Saturday, 23 November 2013

Highlighting Concealer Pens

Highlighting concealer pens are probably one of my favourite beauty inventions ever! They are super easy to use, perfect for a touch up on the go and totally hassle free. I have a nice selection of these in my makeup stash, from drugstore to high end. Most of them are 2 in 1 products and help to conceal and highlight at the same time. I really like the pens I have tried so far and I think that every girl needs at least one in her makeup bag.

I will start with my favourite from the bunch - Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in shade 00 Light Beige. It is everything I look for in a highlighting concealer. The formula is very creamy and applies like a dream, giving dull areas of my face a boost of radiance and covering imperfections. It gives medium coverage and reflects light beautifully, creating an illusion of brighter, smoother skin. The formula contains Oat Sugars to tighten the skin, making it perfect for tired looking eyes! The packaging is very luxurious  and the mechanism works perfectly every single time, dispensing the right amount of product. 

This product is an actual concealer and gives really good coverage. I use it when my  dark circles are really bad and I also camouflage nasty breakouts with it. As you can see on the swatch above, it is very pigmented, so one light brush stroke is enough to conceal anything, without looking cakey or fake. I am pleasantly surprised with this product and I reach for it very often. You can buy it from who stock NEW CID products.

 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (Collector Edition) - shade 1 - £25.00

If I want to achieve an illuminating effect, I go for the original YSL Touche Eclat. It does a great job at brightening dark circles and the feather light formula is perfect for all ages. I have some fine lines around my eyes and I haven't noticed any creasing with this product - ever! It is a cult highlighter pen and it has many fans for a reason. I also adore it's packaging and I love carrying it in my makeup bag. It looks very luxurious! Mine is a limited edition design, but the standard packaging is equally gorgeous.

Dream Lumi Touch is the first concealer pen I bought. It is very affordable and I really, really like it. The packaging is on the cheap side, but the actual formula is lovely. It gives medium coverage and feels light on the skin. It can be used to conceal dark circles, redness and blemishes or to highlight dull areas. If you haven't tried this type of product yet, I would definitely recommend starting with this one. I only have a tiny bit left and I will be repurchasing it once it runs out.

I use this illuminating pen when I have fake tan on, because it is too dark for my natural skin tone. There are lighter shades available though, so I might pick one up. I really like the light formula of Bourjois Touche Healthy Mix - it covers small imperfections and adds a touch of radiance, but you won't be able to tell that it is there. It blends into the skin beautifully and gives a very natural finish. It is also enriched with a special vitamin complex to give your skin a boost. Perfect!

L-R: NEW CID I-Conceal, YSL Touche Eclat, Clarins Instant Light, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch, Bourjois Healthy Mix.
(left - daylight, right-with flash)

Have you tried any of the highlighting concealer pens mentioned in this post?
I would also like to hear your recommendations. 

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples



  1. I am currently using Radiance concealer/highlighter from The Body Shop (just reviewed it on my blog) and also one from MUA. I really want all time classic - YSL but not now, I'll try to finish the ones I have first. ;)

  2. I am using the Bourjois concealer - I really like it for the eye area. I do mix some product with another concealer sometimes to apply on the areas that need more coverage.

  3. I have the YSL one which I quite like, it is always a toss up between that and Erase Paste x

    Beautyqueenuk xx

  4. The maybelline is basically exactly the same as the touché éclat. Love!

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  5. I would love to try the YSL but I haven't been able to bite the bullet and splurge...yet.. haha I currently use the mac prep & prime highlighter in light boost-- I like it but I'm thinking I'll try a drugstore alternative first before picking it up again

    sundays grace

  6. I am a huge fan of the collection concealer that every other blogger loves, but don't have many highlighting ones as well. I've always been interested in the Clarins and Bourjois ones so I will have to check them out on you recommendation!

  7. I haven't tried any of these, but I do really like the L'oreal Lumi Magique :) Maybe I'll try some of your picks as well :)

  8. Really helpful! I've used the YSL one and I am looking for something new to try!

  9. I have the Maybelline one and I really like it too :) all the writing has rubbed off mine now.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  10. Im currently using a collection one which is quite good. I do want to try the Maybelline one though!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  11. The swatches here are really useful, you can instantly see that the YSL TE pen isn't shiny at all, even with flash - thats what makes it a winner for me, I don't want shiny bags!! xx

  12. I'm a big fan of the Bare Minerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener. It doesn't have much concealing power but really adds light and brightness.


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