“For a long time, the only good makeup available was the expensive stuff, but that’s not the case anymore,” celebrity makeup artist Debra Ferullo told us when she stopped by our office last week. “Now you can find some really beautiful products at the drugstore.”
Ferullo knows a thing or two about makeup: she works with celebs like Heidi Klum and Jaime King, and has been Drew Barrymore’s go-to artist for years. She even helped Barrymore develop the formulas for her editor-favourite brand Flower Beauty. But today, Ferullo is helping us with a totally different task: finding the best drugstore concealers. How? We laid out dozens of cover-ups—wands, tubes, sticks, rollers, pots—in front of the artist and let her test each and every one.
Click through our slideshow for the seven best drugstore concealers that passed her test—all under $10!
“This one is great for pretty much anything you need to conceal,” Ferullo says about CoverGirl’s formula. “The stick makes it really easy; you could use it for spots, dark circles, and any area that you need to brighten.”
“The packaging isn’t the best on this one, so it makes me not want to like it, but it has really good coverage!” Ferullo says about Maybelline’s classic stick formula. “This is one of my favorites for blemishes.”
The more Ferullo played with Physicians Formula’s Super CC Concealer ($8), the more it surprised her. “This is basically YSL’s Touche Eclat at an affordable price,” she told us. “It’s perfect for brightening under your eyes. This would definitely help if you’re feeling tired and you just need a little pick-me-up.”
“This is a great product,” Ferullo says about Sonia Kashuk’s Liquid Light Concealer. “I would use it under my clients’ eyes and on any dark spots. The texture is really nice.”
If you prefer to put your concealer on with a brush or sponge, reach for Neutrogena’s formula. Ferullo loved the medium texture for under the eye area, but it does require a little more work since it’s in a small tube. “It even has SPF,” she says.
“Don’t worry,” Ferullo told us as we got to Flower Beauty’s offerings. “My contract is up and I can be totally unbiased.” (We’d be shocked if one of their concealers didn’t make the list, from blush to eyebrow products, they always perform well in this column!) “This one brightens and covers dark spots really well,” she says about the brand’s wand concealer. “It gives the skin under your eyes a little boost.”
Another option for concealing a blemish, Ferullo loves the thick texture of Revon’s stick formula. She suggests you apply a little concealer on a thin brush and dab directly on the blemish.