Like the makeup version of a Gelly Roll pen, Stila Lip Glaze was a tween dream. My early aughts self wanted one of the bubble gum pink click pens badly, but my adolescent wallet couldn't afford the $22 lip product.
Today, click pen applicators are ubiquitous, but they're particularly popular in concealer/highlighter products (think YSL Touche Éclat). I rounded up 12 of the like, ranging from a mere three bucks to a wallet walloping $59.
Better for under-eye coverage and illuminating than covering zits and scars, I grouped the pens by cost, but at the end I will rank them all.
Left: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Honey ($7.99). Right: e.l.f. Radiance Enhancer in Spotlight ($3).
Left: Flower Brightening Concealer in BC3 ($7.98). Right: L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter in Medium ($9.99).
My fave of this bunch was Maybelline. The price is great, the coverage is wonderful, and my eyes looked much more awake after use. A close runner-up would be the e.l.f. pen. At first it looks really pink, but it makes a great highlighter anywhere, not just under the eyes. The L’Oreal formula is a bit more translucent--if you’re into that--and the Flower pen is twice as big as the L’Oreal and Maybelline options, so you get a super value there.
Left: Glominerals Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer in Sunburst ($29). Right: Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector in Shade 3 ($28).
Left: Make Skin Illuminator in Nor ($34). Right: Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 20 Illuminator ($20).
The Glominerals and Elizabeth Arden pens were very hydrating with fabulous, buildable coverage--excellent for those with creasing concerns. I was very into the fragrance-free Clinique pen, too, and I also tried it in a colored version (04 Neutral Fair) that's suitable for covering scars, spots, or zits. Make's product has a heavy dose of sparkle, but it photographed better than I thought it would.
Left: By Terry Touche Veloutee in 4 Sienna ($59). Right: Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in 0 Bright Idea ($39).
Left: La Bella Donna Anti-Aging Mineral Mystique in Shade 4 ($44). Right: Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen in 001 Rose Glow ($39).
Before you run screaming for the hills over the price, note that the By Terry product has two or three times the amount of product than most others. It's also insanely effective and sets really fast. I'm dubbing By Terry my favorite because it looked like an extension of my skin. Marc and Dior also make lovely highlighters, but theirs have a significant difference in coverage, which may not be for everyone. La Bella Donna’s pen isn’t bad, and it’s also the only other pen that truly covered a zit, but its fragrance was too potent for me.
All 12 Corrector Pens, Ranked
- By Terry Touche Veloutee, $59 for 6.5mL
- Glominerals Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer, $29 for 2.5mL
- Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, $28 for 2mL
- Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, $7.99 for 1.5mL
- Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen, $39 for 2.5mL
- Clinique Airbrush Foundation, $20 for 1.5mL
- Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen, $38 for 1.5mL
- e.l.f. Radiance Enhancer, $3 for 4mL
- L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, $9.99 for 1.5mL
- La Bella Donna Anti-Aging Mineral Mystique, $44 for 3mL
- Make Skin Illuminator, $34 for 6mL
- Flower Brightening Concealer, $7.98 for 3mL
The pink toned formulas by Marc Jacobs, e.l.f., Dior, and Clinique are fabulous on cheekbones and the Cupid's bow. Overall the shades are mostly universal, so fear not if you have lighter or darker skin. Most of the brands (eight out of 12) have either two shade options or upwards of six shades. Happy hunting!
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Photos: Darnell Scott