The 9 Best Color Correctors of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette erases dark circles in seconds.

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Tamara Staples

Whether they're caused by allergies, a sleepless night, or even genetics, dealing with dark under-eye circles can be a daunting task. Many eye creams and serums can help diminish their appearance over time, but if you're looking for a quick fix, you might want to layer a color corrector underneath your concealer. These innovative products use color theory to balance discoloration on your skin by canceling it out with the opposite shade on the color wheel.

From color-correcting palettes that allow you to blend multiple colors to brush-on options, and even brightening color correctors that make you look more awake, there are tons of different types of color correctors available. With so many options, it can be difficult to discern what color corrector is the best for your skin tone and needs. That's where we come in: After extensively reviewing the market, we identified 16 top-rated products and sent out our team of beauty experts and testers to try their real-world effects. After a full day of wearing each product out on the town, we narrowed our list to the nine best-performing color correctors. Our clear winner is Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette for its convenient multi-shade palette and comfortable, weightless formula. 

These are the best color correctors for dark circles, according to InStyle testers.

Best Overall

Stila Correct And Perfect All In One Color Correcting Palette

5
Stila Correct And Perfect All In One Color Correcting Palette

Nordstrom

What We Love: This moisturizing formula feels weightless but covers dark circles (plus redness and shine!) flawlessly.

What We Don’t Love: This multi-shade palette offers more than just under-eye coverage. If you’re looking for something to merely cover dark circles, save your money with a simpler product.

Stila Correct and Perfect Color Correcting Palette earns our top pick for its all-in-one ability to color correct a full face — from under-eye circles to forehead shine — all while nourishing the skin with essential vitamins. “This product feels smooth and moisturizing, like I don’t even have makeup on,” shares our tester. She notes that in addition to completely covering her dark circles (“This is the first product I’ve ever used that actually made them disappear,” she says), the palette also eliminates rosacea-induced redness around her cheeks. We appreciate the included handy infographic that showcases where to use each of the seven colors, and, as a bonus, the palette also includes two tinted finishing powders for when you’re ready to set your face and say goodbye to shine for the entire day.

Price at time of publish: $45

Size: 0.46 ounce | Shades: All-in-one palette includes 7 colors | Key Feature: Brightens under-eye area and reduces redness and shine

Best Brightening

Smashbox Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

5
Smashbox Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Smashbox

What We Love: This color corrector evens out discoloration and has an illuminating effect.

What We Don’t Love: It has a bit of shimmer in it, which may not be for everyone.

If you're looking for a product that will brighten your under-eye area while simultaneously covering dark circles, there’s nothing better than this illuminating corrector. “This is always in my kit,” says makeup artist Kelly La Banco. The color corrector's tint cancels out the dark blue and purple hues of dark circles, while the backlight technology illuminates your skin. It is also formulated with vitamin E to keep your under-eyes hydrated and moisturized, which helps prevent makeup from cracking or creasing. “It goes on really smoothly, and it makes an immediate difference in covering both redness and dark circles,” our tester says. Simply warm the product up between your fingers and then lightly pat to apply.

Price at time of publish: $33

Size: 0.15 ounce | Shades: 4 | Key Feature: Brightens under eye circles with illuminating effects

Best Liquid

EXA High Fidelity Balancing Color Corrector

4.5
EXA High Fidelity Balancing Color Corrector

Ulta

What We Love: The convenient tube packaging and doe foot applicator makes for easy use.

What We Don’t Love: This product isn’t crease-proof. According to one of our testers, it noticeably settled into her fine lines after some time.

We love this sensitive skin-safe liquid formula that boasts clean ingredients and impeccable blendability. The creamy consistency provides potent color payoff with strong coverage (you can use less product than you think you’d need, according to one of our testers, as a little goes a long way with this highly pigmented corrector). “It looks very natural with my complexion and significantly brightens my under-eye area,” she adds. Though it goes on a bit thick, it blends seamlessly with a finger or small brush and successfully covers acne spots and T-zone redness. The one downfall: Our tester did notice the product settling into her fine lines and causing some creasing by the end of the day.

Price at time of publish: $27

Size: 0.25 ounce | Shades: 6 | Key Feature: Intense color payoff

Best Full Coverage

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector

4.9
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector

Sephora

What We Love: It boasts a glowy finish that feels moisturizing and durable.

What We Don’t Love: You may need to use a primer to increase longevity.

This fan-favorite color corrector from Charlotte Tilbury is a full-coverage product that brightens dark under-eye circles quickly and offers crease-proof texture. It's specially formulated with carnauba wax, which prevents creasing, as well as flavonoids to help reduce the appearance of puffiness. To top it all off, the formula also boasts mica for a glowy, illuminating effect — it’s another makeup artist-approved pick and one of La Banco’s must-haves. Lightweight and buildable with a natural finish, you'll only need to blend a dab of concealer over top. “This helped me achieve a smoother, more perfected makeup look, evening out my skin tone while feeling creamy, moisturizing, and lasting,” our tester says. Note that this works best when layered over a primer to ensure lasting power.

