From Vichy to Shiseido, we test concealer sticks on every budget

Minimal yet sophisticated makeup brand Merit finally launches in the UK.

For me it stands out product It’s a concealer stick.


Here, we compare Merit’s new concealer sticks and cheaper options to gauge their value.

As such, we’re evaluating its value here compared to cheaper options.


Get VICHY's Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick for just £15 at


Get VICHY’s Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick for just £15 at

Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick £15, A luxurious package.

Since it’s from Vichy, I thought it would be packed with skin-nourishing ingredients, but it’s not.

Not too many shades and even the lightest shade was a bit dark for my pale skin.

That said, it does provide more coverage than any base product I’ve tried so far, so if you have blemishes or blemishes you want to hide, add it to your arsenal.

It’s much thicker than the other two I’ve tried and is almost impossible to blend, so it can only be used for spot concealers.

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Correcting Gel Stick Concealer is just £29 for a boot

Shiseido Synchro Skin Correcting Gel Stick Concealer, £29, Having used this fluid version almost daily for the past 6 months, I had high hopes for this.

It went on smoothly and there are no creases in the fine lines under the eyes, but I couldn’t find the right shade match, so I had to mix a few to avoid the narrative tide.

Medium coverage means I have to use it foundationbut it layers very well with my go-to and can be used for touch-ups during the day without causing patches.

My only complaint is how delicate the sticks are. I think it depends on the consistency of the gel, but I’m afraid it will break after each use.



Merit’s Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick is just £40.

Merit’s The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick, £40, Merit Technically, this is a foundation/concealer hybrid, so you might expect it to have low coverage, but it doesn’t.

It’s the most fluid and blendable of the three options, so it’s easy to layer over blemishes and provides coverage without looking or feeling heavy.

It’s very glossy, so I was worried that it would disappear quickly, but if you apply a transparent powder, it will last for a day (if you don’t have oily skin, you may not need a setting powder).

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