Concealer Round-Up (Pat McGrath, Armani, Dior, Too Faced)

Soooo I went a little concealer crazy this past year. I used to have 2 concealers and didn’t seem to be bothered by that. Then for some reason, I got it into my head that I needed to try out more formulas. Admittedly, I’m still not the most experienced with concealer but since these were shades that I personally had trouble finding swatches of, I’m hoping this is helpful anyway.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection M21, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
L to R: Pat McGrath M21, Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie

I am in my late 30’s and my skin type is dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone. I look for medium to full coverage because I do have darkness both under and in the inner corner of my eyes as well as the occasional acne scar that I want to cover. Like many women of color, I also have discoloration around my chin area. If I do wear a foundation that doesn’t cover it well, I do rely on concealer to pick up that slack.

For shade reference, some of my best foundation matches are Estee Lauder Double Wear in 4W4, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8, and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Tahoe.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection M21, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Concealers (left to right): Pat McGrath M21, Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie

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Listed in order from left to right:

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection M21, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Concealers (left to right): Pat McGrath M21, Armani Luminous Silk 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4.5N and 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Cookie

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Concealer (full coverage, matte, $32)

M21 – medium with neutral olive undertones

This concealer is full coverage and a little goes a long way. It does look matte (not in a bad way), but it is drier than I would prefer on my skin type. I don’t like this concealer with finger application but I do love it when applied with a brush (Sigma F79 is my go-to for concealer). It’s hard to explain, but the formula is kind of mousse-like and I don’t like the feel of it as it’s blending out. I’m sure that is just a personal quirk. It also dries down pretty quick and I feel like using a brush is more effective at getting it where it needs to go before it sets.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Concealer M21 Review and Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Concealer in M21

I don’t see the neutral olive undertone that this is supposed to have and it looks a little orange on me but it manages to still match me fairly well. I can even conceal dark spots and my under eyes with this concealer and skip putting foundation on entirely and it looks pretty natural. For my dry skin, this doesn’t need to be set when I use it for spot concealing and there is very minimal transfer. I do however have to set it when used under my eyes to minimize creasing. I am disappointed that it creases under my eyes, but pretty much everything does. However, when I use this for spot concealing, I can see why people rave about this concealer.


Armani Luminous Silk Concealer (medium coverage, luminous, $38)

9 – tan to deep with an olive undertone

This is one of those products that I don’t have much to say about but I just really like it. It is medium coverage and has a luminous finish. If you set it with powder (as I have to under the eyes) it becomes more of a satin finish. Keep in mind that I don’t use heavily mattifying powders due to skin type. So if you pair this with a very matte powder, I think it’s safe to assume it would look matte as well.

Armani Luminous Silk Concealer shade 9 Review and Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Armani Luminous Silk Concealer – 9

The formula blends easily with fingers or a brush. I wouldn’t advise using it with a beauty blender unless you are looking for light coverage because the sponge does sheer it out. As usual, I do set this when used under my eyes, but the creasing is very minimal compared to every other concealer I’m talking about today. When used on the face for spot concealing, I don’t notice any creasing. As far as the shade goes, it is a nice color for my under eyes but it does look a touch gray around my chin and mouth area. I really like this for my lighter coverage days. I personally don’t like the look of a full coverage concealer under my eyes when I’m only wearing medium coverage. If you don’t need a ton of coverage and you like a healthy luminous look, I’d highly recommend this one.


Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer (high-medium coverage, natural, $36)

4WO – medium skin with warm olive undertones

This has become a new favorite of mine and I just recently did a full review that you can check out by clicking here. Since I just did that review, I won’t go into too much detail here, but I can give you an idea of how it stacks up against the others in this post.

Dior Forever Skin Correct 4WO Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer in 4WO

This concealer is advertised as full coverage but I personally think it is on the higher end of medium. It does give a bit more coverage than the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer. I do think that some people will get full coverage, but if you have intense dark under eyes or acne scars, I think you might also find it to be medium. In my experience, this formula does need to be set to avoid creasing and transfer. The shade match is one of my best both in terms of undertone and for using as an undereye concealer. It does brighten more than I prefer to I set it with a colored powder to tone it down. I need a little more depth for the discoloration around my mouth, but mixing in some of the shade 4.5N for that purpose has been working well for me. If you don’t typically have trouble with creasing or you use setting powder anyway, this is a beautiful concealer.


Too Faced Born This Way Concealer (full coverage, natural, $30)

Cookie – medium with golden to olive undertones

This concealer has the most coverage out of the ones that I’m discussing today. It has a natural finish and even when set with powder it seems to maintain that finish. The Born This Way Concealer has a creamy texture which makes it easy to blend but that also causes it to crease easily. Setting with powder does improve the creasing, but this concealer creases the worst when compared to Pat McGrath, Armani, and Dior.

Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer Cookie Review and Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer in Cookie

In terms of the shade, this works nicely as an undereye concealer but doesn’t look great around my mouth area. This concealer works well with any application method. I can see why so many people love this one, it is very easy to work with and covers well. If you can find a color match and don’t mind setting it, I can see this working for a lot of people.


Coverage Comparison

I’m hoping this collage will help show the difference in coverage by looking at my veins. You can see them the easiest through the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer. Then the Dior Forever Skin Correct disguises them a little more than that. While I do consider the Pat McGrath to be full coverage, you can see that my veins do peek through just a little. Lastly, with the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, you can’t see the veins. This image also shows why it is important to let products dry down before making a decision on the color.

Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Concealer M21, Armani Luminous Silk Concealer 9, Dior Forever Skin Correct 4WO, Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer Cookie Swatches on Medium Dark Skin

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2 thoughts on “Concealer Round-Up (Pat McGrath, Armani, Dior, Too Faced)

  1. The Too Faced Concealer is one of the rare products I have returned to the store. It creased horribly on me, which countless reviews hadn’t mentioned. At least I’m not alone in that experience and that happened for you too.

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