You know what’s the worst? When your concealer fades halfway through the day (or night), and you have to try to fix it in a poorly-lit office bathroom (or bar bathroom) — with, what, a tube of goo and a brush? NOPE, JE REFUSE. So over the last little while, I’ve been hunting down a more convenient option : concealer pencils, or (oh whaaaat) eyeliners that function as such. LET’S LOOK.
e.l.f. Lock On Gel Liner : Too yellow for my skintone, but wears like a mofo (I had to scrub off the arm swatch of this one). Performs pretty well when used on face, depending on what you’re using it with/over — I have best results when I tap/twist it onto bare skin. It’s a teeny bit tougher to get it to apply over foundation. This one isn’t automatic, so you’d have to have a sharpener handy, but it does have a smudger on the opposite end. Alas, not currently on e.l.f.’s site, and BeautyJoint has the product ($3.25 for 035oz) but this shade seems to be out of stock at the moment. Booooooo.
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, In The Nude : Automatic / no sharpening needed; consistency is much like the e.l.f. (like many gel liners, it’s very dense, harder to blend out or diffuse, and did not wash off easily). If you’re a medium-light skintone, this may be GREAT for you. It’s just a bit too dark for me, but at least the hue is less yellow. $7.50 at BeautyJoint for .009oz.
NYX Wonder Pencil, Light : This is a highlighter/concealer pencil (and not automatic, so you’ll need a sharpener), rather than an eyeliner, so the consistency is accordingly thinner, softer, more blendable. However, it also disappears FAST. Even when applied over foundation and set with powder, it does a vanishing act after just an hour or two. The “Light” shade is porcelain pale — actually too light to be a suitable concealer — but I still use it as a browbone highlight or to help neaten my eyeliner. $4.49 for .04oz at Ulta.
NYX Wonder Pencil, Medium : Light was TOO light, and of course Medium is just a tad too dark and warm-toned to be a perfect match for my face, but it’s workable in a pinch. Same inconveniences as Light : requires a sharpener, doesn’t wear for long. $4.49 for .04oz at Ulta.
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner, Rue Bonaparte : ALMOST HG. I’ve had two of these at all times for the last couple years — one with my makeup stash, and one in my bag for touchups. The consistency is a tad more blendable than the e.l.f. or Rimmel eyeliners, but the wear on my oily face skin still isn’t perfect. However, it’s a pretty close match for my skintone, it’s easy to get non-obvious spot coverage by tapping/twisting it, and it’s an auto pencil so no sharpening required. Of course it’s also the most expensive of the bunch at $26 for .02oz (at Ulta).
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, FBI : These are obvs a much fatter pencil (more like a chunky crayon), and the product itself is a relatively thin/soft/slippy cream. Requires sharpening, and the fatter point makes them fine for drawing on a big smear then blending it out, but less optimal for on-the-go touch-ups or spot-concealing. Wear is just okay for me — 4-5 hours later I generally need to reapply. FBI is a similar shade to the NARS eye pencil above, but a bit more yellow, which means it’s not a perfect match for my skin. If they released their extant shade collection in a skinnier auto pencil, I’d definitely pick up lighter and peachier DEA to try. $20 for .12oz at Ulta.
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, NSA : Too dark and too yellow for my skin, what was I thinking, etc. Consistency and application and wear are same as for FBI, tone would be probably great for someone with medium-light warm-toned skin, but way way wrong for me. $20 for .12oz at Ulta.
SWATCHES : Top to bottom in the same order as pencil photo and text descriptions. In cooler light, warmer light, and then again with the right-hand edge of the smear blended out with a finger :
As you can see, the e.l.f. and Rimmel eyeliners (the two top swatches) are much more resistant to blending out; the NARS eyeliner is more workable in that regard. The actual concealer pencils — particularly the UD ones — are far softer and more blendable, but then they also don’t “set” as well (if at all) and thus don’t last as long. Eh, everything’s a trade off. UNTIL I FIND THE PERFECT ONE.
WHAT IF I’M NOT PATHETICALLY PALE? If you have a medium to dark skin tone and want to try an eyeliner as concealer, I’m seeing a few possibilities on BeautyJoint — though most of them seem to be mid to deep matte browns, and not a lot in the “approximately a medium flesh tone” range. LA Girl’s Endless Auto Eyeliner is $2.00 and comes in “Dark Brown” and “Light Brown.” Kleancolor Retractable Waterproof Lip & Eye Liner is $1.75 and comes in Cafe, Coffee, Cocoa, Chocolate, Brown, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, and Brown Cafe. (!!!) Jordana’s 5-Inch Pencil ($1.73, non-auto) comes in seven different medium-to-deep brown shades. City Color has an Inner Rim Auto Liner for $2.99 which only comes in one shade of tan-ish whose true tone is impossible to discern. Kana Automatic Eyeliner Pencils ($2.99) come in medium and deep brown. Wet N Wild Color Icon Kohl ($1.48) comes in a buff shade. And … you get the idea. There might be something that works great for you! I can tell you that it takes a lot of trying (and failing), but at $1-3 a pop, that’s not too painful an experiment.
How ’bout you? Got a solution for on-the-go concealer touch-ups? Fave product? Tell us!