MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatches and Review

mac select cover up concealer

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer

By Contributor: Tejinder Kaur

I am going to share my review and swatch on a product that is famous in the blogging world for being the best for concealing your dark circles; you won’t regret buying it! I have dark eye circles which while not extremely dark, still look darker than my cheeks or face thereby taking the sheen away from the makeup. So I went to the MAC store to get some products for my dark circles and MUA tried the NW35 Select Cover Up Concealer which matched my skin. She recommended it despite me using the NW35 Sculpt Foundation. Contrary to what I had read that it needs to be a tone or two darker to your original skin tone, I liked the end result as it matches my skin, so no complaints.

MAC Claims: Liquid camouflage for the skin. Texture-free, virtually invisible. Comes in a tube. Blend in. Brightens and Lightens dark areas, erases spots, evens-out skin tones. Makes skin flaw-free. Use pre-foundation, or on its own. 11 shades. Don’t reveal it, conceal it!!

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer photo
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer photo

MAC Select Cover Up NW35 is a creamy sandy beige colour which gives over all natural effect. It helps me to hide my dark circles, matches perfectly with my under-eye-area, blends very well and provides good coverage. My eyes look refreshed too.

Texture is very light liquid  and not sticky at all. But it dries quickly so you have to blend it out immediately.Pigmentation is superb as a small drop gives enough coverage.

Packaging is very elegant too. It comes in a very cute tiny tube. It has a small nozzle and cap, all I need is to squeeze it and a small drop is enough to give perfect coverage and once absorbed it lightens dark areas and makes skin looks natural. It doesn’t look cakey, flakey or patchy. It is very travel friendly as will easily fit in your purse.

Staying Power is good too as it lasts full day, doesn’t settle in to fine lines under my eyes and no need of touch ups. Oily skin girls need to set it with some compact powder but it will stay longer on their skin too. It can be applied with the fingers or with a concealer brush. Personally I prefer applying with fingers as it gives good coverage and blends it very well. It gives a matte finish which I really liked. For dry skin you must apply a moisturiser before. It comes in a wide range of shades for many skin tones. I do use an orange corrector from MAC to give full coverage to my dark area as recommended by MUA.

Let’s look at the photos and swatches:

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer nw35
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer nw35
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Review
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Review
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatch
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatch
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatches
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatches
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatch blended
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatch blended
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatches blended
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Swatches blended

And here is a photo that shows you the difference that the concealer makes. I’m wearing Select Cover Up on the right side while the left eye is bare

mac select cover up concealer swatch on eyes

Pros of Select Cover Up Concealer by MAC:

  • Blends very well and gives good coverage
  • Texture is very smooth and creamy
  • Great variety of shades to choose to choose from for perfect skin tone match
  • Requires a tiny amount to conceal dark areas
  • Can be worn on its own or before foundation
  • Does not crease or fade
  • Stays longer
  • Perfect for oily/normal skin
  • Covers dark circles, acne scars and hyper pigmentation effectively
  • Feels comfortable and very light in weight
  • Cute tube packaging which is sturdy

Cons of Select Cover Up Concealer by MAC:

  • For darker under-eye circles, you need to use a corrector first
  • Tends to appear little patchy on dry skin, so needs a moisturizer
  • Expensive but worth the prize
  • Has to be blended quickly as dries soon after application
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Reviews
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer Review

Price: Rs.1300

Over-all Rating: 4.5 /5

Final Verdict: MAC Select Cover Up Concealer is great and I am glad I bought it. It is a wonderful base product which conceals dark spots, uneven skin tone and any discolorations or dark circles. It is very good in terms of coverage, staying power and pigmentation. Undoubtedly one of the best in the market and one of my favourites for sure. It comes in many shades so you can easily match with your skin tone. It has a tendency to appear a little patch on dry skin but a good moisturizer can solve this problem too. I am quite impressed with packaging too. Texture wise it is divine as its easily buildable, blendable and never looks cakey, patchyor settles in to fine lines. It gives very good coverage and an over all natural effect. So I would highly recommend this concealer.

Also read: Mac Studio Sculpt FoundationMac Matchmaster FoundationBest Foundations Bridal MakeupRevlon Colorstay Whipped MakeupConcealer for Oily SkinL’Oreal Infallible Foundation ReviewApply Foundation or Concealer First?Lakme Invisible Foundation Review


  1. Its definitely a great concealer… nice review and well explained Tej <3
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  2. I will buy this when I want to try a concealer…Nice Review Teju dear <3
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  3. Such a detailed review Tej..!!
    I have tried it at the counter but it looked a bit patchy and turned greayish on me.. may be the SA wasnt using the right shade… :P
    but the difference is clear in the pictures… truely very effective at concealing!! :)

    • No no it doesnt turn grayish at all..yeah definitely that was the reason she was nt trying the right shade on u…try it again poo..Thanks dear <3

  4. If I ever plan to buy a new wud either be this or select moisture cover. Well explained Tej :)

  5. Seems good :) nice swatches …
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  6. Nice review Tej!! :) It does make so much of difference.:)
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  7. Nice review Tejinder! well-explained:)
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  8. Nice review tej, good that you have posted the swatches.
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  9. Yayy I bought this concealer just yesterday!!! Great to see a positive review :)
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  10. This is one of the best selling concealer after Pro long wear concealer :) i have this in NC45 and i love it :)
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  11. Amazingly explained Tej as ever! Loved the swatches too.. :)
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  12. I want the foundation from this range.
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  13. Great review Tej, as always!
    (I believe I have already leave an incorrectly comment, not for you…. sorry!!)

  14. Been testing out some MAC products and trying to write out soon. This concealer seems great. I need it because of my massive dark circles. Will certainly buy and try out.
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    • Thats great I would love to see ur reviews. ..this one is really a best concealer to cover ur dark circle..
      Must try navneet :)

  15. Nice detailed review Teji :) I loved the way you explained it and now I’m getting this one soon ;)
    I love MAC base products – they work beautifully with my skin :)
    Lovely pictures darling :)
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  16. Great Review Tej ! I think I must add this product as well in my wishlist soon :D
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  17. Nice detailed post Tej. This one didnt work for me as I have dry skin.
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    • ohh yes for dry skin need to apply moisturizer before that..sad it didn’t work on u..
      thank you sugandha..:)

  18. Great review! It makes such a difference! ^_^
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  19. Great review Tej! It sounds very good!
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  20. the difference is very prominent tej..nice review!!
    i would love to try this!!!
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  21. Great post.

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  22. @ishleen i am a comibnatin skin type an di have been using this reguylarly. its an amazing one.. .
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