The Best Concealer for Oily Skin – 2017 Reviews and Top Picks

In our commitment to help you achieve a fresher and more beautiful you, we gathered and reviewed 5 of the best concealers available today that promise to help you get rid of shine and oiliness. We ranked and picked what we think is the best concealer for oily skin based on its type, longevity, coverage and its friendliness on the budget.

Choose Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Concealer, 10 Light for something that offers a translucent base. With its lightweight pigments, the skin's natural highs and lows show through.

Our last pick is the Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, Medium Beige by Milani. A 2-in-1 product, it offers full coverage and is water-resistant.​

Plus, it also comes in a pump dispenser which we think is a more economical way of handling the product.

If you’re looking for something crease-resistant, we recommend the HD Pro Concealer, Nude by L.A. Girl. It also comes in a soft-brush tip for an easier application.

The Photoready Concealer, Light Medium by Revlon creates a picture-perfect you every time. It effectively diffuses, reflects and bends light with the help of its photochromatic pigments.

It also has SPF 22, so aside from looking flawless, you’re also protected from the sun.

e.l.f.’s Maximum Coverage Concealer – Oil Free, Porcelain is something that can be used even on the body. Customizable and blendable, it perfectly hides flaws like scars and birthmarks.

2017’s Reviews of the Best Concealers for Oily Skin

Rankings

Brands

Type

Coverage

Editor’s Rating

#1

Liquid concealer

Full coverage

#2

Liquid concealer

Full coverage

#3

Liquid concealer

Natural coverage

#4

Stick concealer

Natural coverage

#5

Liquid concealer

Full coverage

Here, we rounded up the best concealers for oily skin that fit the bill.

#1 - Fit Me! Concealer by Maybelline New York

Best Concealer for Oily Skin - Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Concealer, 10 Light

This product’s translucent base makes this the best concealer for oily skin and acne-prone skin. While great at dealing with imperfections, it still lets the real you come through.

It contains no waxes and oils which I consider plus points for the product. With its lightweight pigments, you can have natural coverage while allowing your skin to feel fresh and free to breathe.

This product comes with a wand applicator, which is perfect for the under-eye area. It is also perfect for filling out some areas you sometimes tend to miss.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Good coverage
  • Blendable

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not long-wearing
  • Contains parabens
  • Can cause breakouts

#2 - Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer by Milani

Best Concealer for Oily Skinn review - Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, Medium Beige by Milani

A 2-in-1 product, you’ll love that this product is pigment-packed. It offers full coverage to conceal any imperfections, redness and, yes, even dark under-eye circles.

I also find it nice that it’s water-resistant. You can work around the clock while still looking good and not having to worry about your makeup wearing off.

Another plus factor is that it comes in a pump dispenser. This allows for a no mess application and is very economical, too.

You’ll have more control over the amount of product you dispense.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • 2-in-1 product
  • Comes in a pump dispenser

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Color can be a bit off
  • Hard to get the last drop of the product

#3 - HD Pro Concealer by L.A. Girl

Top rated Concealer for Oily Skin  - HD Pro Concealer, Nude by L.A. Girl

What makes this the best drugstore concealer for oily skin is its long-wearing formula. It perfectly camouflages skin imperfections while leaving an opaque coverage.

Crease-resistant, it minimizes fine lines around the eyes and perfectly covers under-eye circles. It’s perfect to grab onto after a night of partying or catching up with tight deadlines.

With a lightweight texture, this concealer is a must-have for that beautiful, natural look.

The best part is that it comes in a soft-brush tip. This allows for perfect application for those areas that are hard to conceal.

However, despite being convenient, the built-in brush tip can also be one of its downsides, especially when it comes to keeping the product hygienic.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Comes with a soft-brush tip
  • Buildable

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Can be hard to blend
  • Can cause breakouts

#4 - Photoready Concealer by Revlon

Top picks Concealer for Oily Skin - Photoready Concealer, Light Medium by Revlon

This the best over the counter concealer for oily skin because of is its ability to diffuse, reflect and bend light. Thanks to its photochromatic pigments, you are assured of a shine-free look all day.

A face concealer, this product erases imperfections and hides dark circles for a young and vibrant look. It offers full coverage yet remains completely undetectable.

If you are going to wear concealer, the last thing you want to happen is for it to be too noticeable, right?

You’ll love that this concealer has an added SPF to it. Anything with SPF is good because aside from staying pretty, you stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays as well as skin aging.

What We Like:

  • Easy to apply
  • Provides good coverage
  • Has SPF

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Comes in stick form
  • Can be pricey
  • Can get cakey and settles in lines

#5 - Maximum Coverage Concealer by e.l.f.

