Pimples are like guests who turn up unannounced and overstay their welcome. But the difference is that you can conceal a pimple. All you have to do is pick the right product that can conceal and heal.
The secret lies in the formula. Look out for non-comedogenic products, as they do not cause clog pores and exacerbate blemishes further. Plus, thanks to constant technological breakthroughs, blemish concealers no longer come in heavy, thick pastes. To the contrary, today’s concealers are lightweight while promising high coverage, easily blendable, and are infused with skincare ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria, soothe inflammation and exfoliate gently. Here, our edit of the 9 best concealers to hide and treat zits at the same time.
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, $46
For those looking for something with a dewy finish, this concealer douses skin in moisture while subtle pigments infused with light technology blurs skin imperfections for a natural, flawless finish. Dab the fluid concealer directly onto blemishes with its sponge applicator and blend with your fingertips to ensure a seamless finish. It offers medium coverage, but is easily buildable and sticks on well even over your finishing powder.
COSRX Clear Fit Concealer, $20.90, at Watsons
Caring for acne-prone skin can be tricky because it’s a constant struggle to balance purifying pores and soothing inflammed skin. Enter COSRX’s powerful yet super gentle concealer. Ideal for those with sensitive skin, it covers imperfections and provides instant relief to blemished skin, thanks to its blend of centella asiatica, niacinamide, adenosine and tea tree oil. Its buildable coverage also stays put all day long and comes with sun protection to shield irritated skin from further aggravation.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Concealer Stick 14Hr, $29.90
As its name suggests, this super high coverage concealer (it can hide tattoos, as well) ensures your acne won’t peek out anytime during your day even if it gets wet, thanks to its water resisting formula. It also has a buttery smooth texture that blends seamlessly into skin for a mattified finish. Tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control, it is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, making it gentle enough for use on even sensitive skin.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $60
As a concealer pot, this offers thicker coverage than most, but thanks to its incredibly emollient, creamy formula, this concealer doesn’t leave a cakey finish and once set with powder, it doesn’t budge at all throughout the day. Plus, it comes in two complementary shades so you can mix and match to customise your perfect shade for hiding other imperfections like dark spots and under eye circles. And unlike some harsh, drying anti-blemish solutions, you also won’t have to worry about that crusty layer of skin as it is enriched with conditioning and soothing ingredients like vitamins, aloe and chamomile to keep skin hydrated.
Eucerin Dermopurifier Cover-Stick, $26.30, at Watsons
Save yourself the hassle of layering multiple products with this multi-purpose product which purifies pores, calms inflammation and hides them in one simple stroke. Formulated with a blend of salicylic acid and bisabolol, this reduces redness and stimulates cellular renewal to eliminate blemishes and improve skin texture over time. Its stick format also makes it easy to apply, and it dries into a soft matte finish that lasts for hours. The only downside is that it only comes in one shade so it is best suited for those with medium skin tones.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer, $56
The first thing you’ll notice about this concealer upon application is how smooth its formula is. Whether you prefer to use a brush or your fingertips, the creamy concealer blends effortlessly for an undetectable finish. Moreover, not only does it not clog pores, it is also infused with vitamin E to moisturise skin and fend off environmental pollutants. We also love the nifty swivel tube design for its convenience.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer, $46
Designed specifically for pimples and red marks, this concealer also doubles up as a drying lotion, thanks to oil-absorbing ingredients like hat include zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex. The thin, ultra-fluid formula comes with an applicator, can be easily dabbed over affected areas with precision and blends seamlessly to give the appearance of a uniform complexion.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer, $32
This medicated concealer works at soothing blemishes while offering full, natural-looking coverage. And don’t be fooled by its petite size — given it’s thick consistency, you only need to use a tiny amount from the plastic tube each time. Salicylic acid and kaolin works at drawing out impurities and gently exfoliating the skin, while seaweed extract aids in reducing redness.
Maybelline Pure Mineral Concealer, $15.90
This liquid concealer contains a breathable micro-mineral formula which doesn’t clog pores any further nor sink into them. Plus, its creamy texture tones down redness, making it great for reducing the appearance of angry blemishes. The applicator picks up quite a bit of product, so scrap a bit off the rim of the tube before application to avoid piling on too much product.
Text: Kimberly Ong