Looking for the best blemish concealer for you?
When I was just getting started with makeup, I remember how difficult it was to find a concealer that covered blemishes on my teenage, acne-prone skin. So many concealers are on the market – it was hard to find one that really works to cover acne without causing more blemishes and skin flare ups.
That’s why I’ve scoured the net for hours and hours to find the best coverage and formula blemish concealer products on the market right now. No matter your skin type, coverage requirements, or budget – I’ve got you covered below!
♥ What makes a great blemish concealer?
Generally, higher coverage concealers work better to cover acne and blemishes. However, applying too much makeup can aggrevate an acne problem – only use a small amount!
Makeup with comedogenic ingredients can cause a particular form of acne, called acne cosmetica, which impacts women aged 20-40 primarily.
Non-comedogenic (prevents blocked pores), alcohol free, scent free ingredients, and oil free formulas can help counteract against the ingredients in some concealers that make an acne problem worse.
It made such a difference to my life when I finally found a product that worked for me. It improved my day-to-day confidence so much. I was no longer paranoid that everyone I interacted with was just staring at my skin.
Keep reading to find which blemish busting concealer is right for you!
♥ Best Concealers for Blemish and Acne Prone Skin
#1. Best Overall: Kevyn Aucoin Complexion – The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer/Foundation
- 16 shades, 0.63 ounces.
- Only need a small amount
- Versatile coverage and use
- All skin types
- Vegan and cruelty free
- Creamy, hydrating formula
- Can look un-natural in harsh lighting
- Can be hard to pick a shade yellow and pink based shades – use Sephora color match system
- Pricey, but double the ounce amount of most concealer tubes.
Six-in-one product – creamy, thick and full coverage
The Sensual Skin Enhancer is a good option if you’re looking for a creamy, thick, full coverage, and versatile concealing product. This earned our top spot because of its impressive versatility, providing six-in-one uses with one cream product.
It works great if you fluctuate between good and bad skin days; you can use this one product to easily switch between a lighter tinted moisturizer and a heavier full-coverage concealer and foundation. Even if the acne coverage doesn’t work great for you, it’s likely that you’ll find a good alternative use for it.
Apply with a concealer brush to target blemishes, dot under the eyes to cover dark circles, use as an overall high coverage foundation (apply with a Q-tip – you only need a tiny amount), or mix in with your favorite moisturizer or primer for a lighter coverage on good skin days.
Long lasting, with a lot of product – but it can look slightly unnatural in certain lighting
Have you ever accidentally bought the wrong shade of concealer or foundation? (I know I have!) You can use a darker shade of this concealer as a contour, and a lighter shade as a cream highlight. It can be hard to know which shade to pick, considering this product comes in yellow and pink undertone based shades. The Sephora color match system is helpful for finding your perfect shade.
Overall, most customers like this product with very high reviews online.
Some customers found that it looks slightly unnatural in some lighting, so if you’re looking for something more natural, either mix the product with moisturizer, or choose a lighter coverage product instead. The hefty price tag looks a lot more reasonable when you consider that it contains .63 ounces of product, which is more than double the product in a typical concealer tube.
Is it for me?
The Sensual Skin Enhancer is great if you’re looking for a versatile, multi-use cream product that also provides strong coverage for acne. It is more expensive that most other concealers on the list, but it comes with a lot more product than the typical concealer.
#2. The Holy Grail for Oily Skin: Cle De Peau Concealer
- 6 shades, available in 0.17 ounces or 0.3 ounces
- Creamy and long wearing, great for oily skin
- SPF 25 and non-SPF versions available
- Ingredients include chestnut rosa fruit extract and green tea extract
- Don’t need to use much product
- Prevents against creasing
- Not the best for dry skin
- Only 6 shades
Multi-Award winning concealer but it’s expensive
If you have oily, acne prone skin and you’ve tried every blemish concealer under the sun, and absolutely nothing has worked for you so far… this is the one to try.
A 15 time InStyle Best Beauty Award winner, that has also been named the Best Eye Concealer by Cosmopolitan, the concealer has done well at the CLEO Clear Skin Awards, NYLON Beauty Hit List 2015, and Cosmopolitan Beauty Grand Prix 2015.
This product is not easy on your bank balance, but the impressive reviews from customers, and its multi-award winning formula, earned it the second place on this list.
Luxury ingredients ideal for oily skin, but the shade range is limited
As you would expect from the luxury price tag, the formula contains unique ingredients that work especially well on oily skin; including green tea extract and chestnut rosa fruit extract to prevent oxidisation, and skincare like Illuminating Complex EX for hydration.
Usually higher end brands have better shade ranges. It’s so difficult for deeper and lighter skinned beauty lovers to find a shade that matches. Only six shades available, considering that this is an expensive product, is disappointing.
Is it for me?
If you have some money set aside and want to invest in a concealer with high quality ingredients for oily acne-prone skin, this one is a good option.
However, the shade range doesn’t cater to everyone – it is disappointingly limited. If you have dry skin, or are on a tight budget, give this one a skip.
