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26 Best Tried and True Japanese Concealers for Dark Spots in 2022 (Fancl, Etvos, and More)

Whether you have dark spots like freckles, age spots, or birth marks that you're dying to conceal, it can be hard finding a concealer that won't make them stand out even more. 


That's why we gathered our team of editors to search Japanese e-commerce sites like @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten to find the best concealers for dark spots online. We then chose the 26 most popular products and tested them.


We focused on three things: how well it concealed discoloration, how good the durable it was, and how it felt to use. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese concealers for dark spots available online.

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  • Last updated: 08-22-2022
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How to Choose a Concealer for Dark Spots - Buying Guide

Here are two big things to look out for.

① Consider Your Desired Finish and Area of Coverage

Concealers usually come in one of five main types. We'll tell you which ones are better suited for the kind of dark spots you're dealing with.

Pencil Types are Great for Freckles or Small Dark Spots

Pencil Types are Great for Freckles or Small Dark Spots

If you have small dark spots or freckles that you want to cover up, a pencil-type concealer will do wonders for you. They have small tips for detailed work, which means you'll be able to cover up scattered spots on your cheeks easily.


However, since they tend to be a little stiff in texture, they're not great for the sensitive skin around your eyes and mouth.

Stick- or Cream-type Concealers Will Help Erase Particularly Dark Spots

Stick- or Cream-type Concealers Will Help Erase Particularly Dark Spots

Stick types are notorious for their reliable coverage. They tend to look heavy when layered, though, so be careful to not apply too much.


Cream types will also cover darker spots while giving you a natural-looking finish. They're also quite versatile since you can use them for small spots or large areas. The only downside is that you'll need a brush or your finger to apply them.

We Recommend Liquids or Powders for Large Spots or Areas

We Recommend Liquids or Powders for Large Spots or Areas

While it's difficult to pinpoint coverage with liquid- or powder-type concealers, they're great for larger areas of light spots or freckles. They don't have that much coverage, though, so these types are better suited for those that prefer a natural-looking finish.

Prevent Melt-off by Choosing a Concealer That Suits Your Skin Type

Prevent Melt-off by Choosing a Concealer That Suits Your Skin Type

Your own skin type matters just as much as the type of concealer you use. If you have dry skin, liquid-type concealers are a good choice; if you have oily skin, a stiff cream-type will stay on your face all day.


Makeup melt-off will occur no matter how durable it is, so it's also important to find a concealer that's easy to use for touch ups like a stick- or pencil-type concealer.

② Choose a Shade That Will Effectively Conceal Your Spots

Both spots and skin come in all different shades, so it's important to find a shade that will fit your specific needs. Here's what we advise.

For Particularly Dark Spots, Go One Shade Darker Than Your Skin Tone

For Particularly Dark Spots, Go One Shade Darker Than Your Skin Tone

If your spots are pretty dark, it's a good idea to pick a concealer that's either the same tone or slightly darker than your natural tone. Choosing a color that's too bright can actually make them stand out even more. Check your normal foundation for reference.

Palette-type Concealers are a Lifesaver to Those with Different Kinds of Spots

Palette-type Concealers are a Lifesaver to Those with Different Kinds of Spots

If you're dealing with red spots, brown spots, freckles, age spots, or a whole rainbow spectrum of spots, a palette-type concealer will save you with its array of different shades that can accommodate different kinds of spots. It takes a bit of technique to master, but you'll be pleased with the results after some practice.

26 Best Japanese Concealers for Dark Spots

We picked out 26 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how well it concealed discoloration, how durable it was, and how it felt to use.


Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 26 Japanese concealers for dark spots available online.


※Japanese prices for the some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

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MiMC Mineral Concealer 1

MiMC

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TV&movie Moist Mineral Concealer UV 1

TV&movie

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Etvos Mineral Concealer Palette 1

Etvos

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Cle de peau Beaute Correcteur Visage Concealer 1

Cle de peau Beaute

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Muji Concealer Stick 1

Muji

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Nov Concealer 1

Nov

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Aqua-Aqua Organic Stick Concealer 1

Aqua-Aqua

8
Fancl Spots Cover Concealer 1

Fancl

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Etvos Mineral Concealer 1

Etvos

10
Tokiwa Pharmaceuticals Maikohan Concealer 1

Tokiwa Pharmaceuticals

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24h cosme Care Mineral Concealer UV 1

