Stretch marks can be ugly, and they can affect your self-esteem, which is why in this article, we’ve decided to have a look at some of the best body concealers for stretch marks out there. While we do have several articles about treatment and prevention, which we recommend that you also read, in the meantime, let’s see how you can go about covering up those unsightly marks.
During our research, we looked at various types of (mostly waterproof) stretch mark concealers, but before we get to our reviews, let’s answer a few questions.
FAQs about Concealers for Stretch Marks
- What’s the difference between foundation and concealer in cover-up make-up?
First of all, the foundation is used on a larger surface (e.g., the entire face), whereas the concealer is used on isolated parts (usually on blemishes, acne, scars, etc.). That’s because concealer is much, much heavier than a foundation, and if you use it on extended areas, you will end up with a much more cakier finish.
- So, which do I apply?
There are multiple choices here – you can either use both together or one or the other separately. Usually, for covering up stretch marks and other “problem areas”, it’s recommended that you use concealer because of its’ thick consistency.
However, you can opt for using both, even in the covering of stretch marks, in which case, you’d first apply the concealer and gently blend it into the skin, to mask the marks, and then follow up with foundation.
- Can concealer cover stretch marks?
Yes, if you use the right type and shade, it can effectively cover stretch marks. Even with bigger and deeper stretch marks, while it doesn’t cover those completely, it can make them appear more faded and less prominent.
- What other types of blemishes does concealer work on?
Concealer is also excellent to mask acne spots and related scars, dark circles, varicose veins, and bruises. When used in massive doses, together with other types of make-up (e.g., foundation, powder, etc.), it might even cover up some smaller tattoos.
- Is waterproof concealer that important for stretch marks?
Yes, it really is. Think about it, chances are that throughout the day, you are going to sweat (not to mention you might get caught in the rain, accidentally spill something, etc.) and then, you will need a good waterproof product that stays in place and not one that goes all gooey and dirties your clothes.
Overall, concealer can help you cover up a wide array of skin problems, and best of all (for us), it works well on those pesky stretch marks.
Best Concealer for Stretch Marks and Best Waterproof: Glossiva Tattoo Concealer
Best Foundation for Stretch Marks: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Best Value for Money: Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup
Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup ($$) (100ml)
Dermablend is a well-respected brand with a long history at its’ back – but does their foundation work on stretch marks?
- Resists well to water, even though it is not waterproof;
- Has a light and creamy texture that can be blended easily into the skin;
- You get a lot of use out of one bottle (even when covering large areas);
- Has a 25 SPF level, an added bonus if you plan on exposing to sunlight (and thus, to U.V. rays);
- Up to 16h of coverage;
- Doesn’t rub off on clothes;
- Many found it effective in covering up stretch marks;
- Only has medium coverage, so might not work on particularly bad scars;
- Greasy texture;
- Transfers to clothes/furniture;
- Takes a long time to dry;
- Takes several layers to adequately cover marks, which makes it too obvious;
- Some say the formula’s changed.
Overall, this seems to be a pretty useful make-up product for covering stretch marks. You do need to remember that we’re talking about foundation and not concealer, which might explain some of the complaints.
It is not waterproof, sadly, but it does work well when used in combination with the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, which makes it last more and not transfer on to clothing, furniture, etc.
Octisalate 3.2%, Octocrylene 6%
Warranty: 30 Day Return Policy
Glossiva Tattoo Concealer – Skin Concealer – Waterproof ($$) (20g+20g)
Together with being Amazon’s Pick, Glossiva’s waterproof stretch mark concealer comes with a lot of positive reviews and very few negative ones.
This isn’t one single product, but rather a set: you get a lighter cream and a darker cream and are then supposed to blend them together until you get something similar to your skin tone. They also give you a mixing jar, an application brush, and some removal oil.
- Very strong and heavy-duty concealer – works well on large, colorful tattoos, let alone scars;
- Since you mix it yourself, you can get lighter or darker shades, depending on the season, which is a real plus;
- A little goes a long way;
- Effectively waterproof – does not rub off on clothes or fabric;
- Easy application;
- If not washed, it can last up to 48h coverage.
- A bit challenging to remove, though it does come with a special removal oil;
- It might take a bit to get the right shade to fit your skin tone, and especially if you need multiple layers, the application can be time-consuming.
Overall, we are in awe with the sheer amount of excellent reviews this gets. They definitely seem to outweigh the very few bad reviews. We feel that if you wait for enough for it to dry (5-10 min) before putting on clothes, you should have no trouble with it.
Black Opal Total Coverage Spot & Scar Eraser ($) (15ml)
Black Opal, while not overly impressive in its’ reviews, seems to be a cheaper drugstore alternative to some of the other products in this review.
