The Gold Standard in Concealers

Gold brush-tip concealer pens similar to YSL's Touche Eclat from Lise Watier and Estee Lauder

For 22 years, the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat luminizing concealer ($50) has been a legend, renowned for its creamy consistency, goof-proof application, and illuminating, flaw-blurring benefits. But in recent years, other brands have introduced their own versions of the cult fave. So are the new ones as good as gold? I test-drove two of them recently and was pleasantly surprised.

If I could change one thing about YSL's classic formula, I'd wish for a little more coverage on the days when my dark circles are at their worst. Not so with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter ($31), which combines the best of YSL's formula—creaminess and a luminizing effect—with slightly more opaqueness. Estee Lauder's pen feels heftier in the hand than YSL's and costs considerably less. Other noteworthy differences: the Estee Lauder concealer has slightly less product (0.07 oz instead of 0.1), and the dispensing action is a rotating click instead of a push click.

Of the three, Lise Watier Age Control Supreme Filler Concealer ($38) has the best overall coverage. The formula, which isn't as creamy as YSL or Estee Lauder's, delivers matte opaque coverage and blends into skin easily. What's more, its anti-oxidants and hydrating effects diminish fine lines around the eye area and protect it. This is a solid undereye concealer for twentysomethings, and a great choice for women with more mature skin.

Which gold concealer pen would you choose?


  1. I used the YSL one for awhile-it was great but I have very bad dark circles and it just didn't cover it enough, so I switched to the YSL stick concealer instead.

    1. I'll have to try it sometime. Does it illuminate like TE?

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