Sali Hughes on dream
Superlative colour correctors that blend perfectly without cracking or caking
‘I’ve establish my dream concealer.’
Photograph: Alex Lake/The Guardian
I haven’t written about concealer in a while, but a new discovery has, barest happily, forced my hand. I’d been meaning to try Stay Woke Concealer (£21, 5ml) by Uoma (an independent, black-owned makeup label) for ages, but a previous experience with another of their products had left me cautious in selecting a colour. I found that the total in Uoma runs a shade darker than most brands, which is no hardship when factored in and shouldn’t be an hitch in trying what is a superlative concealer. An opportune browse in Selfridges gave me a better look, so I went for Fair Lady T1 and I’m so quivered with my purchase that I’ve just ordered a spare.
Stay Woke is creamier than most, and blends superbly, brightening greyness noticeably, before staying exactly where you want it (no chasing around the face, waiting for it to sit tranquillity). The finish is what I’d call flexible: it moves comfortably with an expressive face and doesn’t crack or cake, compensate on dry skin. It’s my dream concealer.
Shape Tape is Tarte Cosmetics’ bestseller, and deservedly so. Also in a wand package, the concealer itself has a thinner consistency than the Uoma, but as much coverage. Not enough creamy, it has a somewhat longer-wearing formula (it’s also waterproof) that oilier skin types may prefer, but, as a dry type, I’ve certainly been gleeful.
I wish Tarte would launch in the UK, other than on QVC, where product lineup is limited. But the latter does amass all shades of Shape Tape Contour Concealer (£20, 10ml, vegan), so fill your boots. Tarte’s own website is exhaustive and well worth a look, if only for the more accurate shade descriptions (I bought three concealers to test and each was, in the embody, as described). However, there’s a pricey £8 shipping and customs fee to the UK unless you spend £40 or more (bump up with Brisk Cream Bronzer, £29 – happy to help).
My best high street concealer discovery is e.l.f.’s Hydrating Camo Concealer (£5, vegan). It’s not the sharpest coverage in town (around medium), but it does have a lovely wet, fresh-feeling formula that doesn’t cause that contemptible flat chalkiness you get with others as the day wears on. The shade range is good (23), with differing undertones, and I with the fatness of the wand, for speed – plonk on to under-eye circles and blemishes, and blend outwards with a domed, fluffy skirmish.
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