Here’s a quick demo (and I do mean quick because I’m not even blended out all the way in some of these…lol) so you can get a sense of what the shade looks like. To see this in a full makeup look, head over to my Youtube channel.

Also note that I have some natural discoloration near the hollows of my cheeks that can look like contour…lol

NARS Soft Matte Concealer Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

Price and where to buy: $30 at Sephora (also at NARS counters, NARS website, and ULTA)

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

Bobbi Brown discontinued the single pot version of the product and is only selling the Creamy Concealer Kit which is essentially the same thing (at a higher price) but it comes with a powder. I don’t like that the powder is the same shade no matter which color concealer you get—I find it to be too light for me so I don’t use it. The concealer itself is bomb though.

Coverage: Medium to full
Finish: Natural (used with the superfine pressed powder, this waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant formula stays put all day without creasing or settling into fine lines)
Formula: Cream (in a pan)
Good for: under eye concealing or to highlight

I have this in shade Golden to brighten under my eyes and to highlight and in shade Almond to highlight under my brow bone. I bought a bunch of them when Bobbi Brown had a Friends & Family sale and also a few from outlet stores, but when these run out, I’m glad I also like the NARS Soft Matte Concealer because I don’t want to buy the kit and pay more for a powder I won’t use. I have Chestnut also pictured here, but haven’t used it in a while. I could also use it for my under eyes.

Video Demo:

(the sound on these are silent so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

Here’s a quick demo (and I do mean quick because I’m not even blended out all the way in some of these…lol) so you can get a sense of what the shade looks like. To see this in a full makeup look, head over to my Youtube channel.

Also note that I have some natural discoloration near the hollows of my cheeks that can look like contour…lol

Bobbi Brown Concealer Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

Price and where to buy: $38 at Bobbi Brown (also at Sephora and Bobbi Brown counters)

Fenty Beauty Pro Fil’tr Instant Retouch Concealer

Coverage: Full
Finish: Matte (long-wear, crease-proof)
Formula: Creamy liquid (in a wand)
Good for: concealing under eye discoloration, concealing on other areas of the face, you can also use it to highlight but I don’t prefer my highlight to be matte (at least not in this cold season) and also to contour

I have this in shade 450 and it’s PERFECT for concealing the discoloration I have under my eyes. I then use either the NARS Soft Matte Concealer or the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer to highlight. I got filler last year (I talk about it and show you the process in this video) and love my results, but I have natural discoloration under my eyes and since the filler filled in some volume there, the discoloration looked more pronounced. This meant having to make some changes to my under eye concealer process (before the discoloration was lower down so it would get covered with my foundation, now I need a concealer to cover the darkness and then another one when I highlight to brighten).

Video Demo:

(the sound on these are silent so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

Here’s a quick demo (and I do mean quick because I’m not even blended out all the way in some of these…lol) so you can get a sense of what the shade looks like. To see this in a full makeup look, head over to my Youtube channel. I’ve since returned 445 (you can find out why here), but you can see how it looks on me in my first impressions video.

Also note that I have some natural discoloration near the hollows of my cheeks that can look like contour…lol

Fenty 450 Concealer Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

Price and where to buy: $26 at Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney (and of course fentybeauty.com)

Cover FX Power Play Concealer

(press samples)

Coverage: Full
Finish: Natural radiant
Formula: Creamy liquid (crease-proof, transfer-proof, and color-true wear)
Good for: under eye concealing, concealing on other areas of the face, highlight (I don’t use it for this), and contouring (sometimes I use it for contouring, but I typically use the Cover FX Total Cover Cream in P125 to contour and set it with Cover FX Pressed Mineral Powder in P125).

SEE MY REVIEW ON THE POWER PLAY FOUNDATION HERE.

Out of all the concealers in this post, Fenty and Cover FX have the most shade options available by far with 50 and 30 shades respectively making both of these lines great choices for concealing multiple areas of the face. It’s good to have multiple color options as the color concealer used will depend on where you’re covering and the color of the discoloration (i.e. redness, purplish darkness under the eyes, dark spots on the chin, etc).

I use shade N-Deep 4 to cover darkness under my eyes and it works beautifully. If I were to highlight, I would use N-Deep 2. N-Deep 5 and P-Deep 5 both make for good contouring shades—P-Deep 5 is darker and has a redder undertone.

Video Demo:

(the sound on these are silent so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

Here’s a quick demo (and I do mean quick because I’m not even blended out all the way in some of these…lol) so you can get a sense of what the shade looks like. To see this in a full makeup look, head over to my Youtube channel.

Also note that I have some natural discoloration near the hollows of my cheeks that can look like contour…lol

All four shades are shown in the demo video.

Cover FX Power Play Concealer Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

Price and where to buy: $30 at Sephora (also at ULTA and coverfx.com)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

(press sample)

Coverage: Medium-to-full buildable
Finish: Natural finish (masks imperfections, blurs the look of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue; hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the look of skin by helping its barrier retain moisture)
Formula: Creamy liquid
Good for: under eye concealing

I just recently got this in a PR packaging and shade Café is great for covering the discoloration under my eyes.

Video Demo:

(the sound on these are silent so feel free to watch from almost anywhere)

Here’s a quick demo (and I do mean quick because I’m not even blended out all the way in some of these…lol) so you can get a sense of what the shade looks like. To see this in a full makeup look, head over to my Youtube channel.

Also note that I have some natural discoloration near the hollows of my cheeks that can look like contour…lol

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

Price and where to buy: $30 at Sephora (also at NARS counters, ULTA, and narscosmetics.com)

So that’s that for my concealer stash! I’ve of course reviewed TONS of concealers including those at the drugstore level so make sure you browse through my past concealer reviews HERE to see more.

Which concealers are in your stash? Have questions? Leave em all below!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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2 Responses to Concealers for Dark Skin (My Concealer Stash: Fenty, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Cover FX)

  1. Trecey says:

    I can’t believe it’s your first time trying the Nars radiant creamy concealer, it’s a favorite of mine (minus the price). I’m curious how you would rank these or if you like them all the same.

    • Danielle says:

      I got one of the NARS creamy concealers at a press event, but sometimes I get so many products in PR that I don’t get around to everything. I can’t rank these because so many of them are for different things—i.e. I can’t rank a concealer that’s used to cover discoloration under my eyes vs one that I use as my highlight. Two totally different things and I like different formulas and finishes for that.

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