NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand Review + Dupes.

I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this concealer, and I finally ordered it because I’d heard that it’s a dupe for some really good high end concealers.

NYX HD Concealer Wand Review – Claims and Results 

According to NYX, this concealer effectively covers imperfections, discoloration and under-eye circles without ever looking cakey or obvious. The result is beautiful, natural-looking coverage you can count on.


I picked up the shade Nutmeg which is described as a dark tan with yellow undertones. On me, it’s  a dark brown with neutral undertones.

This concealer glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly. It looks and feels very skin-like. It has a liquid consistency instead of a creamy one, and because of that, it applies in thin layers, and dries faster  than my other concealers, but it can be layered without looking cakey. It has a natural matte finish, it photographs beautifully. This starts at medium coverage with  one layer, but it is buildable. At two layers I can get perfect coverage. I love how it looks at 2 layers, it covers all the darkness under my eyes at this point, but then again, I feel like I have moderate darkness under my eyes, nothing too serious. Someone with serious dark circles should consider colour correcting if using this concealer. My favourite thing about this concealer is that it doesn’t emphasize or sink into the fine lines under my eyes.

It contains 3g of product, and it is supposed to be used up within 6 months of opening. It is cruelty free and made in Taiwan.


It is easy to blend.

It has a natural matte, skin-like finish.

It feels lightweight.

It has medium coverage that is buildable without looking cakey.

It lasts all day (I wear makeup an average of 8 to 10 hours) and it looks just as good at the end of the day, as it did when first applied.

It looks great and realistic in photos.

It does not settle into fine lines/does not crease.

It is made without talc and paraben.

It does not require any extra prepping and priming. (More on this in the comparison and dupes section)

It is cruelty-free.


There is literally nothing I dislike about this concealer.

NYX recently expanded the shade range so there are now 12 news shades, bringing the total number of shades to 23. 3 out of these 23 shades are correctors. They now have a few good options for WOC with both yellow and red undertones. I’ve got my eye on Deep Golden which is described as a brown with yellow undertones. It seems like that would be a shade lighter than Nutmeg, and I think it would be a  great shade for me to highlight with.

Bottomline: This is a great concealer for someone who wants a  natural looking, light weight, medium to full coverage concealer. I love it just as much as I love my high end concealers, and it is definitely in my top  3 concealers of all time.  If you’re looking for a good drugstore concealer, I would highly recommend this one.  It lives up to its claims.  I love it so far. If that changes, I will be sure to say so in a “regrets” post.

Price: 5 dollars from Nyx Cosmetics website.


NYX HD Concealer Wand – Dupes 


I’ve seen this being compared to two other concealers; the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer.
The Nars RCC is a creamy formula, while the NYX HD concealer is a liquid formula. The Nars RCC has a radiant finish while the NYX HD has a natural matte finish, so they’re not dupes in terms of formula, consistency and finish. That being said, they both perform very similarly; they both offer medium to full coverage and they both last all day without creasing and fading.

I don’t have the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer yet  (my gosh what a mouthful). I intend to try it, and I will keep you posted, but from what I understand, the NYX one is quite similar both in formula/consistency and performance. Check this video by Jennie Jenkins for more info about how these two compare.

I’ll finish by comparing it to the Kat von D Lock It Concealer Creme (just for kicks). The KVD offers fuller coverage, and is much thicker. The KVD is a creamy consistency while the NYX is a liquid consistency. I find that I need to properly mositurize my under eye AND bake when I apply the KVD to get the best results, but I can apply the NYX one and set it lightly without baking and get great results. I find the NYX one easier to use. It’s better for when I’m in a hurry and I don’t have time to do too much.

Out of all the complexion products I’ve used, I find the texture and consistency of the NYX HD concealer most similar to that of the Lancome Teint Idole 24H long lasting foundation.

*whew* that was long winded. I hope it was helpful. Have you tried the NYX concealer? Do you like it? What’s  your favourite drugstore concealer?

PS: RCC stands for Radiant Creamy Concealer.

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