I really have not regularly used a concealer until a few years ago, believe it or not. It's not that I don't have anything to 'conceal' but more that I just never found one I liked or a way to apply it that didn't look obvious to me. I have a list of concealers I still want to try but as of now, here are the hits & misses for me in this shockingly slim category.
Favourite concealer of 2010
Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer (approx $10 CAD)
This has changed the way I think of concealers. It is light & 'mousse' like (go figure) and goes on like a dream. Okay I think I had too much wine when I wrote this. Anyway it does go on beautifully and blends well. The best way I've found to apply this is to use my Quo crease shadow brush, which is a fluffy blending brush, any similar brush would do the same. I daub the brush into the concealer lightly and then tap it on the areas I want it. Once it's on I go back and blend with the brush, using small circles and back & forth motions very lightly, using only the tip of this brush. I really do get the concealer craze now after using this product! It lightens & highlights my under eye area, but also hides most things I want to hide. Beautiful, easy to find & affordable.
MAC Select Cover-Up ($20 CAD)
I do like this product as well but I use it for any spots I want to cover rather than under my eyes. I find that it's too heavy for an under eye concealer (at least for me) but does the job beautifully otherwise. I tap this on with my finger and then use the same crease brush to blend out the edges. Even though this is approximately double the price of the Maybelline concealer, it will last a long time because a little really goes a long way.
Least favourite Concealer
Jane No Show Oil-Free Concealer
I saw this at one of my local drugstores and thought it looked a lot like my MAC concealer, packaging and all. For less than $5 I smugly thought I was going to discover the next greatest dupe. I was wrong. The texture of this is quite thick and it is very hard to blend, making it easy to spot on my skin. Not exactly the look I was going for. This did not work for me at all and not worth it at any price!
I have a bit of list of concealers I'm hoping to try next year, because as you can see I haven't tried many. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!