If you’re a regular around here, then you know NARS is one of my go-to brands. Their foundations, blushes, and powders, are among the most coveted in my collection. So, when they launched their new Soft Matte Complete Concealer, I had to see how it compares to my all time fav Radiant Creamy. Are they both worth having? I’ve got all the scoop on the formulas, and which one I recommend most!
NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER ($30)
I’m going to start with my ride or die concealer. Other than MAC Select Moisturecover, NARS Radiant Creamy is by far my most repurchased concealer. It’s creamy, easy to blend, pigmented, long wearing…the list goes on and on. It’s formulated for all skin types, and designed to blur imperfections, and cover dark circles, while hydrating and firming the skin.
It comes with 0.22 oz worth of product, and is packaged in a sleek tube with a doe foot applicator. The creamy formula works well under the eyes, on blemishes, and for highlighting the face. It doesn’t settle into fine lines, and it provides medium to full coverage, that lasts all day without blotching or fading.
WHO DOES IT WORK BEST FOR?
Although it’s marketed for all skin types, I know several oily skinned gals who have a really hard time with this concealer. Because it contains a hydrating botanical blend, and because it works so magically on my dry skin, I recommend it to those with dry to normal skin types.
NARS SOFT MATTE COMPLETE CONCEALER ($30)
The newest addition to the NARS line up, is the Soft Matte Complete Concealer (0.21 oz). This oil-free, full coverage concealer is designed to blur imperfections, while feeling weightless on the skin. It comes packaged in a plastic jar, and is formulated with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.
For sanitary reasons, I prefer tubes instead of jars, so this packaging isn’t my favorite. Also, since you’re dipping your fingers into the product, prepare for concealer fingerprints all over the lid. If you’re familiar with the rubbery packaging of NARS, then you know they never look as pristine as they do when brand new. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s definitely a pet peeve.
In terms of the formula, this was designed to be used in small doses. The idea is that a little goes a long way, and this definitely lives up to that! My dark circles are crazy lately thanks to my son, but with this product, I only need the tiniest amount. One dip into the product completely covers my darkness, and the creamy texture blends so effortlessly. There’s no tugging or patting necessary, it sinks in and covers instantly!
WHO DOES IT WORK BEST FOR?
The finish of this product is matte, so while I love the way it looks on my under eyes, it can look a little heavy on my texture. I have rosacea on my cheeks (just got the diagnosis yesterday at the derm), so I need a concealer that covers redness and bumps really well. This is perfect for my cheeks, as long as I use a little bit. If I go overboard, it’s cakey. For that reason, I’d say it’s probably best suited for those with normal to oily types. Though under the eyes, I think anyone can get away with it, so long as you use a hydrating eye cream before hand!
One small piece of advice, I suggest color matching yourself in person with the new Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I figured the shades were the same as Radiant Creamy, so I purchased Custard, but as you can see Soft Matte is slightly darker. I’ve read several other reviews stating the same, so I’d keep that in mind!
Since getting the Soft Matte Complete Concealer, I have not reached for my Radiant Creamy once. It’s just so easy! I still adore my Radiant Creamy, but I’ve definitely fallen for Softe Matte Complete as well. So, if you’re a makeup junkie then I say get both! If you’re not a makeup hoarder, then I recommend Soft Matte for oily/normal babes, and Radiant Creamy for those with dry/normal skin.
What do you think of the new NARS concealer? Which formula would you go for? I’d love to know!
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