Welcome back to the blog! As a follow-up to my Foundations that are Safe for Fungal Acne post, I thought a review of concealers that are also fungal-acne-safe was in order.
Today I’m going to be sharing 4 different concealers that are safe to use for anyone suffering from malassezia folliculitis, aka fungal acne. If you’re not sure what that is, check out the posts below. Learning about fungal acne has completely transformed my skin. For the first time in 15 years, my skin is clear without any harsh chemicals, expensive products, or harmful medications.
And now, let’s find out if these concealers live up to their claims!
NYX Claims that this concealer is:
- Mattifying Formula
- Transfer Resistant
- 24 Hour Wear
- Matte Full-Coverage
- Vegan & Cruelty Free
- Brighten or Contour
- Shade-Range: 24 Shades
- Price: $8.99 USD
I use this concealer nearly every day and truly feel that for the price, you can’t beat it! Another perk is that NYX is widely available: Ulta, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and most drugstores- so this product is super accessible. Not to mention a 24 shade-range! That’s impressive, especially compared to some of the other contenders on this list.
Cons: It does dry down quickly, so there’s a learning curve, but that could also be due to the fact that I’m used to higher-end non-mattifying formulas. With some practice, you’ll be loving this product in no time!
My Rating: 5/5 ?
Benefit Claims that this concealer is:
- 24 Hour Wear
- Full Coverage
- Doesn’t Crack
- Natural Finish
- Shade-Range: 12 Shades
- Price: $22.00 USD
I can’t get over the irony that this concealer is named “Cakeless”. Try again, Benefit. This product was a huge disappointment to me. I was excited to see one of my favorite “high-end” makeup brands offering a product that was safe for fungal acne, but the hype was short-lived.
I have truly never used a concealer that was more cake-y than this. As the packaging suggests “one layer is enough,” so that’s all I used, but immediately I knew: this product was never going to blend. Right away it settled into the cracks and looked patchy.
Afterwards, I went onto both Ulta & Sephora’s websites to read all the reviews, which were mixed. It became apparent that there was a big press-release around this product, and most of the reviewers were beauty vloggers, bloggers, and influencers who had been gifted the product in exchange for a review. Buyer beware!
My Rating: 0/5 ?
Fenty Claims that this concealer is:
- Brightens under-eyes, conceals blemishes/redness
- Medium-to-Full Coverage
- Matte Finish
- Shade-Range: 50 Shades ?
- Price: $26.00 USD
This concealer is just… meh. For one thing, it’s probably the least accessible concealer on this list, only available at Sephora and FentyBeauty.com. But on the bright side: it’s available in a whopping 50 shades! That’s definitely something to celebrate.
Otherwise, it just dried too quickly and is so mattifying that my skin looked super parched and flat. This is another product with very-mixed reviews on Sephora’s website. Overall, I’d use it in a pinch but definitely won’t repurchase.
*One final note on this concealer is that it does contain glycerin. While I personally have no issue with glycerin (in fact, I think it’s a good ingredient!), I know some people with fungal acne prefer to avoid it. Also see: Glycerin Free Products for Fungal Acne
My Rating: 3/5
Hourglass Claims that this concealer is:
- Sheer, weightless, oil-free
- Cancels out dullness
- Illuminates darkness
- Retouches fading makeup
- No caking or creasing
- “Meet your concealer’s new best friend.”
- Shade-Range: 6 Shades
- Price: $34.00 USD
First things first: the packaging is so pretty. But it’s what inside that counts, so while this is not technically a concealer, I really love this product!
It is marketed as “your concealer’s new best friend” – meant for touch-ups throughout the day. It promises to be hydrating, and it is, which makes it perfect for creating the dewy (?) skin look we’re all after, and I really feel like it makes me glow. One of the ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which is a product I use every single day already- and a little bit extra certainly doesn’t hurt.
Cons: Not high-coverage enough to be your only concealer if you need that level of coverage. Also doesn’t have a huge shade-range, but because of the nature of this product & the fact it isn’t meant as a true concealer, I don’t think that’s a deal-breaker. *Contains glycerin, so obviously don’t use if you are avoiding that ingredient.
My Rating: 4/5
Concealers for Fungal Acne, Ranked from Best to Worst
Have you used any of these concealers? Do you think they live up to their claims? Found another concealer that’s safe for fungal acne? Let me know! I would love to hear what you think of these products in the comments.
Here is my final ranking of these four concealers for fungal acne, from best to worst:
- NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer
- Fenty Pro Filter Instant Retouch Concealer
- Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid
Benefit Boi-ing!Doesn’t Rank, just avoid it altogether!
Watch My Concealer Review On Youtube
You can also watch me review these concealers on my Brooke’s Beauty Bazaar Youtube Channel.
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