24h cosme

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Integrate Spots Concealer 1

Integrate

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Cezanne Concealer Crayon UV 1

Cezanne

Name

Mineral Concealer

Moist Mineral Concealer UV

Mineral Concealer Palette

Correcteur Visage Concealer

Concealer Stick

Concealer

Organic Stick Concealer

Spots Cover Concealer

Mineral Concealer

Maikohan Concealer

Care Mineral Concealer UV

Spots Concealer

Concealer Crayon UV

Features

The Very Best Japanese Concealer for Dark Spots

The Best Dark Spot Concealer for A Wide Range of Skin Tones

The Best Dark Spot Concealer for a Matte Finish

The Best Concealer for Point Coverage

The Most Durable Dark Spot Concealer

The Best Dark Spot Concealer for Brightening Skin

A Great Discoloration Concealer for a Pinpoint and Natural Finish

A Good Concealer for Light Discoloration and Blemishes

The Best Concealer for Forehead and Chin Spots

The Best Dark Spot Concealer for Dry Skin

A Good Concealer for Yellow-toned Skin

Not the Best at Concealing Dark Spots, but Amazingly Durable

A Concealer with a Wonderful Texture for Normal Skin

Price$36.67$2.00$53.00$55.56$11.19$15.15$23.24$27.12$29.00$13.13$21.35$11.24$9.37
JapaneseMiMC ミネラルコンシーラーTv&Movie モイストミネラル コンシーラUVエトヴォス ミネラルコンシーラーパレットクレ・ド・ポー ボーテ コレクチュールヴィサージュ無印良品 コンシーラー スティックタイプNOV コンシーラーアクア・アクア オーガニックスティックコンシーラーファンケル スポッツカバーコンシーラーエトヴォス ミネラルコンシーラー常盤薬品工業 舞妓はん コンシーラー24h cosme ケアミネラルコンシーラーUVインテグレート スポッツコンシーラーセザンヌ コンシーラークレヨンUV
TypeLiquidCream (palette)Cream (palette)StickStickCreamStick-StickStickCream (palette)LiquidStick (crayon)
ColorBeigePink, orange, and beigeNatural beige, orange beige, ochre beigeNatural beigeBeigeBright beigeBeigeBeigeBeigeBeigeLight beige and brown beigeBeigeBeige
ConcealingAAAABCCCBBBDC
DurabilityBBCDABBA+DCDA+C
How it felt to useABCADACDCBCBA+
Overall gradeA+A+AAABBBBBCBB
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1
JapaneseMiMC ミネラルコンシーラー
TypeLiquid
ColorBeige
ConcealingA
DurabilityB
How it felt to useA
Overall gradeA+
2
TV&movie Moist Mineral Concealer UV 1

TV&movieMoist Mineral Concealer UV

$2.00

JapaneseTv&Movie モイストミネラル コンシーラUV
TypeCream (palette)
ColorPink, orange, and beige
ConcealingA
DurabilityB
How it felt to useB
Overall gradeA+
3
Japaneseエトヴォス ミネラルコンシーラーパレット
TypeCream (palette)
ColorNatural beige, orange beige, ochre beige
ConcealingA
DurabilityC
How it felt to useC
Overall gradeA
4
Japaneseクレ・ド・ポー ボーテ コレクチュールヴィサージュ
TypeStick
ColorNatural beige
ConcealingA
DurabilityD
How it felt to useA
Overall gradeA
5
Japanese無印良品 コンシーラー スティックタイプ
TypeStick
ColorBeige
ConcealingB
DurabilityA
How it felt to useD
Overall gradeA
6
JapaneseNOV コンシーラー
TypeCream
ColorBright beige
ConcealingC
DurabilityB
How it felt to useA
Overall gradeB
7

