I can’t tell you how many favorite under eye concealers I’ve had in my life. There are many that I love, and a lot that I just don’t see the hype over. I wanted to share with you some tips for choosing a great under eye concealer for you, and some of my favorites.

5 tips for picking the perfect under eye concealer

1. Always start with a great eye cream. A long time favorite of mine is Clinique All About Eyes. I have found that the smoother the eye area is, the better concealer looks there. Clinique also has an All About Eyes concealer which I really like for its moderate coverage and ability to de-puff my eye area.

2. Speaking of coverage, there are lots of concealers for the eye area that have varying levels of coverage. Depending on the day, the season, and varying other factors, I might have a different favorite at any given time. If I’m not wearing much makeup, I tend to go for a sheerer under eye concealer like Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector. Other times I might like something thicker like Benefit Erase Paste.

3. If I’m traveling, I like to bring only one concealer that I can use anywhere on my face, not just under my eyes. I’ve found that Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer both work great to mask the redness around my nose AND conceal any under eye troubles I have.

4. Different concealers have different benefits. Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye is specifically touted for use under the eyes, and has 3-in-1 benefits; the ability to cover, de-puff, and brighten dark undereye circles, while nourishing and smoothing skin. Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener is a brightening cream, that works best with concealer layered over top. I like to double this up with something else when my skin is looking dull.

5. Make your wish list for what your must haves in an under eye concealer would be, and find a perfect formula to suit your needs year round. It’s good to have a favorite to reach for. For me, it would be a formula that doesn’t just conceal dark circles, but actually had built in anti-aging benefits. Something that went on lightly but not sheer. Something comfortable to wear, not cakey, with illuminating properties. And SPF! I would have thought I would never find it all in one (especially an under eye concealer with SPF) but recently I found the under eye concealer of my dreams! 

it cosmetics cc+ eye physical spf 50 color correcting concealerit cosmetics cc+ eye correctorThe It Cosmetics CC+ Eye Physical SPF Color Correcting Concealer is a new product that is totally rocking my world. It is specifically designed for the delicate eye area and treats as it conceals. It’s a 7-in-1! An anti-aging serum, moisturizing eye cream, eye brightening serum, skin perfecting primer, color corrector, SPF 50 UVA/UVB physical only sunscreen, and your full coverage concealer. There is a cooling metal tip as you can see above, and the CC+ brightens the appearance of under eye darkness with color correcting pigments. Hyaluronic acid, peptides, hydrolyzed collagen and silk, grape seed oil, and lots of other great ingredients are found in the formula. 

I’m basically obsessed with the way this applies on me. With a tiny squeeze of the tube, I dot this concealer under my eyes, and it covers the dark spots (and treats them!) that I have on my upper cheek bones. I know it’s from getting too much sun in my early 20s and I’m working hard to cover them, and better yet get rid of them. It’s a light enough formula that I am really surprised by the coverage it provides. I’m also beyond thrilled that it has SPF and 50 at that. It’s super hard to find that as a benefit in your eye cream, much less anything above 15. It is super smooth as it goes on and too thin to get trapped in my fine lines or to be cakey under my eyes. I’m basically in love. I don’t see myself switching to anything else any time soon! 

Do you have a favorite? This one is going to be really hard to beat. I’m pretty obsessed!

20 Comments on 5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Under Eye Concealer

  1. Never Say Die Beauty
    March 30, 2015 at 9:53 am (2 years ago)

    Justina, what’s the difference (other than the wonderful inclusion of SPF) between the IT concealer you reviewed and Bye Bye Undereye that I just bought recently?? I didn’t even notice this “new” one!

    • Justina
      March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Other than the SPF, I think the cold spoon applicator, and this one is a little thinner. I think it just goes on SO nicely. I love the Bye Bye Undereye too, but I think I like this one even more!

  2. Anastasia
    March 30, 2015 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

    I am actually a huge fan of IT bye Bye Undereye, I think it might be my HG concealer.

  3. Phyrra
    March 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for all these great tips!

  4. Amber
    March 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

    This IT corrector has a really nice and light consistency. I also like the NARS concealer too. The Smashbox primer is something new to me, and I’m obsessed with it.

  5. Chelsea
    March 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I have been dying to try Bye Bye Undereye and now I want to try this as well. I basically just want one of everything from IT!

    • Justina
      March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

      You and me both, girl!

  6. Kim
    March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! I’m actually looking for a new concealer. I own the IT Bye Bye Under Eye, but for summer, I want something different.

  7. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    March 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm (2 years ago)

    My faves are IT Cosmetics CC+ and PUR Minerals Disappearing Act!

  8. Jess Scull
    March 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE that new concealer from IT! It brightens up my under eye so well

  9. Laura
    March 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

    A good concealer is so important!

  10. Eugenia
    March 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the tips and now I want to buy some more!!

  11. Erika
    March 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

    IT Bye Bye Under Eye brightens for me but my dark circles laugh at it. *sad panda* I really envy those of you who can dot on a little under eye concealer and be all fresh and bright eyed. lol

  12. Nidia - Lit From Within
    March 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t have a lot of pigmentation, so I’m not too picky about concealers. On days I need more coverage, Cara Cosmetics works really well for me. I also like Eddi Funkhouser for an easier, swipe and go type of concealer.

  13. MIranda
    March 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

    i love the original so I bet I’d love this too!

  14. MarciaF
    March 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m crazy about everything IT makes and this concealer is no different. I can’t stop using it.
    Your article is so informative and well written.

  15. Kath Thefabzilla
    March 31, 2015 at 12:28 am (2 years ago)

    wow, can’t beat a 7-in-1 concealer! sounds like a manna from heaven!

  16. Mina Slater
    April 1, 2015 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    I actually don’t use concealer under my eyes but sure could have used some when I went to a week long conference recently. The schedule was so grueling that by the third day I had dark circles huge puffiness for the first time! I think I’ll check out the It Cosmetics one.

  17. Kendra
    April 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the Laura Mercier!


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