REVIEW: e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer

e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer

I’ve been a little quiet on here lately because I’ve been testing out a few things, and I wanted to give myself time to properly evaluate them. I’m suspicious of bloggers who declare something’s a Holy Grail product after just one use. *Note to self, check to see if I’ve ever done that.

My problem is that I often use a product a few times, immediately hate it (and say so), then use it again and suddenly can’t live without it.

This wasn’t the case with e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage though, I loved it from the off and 5 weeks later, this love affair is still going strong.

A sleek quad compact filled with four brilliant, customisable concealers ranging from light, medium and dark shades.

These highly pigmented, professionally formulated concealers offer ultimate coverage to disguise blemishes, dark circles, redness and uneven skin-tone for a flawless, makeup artist finish!


• Apply concealer before foundation using a concealer brush. (Fingers are better)
• Target dark circles, redness from acne, scars, or any other area you want to cover up.
• Use short strokes (or dots) to blend until it is evenly smoothed to match the surrounding skin.

I’m fairly new to e.l.f. products, but I’m already a huge fan (and repeat buyer), of their Lip Exfoliator, Lip Primer & Plumper and Baked Blusher (review to come) and now this concealer.

I’m tired of being seduced by expensive brands and rave bloggers’ reviews because I’ve had so many disappointments. The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, which I used to have to mix with moisturiser because it was hardening by the day, very quickly became rock solid. £26.50 – Down the drain.

The e.l.f. products are so cheap, that if you mess up and buy the wrong thing (which I appear to do frequently), it won’t hurt your pocket half as much.

There are hundreds of reviews on the official e.l.f. website and what’s surprising is that this concealer scores a very poor 3.6 out of 5 stars from a whopping 321 reviews.

These are the main complaints:

It was creamy and blended well but, the coverage required layers and layers just to cover up dark circles. Very light coverage.

The two darker shades are very red so it’s not natural looking. You should set it with powder or it will transfer like crazy. Kinda oily and very sticky.

LOVE this one!

“Light”….yeah, sure it is. You mean yellow, off yellow, a shade darker than yellow and a brown. ELF needs to learn about fair skin tones ASAP. If you are fair, Light or Pale. DO NOT waste the money. This is nothing but a palette of yellows.


  • Too red
  • Too orange
  • Too yellow
  • Greasy
  • Waxy
  • Sticky

I chose the ‘Light’ palette for my fair skin tone, their online swatch is fairly accurate.

e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer

I can see why reviewers might call it greasy or sticky, because it is very slippy and feels creamy.

However, once applied, it behaves itself perfectly. I find it non greasy, blendable and fantastically buildable – I feel coverage is sheer unless you layer it. I wouldn’t call it ‘complete’ coverage, more like medium.

I use my middle finger to dance over all the shades for a perfect colour match and just gently dab it on. It never looks cakey, which is always my main concealer complaint.

The second shade in the palette IS fairly yellow and I use that the least, but the others completely cancel out the blue darkness lounging in my inner eye corners.  I also dab it under my eyes which again works wonders.

I haven’t tried it yet on my ruddy toned / rosacea prone cheeks yet (still using Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick Colour Corrector and willing the bugger to work), but I’ll be using it soon.

SETTING (or ‘BAKING’ if you’re under 30)

The reviewers are spot on here, the concealer is a tad sticky and needs to be set with powder. I bought the recommended High Definition Undereye Setting Powder (£4.50).

I don’t like it. It’s a dirty white shade and is too silky to set anything. It’s so fine it just disperses and you can’t see it on the skin. I use my teeny tiny, expensive pot of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder instead, and it works beautifully.

I love this concealer, it’s a good colour match, it stays in place, doesn’t cake up and is £4.50!

There are 3 palettes for Light, Medium and Dark skin tones. Although, I must say, the ‘Dark’ palette does look a little on the red side.

e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer £4.50













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