concealer – save, spend, splurge

We all have something on our face that we want to cover up, for me it’s my horrid dark circles. They make me look so tired and I’m quite self conscious about them. I’ve been testing out different concealers to suit different budgets and today I’m here to give you the lowdown.

SAVE: Catrice Liquid Camouflage (RRP R74,95): It seems like everyone raves about this budget friendly concealer and so curiosity got the better of me and I popped one into my basket while I was cruising the aisles at Dischem.

I’ve always preferred a liquid consistency when it comes to concealer and the fact that a little goes a long way with this product is great. I find that applying it with my finger tips works best and gives the most natural finish without looking too caked on. I do find that I need to set it with a bit of powder to prevent creasing but once that’s done it lasts for a good long while, about 5 hours before it needs a bit of a touch up.

SPEND: Almay Age Essentials (RRP R175): When the new Almay foundation and concealer arrived on my doorstep I was intrigued. I haven’t used any Almay products other than a mascara before and so I was definitely keen to give the concealer a go.

I am happy to report that it is great! It has a lovely creamy consistency that glides on. I find that it covers up my dark circles brilliantly and even the odd blemish. Like the Catrice concealer, I do find that it last better and doesn’t crease if it is set with a powder. I have popped this stick concealer into my handbag as I find it is the easiest to apply when you are on the go: just dot a bit on, blend with your fingertips and you’re A for away.

SPLURGE: Benefit Fake Up (RRP R335): Dehydrated under eye area? This is the concealer for you!

Surrounding the concealer is a super hydrating layer of awesomeness packed full of beneficial ingredients such as vitamin E and apple seed extract. I love using this concealer on days where I am not wearing a lot of make up, it works brilliantly to help camouflage dark circles when wearing something light like a BB cream.

SPLURGE: Benefit Erase Paste (RRP R365): Of course my favourite out of the bunch would be the most pricey, but it’s with good reason!

My favourite thing about Erase Paste is it’s brightening effect. If you’re lacking sleep and your dark circles are a tell tale sign, this slightly pearlescent salmon colour concealer will become your best friend. The teeny tiniest little bit goes a long way and the coverage is incredible, definitely the most heavy duty out of all the concealers I’ve featured today. Oh, and it comes with a handy little spatula to help scoop the product out so you don’t have to stick your fingers into the pot and risk it becoming full of germs, ew!

So, which one are you going to try first?





South African Influencer Sarah Booyens

I’m Sarah, shameless coffee addict, brazen beauty fiend, mid-size style gal and the heart behind parentingbeauty and lifestyle blog, Mascara & Mimosas.


  1. What sort of powder do you use to set your under eye concealer?

    I definitely want to give one of the Benefit concealers a try. The Erase Paste looks good! Do you set this with a powder as well?

    • Hi Simone! At the moment I am using the Essence Mattifying Contact Powder and am really enjoying it so far 🙂 I have used the Erase Paste with and without powder and it definitely lasts longer with powder. Let me know what you think of of the product once you buy it!


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