My eye sockets have a natural tendency to be dark. No matter how much I sleep, hydrate or religiously apply cucumber slices, without concealer, I look like I need more (I don’t actually do the last one but it illustrates the point). In fact, sometimes, even with concealer, I look exhausted because of the dark circles.
I am forever looking for a concealer that is not only the right shade (hello, difficult if you’re a person of colour) but is blendable and stays in place. I can’t deal with thick pastes that are like cold peanut butter being smeared on dry toast.
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has had rave reviews by nearly every blogger and their dog so natch, I had to give it a whirl.
|FORMULATION||Blendable thin cream|
|TEXTURE/FINISH||Natural, light coverage|
|PACKAGING||Clear plastic tube with flocked/doe-foot applicator and matte black cap|
I bought this in shade #Ginger or Medium 2.
I love NARS packaging, even if it drives me batty after a while when the matt black surfaces turn sticky and attract all kinds of fluff and specks of dirt. There is actually a great Swahili word for that sort of crap – madoadoa (mah-dowa-dowa). . . . and it is such fun to say too. But I digress . . . .
I love the clean sleek tube which allows you to see the colour of the product and how much is left. The doe-foot applicator makes it a breeze to apply with precision and given I am time-poor most mornings, this feature alone makes this concealer my go to. A couple of swipes and I am good to blend. Word to the wise, it is imperative that you have applied a good eye cream beforehand.
Most concealers I have come across tend to look ashy on my skin. It’s not a matter of using shades that are too light, rather they have been too pink for my skin tone. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger lives up to its claim of golden undertones. It is warm enough for my shade of brown and show no shades of grey.
I don’t buy the ‘radiance’ line though. It counters the blue-purple darkness well (mind you, I use a colour corrector first) but I wouldn’t say it makes my eyes radiant or luminous in any way. The consistency of this concealer is good, not quite creamy and certainly not a thick paste, but a light, thin cream. Compared to my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, this is thinner and offers a little less coverage.
It wears beautifully and even at the end of the day, I find it hasn’t budged. I usually apply Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Under Eye Powder to keep the concealer in place. I find I have to use a light hand else the concealer creases a little. But on the whole, it sits beautifully and doesn’t need any fussing.
I do like this concealer a lot although I think it’s steeply priced. If it weren’t so easy to apply, I don’t know if I would feel as positively about it. Incidentally, I have (finally) purchased the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer which is supposedly a cheaper dupe at ~$15. I’ll let you know how that goes.
In case you missed it, this is what I look like without concealer, or any makeup for that matter. I wore NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer here and here.
What do you think of this cult concealer? Do you have a dupe to share?