Top 2 Concealers : High End & Drugstore

I finally get to blog and read blogs again after what feels like FOREVER. I missed it :) and today I’m back bearing good recos for you guys. I needed (still do) a really good product I can count on to hide my deepest darkest secrets pimples, scars, and my horrendous dark under eye circles. So I’ve been trying different concealers for awhile now, and these are the best ones I’ve used so far…

brightening concealer

Three words to describe the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer — brightening, comfortable, and moisturizing. It has that “wake me up” effect when applied underneath the eye and it’s feels so so light when worn.

Thin concealers usually don’t last on me but thankfully this stuff does (as long as I don’t hang out at hot humid places or else it’s like it was never even there). The only thing I hate about it is it settles in between my under eye lines a few minutes after application, which is easily fixable but still potentially annoying.

Important gist you need to know about this product it only gives a medium coverage. In a way what it lacks in coverage it makes up for it’s nice brightening effect. But it still doesn’t hide blemishes very well so if you need stronger coverage then the next concealer is more for you.

full coverage concealer

Oh Collection where have you been all my life. Their Lasting Perfection Concealer is an excellent and inexpensive concealer that actually beats a couple of high end products (e.g. MAC and Benefit concealers) in quality and performance. And I got this for only PHP300 / USD7 guys! Tanya Burr, Zoella, and many other EU beauty vloggers whose names escape me right now raved about this.

It’s thicker in consistency than the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer and has a full coverage on me. It is also a touch sticky — not in a bad way. I feel like it makes the concealer less likely to sink in between wrinkle lines, cause that rarely happens when I wear this. It lasts an entire day. And althought it isn’t moisturizing it also doesn’t make my under eye area dry, which is usually my major problem with most thick concealers.

which is better?

Personally, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is better for me (most of the time) especially when I want a full coverage, too much darkness to hide lol. Plus it amazes me how good and inexpensive this is. But if I scratch the need for a full coverage to hide scars and pimples and I just want something to enhance my makeup look, then Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer is a way better choice. Its brightening, just really comfortable, moisturizing, and it looks natural when applied. Both concealers are GREAT, it will basically come down to what your skin needs most :)

PS : Has anyone seen the season finale of Once Upon A Time??


  • Elle says:

    Torn between the two! Shocks. Hahahaha But I never get the feeling of wanting full coverage products because I feel my skin isn't “breathing” and it's more natural to have some skin showing through. (Am I making any sense here?) Hahaha
    Anyhoo, I haven't watched Once Upon A Time for the longest time! Need to catch up!

  • Tasha says:

    I've heard so many great things about both! Sadly the Collection one is not available where I live but I'm going to New Zealand at the end of the year where they recently launched so I'll make sure I buy it then!

    Also YES I've watched the OUAT finale!!! I'm so devo about Regina and Robin, though I totally knew that chick was Marian. Dayum Emma! But YAAAYYY Captain Swan are finally togetherrrrrrrrrr.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • Christine Uy says:

    Thanks so much for this sis! I'm actually been eyeing the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, I think it's time for me to branch out and try out other NARS products apart from their blushes. hehe. I love the fact that the concealer is creamy, I badly need that due to my dry skin. It's sucks coz some concealer are sooo amazing in terms of coverage and brightening but then it's so useless for me if they look flakey on my skin – it's a not so pretty look lol. Thanks for the review sis! Can't wait to get my hands on it. =D

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xo

  • wow! hooray for collection and I always hear tanya talking about it. catching up with once upon a time (can't believe elsa will be part of the next season!)

  • Judith says:

    There are such great drugstore concealer options these days!

  • Janet says:

    since concealer hoarder me i am so so so going to try both! Pero unahin ko muna c collection kasi mas mura ^_~ thanks for sharing this post :)

  • Czarina Mae says:

    Ooooh both the products sound good! I don't know which one I need more, full coverage or a brightening concealer. Pwede ba pareho? Hahaha. But I think I'd choose the Collection concealer too since it's soo affordable! :)

  • I use Nars and love it great review doll I still will like to try the inexpensive one.

  • Seems like a very good products Shayne!! I want them both! sayang kakabili ko lang ng concealer from San San. Try ko lng kung effective ba yun di ko pa rin kasi nagagamit hehehe

    love lots,

  • Diana says:

    I'm really curious about these two! I might ask my mom to send me a collection concealer (along with pixi glow tonic which I really want but it's super hard to get…) because I've heard so many raves! I'm also curious about the nars one. I usually use 3 types of concealer ( yes I'm a concealer freak :P ) and this looks like a nice creamy one.

