Tried and Tested: maybe-magic concealers to disappear dark circles

Publish date:
August 9, 2012
shoppables, concealer, make-up, under eye circles, looking 'tired'

I’m the first to admit I’ve been stuck in a beauty rut for years; I’ve got my black-eyeliner-red-lip-touch-of-blusher routine down to a foolproof five minutes in the morning and I know I should probably make an effort to try something new, at some point, maybe one day. Anyway!

It turns out Rebecca is stubbornly wedded to her precious Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer palette and believes it's the best thing for covering up the dark shadows under her eyes. I wanted to see if I could persuade her to swap it for something different, a bit like a cheesy door to door salesman bearing a new washing powder that promises to get your laundry dazzling white! Or something.

Three new concealers to try, plus Rebecca's trusty Laura Mercier palette

Our laughably unscientific testing process saw Rebecca taking off her make-up with a Simple Cleansing Facial Wipe, then trying each concealer on her right eye, while the nude left eye was the ‘control’ (just like in science.)

Rebecca takes off her make-up with a Simple wipe

Ok so first up was Rimmel's Wake Me Up Anti Fatigue Effect & Radiant Glow Concealer (surely the longest product name ever?) which is £5.99 and available at Rebecca dotted the product around the eye area, mentioning that you need quite a lot of it to achieve a decent level of coverage. (It should be noted here that she'd normally already be wearing foundation before applying concealer, so we were asking quite a lot of these products!)

Trying out Rimmel's Wake Me Up Anti Fatigue Effect & Radiant Glow Concealer

The verdict: 4 out of 5While it took quite a lot of product to make a dent in the dark circle, this was actually Rebecca's favourite - even beating her Laura Mercier concealer!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti Fatigue Effect & Radiant Glow Concealer

Next up was Alison Raffaele True Concealer, which is £18 from Rebecca said "I instantly have a good feeling about this 'cos I know it's posh..." (so shallow). We liked the sponge applicator and the fact that this product contains Vitamins A, E and C and pomegranate and Resveratol (free radical-fighting ingredients) but alas the colour was too light for Rebecca's skintone and didn't give quite enough coverage. Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

Alison Raffaele True Concealer

Third - another Rimmel product, this one called Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter which is also £5.99 and available at Rebecca regarded the brush applicator dubiously and muttered something that sounded like "this is going to be a Gemma from TOWIE..." before brushing it around her now increasingly-red-looking eye (she was rather over-enthusiastic with the wipes).

Testing out Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter

And surprise! After initially applying waaay too much product, she patted it down and grudgingly admitted "actually it's not too bad!" Verdict: 3 out of 5

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter

So let's take a look at the original product Rebecca had been using for ages - Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage which is a pretty hefty £26 from She loves this stuff, saying "the two shades make it great for blending to match my skintone - if I was going to cover up a dark circle I'd start with the light one first."

She applied it with her fingers and... guess what? "Now I've tried the other ones it feels a bit heavy - a bit like it's dragging on my skin. But normally I'd be wearing it over foundation..."

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

Rebecca's beloved Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage palette

So I'm going to chalk this up as a big fat WIN for the Rimmels of this world - pricey and posh doesn't always mean 'better'. Sometimes it's good to try things you don't think you'll get on with - you might be suprised.