Price at time of publish: $44

Size: 0.09 ounce | Shades: 4 | Key Feature: Full-coverage evening, smoothing, and brightening effects

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector
InStyle/Tamara Staples

Best Buildable

Glo Skin Beauty Corrective Camouflage Kit

Glo Skin Beauty Corrective Camouflage Kit

Amazon

What We Love: With multiple colors that address differing skin concerns, this palette makes layering products easy.

What We Don’t Love: This isn’t a great option for darker skin tones.

The Glo Skin Corrective Kit provides lightweight, sheer coverage for lighter skin tones. Its creamy texture offers an easily buildable consistency that sits well under pigmented concealers while canceling redness and brightening dark circles. “The product went on beautifully and melted into my skin evenly. It works well to cover spots and acne scarring,” says one of our testers. She notes, though, that those with darker skin tones or who prefer a more full-coverage look may want to steer clear of the palette as it's a bit sheer and can have an ashy effect if not bolstered by additional foundation and concealer.

Price at time of publish: $36

Size: 1.09 ounces | Shades: All-in-one palette includes 4 colors | Key Feature: Sheer coverage for brightening dark circles and reducing redness

Glo Skin Beauty Corrective Camouflage Kit

Tamara Staples

Best for Deeper Skin Tones

Live Tinted Huestick Corrector

4.9
Live Tinted Huestick Corrector

Credo

What We Love: This color corrector comes in packaging similar to an oversized crayon, making it super easy to use.

What We Don’t Love: Though this all-in-one stick provides excellent coverage for dark circles and redness, it’s less successful in concealing veins and blue/green tones.

This multi-use tool is ideal for quick touch-ups and life on-the-go. Its crayon-like packaging and creamy consistency make it convenient to throw in a bag and easy to apply no matter where you are. “Even though it’s creamy, it seems to set fairly quickly,” says our tester. “It goes on smoothly and doesn't settle into my creases,” she adds, noting that the color payoff was very impressive. In addition to brightening under-eye circles and correcting redness and dark spots, the Huestick can be used as a lip, cheek, and eye tint that adds a subtle flush of semi-matte color. With five distinct shades that target a diverse array of skin tones, there’s a color match for everyone. Just be aware that while it does work as a magic eraser for dark circles, it’s not the best at concealing veins and blue/green tones.

Price at time of publish: $24

Size: 0.1 ounce | Shades: 5 | Key Feature: 4-in-1 color correcting for dark circles, eyes, cheeks, and lips

Live Tinted Huestick Corrector

Tamara Staples

Best for Redness

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector in Green

4.8
TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR CAMOUFLAGE CORRECTOR

Lancome

What We Love: The creamy, lightweight formula provides full coverage.

What We Don’t Love: Some creasing may occur with this product, though our tester notes it is very subtle.

This ultra-pigmented color corrector can tackle even the most irritated areas. Whether you’re struggling with dark circles, lots of redness, or dull skin, this Lancome product is buildable, easy to layer, and provides full coverage. The unique squeeze bottle allows for smooth, precise application, and with seven shades to choose from, you can find the ideal neutralizing or highlighting effects you’re after — but the green hue is the best for addressing redness.

“The consistency isn’t too thick, which helps spread the color evenly without any smudging or pilling,” says one tester. “Initially, this product had a very hydrating finish. However, I did notice it beginning to settle slightly into the fine lines under my eye. It was a very slight settling into the crease, but still noticeable.”

Price at time of publish: $30

Size: 0.4 ounce | Shades: 7 | Key Feature: Ultra-pigmented to neutralize tones and illuminate

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Corrector

Tamara Staples

Best Crease-Proof

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

5
Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

Sephora

What We Love: It comes in a ton of shades and is totally budge-proof.

What We Don’t Love: This product doesn’t come with an applicator.

This Bobbi Brown color corrector is a very popular option and for good reason: Not only is the cream corrector infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep your under-eye area looking smooth and hydrated, but it's also waterproof, sweatproof, and humidity-resistant, so it will stay put all day. “The product didn’t create any smudging or creasing,” says our tester. “Apply in layers onto a hydrated and well-primed area and it’ll go on absolutely seamlessly.” Plus, with 11 shades to choose from, you should be able to find an option that works for your skin tone. Regardless of which hue you select, each one has a pink or peachy base, which is great for canceling out the bluish-purple tone of under-eye bags. While it doesn’t come with an applicator (it applies best when using a brush), once it’s blended you'll look well-rested and youthful in mere seconds.

Price at time of publish: $34

Size: 0.05 ounce | Shades: 11 | Key Feature: Full-coverage, waterproof, and long-lasting

 Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

Tamara Staples

Best Palette

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette

5
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette

Sephora

What We Love: Palettes don’t usually come in multiple shade ranges. We love that this one is available in four different colorways.

