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Looking for a Cruelty-Free Concealer

I haven't had much luck finding a concealer for spots and blemishes.

This can be a problem when you suffer from breakouts. It's also a problem when you only buy cruelty-free products, because you can't just pick up anything you fancy when you're shopping  you have to research it first.

Oh, and I'm very pale, so unless I go high-end the chances of finding a decent shade match are slim. But I can't afford to buy high-end base products on a regular basis because I'm a student.

My mission? To find a decent, spot-covering concealer that's:

  • Cruelty free
  • Pale
  • Affordable enough to be part of my everyday make-up routine

Cruelty-Free Concealer

Makeup Revolution Matte Effect Cover & Conceal in 01 Fairest

Formula + packaging

Solid concealer in twist-up stick form.

Shade match

Good. On the yellower side, but this covers redness more.

Spot coverage

Medium. It can be built up to full coverage if you apply it in light layers, but this looks cakey.

Texture + blending

Takes some effort to work it into the skin. I use my fingers to apply it because the heat helps with blending.

Longevity

Not the greatest  I usually need to reapply at lunchtime.

Price

£1

Where can I buy it?

It's been discontinued as of 2018. Matte Concealer Stick sounds like a similar alternative.

Conclusion

Not amazing, but not bad for a mere £1. Will do the job if you're on a very strict budget.


GOSH Click 'n' Conceal in Anti-Redness 4

Formula + packaging

Green liquid corrector in a pen. You click the end to release more product and use the built-in brush to apply it.

Spot coverage

It's a fine line with this one. Apply too much and you look like you're sick; apply too little and it doesn't make a difference. Proceed with caution.

Texture + blending

Thin liquid that's easy to blend. Don't use too much, or you'll end up with it all over your face instead of dotted on spots and red patches.

Longevity

Stays put once it's been set with powder. Works well with mineral foundation.

Price

£6.99

Where can I buy it?

It's been discontinued as of 2018. Colour Corrector Kit looks like a similar alternative.

Conclusion

I don't have the patience to use this every day because of how careful you have to be, but it does minimise redness. I'm saving it for important occasions and nights out.


GOSH Click 'n' Conceal in Light 1

Formula + packaging

Liquid concealer in a pen. You click the end to release more product and use the built-in brush to apply it.

Shade match

Not good, not bad. It has more peach tones than the other concealers listed here.

Spot coverage

Light, but because the liquid is so thin you can build it up if you're careful. Like the Anti-Redness Concealer, it's best to use a tiny bit at a time.

Texture + blending

Thin liquid, easy to blend.

Longevity

Good. Can just about survive a crazy night out.

Price

£6.99

Where can I buy it?

It's been discontinued as of 2018. High Coverage Concealer in Ivory is a similar alternative.

Conclusion

It's good and I can make it work, but I wouldn't buy it again because the shade match isn't what I wanted. If GOSH made this in a lighter shade I'd buy it, so this is worth looking at if your skintone is warmer than mine.


Lily Lolo Mineral Concealer in Blondie (v)

Formula + packaging

Mineral powder in a pot with a sifter. The lid is matte black with the Lily Lolo logo on it, which makes it look more expensive than it is.

Shade match

Perfect. This is very, very pale and doesn't leave tell-tale marks on my skin like some darker concealers do.

Spot coverage

Ranges from sheer to medium, depending on how much you build up the layers. It's best to work lightly and then add more if you need to.

Texture + blending

Blends in well over and under mineral foundation. Works best on spots (it sits in fine lines under the eyes). Apply with a fluffy concealer brush for the most natural-looking result.

Longevity

Makes it through the day. Could do with a touch-up at lunchtime but I wouldn't use it on the go (I'd end up spilling the powder everywhere).

Price

£9

Where can I buy it?


Conclusion

Good if you want natural-looking coverage from a product that feels light on your skin. The pot is quite big, so it should last a long time even with daily use.


Hmmm, this is a mixed bag. None of the concealers blew me away, but they all managed to get the job done in one way or another.

The Lily Lolo concealer wins hands down on shade match, but the GOSH concealer stayed put for longer. If somebody could make a cruelty-free concealer that's pale, long-lasting and under £10, that'd be wonderful. Anyone?

(v) = vegan

Beth, 24, UK. I'm a writer who loves books, animals, yoga, travel, and the Oxford comma. I share my experiences of trying a cruelty-free, vegetarian and low waste lifestyle, with the odd bit of twenty-something angst thrown in. beth.toasty@gmail.com

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