Pale concealers – who’s the fairest of them all?

Pale concealers - Kat von D, Urban Decay, Nars, NYX, Seventeen, Collection, LA GirlAs I may have mentioned once or twice I’m remarkably pale-skinned. Whilst I like pretending that I look like Snow White, and that my skin actually looks like alabaster or porcelain, it makes it stupidly difficult to find base products. I wrote about some foundations (mostly) work for me here and thought that it was about time I got around to writing about the palest concealers that I have.

Pale concealer swatches 1 L- R: Kat von D, Nars, Urban Decay, NYX, Seventeen, Collection, L.A. Girl

The newest addition to my stash is the Kat von D Lock-it Concealer Cream in Light 1. It is so pale, I was really surprised the first time I swatched it. It’s a thick consistency but blended out with a damp beauty sponge, it looks great. As you can see by the swatches, it blends out to be almost my exact skin colour, which is unheard of. I can’t wait for it to be available over here so I can restock easily. It’s currently $26 here.

Next in the line up in the top photo (and third in the swatches – oops), is my old favourite, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral. This is such a good allrounder – it works on blemishes, scarring, and under the eyes because of its thin-but-pigmented formula. I love the bendy doe-foot applicator, and the shade range goes fairly deep, which is excellent. It’s £17.50 at Feel Unique.

I’ve mentioned the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer before and still really like it in terms of the shade (Chantilly) – it has a stronger yellow base than either the KvD or UD – but my second tube was definitely more drying than the first, so I moved on to the UD. I’d definitely try another tube though, once my KvD has run out. It’s £22.50 here.

  L- R: Kat von D, Nars, Urban Decay, NYX, Seventeen, Collection, L.A. Girl

Onto the more ‘highstreet’ brands, starting with NYX. I was hopeful about their HD Concealer in Porcelain as I’d seen quite a few reviews saying that it was super pale. Yeah, er…no. I think it’s probably about a Mont Blanc from Nars in tone, far too dark and pink for me. It’s a good texture though, so if you’re less pale it’s worth the £5.50 to give it a go.

The happy surprise of my concealer hunt is the Seventeen Stay Time concealer in Extra Fair. It has an odd, almost greyish, tone but is definitely paler than any other highstreet one I’ve tried. It doesn’t have the highest coverage but it’s buildable, and £4.49 it’s fabulous value.

The cult favourite, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 Fair, is one of the biggest disappointments. It’s just so damn pink, as well as being far too drying on my combo skin. I’m glad that so many people have a favourite concealer that’s under a fiver (it’s definitely gone up in price since it started being raved about), but it’s not for me. Find it for £4.19 at Boots or Superdrug.

Finally – congratulations if you’ve made it this far – is the also-raved-about L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Porcelain. This is fairly similar to the NYX in tone, so far too dark for me, but it also has the weirdest dry texture which makes it really hard to blend evenly. Bit of a fail really. It does come in a huge range of shades though, and is £5 at Beauty Bay.

What are your favourite concealers? Do you love any of those I’ve mentioned?

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  • Fii

    As someone else who’s also really pale skinned this post is so helpful! It’s such a shame that the Kat Von D isn’t more readily available, I’d love to give it a try sometime

  • I’m so glad 🙂 I think that the Kat von D concealer will be available at Debenhams online from tomorrow – fingers crossed!

  • I have pale skin so this post is great for me! I have the Collection and LA Girl concealers. I totally agree about LA Girl I got a light shade but it is quite dark for a light one. I like the sound of the Nars one! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

  • The Nars is excellent and a tube lasts for ages. I’m glad it was useful!

  • If you are very pale then you’ll probably find that Korean products are better for you, since they tend to go way paler than Western brands. I recommend Missha under eye brightenerwhich you can get for about a fiver on eBay.

  • Good call, thanks! My problem is that most of the Korean bases I’ve tried run quite pink in tone, which looks a bit odd on me. I love the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream though 🙂

  • Just found this while desperately not wanting to have to shell out £20+ on a decent pale concealer, and I’ve gone for the UD one which was on offer! Thanks for such a good post & clear swatches!

  • You’re welcome 🙂 I hope the UD works for you – I’m on my third tube and it’s just featured in my ‘Best of 2016’ post so I’m sure you’ll love it!