It Works! This TikTok-Viral Concealer Actually Hid My Dark Circles and Blemishes

It Works! This TikTok-Viral Concealer Actually Hid My Dark Circles and Blemishes

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These days, I’ve been skipping my foundation and skin tints, instead opting for a bit of concealer to camouflage my imperfections. However, it’s not easy to find a formula that fits all my needs: I want coverage without the weight and prefer formulas infused with skincare ingredients. That’s precisely what I got with Makeup By Mario SurrealSkin Awakening Concealer.

After watching influencer Mikayla Nogueira apply the formula to herself and praise how the concealer didn’t seep into her fine lines, I knew I needed to try it for myself. Luckily, the brand sent me a free sample of the shades 180, a light-medium warm tone, and 200, a light-medium neutral tone, to try out along with the F5 Concealer Brush.

The creamy formula consists of moisture-rich squalane, as well as caffeine and fermented marine microorganisms that help depuff and visibly smooth and tighten skin. With 22 fair to deep shades to choose from, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one that fits you. Better yet, the SurrealSkin Awakening Concealer typically retails for $29, but  Sephora VIB Rouge members can save 20 percent on it—VIB and Beauty Insiders will have to wait until Tuesday, October 31, to nab this formula at a discount.

Makeup By Mario SurrealSkin Awakening Concealer

Sephora MAKEUP BY MARIO SurrealSkin™ Awakening Concealer


Buy on Sephora $29 $24

At first, I slathered on way too much concealer—this is a rich formula, so you really only need a tiny amount. Luckily, the small doe-foot applicator allows accurate placement, so it's not a mistake I'll easily repeat. I prefer using the brand’s F5 brush to blend most of the concealer into my skin but finish it with a wet sponge, which significantly enhances the blurring effects. It leaves a natural finish with medium coverage that was sufficient to cover my dark circles, dark spots, and redness around my nose and mouth.

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Plus, thanks to the unique blend of ingredients, the concealer is touted as crease- and budge-proof that lasts for hours without the need to bake my concealer for longevity since it's a self-setting formula. If I'm going for a more natural makeup look, it's a step I tend to skip. But I can confirm the concealer works well either way, with or without setting powder. 

The new Makeup By Mario SurrealSkin Awakening Concealer is a formula worth trying if you need extra coverage without the weight of a typical full coverage product. Below are five other stellar, multitasking concealers I would not be without in my beauty routine.

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