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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best eye creams and eye masks for raccoon eyes and puffiness, plus the best no-makeup makeup concealer, here we’re investigating the best under-eye concealers you can find on Amazon, no matter what your dark-circle situation is. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Under-Eye Concealer With a Sponge Applicator

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser

“This is a great product. I have very extreme dark circles and this works better for me than products that are ten times the price, and believe me, I’ve tried everything. The sponge-tip applicator is a little coarse during the first couple uses, but it quickly softens up and is perfect for applying this product. I also use this stick to cover blemishes and dark spots, and it blends very nicely.”

The Best Under-Eye Concealer With a Roll-on Applicator

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Sheer Tinted Roller

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Sheer Tinted Roller

“I have resigned myself to the fact that spending $25 on some under-eye ‘It’ product or like products is a waste of $$$. I am a makeup junkie of sorts and belong to all the subscription boxes you can think of. I have used Bare Minerals, Tarte, Ulta, Urban Decay, and many more. Nothing makes my eyes pop like this WITHOUT caking up or drying my under eyes. I am 34 and have had dark skin under my eyes since I was 11 … no bags … just very thin skin everywhere, and it shows around my eyes (not just under). This stuff is AWESOME! I stopped using my foundations and BBs and wear just this under my eyes and any areas I want even skin color. I blend it in with my foundation brush and top it with some powder … FLAWLESS and GLOWING! No more spendy foundations for me. This fits the bill for me … and it has never caused any breakouts or red, sensitive areas around my eyes.”

The Best Powder Under-Eye Concealer

Bare Minerals Eye Brightener

Bare Minerals Eye Brightener

“I have ‘old lady’ dark circles and heavy lids that have driven me crazy for years. The Bare Minerals Brightener is a blessing. It doesn’t pop from your face like so many of the obvious dark-circle cover-ups. It simply adds a subtle, well-rested appearance to your skin. (I occasionally use it sparingly on my décolleté on evenings out. It seems to reflect light and somehow soften, improve — it does something to the appearance of my neck and chest, allowing me to wear clothes I COULD but WOULD NOT have worn before … so my one complaint is that it should come in a larger size.)”

The Best Premium Under-Eye Concealer in a Tube

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under-Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under-Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer

“This is so beautiful, I can’t take it! This is everything you want in a concealer. The only thing that stinks about this is the packaging. It’s very hard to get out of the tube because it’s a thicker concealer. But it’s still amazing because on those days when you need that extra coverage, where you don’t want to look cakey, it is AMAZING!!!!! This may be a thicker concealer, but it is illuminating. When I use it, I will also use it as somewhat of a highlighter on my forehead and chin to help bring color to my face. Sometime after foundation, your face can look super matte and dull … this makes me feel like my skin is glowing from within. I love it SO much!”

The Best Drugstore Under-Eye Concealer in a Tube

Maybelline Facestudio Master Conceal

Maybelline Facestudio Master Conceal

“I have been looking for a full-coverage concealer that will cover the blue-purple discoloration I have under my eyes. I have finally found one. This product does not fall into the creases either. I do use E.L.F. setting powder on top of it. But you don’t have to. I don’t use a beauty sponge, just my finger, and I don’t rub it away. Just lightly tap and let it do its work. I will be using this product exclusively now and in the future. It’s the only concealer on the market that isn’t expensive, but yet does the concealing. I can’t recommend this product enough. I don’t want to be without it. I think that this is even better than the Maybelline Age Defying Rewind that everyone raves about. If you have truly dark blue–purple discoloration or some other, then this product will work for you.”

The Best Premium Under-Eye Concealer Cream

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

“I’ve tried everything … Every. Single. Thing … for my under-eye area. This is one of my favorites thus far. I actually started using this with a Sigma P84 to apply, which works. However, now I apply it with the brush and then very lightly tap it in. It’s certainly on the bright side, but that’s exactly what I wanted. It’s also easy to blend with my concealer and doesn’t crease (which is the most annoying thing for me with anything under my eyes). I actually stopped using any setting powder, and there is no creasing when I just use moisturizer, this product, and my concealer only.”

The Best Drugstore Under-Eye Concealer Cream

NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer

NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer

“This product is amazing! I will and have spent a fortune to find a good dark-circle concealer. I am 56 and have hereditary dark-purple shadows under my eyes. I have paid as much as $38 for a small tube of concealer. Don’t be concerned about the mention of an orange tone or coconut oil in the product. It has a slight peachy color, which counteracts blue and purple in the under-eye area, and it is not greasy at all. I apply much less of this than other concealers I have used. It covers impeccably with a very small amount of product. Although the container is small, a little goes a long way, and the price is a steal! I think the key to using it is to apply your foundation everywhere but the under-eye area, apply a light coat of this concealer, and then sweep over the area with a very fine setting powder (not a typical face powder). It lasts beautifully all day with no smudging, caking, or creeping into fine lines.”

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