For beauty oriented girls, a good concealer is a must-have in any daily makeup routine.
It’s not easy finding the right one, especially taking into account that many companies still use immoral animal testing procedures for their beauty products. That is why I have decided to compile a top 5 list to help you find the best cruelty-free concealer for you.
How to choose the best cruelty-free concealer
A great concealer in tandem with the foundation has the key task of giving us an even and spotless skin tone. The concealer is there to mask all blemishes, discolorations and lighten dark areas.
For this to work, we must choose the concealer co-responding to our skin tone. If we use the wrong one, it can end up making blemishes and dark areas all the more noticeable. So, let’s go through our options and hopefully get a better idea of what to look for in a great concealer.
If your skin type is dry, you might want to avoid liquid concealers with a matte finish, because they will look even drier in the end. Alternatively, if you have oily skin, creamy or stick concealers will clump into pores and make your skin look even more oily.
For minor discolorations and blemishes, there’s no need for more than a light or medium coverage concealer.
For the under-eye circles, be sure to go only one or two shades lighter than your skin tone, so that you don’t end up with noticeable white circles.
Make sure to match your concealer to your foundation as exactly as possible. Otherwise, if your concealer is too pink, peach, bronze or white it will make for a rather unnatural look.
Most importantly, choose a vegan and cruelty-free product! They are usually marked and marketed as cruelty-free, but you should be on the look-out for deceptive ingredients like gelatin, carmine, and lanolin.
These are only general guidelines to help you along in the search for the best cruelty-free concealer, but experimenting and tinkering with the shades and textures is an unavoidable part of the journey.
The available types of concealer
This is the most versatile type of concealers since you can build on the coverage from light to heavy-duty. It is best used for normal, combination, oily and breakout prone skin. Basically anything but very dry skin.
It is the least likely to clump and fill up your pores. Liquid concealer is also very useful for wrinkles because it is unlikely to crease.
They can have matte, satin and shimmer finishes. Satin may look most natural, but matte will last longer. This is my personal favorite, since I have oily skin, and other types of concealers tend to make me look shiny.
A more thick and creamy type of concealer most suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin. Coverage is medium to full with either satin or powdery matte finishes.
Since they are usually highly pigmented, it is best to dot them on or swipe them in a line and then dab them in with your finger or a concealer brush until you blend them in well.
If you have dry, combination or sensitive skin, this might be a good choice for you. You can get medium to full coverage with either a satin or creamy finish. They work great under the eyes and are good for covering discolorations.
In general, creamy concealers are more prone to creasing throughout the day, depending on the texture, so keep that in mind when choosing. It might help to set them with powder once they’re blended.
How to apply concealer
No matter what kind of concealer you’re using, and what type your skin is, the application process is the same. You apply dots or swabs of product where you find it necessary.
Then you blend it into your skin using a clean finger, blending brush or sponge, until there are no visible outlines left. Whether you use the concealer or foundation first is up to you.
Just be sure to apply them to a clean and lightly moisturized face. Although, if you are using a liquid or cream concealer and a powder foundation, it might be best to do the concealer first and foundation only after it’s set, to avoid clumping. Whether or not you finish the look with powder is entirely up to you.
Top Cruelty-Free Concealers
Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer
This the first of the five best cruelty-free concealers. Also a vegan and gluten-free liquid concealer. It is very light and gentle, but buildable. What I love is that its key ingredient is coconut water which moisturizes the skin.
It is also full of vitamins and antioxidants which protect the skin. Also, it utilizes sweet Iris stem cells to give a revitalizing and firming effect and Ginseng extract which nourishes and supports circulation.
Effectively, this product helps fight the aging process by reducing the speed at which wrinkles and lines form. Talk about a wow effect! A little bit of this product goes a long way, and with regular use, one pack should last you a month.
INIKA Certified Organic Perfection Concealer
This INIKA concealer is organic, cruelty-free, and a lightweight formula to boot. It comes in only two shades, but gives very good coverage and hides blemishes very well. I like the bright and vibrant look you end up with in the end.
Not only is it cruelty-free, but it is also toxin free and hypoallergenic. They use Aloe Vera and Jojoba seed oil to keep the skin hydrated and soothe blemishes, which means using it is health-conscious as well as beautifying.
What made me consider this for the position of the best cruelty-free concealer was the fact that it is good enough to be a stand-alone coverage. But, the tones are limited, so you may need to pair it with a foundation in case it doesn’t quite match your tone.
Mineral Fusion Compact Concealer Duo
Another possibly best cruelty-free concealer, the Mineral Fusion concealer is somewhat unique in its duo-shade system.
It is meant to allow you greater control over the balance in shading to your skin tone. It comes in four different color combinations which cover most bases pretty well.
I like that it’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants and is fragrance-free, so it should be pretty harmless and even beneficial for the skin. It is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, contains no talc or paraben.
The concealer doesn’t clump or clog pores and fits all skin types pretty well. They packed it full of vitamin C and E for an anti-aging effect. What I appreciate most about this Duo pack idea is that they effectively solved my frequent dilemma when buying concealer and finding my skin tone stuck between two shades.
Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer
I love this one. It comes in an innovative pen packaging for easy application. What I love most is that it is water-based and has no oil, which my oily skin appreciates.
The coverage is light and sheer, but if you give it a few moments to set, you can layer it as much as you need. It comes in a variety of 12 tones which is great.
I had a bit of trouble with the dispensing mechanism at first, but the trick is to twist the base a few times. After that, it dispenses effortlessly. It works fabulously for the under-eye circles.
Being water-based, it won’t last on your face all day long, but you can always stop to re-apply. The one thing that bothered me a tad was the high price compared to the small quantity of product in the tube.
The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28/PA++
What impressed me about this one is that in one stroke it gave me a win in my lasting battle with my dark under-eye circles. The texture is creamy and mousse-like, so one application tends to be quite enough.
It comes in a basic cylindrical tube with a doe foot applicator, but because of the thickness of the product, the applicator doesn’t soak it in. Pretty moisturizing, but it does crease a bit into wrinkles and lines after a few hours.
It blends very easily, so you don’t need to dab with sponges and brushes since a few finger strokes will do just fine. Given all the variables, this might be the best cruelty-free concealer yet.
Taking into account the pros and cons of each product against my needs, I would say No. 5 is a clear winner for me. The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer covers all bases when it comes to coverage and not exposing my skin to even more oil.
If you set it with a bit of powder, it won’t even crease. If you’re in a hurry to get ready, this concealer is perfect since it takes no time to apply, it blends in a dash.
I wouldn’t recommend wearing much of it if it’s very hot and you might sweat, but since it is very thick and pigmented, a small amount does the job.
The only trick is matching it to your skin tone since the choices are limited, so it may take a bit of experimenting and combining with a foundation to get just the right shade.
Alternatively, if you have the money to spend, you might also like Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer, which was my runner-up. It offers more shades so you may have more luck finding just the right one.