Thursday, 10 September 2015

NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Vanilla Review and Swatches

The NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer is one of the most hyped concealers in the market, as it's supposed to provide enough coverage for dark under-eye circles but it's still creamy and won't make the area look dry and caked. 

Let's see if this product really lives up to its hype!


Packaging
I have to say that the packaging is designed to do its job. It's a clear tube which reminds me of a lip gloss with the NARS lettering and then it has the typical black rubberized lid. Anyone who has used NARS products will know that the black rubber gets quite mucky, and this is no exception. 

The applicator is a doe foot which I quite like as it applies easily although I don't use it to extend the product, only to apply a small amount as it would be way too much otherwise. I much prefer to use a brush or even my finger to blend. 
Colour
One of the best things about this concealer is that there is a very wide range of colours to suit all skin tones. Other brands only offer a light, medium and dark shade but NARS have 10 different shades, which is excellent. 

I use Vanilla which is the second lightest and the one which always seems to be out of stock. I thought I'd list the rest of the range for you to choose: 
- Chantilly (Light 1): Lightest ivory
- Vanilla (Light 2) : Lightest pink
- Honey (Light 3): Light to medium peach
- Custard (Medium 1): Light to medium yellow undertone
- Ginger (Medium 2): Medium golden 
- Biscuit (Medium Dark 1): Medium dark neutral
- Caramel (Medium Dark 2): Medium dark yellow undertone
- Amande (Medium Dark 3): Medium dark golden olive
- Café (Dark 1): Dark with warm red undertone
- Cacao (Dark 2): Dark with golden undertone

If you would like to see swatches of all shades and not only mine (Vanilla) head on over to Café Makeup where you can check out the whole range. 

Formula
The formula is creamy as the name says, it's a liquid concealer but thicker than the average ones. The coverage is supposed to be medium to full and it's buildable which is a good thing. 
It's also meant to hydrate, brighten the undereye area, provide a satin glow and feel comfortable while it covers our dark circles. 

Thankfully it's non-comedogenic and fragrance-free so it should be perfect for most skin types including oily acne-prone skin and even sensitive skin. 

Finish
The finish is supposed to look like skin and I have to agree that it looks very natural if applied correctly. As I have already mentioned it's a build able formula and I really suggest you apply thinner layers correctly blended to achieve a flawless finish. 
It's incredibly easy to blend and I prefer to do so with my fingertips as it warms the product and it melds with the skin better than using a brush. I used to apply concealer with a brush until I read someone's suggestion of using the fingertips with the NARS Creamy Concealer. It made a big difference!

It's very easy to use too much product, especially with the doe foot which applies a large amount of creamy concealer. It's best to apply a small amount, blend it with your finger and use more if you think it's necessary. 

It is brightening as you can see in my full face photo and it has a satin finish which looks like skin. In the under eye area it lasts a long time but I have used it on other blemishes on my face and as I'm quite oily it doesn't last as long, especially if I don't set it with powder. 

Even though it's creamy and supposed to be moisturizing I don't think it's as much as I expected. If you're oily it'll be great as the finish is satin-matte, but my under eye area is quite dehydrated so I find it quite drying and it will crease into my lines if I'm not careful. If you look carefully at my photo you can see the lines where it has creased. A made a point not to blend it out again so that you could see in the photo. 
Overall
I am about to finish this concealer and I'm really wondering whether I'll buy it again. It can be a little too thick and dry sometimes for my dehydrated contour but it can be useful to take on holidays as it can also work as a concealer for other imperfections. 

I think I prefer a more liquid consistency for my under eye area as I don't have very dark circles so I can get away with a thinner and more sheer consistency in this area. The fact that it creases on me is more of a concern as it makes me look like I have wrinkles! 
When I run out of it I will go onto using the Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher daily which I only use for special occasions so I'll be able to tell you if I miss the NARS concealer or not so much!

Have you tried the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer?

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