#3. Best for dry skin: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- 30 (formerly 22) shades, 0.22 ounces
- Creamy and hydrating for dry skin, doesn’t flake
- Can also work well for some with normal skin
- Non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores), and alcohol free
- 30 shades (up from 22)
- A lot of shades, but not light enough for pale skin (update: new shades were added!)
- Not as high coverage as others
- Can crease if using it around the eyes with too much product
Best selling concealer in the USA, medium to full coverage, ideal for dry skin
The best selling prestige concealer in the USA according to The NPD Group (Jan-Jun 2018), NARS Creamy Concealer is a popular choice, especially (as the name might suggest) for people with drier skin.
The medium to full coverage formula will conceal most blemishes without creating flakey patches that many other concealers can produce on dry skin.
There’s nothing worse than the feeling of heavy, cakey, drying concealer and foundation on dry skin. A lighter formula, this product is more breathable than the others on this list.
Overall, customers like it with high average reviews online.
The product comes in an impressive 22 different shades, however many pale skin customers found that the lightest shade was too dark for them.
Most customers found it also works well under the eyes. Sephora carry a mini size (at half the price), which is great to try out before investing in the full size product.
Is it for me?
This popular choice is a great option for someone with dry skin, looking for a breathable, medium to full coverage, creamy, and non-flakey product to cover acne blemishes and scars.
The 22 color shade range is impressive, but it’s not the best for very pale skin. More breathable and less heavy than other options: but if you’re looking for a concealer that provides completely flawless coverage – this is not for you.
#4. Best Drugstore: Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer
- Shade range: 6 shades, 0.23 oz.
- Non-comedogenic and oil, wax, & fragrance free formula
- Price tag
- Works great for dry skin & some with normal to oily skin
- Poor shade range
- Coverage not as good as NARS (medium
- Product doesn’t last very long (1 month)
Affordable dupe for NARS – ideal for dry skin & works for some normal-oily skin
A well known dupe for NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (number 3 on this list), Maybelline New York Fit Me! Concealer performs well considering its inexpensive price tag.
The concealer provides a medium coverage for acne (similar but not as high coverage as NARS). Just like NARS, it works great to prevent flaking on dry skin, but some normal to oily skin customers have also been impressed by the friendly to acne-prone skin formula.
High average reviews online
While the 6 shade range is disappointing compared to NARS’ impressive 22 shades, this is a great option if they carry your shade and you’re interested in the NARS concealer but on a budget.
Don’t expect the tube to last long though, some customers found this ran out after just one month! It might be worth buying a more expensive, longer lasting product to avoid the hassle of constantly repurchasing.
Is it for me?
If one of the shades can work for you and you’re on a budget, it’s a good dupe at a cheaper price for the dry skin friendly NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
The coverage isn’t as high as NARS and the product will run out faster. It might be worth your while picking this one up first to test out a similar formula at a cheaper price.
#5. Best full coverage: Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
- 11 shades, 1 ounce
- Heavy tattoo coverage power
- Cruelty free and vegan
- One tube is long lasting
- Great shade range
- Not great for around the eyes
- Discontinuing soon
- Can cake if you use too much, very thick
Completely full coverage concealer power – but add too much & it can cake up
As the name suggests, this concealer provides a heavy duty, thick, tattoo-covering concealer power. If it can cover tattoos, you can be sure it can cover redness and acne, and works great on scars, too!
It can cover dark circles well, but can get cakey under the eyes if you apply too much. The concealer has mixed reactions from different skin types – the satin finish works great for some oiler skin, but some others with oily skin found it too greasy.
Customers generally like this one, with high reviews online
The value for money is great – the product contains one whole ounce, which is much more than the average .1- .35 oz concealer tube.
One tube will easily last one whole year, which is important to note, considering this product is being discontinued and has been replaced by the ‘Lock It Concealer Crème’!
If you’re interested in buying, make sure you purchase soon while it’s still available for sale (and if you enjoy it, be sure you stock up on backups!)
Is it for me?
The formula is very thick, and has extremely high coverage. It’s great if you would like to cover a lot of blemishes and achieve a completely flawless look.
Even though the range only includes 11 shades, customers that usually struggle to find a shade have been impressed. If you’re looking for something more natural looking, this is not the product for you.
#6. Best at covering redness: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream
- 3 shades, 0.37 ounces
- Anti aging properties
- Great coverage on redness
- Lightweight, breathable, and natural looking when used correctly
- Can be drying & cakey if use too much, make sure you moisturize
- Only comes in 3 shades.
- Not non-comedogenic
A versatile concealer with anti-ageing properties but the shade range is poor
This neutralizing correcting cream covers redness in the skin from issues like acne flare ups, to rosacea, to broken capillaries.
An alternative to the hassle of applying a hard-to-cover green concealer (such as Lancome’s Teint Ideal) under your makeup, this anti-redness skincare cream is for use on top of moisturizer, and can be worn alone or under makeup.