- Easy to apply;
- A bottle lasts a long time, if not used on overly-large areas;
- Not oily – pleasant sensation on the skin;
- It looks natural, doesn’t feel like make-up;
- Doesn’t rub off on clothes;
- It’s cheap.
- Wears off, doesn’t have very good coverage;
- Many had trouble with getting the wrong color.
Overall, I can’t say we were too impressed with Black Opal concealer, and judging from the reviews it got, it seems you get what you pay for. It might be a good idea if your stretch marks aren’t too noticeable, but I’m not sure it will provide the heavier cover up some of our readers need.
Another big Con for us is that there were no reviews targeted specifically at stretch marks, so even if it does work on someone’s dark circles, for example, it might not work well for stretch marks.
But if you’re looking for an economical alternative to some of the pricier stuff in this article, Black Opal customers seem overall satisfied with the results, and since it’s not overly expensive, you could give it a try.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, C9-11 Isoparaffin, Isododecane, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone Beeswax, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel marin, Silica, Nylon-12, Glyceryl Stearate, Laureth-7, Alumina, Propylene Carbonate, Silica Silylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Hexylene Glycol, Mica , Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum). May Contain(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499))
Waterproof Body Concealer by GHeart ($$) (30g+30g)
As with the Glossiva Tattoo Concealer, this is a pack that contains both a light and a dark color that you are supposed to mix accordingly to fit your skin tone. It also comes with a little mixing jar and a brush.
- Waterproof, very resistant;
- Great staying power;
- Quite good coverage;
- As with the other, can make different shades, depending on in-season;
- Pleasant feeling on the skin.
- Weighty texture, challenging to get off;
- Due to the thick consistency, it does not blend well into the skin;
- Stains clothing;
- The mixing process can be messy.
While this does have quite a few good reviews, I must say the ‘paint-like’ consistency does not appeal to me at all, and I imagine it wouldn’t much appeal to you. This might be useful in covering up tattoos (one of its’ chief purposes), but I don’t think it’s that necessary for stretch marks.
It isn’t the cheapest thing you could buy and the overall rating isn’t over the moon, I would recommend looking elsewhere first, as it doesn’t seem to be some ‘miracle product’ and paired with the extra mixing time and the bad reviews, it just doesn’t seem to be worth it.
Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs Light Glow ($$) (125g)
- Water-resistant – seems to work well when headed for the beach;
- Leaves a matte finish;
- Dries quickly;
- Effectively covers stretch marks and varicose veins;
- Easy application;
- Gives a tan-like vibe, even though it is not a self-tanner.
- Transfers to clothing, especially if not properly dry;
- When it does dry, tends to become flaky;
- Glittery (imitates pantyhose), which might not be your thing;
- Doesn’t come in too many shades, so you risk getting an inappropriate one;
- Sticky – difficult to get out of floor/furniture/clothing;
- Leaves a gross feeling when inhaled.
Overall, this seems to be an excellent option for covering up lighter stretch marks and maybe getting a bit of a tanned look (as a big tan-fan, I must say I’m impressed with that and with the Before&After pics I’ve seen).
I would definitely say go for it, especially if you have a lot of stretch marks (e.g., on breasts and tummy and arms and thighs, etc.). But if you’re only looking to cover up a few, another concealer might be a better choice for you, as this one might leave that one, isolated area looking orange-y.
Isobutane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Talc, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Tribehenin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Silica Silylate, Sodium Chloride, Gluconolactone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-8 Propylene Glycol Cocoate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Gluconate, Silica, Limonene, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Palmaria Palmata Extract, [may contain +/-: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica]
Physicians Formula Conceal R.X. ($) (14g)
This easy-to-use concealer stick comes in both skin-tone and green shades and is a very accessible alternative (both money-wise and application-wise). While opinions are mixed, it seems to be an overall quality product.
- Easy to blend;
- Excellent coverage;
- Only need to use a little bit, so it lasts a lot;
- Works well on sensitive skin;
- Hides redness (great for ‘angry’ stretch marks);
- Great staying power;
- Good price;
- Full-day coverage.
- Thick consistency;
- The ‘Fair’ shade is a bit dark;
- Not quite a smooth finish.
It seems that most of the trouble people had with this product was with the Green shade. Quick clarification: Green make-up products are used to balance out excessive redness and should be worn as a thin layer underneath the foundation, powder, etc.
So, as long as you bear that in mind, we would recommend giving this concealer a try, especially as it’s not hard to use and has a very reasonable price.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglyceryl-4, Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Laureth-12, Magnesium Sulfate, Methicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Panthenol, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-12, Trideceth-9 PG Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol)
Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer ($$) (10ml)
This little boo-boo concealer is a chic, but pricey concealer for your stretch marks, that comes with loads of satisfied customers.