Best Concealer for Oily Skin - e.l.f.’s Maximum Coverage Concealer – Oil Free, Porcelain

Because it can also be used to hide imperfections in the body, this is easily one of the best long lasting concealers for oily skin you can get your hands on. This is perfect for people who wish to hides birthmarks or tattoos.

Highly-pigmented, this one has great coverage which can last a long time, too. It’s lightweight and spreads easily that you’ll forget you even have makeup on.

It also does not crease and cake-up which is something you should look into, especially if you’ll be covering severe hyperpigmentations. It is also completely buildable, so if you’re having trouble with concealing some areas, you have to try this out.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Can also be used on the body
  • Cruelty-free

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Contains parabens
  • Can be watery
  • Is a bit yellowish

Reviews and Comparisons of the Best Concealers for Oily Skin

Rankings

Best Overall

2nd choice

3rd choice

4th choice

5th choice

Top-Rated Concealers for Oily Skin  2017

Best Concealer for Oily Skin comparisions - Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! Concealer, 10 Light
Best Concealer for Oily Skin comparisions - Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, Medium Beige by Milani
Best Concealer for Oily Skin comparisions - HD Pro Concealer, Nude by L.A. Girl
Best Concealer for Oily Skin comparisions - Photoready Concealer, Light Medium by Revlon
Best Concealer for Oily Skin comparisions - e.l.f.’s Maximum Coverage Concealer – Oil Free, Porcelain

Brand

Maybelline New York

Milani

L.A. Girl

Revlon

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Content

0.23 ounces

1 ounce

0.28 ounces

0.11 ounces

0.7 ounces

Type

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealer

Liquid concealer

Fragrance-free

Yes

Yes

n/a

Yes

Yes

Lightweight

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

With SPF

No

No

No

Yes

No

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The Best Type of Concealer for Oily Skin

The primary role of concealer is to cover-up or “conceal” any flaws and imperfections.

But, not all concealers are made equal. For oily skin, choosing the right one can be tricky.

Choose the wrong product and it can crease on your skin like crazy. Some can even end up highlighting your problem areas.

For oily skin, the general rule is to stay away from creamy or stick concealers because these will only make you oilier and shinier.

Liquid concealers work best for blemish-prone and oily skin as they have buildable coverage, which usually ranges from light to full.

It is best applied with a wand applicator or your fingers. But, if you are looking for more precision, I’d say opt for a flat concealer brush.

If your concern is more than just dark spots, like redness or bluish discolorations, your best solution is to use a color-correcting concealer.

Lavender, for example, corrects yellowness or sallowness in the skin while yellow corrects deep purple tones.

If you have redness, you can use green tinted concealers for correction. Pink, meanwhile, works to correct blue casts in lighter skin tones, while orange/salmon corrects blue casts in darker skin tones.​

How To Make Concealers Last on Oily Skin

Even the best concealers won’t last on your skin if they aren’t properly chosen or applied on your skin. Since you have a base that’s greasy, you have to make sure you find a product that will hold on despite your skin’s excess oil.

Here are some of the best tricks you can try:

  • Choose the right concealer. This might seem fairly obvious, but you may want to use several kinds of concealers for different concerns.
  • A concealer with good coverage can help you cover imperfections and blemishes. A color correcting concealer, on the other hand, can help neutralize under-eye darkness so they can be easier to hide.
  • Make sure to give your skin some TLC. The healthier your skin is, the less makeup and concealer you’ll need.
  • To be honest, makeup can only hide your skin concerns but they won’t be able to solve them.
  • Never skip primers. Apply them on areas where you tend to oil more, such as under your eyes and the sides of your nose where redness is common.
  • Always have blotting papers handy. They can quickly remove excess oil without drying out your skin or smudging your makeup.
  • Choose a good powder that can keep your makeup lasts the whole day. Remember to touch-up only when your face starts to get shiny.
  • Overdoing powder can lead to clogged pores and can encourage more oil production.

Conclusion

For this roundup, we have chosen Maybelline New York’s Fit Me! 10 Light Concealer as the best concealer for oily skin. Free of any oils and waxes, it provides a light coverage for a natural and fresh look.

Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested, it is completely lightweight. It’s oily skin-friendly since it’s fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

A little also goes a long way, too, which means that you really get value for your money.​

Hannah Do

Hannah is the founder of ThankYourSkin. Having personally battled acne during her younger years, she aspires to provide an invaluable guide to anyone suffering from it.

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