Aqua-AquaOrganic Stick Concealer

389 Natural Beige

$23.24

Japaneseアクア・アクア オーガニックスティックコンシーラー
TypeStick
ColorBeige
ConcealingC
DurabilityB
How it felt to useC
Overall gradeB
8
Japaneseファンケル スポッツカバーコンシーラー
Type-
ColorBeige
ConcealingC
DurabilityA+
How it felt to useD
Overall gradeB
9
Japaneseエトヴォス ミネラルコンシーラー
TypeStick
ColorBeige
ConcealingB
DurabilityD
How it felt to useC
Overall gradeB
10
Japanese常盤薬品工業 舞妓はん コンシーラー
TypeStick
ColorBeige
ConcealingB
DurabilityC
How it felt to useB
Overall gradeB
11
Japanese24h cosme ケアミネラルコンシーラーUV
TypeCream (palette)
ColorLight beige and brown beige
ConcealingB
DurabilityD
How it felt to useC
Overall gradeC
12
Japaneseインテグレート スポッツコンシーラー
TypeLiquid
ColorBeige
ConcealingD
DurabilityA+
How it felt to useB
Overall gradeB
13
Japaneseセザンヌ コンシーラークレヨンUV
TypeStick (crayon)
ColorBeige
ConcealingC
DurabilityC
How it felt to useA+
Overall gradeB

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Too Hard to Blend into Your Skin

Too Hard to Blend into Your Skin

A common problem we found among the concealers we tested is that some of them took a lot of time and effort to blend into our skin. Cle de peau Beaute Radiant Corrector for Eyes and Shiseido Spots Cover Foundation were such products, though the resulting coverage was quality.


As for Integrate Gracy Concealer, we found that it was hard to blend in and it had a tone that was quite bright. And Noah Stick Concealer was so stiff and thick that we're afraid it will make skin discoloration look worse.

Not a Shade for Everyone

Not a Shade for Everyone

Some concealers, like Whomee Concealer, had a great texture and finish, but they didn't have shades that would necessarily suit a wide range of skin types. This one comes in different shades of orange, but the Orange Brown is a little too dark to be used for anything other than shading.


Maquillage Concealer Liquid EX not only looked shiny as time went on; it was also such a light shade that only people with quite pale skin could make full use of it. Vintorte Mineral Silk Concealer also looked quite oily after a bit of time had passed, and it only comes in one shade.

Hard to Use

Hard to Use

m.i.u Pencil Concealer had a nice texture, but we found it tedious to have to sharpen this pencil-type concealer with every use. We also thought Ipsa Creative Concealer EX would be too difficult for beginners to master as it comes in a pack of three distinct shades.

Requires Some Touch ups

Requires Some Touch ups

The ideal makeup should require no touch ups; most products will leave you wanting at least one throughout the day, but anymore than that can eat up valuable time in your busy day. 


So while Visee CC Concealer offered soft and even coverage after we first put it on, but we noticed it fade a lot as time went on; that meant touch ups. Maquillage Concealer Stick EX also gave us this problem, and it tended to smudge messily as it faded.


And while it's more an issue of oil and sweat rather than time, our tests showed that Covermark Bright Up Foundation is extremely weak against sweat and will melt pretty easily.

Didn't Cover Spots That Well

Didn't Cover Spots That Well

To be fair, many of these concealers aren't specifically for covering dark spots, but we wish all of them were versatile. Unfortunately, Three Advanced Smoothing Concealer wasn't up to the task; it had a great texture, but it was only good for covering up the faintest of discoloration.

How We Tested the Concealers

We put each of the concealers through a series of three tests, each designed to gauge a different factor. The first test measured each product's ability to conceal dark spots and discoloration while the other two gauged their durability and ease of use.

Test ① Concealing Power

Test ① Concealing Power

First, we tested each product's concealing power by drawing circles on our arm that mimicked the common shades of brown that freckles and age spots tend to be.

Test ① Concealing Power

The concealers that hid the appearance of dark spots the best were those that were slightly darker than our natural skin tone. We also found that products that were a more yellow tone helped us as well.

Test ② Durability

Test ② Durability

Next, we wanted to see how durable each concealer was. We sprayed some fake sweat (a mixture of warm water and horse oil) on each concealer and then wiped it with a tissue to see how much came off.

Test ② Durability

Our test results showed that stick-type concealers tended to be more durable against sweat and friction as they adhered to our skin more. However, if it has a light texture, it will probably rub off easily.


If you use a liquid-y concealer, you may have to wait a bit before applying your foundation over it; it's likely your concealer will rub right off if you try to layer before it's dry.

Test ③ How it Felt to Use

Test ③ How it Felt to Use

Finally, we judged how it felt to use each concealer. That included applying each concealer to our skin to see how much effort it took to blend the product in. We also checked the convenience of each container.

