Battle of the Brand: NARS Concealer

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ever since NARS launched their Radiant Creamy Concealer in 2013, it has become a cult favorite amongst beauty gurus across the world. No other concealer has been able to top this concealer since I first started using it when it launched. I have tried many drugstore and high end concealers and none have even come close to my beloved NARS concealer. But earlier this year, NARS threw a curve ball into the beauty community and launched a new concealer, the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. Because I'm such a diehard fan of NARS concealer, I had to give this new concealer a try and have it battle out with it's brand counterpart and my holy grail concealer, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Do you think the Holy Grail will continue to rule the land? Or will the New Kid claim the crown?



Amount of Product
* .22 ounces
Cost
* $30 
Does it work under the eyes?
* Yes
Does it crease?
* No, even when I haven't set it with powder
Does it work around the nose, on dry patches, or areas where foundation fades?
* Yes
Pigmentation
* Medium but can be built up
Does it cover acne or spots?
* Yes, but sometime has to have multiple layers and touchups throughout the day
Longevity and Fade Rate:
* Moderate
Blendability
* Like a dream
Color match
* Perfection!

I love how creamy this concealer is so I have no problem using it under my eyes or around my nose where my skin is naturally dry. I find that the pigmentation is medium coverage that can be built up. The color of the concealer is the most perfect color match I have ever found. It works to brighten up my under eyes and give extra coverage on my nose, chin, and forehead where my foundation normally wheres off the most throughout the day. I love that this concealer doesn't crease under my eyes or accentuate any dry patches. The only downfall when it comes to pigmentation is when I'm trying to cover acne. It does an ok job but sometimes it takes multiple layers and multiple touchups throughout the day to cover certain acne spots. When it comes to longevity, I find that this concealer has a good lasting power and is still noticeably in place at the end of the day in areas that I set it with power, such as under my eyes. If I don't set this concealer, I do find that it fades a lot quicker. One of my favorite things is that this concealer blends like a dream. I use a beauty blender to blend it out most of the time, especially under my eyes, but if I want a more full coverage look then I blend it out with my finger or a brush. Overall, this concealer isn't a perfect 10, but it's many positives make up for the few things it lacks. 


Amount of Product
* .21 ounces
Cost
* $30 
Does it work under the eyes?
* No
Does it crease?
* No, but I do not use it under the eyes
Does it work around the nose, on dry patches, or areas where foundation fades?
* Yes
Pigmentation
* Full
Does it cover acne or spots?
* Yes
Longevity and Fade Rate:
* High
Blendability
* Moderate and only with my finger
Color match
* Good but the colors are not the same as the Radiant Creamy line. 

This concealer comes in a pot style form instead of in a tube with an applicator. When I first tried this concealer, I didn't love it, mostly because I can't use it under my eyes because it is a bit drying. The best thing about this concealer is that it is so pigmented and a little goes a long way I use it around my nose and places where my foundation normally fades. My favorite way to use this concealer is to cover my acne spots. Because this concealer is so pigmented, it covers spots easily, and because this is a matte concealer it doesn't even need to be set. The longevity of this concealer is pretty amazing. I find that it lasts all day and keeps even the most stubborn spots covered. I do find the blendability is kind of finicky because it can only be blended with my finger. The color match is also just ok because I do find this formula oxidizes pretty easily. Overall, this is a great matte concealer to use for extra coverage or to cover spots. 

And the winner is... the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. There is no competition here and I don't know if any concealer will ever be able to come close, but it was a good battle! 

What is your holy grail concealer?

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