Everywhere I turn these days, someone is talking about this concealer. It’s achieving the kind of cult status not seen since the launch of the Collection concealer over in the UK. Fortunately for those of us not based in the UK, NARS is readily available from Sephora or any NARS counter.
I decided to try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as a new weapon against my under eye circles. I’d been using the equally cult-status Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit which, while getting the job done, is slightly heavier and more prone to creasing. Deciding it was time for a change, I took myself off to Sephora, picked up the shade “Vanilla,” and set about giving it a thorough test. Having been using this concealer for three months or so, I can attest that it totally lives up to the hype.
The concealer itself comes in ten of the standard NARS shades that run the gamut from super pale (Chantilly) to fairly dark (Cacao). NARS, as always, nailed the packaging with their usual sleek, minimalist design that looks so darn good sitting on the dresser. First thing I noticed while trying this product was how much creamier and smoother this formula is as opposed to the original NARS concealer. The original concealer is slightly drying and can become cakey as you build up coverage. The radiant creamy concealer, however, is super smooth and blends easily into the skin.
As you might have guessed from the word “radiant,” this product is slightly luminizing, which makes it ideal for brightening the under eye area or for highlighting certain areas of the face (i.e. down the center of the nose, the cupid’s bow). I personally use this under my eyes, bringing it up slightly around the inner corners of my eye for a subtle highlight, and around my nose. When used without a setting powder, I’ve found it does crease ever so slightly. With a sweep of powder, however, you’re good to go and crease-free for the rest of the day.
When it comes to concealing acne, this is not the best option, in my opinion. Because it has a subtle radiance, it draws attention to the areas where it’s used, which, especially for large, raised blemishes, is exactly what you want to avoid. If the concealer closely matches your foundation, however, it works well covering minor, non-raised imperfections.
Overall, this is an excellent product. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a lightweight under eye concealer or a product to subtly highlight the face.
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