Test ③ How it Felt to Use

Again, the stick-type concealers proved to be the easiest to use since it allows you to easily pinpoint coverage without any special technique. 


In contrast, a lot of people in our test claimed that tube types were not especially simple to use since you had to either use your finger or a brush to apply it. If you're in a rush, this could eat up valuable time.

Tips for Applying Concealer to Dark Spots

Even if you buy an amazing concealer, it won't do you much good if you're not using it correctly. Here are some of our best tips for getting the most out of your product.

Decide When to Apply Concealer Based on the Type of Foundation You Use

Decide When to Apply Concealer Based on the Type of Foundation You Use

The order in which you apply your concealer and foundation can greatly effect your makeup's staying power. If you have use a liquid foundation, you should apply concealer after your foundation; if you use a powder foundation, concealer should go on before it.


A face powder will help set your finished look and make it last longer as well.

Change Your Application Method Depending on Your Spots Range

Change Your Application Method Depending on Your Spots Range

Using a pencil-type concealer to cover individual spots will work for light blemishes.

For cream types, lightly stamping product onto spots with a thin brush will help cover spots. We also recommend dispensing liquid-type concealers onto your (clean) palm and dipping a brush in there when applying.


Sponges or large brushes will help cover a large area of spots. Spread it on an area slightly larger than your spots to help it appear more blended.

How to Cover Spots of Differing Shades

How to Cover Spots of Differing Shades

When dealing with different shades, we recommend covering the dark spots first and then moving on to lighter spots. If you're using a palette type, start applying the dark shades before the lighter ones; it will make the finish look more natural.

How to Effectively Touch up Concealer

How to Effectively Touch up Concealer

When your makeup is starting to lose its steam due to sebum, it won't do you much good to just pat on more foundation. 


You should first use a face lotion or hand cream to rub the makeup off the messy spots. When it's all soaked in, then you can reapply it. That's why it's a good idea to always have some cotton pads and hand cream in your makeup pouch.

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Author: Haruka Toda/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Koichi Miura, Taisei Hoshino

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    Have you ever wanted a body wash that doesn't have a strong scent? Or something that can moisturize your skin? Well, why not both? Japanese body washes are known for their gentle scents, formulas, and great feel. That's why we scoured popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Kakaku.com to find the best body washes available online. Then we purchased some of the most popular products and tested them for the following:Cleansing abilityMoisturizing abilityIngredientsFeelKeep reading to find out our 10 best Japanese body washes available online.
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    The Japanese skincare routine has quite a few steps. There’s cleansing; then the first step after cleansing is toning. To help you ease into Japanese skincare, we ordered the 10 most popular toners from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a specialist and had her compare the following:Moisturization AbilityIngredientsFeelThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese toners. We also consulted our specialist about skincare–for example, we asked about how to properly put on toner and the order in which we should apply toner, lotion, and essences. We share all this information at the end of the article, so stay tuned.
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  • 10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    Frustrated with all the sunscreens with rich consistency that won't sink into your skin and make your skin feel even oilier than it already is? Consider using a Korean sunscreen! Most have a lightweight consistency that can absorb quickly into your skin and provide optimal protection against the sun. Besides, some even contain ingredients that can help regulate oil production to balance out your oily skin and leave it feeling much more refreshed.After combing the internet, we've found 10 Korean sunscreens that can work like a charm for your oily skin. One of them is COSRX's Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, which is formulated with aloe leaf extract to soothe and lightly moisturize the skin. There are other products that are equally effective on our list, so give them a look as well!  And check out our buying guide and additional tips from aesthetician Devan Jesmer.
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  • 10 Best Acne Patches in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    10 Best Acne Patches in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    Have you ever woken up to red and inflamed acne that wasn't there last night? Do you ever feel the urge to pick and pop your blemishes? Dealing with acne can be frustrating, especially when it's unexpected. If you're looking for a quick solution to help deal with these blemishes, try acne patches! A wide variety of acne patches are available on the market to cater to all types of breakouts. We've done hours of research and collaborated with a board-certified dermatologist to bring you a buying guide and our 10 best picks of acne patches. Right on top of that list is the Acne Pimple Master Patch. This patch set includes premium-quality hydrocolloid patches in multiple sizes. 
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