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Ambitious, multi-tasking women never seem to get enough sleep (I should know — it’s 3:30 a.m. as I type this post!). You can apply as many creams as you want but, if you’re not getting the requisite minimum of Zzs, then all the eye moisturizers and gels in the world won’t do a thing to diminish the appearance of dark circles and bags. A potent concealer, then, is an absolute necessity — after all, if you can’t feel completely refreshed, you’ll need extra help when freshening up.

But finding the right concealer is beyond challenging. First, you have to match your skin color with precision (otherwise you can wind up with raccoon eye syndrome). Second, it has to properly cover those dark circles — and while most can brighten the area, few can truly eradicate them. Third, these products must have staying power because you’re bound to get even more tired as your busy day unfolds. And last, but definitely not least, here’s where most concealers fall short: while they might be able to mask wrinkles, enlarged pores, and discoloration, they don’t actually soothe the delicate skin around the eye area, so that it will still appear puffy and swollen.

Thankfully, La Mer’s new The Radiant Concealer scores an A+ in all four fronts and earns brownie points for offering SPF 25 protection, hence protecting you from UV rays that can lead to premature aging signs. The Radiant Concealer features tourmaline and malachite gemstones that capture and reflect light so as to conceal dark circles, while marine and plant extracts decrease puffiness and, lastly, chamomile extract and Viapure Porite (an Asian mushroom) soothe the area, gradually diminishing any redness or discoloration.

Available in three shades (Ivory, Beige and Natural Warm), this concealer will help you check your baggage (well, your eye baggage) at the door and will brighten your tired lids like a billion stadium lights. It’s creamy and lightweight, gliding on effortlessly and blending on for a natural, smooth effect, so that you don’t have to worry about your makeup cracking, melting or smearing. The one thing I didn’t care for was the eye brush that accompanies the compact, as I found the bristles a bit too hard and abrasive. My suggestion would be to opt for a softer brush or simply apply with your fingertips (that’s actually my favorite application method). You really will look radiant.

La Mer The Radiant Concealer SPF 25, $65. Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and LaMer.com

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