Bobbi Brown creamy concealer in porcelain

The Best Concealer for Pale Skin | Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain

I’m often asked for concealer recommendations for pale skin, so today I bring you the best concealer for pale skin: in my opinion, at least.

I give you fair warning here: this isn’t a budget option, unfortunately. While finding concealer in a whiter shade of pale isn’t quite as tricky as finding foundation to match it (see my recommendations for the best foundation for pale skin here), it’s not always the easiest task either, which is why, when I find something I love, I’m willing to spend a bit more on it.

My holy grail pale concealer is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer in Porcelain: I’ve been using it for years now, and it’s one of the few products I really can’t live without. Well, OK, I mean I could LIVE without it: I’d be doing it with dark circles under my eyes, and the occasional blemish, though, and who wants that? Not me, which I why I always make sure I replace this as soon it starts to run out, even although, at £19 per tub, it’s always slightly tempting to find a slightly cheaper option.

I always manage to resist that temptation, though: £19 may not be cheap, exactly, but it’s not the most expensive concealer in the world either, especially when you take into account how long it lasts. I use mine every day, and re-purchased it last week, for the first time since… I actually can’t even remember the last time I had to re-purchase it before that, so I guess that tells you something. The colour, ‘Porcelain’ is the palest shade this comes in, and although it looks a little bit beige in the pan, it’s absolutely perfect on the skin – pale, but neither too yellow nor too pink, which is exactly what I’m looking for.

As you’d no doubt expect from the name, the product itself is, well, creamy. For that reason, I particularly like it for the under-eye area, where the rich, creamy formula cancels out dark shadows without drying out the skin. It’s a fairly heavy cream, which may not suit everyone, but I find it easy to apply, and I don’t have any issues with creasing, so it does seem to work for me, and it also stays in place all day, without the need for touch-ups. I also use this on blemishes when they pop up, and although it’s not my absolute favourite concealer for that purpose (That would be Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil in CIA – another awesome concealer for pale skin!), it does a pretty good job there, too, making it a decent all-rounder.

The first time I tried this, it came as part of a set, which included Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, the palest shade of which is Porcelain Bisque. The Corrector is designed to be used underneath the concealer, to help eliminate particularly stubborn shadows, and I bought it at a time when I was particularly plagued by the things. Although I was waking up most days looking like I hadn’t slept at all, however, I actually didn’t find the Corrector any more effective than the concealer is on its own. I did, however, find the combination of the two products together to be too heavy for my skin, and I felt it was quite visible, so since then I’ve stuck to the concealer alone, which is more than adequate for me and my shadows.

And on that note, I think it’s time to hand over to my fellow pale-skinned readers. Any concealer recommendations for us?

Is this the best concealer for pale skin?

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  • This is great to know 🙂 My favourite used to be the Dainty Doll concealers in the little circular pans, which actually looked just like the Bobbi Brown one does in the above photos! X

    February 4, 2015
  • For a budget recommendation I’d suggest Collection 2000’s Lasting Perfection Concealer in their palest shade… it may be ever so slightly too dark for you though, I couldn’t say. I do tend to use the palest everything but I’ve got a bit of yellow in my skin too so I’m probably a shade darker… It’s cheap and it stays put without creasing on my oily skin, so for that I love it! Although I’d love to try something more high-end and this one sounds so good… I’ve never let myself loose at a Bobbi Brown counter because I know what would happen!!

    February 4, 2015
  • I normally use the Urban Decay one in either CIA or the next darkest, but like Cici Marie above, I’ve a tube of the Collection one that I haven’t started using yet, but which seems like it will be a good budget option. The colour seems like it will be about right for me at least/

    February 4, 2015
  • I actual use my foundation as a concealer… I thought that if I found a really nice foundation, that matched my skin tone properly and had the consistency right too, I’d use foundation more often. That turned out to not to be true, but I did keep on using it as a concealer. On it’s own it creases and doesn’t last long under the eyes, but primer does miracles and it stays put all day 🙂

    My combo is The Body Shop Instablur Eye + Chanel Vitalumiere Acqua.

    I might be replacing it with your suggestion tho, it’s much less expensive…

    February 4, 2015
  • Holly


    This is a post that has come at exactly the right time! Although I am very pale, I use MAC’s NC20 concealer (the one that comes in the pot…all the names sound the same to me) under my eyes because they are *so* dark that using a colour as pale as my skin looks ridiculous. Nonetheless I used it today on a spot and noticed in the bathroom that I effectively had a yellow patch on my chin. Not so excellent. I’ll give this a try!

    February 4, 2015
  • Irene


    I’m extremely pale but also have yellow undertones, which means that most “fair” shades are way too pink on me. My favorite concealer is Benefit LemonAid, which is supposed to be for the eyelids but it performs horribly there, while it makes an insanely amazing undereye concealer. For warm pale skin tones like mine, it also works wonderfully for concealing spots and scars.

    February 4, 2015
  • The old Barbara Daly for Tescos range used to be great for pale skin – their pales were really pale and they did a great concealer in a pot. It’s all changed recently so I don’t know if the pales are still pale but worth a look x

    February 9, 2015
  • Shelley Jessup


    So glad I came by your post as I’ve been pondering for the last 3 months what concealer, what shade, what brand, what price could I afford and I think this may be a winner for my skin. When I am next out having a little ‘me time’ shop I am definitely popping into the department store to give this a test & hopefully purchase it. Thanks Amber!

    March 3, 2015
  • Becca


    I really struggle to find a concealer pale enough to highlight with. Do you have any suggestions?

    April 17, 2016
  • Do you have Cover Girl where you are? I’ve used their Smoothers Concealer for years. I use the fair shade to cover blemishes and it blends seamlessly. And now they have a shade called “illuminator,” which I now use to cover my dark circles. They’re great, would love to know what you think if you try it. Liquid concealers are too much effort for me.

    February 21, 2017