What We Don’t Love: The formula can have an oily feel on some skin types.

With four different shades included in this all-in-one Make Up For Ever Palette, it truly does it all. A signature blend of powders, oils, and pigments combine to create this creamy and easy-to-apply formula. “At first glance, I thought the palette might be a little powdery. Surprisingly, the texture was very creamy. There was no smudging or creasing at all after I applied it to my under-eye,” shares our tester.

It creates a noticeable difference in covering dark circles and brightening the under-eye area compared to merely using concealer, reducing any “ashy” tones, according to the tester. Buildable coverage makes layering products for the perfect color match and natural finish seamless and convenient. While we love the hybrid formula, it can feel oily on some skin types — particularly if you have oily skin.

Price at time of publish: $42

Size: 0.23 ounce | Shades: All-in-one palette includes 4 colors and is available in 4 shade options | Key Feature: Buildable brightening capabilities

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette

Tamara Staples

Our Testing Process

After researching the market and scouring online reviews, we identified the 16 most popular color correctors for dark circles. From there, we sent the products to our team of independent beauty experts and freelance product testers, who were instructed to wear each formula for a full day and track performance over time. Each tester was required to rate the product on a scale from 1 to 5, accounting for factors such as formula, consistency, hydration, creasing, coverage, ease of use, and more. Once all testers provided their professional notes and feedback, we were able to narrow our list down to the nine best products that really cover dark circles with a lightweight, comfortable feel.

What to Keep in Mind

Shade

Many correctors have green and purple undertones, which are great for covering up blemishes and redness, but they do little for concealing dark circles (unless they have red undertones). “Green is used to neutralize red, making it great for covering up acne flare-ups, sunburns, and rosacea,” says La Banco. If you’re specifically looking to cover dark circles, you should instead choose color correctors in shades of red, pink, orange, or yellow, as these will help balance out the blue hue of under-eye circles. “Yellow is a super versatile concealer color that brightens sallowness. It cancels out purple tones, like veins or bruises, while still neutralizing mild to moderate redness,” adds La Banco.

The shade you choose will also depend on your skin tone. Peach-toned correctors work really well on light to medium skin tones (like Glo Skin Beauty Corrective Camouflage Kit), while oranges or reds work better for deeper skin tones (such as the Live Tinted Huestick Corrector).

Coverage

Some correctors also offer coverage, so you can wear them on their own and forgo concealer. If you plan to let your corrector stand alone, you'll want to make sure it provides ample coverage and doesn't allow for any creasing, cracking, or slipping. If you still plan on wearing concealer or foundation, a good corrector should create a solid, even base, so that you can use less makeup.

Lasting Power

Just like a concealer, you'll want to make sure your color corrector can hold up for the entire day. The product should not only keep discoloration at bay for however long you intend on wearing it, but a good corrector will also last consistency-wise and prevent makeup from creasing or drying out throughout the day. Look for a product that is resistant to common makeup woes, like sweat and humidity, like the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector

Your Questions, Answered

What does a color corrector do?

Essentially, a color corrector is similar to a primer in that it sits under makeup to prep the skin for more product. It neutralizes unwanted tones, like dark circles or redness, so that your concealer doesn't have to do as much work. Color correctors are a great step to add into your makeup routine if you are struggling with complexion concerns, such as dark under-eye circles, redness, dullness, or hyperpigmentation. “They provide that extra pop of brightness and coverage when used right before your normal concealer,” La Banco says. They also provide a good base for the rest of your makeup, hydrating your skin and illuminating your under-eyes. 

How do you apply a color corrector?

Once you've chosen the best color corrector for your skin tone or complexion issue, then you'll want to apply a small amount of product on your skin (after you've applied your skincare). Place the product only in the areas you need it (under the eyes and around the nose are common) and remember that a little goes a long way. The type of product you choose will also determine its coverage — creams are usually fuller coverage than liquids. Cream formulas are often designed to be applied with a brush, whereas liquids can be easily blended with a damp sponge or your fingers, but use whatever tool works best for you. “I like to use my ring finger to pat in the product, after laying it down with a synthetic makeup brush like my favorite Real Techniques Brightening Concealer Brush,” La Banco explains. Give the product a little bit of time to set, then continue on with the rest of your makeup.

What Is InStyle Picks?

Our team of testers has reviewed every product on this list using a unique methodology to ensure it's really worth your time, money, and attention. We may get samples for free to try but we never promise positive (or any!) coverage in exchange. Put simply: InStyle Picks are products we love, and we've put them to the test to be sure you will too.

Why Shop With Us

Linne Halpern is a freelance beauty, fashion, and lifestyle writer. She is a member of InStyle’s evergreen commerce team where she extensively tests and reviews countless products. For this story, a team of 16 beauty experts and freelance product testers were deployed to try each formula and provide thorough feedback. From there, we were able to narrow down our recommendations and provide you with first-hand knowledge, bolstered by tips and advice from notable makeup artist Kelly La Banco.

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