    Oh and yeeessss, I saw the finale OMGFJHTJR, I seriously hope that they can fix Regina's problem…and I hope that they don't mess'up our new character!
    Take care*

  • This post is perfect timing for me! I am going to get new concealer today!! I am so excited to try the Nars. “Brightening, comfortable, and moisturizing” with a “wake-up effect” is exactly what I a need! Thank you!

  • Thanks for the comparison review! I have the Nars Concealer, but don't dig it as much as my drugstore concealers. NEED to get the collection concealer in my life though! Thanks for the heads up :D
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

  • MITCH says:

    I wish I could find the Collection concealer in Indonesia! Love the coverage <3


  • CJ says:

    It's been a while since I've watched Once Upon a Time. Last episode I watched was Mulan/Aurora. :( huhu Saw the Elsa clip and I am so going to be on this train. I love it already. Will update myself on the episodes up to the Elsa one :) Eeeek! So excited. I wonder what her backstory would be there?

    PS. I love that concealer! (Collection) SUPER AMAZEBALLS.

  • Stephanie G says:

    I would love to try out that COLLECTION concealer, I'm currently using my MAC concealer but I'm running out of it :( and i LOVE the creamy concealer from Estee Lauder. you just reminded me to continue watching Once Upon a Time.. grrrhhh! I have to finish all season before summer break ends :)

  • It is impossible for me to buy these products in Czech! However, very nice review dear! ^^

    ❤ ✿ MY BLOG ✿ ❤

  • Rae O. says:

    This is a good review. At the end of the day, it's all about our preferences and what we need the most. I'm leaning towards Nars, because it has a lot more yellow to it. I have te collection concealer and it seems to pink for me.

  • Natasja says:

    How wonderful that the more inexpensive one worked out better for you. Currently I have two concealers (though one is technically a highlighter) that I love but they are both high-end products… but that wake-up effect sure is worth it :P especially because I have really dark circles under my eyes. meh. I still need to catch up on OUAT, but I read online that the finale was… well.. intense .. so I am intrigued :P

  • Victoria says:

    I would love to get the Color Collection one but isn't too pink? Do they have yellow-toned shades?

  • Apple Borbon says:

    i've always been a powder + blush + lipstick kind of (lazy) girl but I'm starting to consider taking makeup a little more seriously. you're recos will definitely help! yayy for efficient drugstore products! heehee! missed being here, btw. :)

  • Vanessa N says:

    I LITERALLY SAID “OH GOD” WHEN YOU BROUGHT UP THE OUAT FINALE. (I should just add you on FB, since I practically talk to everyone on there)
    I need to remember to pick up the Collection concealer when I'm in Europe later in the year, since yeah, everyone raves about it! I picked up the wrong shade of NARS concealer, and since I use it to cover up my blemishes, my blemishes are now a touch darker than my skintone. Sad things.
    (Also I totes feel u regarding the coming back into blogging and reading blogs and commenting thing. Sometimes I take long break and go back to commenting, and realise I love interacting with people…over the internet)

  • Nina says:

    Welcome back, I haven't been to your blog in awhile because I haven't seen a new post on my feed and I was happy to see a new one today. Plus it's a review that I totally need because I have horrible under eye circles and I'm always looking for a one to cover them up. I haven't heard of the Collection one before so I'm going to search for it online so I can try it because my eye circles are ridicules. Great review my dear. Oh and by the way yes I did watch the season finale, I'm so excited for next season! :)


  • Vanessa N says:

    Christ, I feel like we should have a three way chat to pour out our angst regarding Robin x Regina/Outlaw Queen

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ay based on your pics sis i dont need you need full coverage at all, you are super flawless! and yes esp since elsa of frozen is entering the next season, also the story after the peter pan arc is a lot better :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    amagad i was so heartbroken for regina!! i was seriously pissed of at swan for bringing marian back, my poor bf had to listen to my rants for an hour lol. im also excited about the elsa twist. maybe she could be responsible for freezing marian in the next season :}

    and def recommend the collection concealer hope you get it soon :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ah its good at doing that sis. i have dry under eye area since i usually dont get proper sleep but ever since i replaced my old concealer with this one it has gotten better. im sure my eye cream helped but im also pretty confident to say that the concealer did too :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    its available in some supermarket na sis. sayang lang cuz they only have 3 shades. OMG im so excited for that talaga. wonder if they are bringing in Olaf too <3