For a skincare product the cream has impressive coverage over redness, and works great in conjunction with a blemish concealer. It can also be worn alone as a lightweight, medium coverage foundation.
Overall, customers seem to like it with mostly positive reviews online
The product originally only came in one shade. It Cosmetics recently brought out two more shades, but none of the shades work well for deeper skintones when worn on its own.
Be careful not to apply too much product or it can become cakey.
A sister product from the same brand ‘Bye Bye Undereye’ covers dark circles. A third concealer in the same range, ‘Bye Bye Breakouts’ is next acne coverage concealer on the list!
Is it for me?
If you have a lot of redness in your skin, this is a great option for you.
It’s quite a versatile product and can be worn on its own for a natural look to let your skin breathe and blemishes heal, or with a full face of foundation and concealer for a flawless full coverage look.
If you don’t suffer from redness, you don’t need this one.
#7. Best for acne treatment: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakouts
- 7 shades, 0.35 ounces.
- Treats acne while it conceals, many find the treatment effective
- Good price
- Great for oily skin
- Poor shade range
- Applicator not great for acne skin
- Lighter coverage than the others
- Wears off easily
Acne treatment & coverage concealer – suitable for spot concealing as it’s drying
Another product in the ‘Bye Bye’ range, this is an acne treatment for blemishes, acne, redness and discolouration, and a coverage concealer in one.
When I suffered from really bad acne, I felt so guilty putting a full face of makeup on everyday. I knew the concealer was probably making my acne problem much worse.
The oil absorbing, acne treating ingredients in this product (including witch hazel and tea tree), allow for guilt-free concealer application.
Unsurprisingly, because of the ingredients in acne treatments, the product is drying on the skin, and so should only be used to spot conceal and treat directly on the affected area. It should not be used as an all over concealer.
Customers tend to be impressed, with generally high reviews online
The drying, oil absorbing properties means it works a lot better for oiler skin than drier skin.
Unfortunately, this product only comes in 7 shades, it’s not as long wearing as other concealers, and the coverage is not as strong as other concealers on this list.
The Bye Bye, Breakout! Hello, Confidence! Full-Coverage Concealer Kit (limited edition) is a great value set for the price.
Is it for me?
If you’re looking to treat and cover your blemishes at the same time, this is the best blemish concealer for you. It’s a great product if you feel concerned about makeup products making your acne worse.
It’s not as high coverage as some of the others on the list, but it’s a great price, and has impressive feedback from customers. The shade range isn’t great, if you usually struggle to find your shade, this probably won’t work for you.
#8. The Love It or Hate It: Younique Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer
- 10 shades, 0.34 ounces.
- Water resistant
- Coverage very high
- Fragrance free
- Cruelty free
- Cakey, not blendable if you use too much
- Supply is low, and some are selling fakes online
- Can highlight pores
A high coverage concealer from a little known brand with love it or hate it reviews
While the most popular makeup brands are usually at the top for a reason, it can get boring and predictable buying from the same few makeup brands all the time.
If you want to try something new – Younique is a less well known, but classic beauty junky hit-or-miss brand!
This concealer is frequently overlooked because it has poor reviews on certain platforms.
The low review average reflects the fact that many customers claim some sellers are selling fakes.
In contrast, the concealer receives high reviews elsewhere, where a lot of customers call it their favorite. However many other customers hated it!
The satin finish, thick, and water resistant formula provides a very high coverage over acne and scarring. It works much better on the skin when using a pea sized amount, because too much product can give a cakey appearance and highlight pores.
Customers with very dry or very oily skin tend to have negative experiences with this one, it tends to works better with normal to combination skin.
Is it for me?
If you have normal to combination skin, and you’re looking for a very full coverage, water-resistant, long lasting product and you’re sick of the usual brand names, this might be a good option for you.
It’s quite a love-it-or-hate-it product, and a lot of customers with very oily or dry skin hated it.
♥ TL;DR – Which Acne Concealer Is Best For Me?
- If you’re looking for a high quality, high coverage, multi-use concealing product at a good price per ounce, Kevyn Aucoin’s ‘Sensual Skin Enhancer’ is great.
- Suffering from very oily skin and haven’t been able to find a concealer that works? Cle De Peau ‘Beauté Concealer’ is great if you can afford the price tag.
- NARS ‘Radiant Creamy Concealer’ is the best option for acne prone dry skin. The best budget option, and easily available to get your hands on at the drugstore is Maybelline New York ‘Fit Me! Concealer’.
- If you want heavy duty concealing power, Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Concealer’ can conceal tattoos – so you can be sure it will cover all of your acne!
- Looking to cover redness? It Cosmetics ‘Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream’ is for you. It acts as a skincare cream and masks redness at the same time with impressive coverage.
- Another It Cosmetics product, ‘Bye Bye Breakouts’, is works great as a blemish treatment and pigmented concealer in one product.
- If you’re bored of all the typical brand names and want to try something completely new, Younique ‘Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer’ is a lesser known cult classic hit-or-miss among beauty junkies.