Ask a Beauty Editor: Best Drugstore Concealers (Under $15!)

It's like a Magic Eraser for your face.

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Reader question: What is the best drugstore concealer for mature skin? You know, someone with some wrinkles! —@sefginstl

Whether your goal is to hide dark circles, camouflage redness, even out your skin tone, or all of the above, there's no denying that a good concealer is an invaluable addition to your makeup bag. Still, finding one that delivers just the right amount of coverage, comes in the perfect shade, and has a texture you actually like is no easy feat. And while once upon a time you'd have to shell out big bucks in order to score your perfect concealer, that's certainly no longer the case. Case in point: These seven best drugstore concealers, all of which ring in at $15 or less. In addition to the best pick for mature skin, I've also included the best formulas for things like acne, dark circles, and dryness—so you can find your holy grail no matter your skincare concern.

Best Drugstore Concealers

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Best Drugstore Concealer for Mature Skin: Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer

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Along with medium coverage, micro-pigments add the perfect amount of radiance—not full-on shimmer, but just enough to brighten your skin and make you look well-rested, even if you're not. As an added bonus, the formula is infused with caffeine to firm up your undereyes and give it a pick-me-up with a boost of antioxidants.

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Best Drugstore Concealer for Discoloration: NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand

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As any makeup artist will tell you, using a color corrector is the best way to completely hide any type of discoloration. This concealer collection makes it easy to do just that, with three color correcting hues (yellow to counteract dark spots, green to knock out redness, and purple to brighten sallowness) in addition to skin-toned shades.

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Best Drugstore Concealer for Dark Circles: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

With goji berry and Haloxyl to help brighten skin and minimize the look of fine lines, it's no surprise that this is the brand's best-selling concealer. Couple that with the micro-corrector applicator that's perfect for swiping underneath your eyes, and you've got yourself the perfect antidote for early mornings, late nights, or both. It's also now available in six new shades, bringing the total to an impressive 18.

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Best Drugstore Full Coverage Concealer: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

There are some days when you need only a little bit of sheer coverage…and then there are some days when you need a little bit more. For those times, reach for this full-coverage, full-face formula. Waterproof and transfer-resistant, it lasts up to 24 hours, camouflaging everything from dark circles to spots to redness. (The extra-large applicator makes it easy to use on larger areas too.) Plus, it's available in 25 shades—the most of any of the concealers featured here—and doubles as a highlighter or contour product. Use a hue that's one to two shades lighter than your skin tone to highlight, or one to two shades darker to contour.

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Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer

Best Drugstore Concealer: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer
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The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, and the most susceptible to damage. That's why we love that this formula—along with offering great, medium coverage—is infused with protective ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamin E, and titanium dioxide to guard this delicate skin from everything from pollution to blue light.

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Best Drugstore Concealer for Dry Skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer

Best Drugstore Concealer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer

Is there anything worse than caking, cracking, creasing concealer? Enter this extra-moisturizing formula, which uses an ingredient more often found in skincare than makeup: hyaluronic acid. The top-notch hydrator attracts water to and traps it in the skin; here, it's found in the solid core of the concealer, keeping the coverage super-creamy, blendable, and virtually undetectable.

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Best Drugstore Concealer for Acne: Clearasil Stubborn Acne Control 5 in 1 Concealing Treatment Cream

Best Drugstore Concealer: Clearasil Stubborn Acne Control 5 in 1 Concealing Treatment Cream

This skincare-makeup hybrid is packed with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, a top zit-zapping ingredient, but is also tinted to help cover blemishes while treating them simultaneously. Also nice: It helps tamp down excess oil and shine and keep pores clear. Multitasking for the win.

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