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    yup i heard the maybelline concealers are good too :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hehe i wish nga i knew about it sooner. i had to use MAC concealers for the longest time may masmaganda pala and masmura pala :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    haha some people actually does that. they apply the brightening concealer on top of the full coverage one, i havent tried it yet but i should tho.. one of these days :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ooo glad we have the same concealer and same opinion about it :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ay sayang :( how much did you get the san san concealer for? :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    wah i think we have that brand pixi here, i could have included it on your box. actually one thing that i wish we did for the swap, was ask for a detailed wishlist so i could hunt the products down for you. im hoping that elsa will accidentally freeze marian :} cause seriously my heart broke for regina!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oh nice! please let me know how it goes :) what are you other concealer options?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    collection is really goood :) may i ask what drugstore concealers are these so i could check out too?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hmm not sure if they are in indonesia but worth looking for :) im from the PH and we have little stalls of this brand here.

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    me also! some are saying that it could be the evil version of elsa from the hans (forgot last name) books but maybe not din cause she was wearing the disney frozen gown :) i will be so happy if they include Olaf in the next season :D youll like the next ep. esp reginas — i think she has the best story line so far :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i used to own a couple of MAC concealers in the past, and actually tried the news ones at the counter pero imho collection is still better talaga. try it sis its available at some supermalls na :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aw too bad :( perhaps online? thanks rinako!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    what shade are you using sis? i was thinking of trying shade 3 since its a bit yellow-er when swatched but its too dark for me. sayang nga eh i wish they would release more colors for this.

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hi natasja! do you use both (concealer + highlighter) at the same time? someone just gave me an idea of using them on top of each other. i wonder if itll work nicely. and what concealers are these so i could check them out too :)

    i think youre going to like the show esp the later eps :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    they only have 3 shades on the counter :( this shade (2) blends nicely on my skintone naman, although rae mentioned that it was too pink for her (not sure what shade she got). shade 1 is almost the same as shade 2 but a lot lighter. and shade 3 is darker and little yellowish.

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    collection concealer is a good product to start up your make up kit sis :) at least in the rare case that you need coverage for random blemishes you can use it.
    ay super miss hearing from you!!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i rarely check FB but yes pliz add me! what shade are you currently using? maybe you can use it when you get a little tanner on your beach vacay! but idk that never happens to me. i bought a wrong foundation color which is two shades darker than my skintone — told myself ill use it when i get tanner but it never happens lol

    yea! i know what you mean. i've been taking longer breaks than usual lately.
    also when the blogs i follow go on breaks they kinda influence me to go on a break too LOL

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i hope they bring in olaf too! :D
    its sooo nice to hear from you again nina <3 the collection concealer if im not mistaken is a european brand, lots of vloggers rave about it. you might want to find them online since they have actual vids of them applying this product :)

  • Bethany says:

    I really like that you compared one high end and one drug-store brand. <3 I know the feeling about needing to catch up on blogging and blog reading too. Been so busy lately. I've missed it!

  • Welcome back! <3 I've been using Fit Me Maybeline concealer for as long as I could remember, and it does a pretty good job, but still not good enough to hide my horrible dark circles! haha. I haven't heard of the Collection concealer before, but this post made me want to try it :)

  • Iqra says:

    I really wanted to try the NARS creamy concealer, love how it sounds like its moisturising! But I have to agree with you, the collection option is phenomenal for its price! I've not found such excellent coverage before and really don't know what I would do without the stuff! I'm so glad you can get it there quite easily!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe | Bloglovin

  • Belle Femme says:

    Great review and comparison dear. I loved the lucid and clear photos too. You are a genius. Happy weekend :-)

  • Becky says:

    I have the NARS concealer in honey, it does a really good job at masking dark circles! It's one of the few concealers that doesn't make me look cakey, and I like that it conceals without brightening. My sister has Custard, but it doesn't work as well as Honey does for me.

    xx becky /

  • Ugh, I hear about the Nars concealer everywhere! Maybe it's time for me to pick one up!

  • Hollie says:

    LOLZ didn't know you guyz watch Once Upon a Time toooo! ^_^

  • Hollie says:

    I first noticed noticed the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer when Donnarence of My Lucid Intervals raved about it last year and said it's her HG concealer. I keep forgetting to buy it. I so want to compare this with my HG concealer from Mary Kay since it's super affordable… which reminds me, I need to review it pala. LOL Anyway, I have another product from Collection which I'm super inlove with right now and I think it's nearing HG status….. hehe

  • Hollie says:

    Welcome back pala, I missed you! hehe

  • aki! says:

    I have the hardest time with matching concealer colors!