- Great coverage;
- Also useful in covering up ‘pregnancy spots’;
- Easy to blend in;
- Easy to clean off;
- Doesn’t dry out the skin;
- Creamy consistency;
- Lasts forever – you only need very little to cover a lot of skin.
- Only seems to offer three shades, so you might need to blend two;
- Thin consistency;
- Some say it doesn’t cover scars too well, though, in all fairness, they may be talking about more prominent, deeper scars then stretch marks;
- Not waterproof;
- A small tube (.34 ounce);
- A bit pricey for the size.
Our verdict would be that it depends on how big the area you wish to cover is. If you have a lot of scars (all over the body, for example), you probably won’t get much use out of this, and if you need to buy several in a month, it can get a bit expensive.
But, if you only have a few small stretch marks, this might be ideal, as it seems to be a high-quality product that is easy to use and carry around with you, should you need a touch-up. It does have a lot of rave reviews, so it’s a worthy option, in our opinion. If only it came in a bigger bottle, it would be great.
Aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum SPF 15 Cover Camouflage Makeup ($$) (30 ml)
Estee Lauder is a world-renowned brand, and, as expected, their Double Wear foundation comes with lots of excellent reviews and very few negative ones.
- Great in concealing ‘pregnancy spots’;
- You don’t need to use too much to cover a good amount of skin;
- Excellent coverage;
- Pretty heavy for a foundation;
- Doesn’t transfer to clothes/sheets;
- Can look a bit cake-y after prolonged use;
- Quite expensive;
- Can clog pores, if not thoroughly cleaned;
- It’s not waterproof;
- Accentuates pores (if you have an oily skin type);
This indeed seems to be a top-quality product. The few Cons I’ve been able to find aren’t serious issues at all, and it does seem to do an outstanding job of covering up scars and spots.
The only real issue would be the somewhat steep price (it’s $42 without the present discount), but in this case, it sounds like you’re paying for quality, so we’d say it’s a worthwhile purchase.
Do bear in mind, however, that it is a foundation, and as such, might not be as ‘heavy’ as concealers, though it is said to cover remarkably well.
Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Styrene/ Isoprene Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Kaolin, Cholesterol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Bisabolol, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Polyethylene, Dimethyl Octenol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenethyl Alcohol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)]
Waterproof Face, Leg and Body Make Up ($$)
This waterproof concealing make-up comes with relatively few reviews, equally good and bad.
- Excellent scar coverage;
- Not oily and not scented;
- Lasts a long time;
- Very thick consistency – difficult to thoroughly rub in;
- Wears off quickly;
- Quite expensive;
- Takes quite a while to dry properly.
Try as we might, we weren’t overly impressed with this product. Its’ primary selling point seems to be that it boasts of being waterproof, and yet, some customers noted that it is not, in fact, so. And given the fact that there aren’t enough good reviews to outweigh that and that the price is quite high, we wouldn’t recommend this as our first choice.
However, several people noted its’ scar-concealing ability, so it’s not entirely without merit, surely. Personally, we weren’t convinced and thought that for that amount of cash, you could find a better product, but if you feel optimistic about the reviews, go for it.
Body Coverage Perfector ($$) (100ml)
Westmore Beauty, the creator of this make-up, is a brand that boasts it can bring ‘the magic of Hollywood special effects make-up home’ for everyday people, but the reviews seem to tell a different story.
- Easy application;
- Gives skin a beautiful highlight;
- If used as per instructions, seems to work well;
- Provides a beautiful sheen/tan impression.
- Takes a while to dry (½ hour) and also, quite a bit to blend it in properly;
- Looks dry, like thick make-up;
- Quite expensive;
- Refuse to refund if not happy with the product;
- Does not cover scars/varicose veins well;
- Also, it doesn’t seem to be waterproof and seems to transfer to fabric;
- More of a highlighter than an actual foundation/concealer;
I tried to like this product, but the truth is, the bad reviews are just too overwhelming. To be fair, some do say that you have to follow the instructions properly – shower, exfoliate, then apply – for it to work right. Still, many people don’t have time for all that before heading out (not to mention daily exfoliation might get too abrasive).
Also, considering it’s not at all cheap, I’d recommend buying a regular (more affordable) light foundation, because that’s what it seems to be. I don’t think it works well for stretch marks at all, so I would not recommend it to you.
Water (Aqua/Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Mica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isostearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone,Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 20, Polyethylene, Sodium Choride, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Carbonate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, o-Cymen-5-OL, Pentylene Glycol, Yeast Polysaccharides, Tropolone, Lecithin, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Warranty: 60 Days