Concealer is one of those products that tends to attract a certain level of obsession - find a good one, and you're converted for life (better yet - make a good one, and you can sit back and watch those sales figures soar by the second - just ask YSL). Why? We think it's because it takes a brave woman to leave the house without a quick cover-up of dark circles, rogue pimples and pigmentation - and the right concealer takes care of the lot. From YSL's legendary Touche Éclat to By Terry's next-gen version, we trialled four cult-status concealers to see if they're really worth the hype.
Rebecca Caratti, editor
Product: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 30+, $33, esteelauder.com.au
Why you love it: I have many skin sins that need to be hidden: sun damage, pigmentation, sleepless nights, spots, scars - you name it, my face has it. This concealer was recommended to me by a make-up artist and it's brilliant. The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and the coverage is unbelievable - it hides everything without looking cakey.
Why you don't: It takes a lot of working in and blending.
Would you use it again? Absolutely - it's my go-to concealer.
Yeong Sassall, commercial editor
Product: By Terry Touch Expert Advanced, $60, mecca.com.au
Why you love it: I've used this for years to cover small blemishes - the formula is really light but very buildable and it blends easily. A store assistant recently told me it was better for highlighting, so I've switched to using this under my eyes only.
Why you don't: It's not as great for covering up scars and blemishes as I first thought - so best you leave this job to another product. While I love the click-pen applicator, sometimes the product can be slow to come out, so be wary of getting too click-happy.
Would you use it again? Yep, but probably more as a highlighter.
Anna McClelland, producer
Product: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch, $56, davidjones.com.au
Why you love it: I've always hated thick concealers and the consistency of this one is perfect - lightweight and easy to blend. I apply it under my eyes every day and love the luminosity it gives my skin - plus it lasts all day.
Why you don't: Not a negative, but it's important to note that this isn't a concealer to use to cover blemishes - you'll need a thicker product for that.
Would you use it again: I can't leave the house without it (and trust me, you'd know if I did).
Diana Pashkovskaia, producer
Product: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $59, mecca.com.au
Why you love it: I tested this in two completely different climates - freezing Moscow and humid Sydney - and the results were brilliant in both hemispheres. The texture of the product is great - light and creamy so you don't need to apply a lot.
Why you don't: This is the first time in my life when I couldn't find a single disadvantage in a beauty product!
Would you use it again? Yes - I'm pleased to welcome it as a new addition to my daily beauty kit.