    7% Solution

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    huge fan here ahaha! :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    but its so nice tho that after all these time we are still in touch <3 welcome back from your little break! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thanks melissa! <3 havent seen that concealer yet when i do will try a swatch :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ooo im glad we use the same concealer. its really amaziinng for its price :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thanks belle! <3

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    if im not mistaken honey was my second choice of shade actually since its pink-ish :) i know someone who owns both shades (honey & custard) and she mixes both to get the perfect color. thats pretty expensive tho :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    haha its good product, go go! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oooo what is this other collection product sis? im really interested about this brand na talaga :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aw thanks sis! i missed getting updated from you too!! :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    same here, it takes me at least around 4 revisits to the counter to pick the closest shade lol!

  • jenn f says:

    hmm been thinking about the NARS for a while but i guess the Collection one is just so much better for heavy duty things. too bad i can't get it here!
    A Beautiful Zen

  • Vanessa N says:

    Yeah noooo that trip got scrapped :(
    We're just going to the UK now. I've got the shade 'Vanilla', so hopefully I can use it when I get a little darker!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hi jenn! and its cheaper too :) not ure if they sell internationally online tho :(

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oooh nice so many beauty brands to shop at in UK :) :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oh btw if your shade is lighter than nars vanilla then i think collection's shade 1 will work on you :)

  • E. says:

    Girl we don't even have Collection cosmetics here. Sucks. :(

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    ah too bad. not sure if they can ship internationally :(

  • Judy says:

    I have tried NARS and I so like it. I will def be repurchasing this.

  • Long time no talk! LOL! :) Where are these products available? Hehe. Been looking for good concealers all my life!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    Hi judy! thats nice! these two are also a great combo for an under eye concealer :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oo nga sis! imishoo! :) the collection concealer is available at some dep. store. not sure with watsons but in metro gaisano malls they have a collection stall. nars naman from rustans but i highly suggest you get it online nalang through some sellers kase its cheaper that way :)

  • Wow! This is perfect! I'm currently looking for a new concealer to try. I'm really interested in that Collection brand, haven't really heard of it nor seen it. I shall find that soon! Thanks for this review and tip! :D

    BTW, watched Once Upon a Time's season finale weeks ago, it's the bomb! I laughed when I saw Elsa (not that I don't like her) but I can't wait for the next season! ^_^


  • Jae says:

    I don't have any highend concealers mainly because I'm pretty contented with my Collection concealer. This concealer definitely knows how to stay put.. it doesn't crease at all. Another drugstore concealer I'm loving is the one from Essence. The coverage is light though, but it's great for brightening the undereyes.


  • All the concealers I have tried so far settle into my fine lines and I gave up on using them. The Essence compact powder does cover a bit of the dark and it doesn’t settle into the lines, so I use that instead. I’ve realized that there are a couple of products that present better or very similar results to high end ones. It’s such a pleasure to find them! Unfortunately, none of those brands exist here in Portugal…

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    me too me too :) i wish she'd freeze lady marian back to the enchanted forest haha. thanks jean! its a good brand inexpensive too so i really hope you try it :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thanks for the suggestion jae! ill check out essence in any case that collection doesnt have my shade again when this tube is all used up. they have few #2 shade stocks in our area :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aw too bad, not sure if collection is shipping internationally, but i hope they do :)

  • I've been hearing amazing stuff about the nars creamy concealer and have been eyeing it since forever. :) my Hg concealer as of the moment is from ZA cosmetics! it's so cheap and it does wonders for me! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    its a good buy :) and thank you for the suggestion, never tried ZA products cause i dont think its available here in the south? or maybe im just not looking enough haha :)

  • Natalie says:

    Ughhh why don't we have Collection in Canada? That concealer sounds awesome. I'm always looking for good concealers since I'm often breaking out. Great review – loved the post!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thanks natalie :) not sure if they have an online store that ships internationally if i am not mistaken this brand is from europe?

  • Dianna says:

    wow I didn't even know about the collection concealer, but it sounds great though(:
    I currently have the nars creamy concealer and I am with you on the whole “settling in your under eye line” thinglol
    My eyebags are not very dark but I'd like it brighter, which is why I use it, but I just have to make sure I check
    in the mirror from time to time to make sure I don't have light tan lines below my eyesO_O
    I may try this out if I ever want the full coverage, thank you so much for sharing shayne!!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thats so true haha. the mirror check is a must before i leave the house and before i leave the car haha :D and yez on the collection concealer its an HG item <3

  • Pau B. says:

    I use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer too. I have review on my blog :)

    xo, Pau

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oh nice! ill check it out :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *