Why test hundreds of formulas when the reviewers have done the work for you?
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
If asked to choose just one beauty product, many might say concealer. It covers up dark circles under tired eyes, red and inflamed pimples you really shouldn't have touched, or even a chapped, irritated runny nose. But finding just the right formula can feel a little like being Goldilocks. One product may have the right consistency, but not enough staying power; another may provide the perfect coverage, but come housed in an inconvenient dispenser. Lucky for you, Sephora mavens have done the testing on your behalf, and have unanimously given Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30, sephora.com) the seal of concealing approval.
Nearly 7,000 reviewers have given the product a 4.3/5 rating and 380,000 likes. Typically one of the biggest problems with concealer is that it settles into fine lines over the course of the day, but this one got over 1,500 votes as being “crease resistant.” It also rated highly as being creamy (over 2,500 votes) and color correcting (1,700 votes). With a wide range of 16 diverse hues, we’re guessing there’s one to complement nearly any skin tone. We also love that there's a wand for easy application—you don’t have to worry about using your fingers and letting bacteria in.
Use it on trouble spots or blend it with your moisturizer to soften the pigment for light, all-over coverage. Try the “no makeup” makeup look by skipping foundation and just using this concealer. Swipe it on where you need it—around the nose, under eyes, and around the mouth—and blend out with your fingers or a makeup sponge. No matter how you swipe, blend, or tap it, it will have you covered.