I bought the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer during the April Sephora VIB sale and started wearing it in May.
Spoiler alert: this product made it into my recent favourites list. So you know it scores at least 8 or above out of 10. And here’s why.
The Nars packaging is pretty iconic. Simple, rounded squares with a rubberized finish:
That cap does attract powders and smudges like a magnet. But I do appreciate that the cap lines up perfectly with the base when I close the tube – it’s the little things that matter! 😛 It has a doe-foot wand applicator which is pretty standard with concealers. I don’t have a strong preference for a wand or a squeeze tube – there are pros and cons for both.
There are 10 colours offered in this concealer, which I think is impressive:
From L to R:
Chantilly – True ivory shade for fairest complexions
Vanilla – Tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion
Honey – Warm peach tone for light to medium complexion
Custard – Yellow tone for light to medium complexion
Ginger – Golden undertone for undertones medium complexion
Biscuit – Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones
Caramel – Medium dark yellow and golden undertones
Amande – Medium dark with golden olive undertones
Cafe – Dark shade with warm red
Cacao – Dark shade with deep gold-brown undertones
I was matched to Custard (Medium 1) which I think is about a 90% match for my NC20 skin tone – the shades on either side are too peachy / dark for me.
• Long wearing and crease-proof
• Blurs appearance of lines and wrinkles
• Hides dark circles and signs of fatique
• Buildable medium to full coverage
• Botanical blend helps to firm and strength skin
• Antioxidant protection
• Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non comedogenic
The concealer definitely delivers on being long wearing and crease-proof. These are probably the top 2 qualities I look for in an under eye concealer. The texture of the concealer is creamy and thicker than the average concealer. And the coverage is one of the best I’ve found in an under eye concealer – it conceals my dark circles without looking mask-like.
I feel that Custard looks great when first applied, but it does oxidize slightly:
I’d mentioned that when I attended the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer pre-launch event, the SA guessed which Nars concealer shade I was wearing because of how peach it looked. She recommended that I go a shade lighter – but this isn’t an option because the lighter shade, Honey, is even more peach (and the next shade down, Vanilla, is too light and pink). It’s likely that the Nars concealer had oxidized, and I think it’s possible that I had applied too much of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Concealer underneath. I’ve tested this concealer various ways: on its own, over Becca Under Eye Concealer, and also set with Nars Light Reflecting Looser Setting Powder. My preferred way to wear this is over the corrector and set with powder.
It’s also a fuss-free concealer in terms of application: I apply the concealer by placing 3-4 dots under each eye, then I tap with my ring finger to blend in. Some days I use a Beauty Blender-type sponge to blend, but most days I just use my fingers – it gives a streak-free, smooth application. I primarily use this concealer for my under eye area since it seems to be marketed for that purpose, however, I did try it for spot concealing and for redness around my nose, and it performed very well for that purpose too. I still prefer stick concealer for spot concealing as they’re more pigmented and last longer. Lastly, I should mention that when I first started using this concealer, I thought it was causing milia (little bumps) around my eyes, but it turns out it wasn’t – phew! (I suspect it was a sample eye cream I was testing)
This costs $36 CAD for 6ml of product, and is made in the USA. Nars is sold at Sephora and Hudson’s Bay in Canada. I’ve been wearing this concealer for just 2 months and I already feel like it’s starting to get used up – I will monitor how long a tube lasts me.
I decided to start a more objective comparison for certain products like concealers and mascaras since those are the items I scrutinize the most. Here’s how Nars stacks up against other concealers I’ve tried:
The ratings on this chart don’t necessarily translate to the final rating – they don’t take into account other aspects like price / value, packaging, scent, shade range, etc:
Here’s my final rating of the Nars concealer:
• Excellent coverage
• Creamy consistency
• Does not crease or settle into fine lines
• Long lasting finish
• Good for both under eye and spot concealing
• Wide range of colours
• Oxidizes slightly
Stash worthiness: 8/10
The high price of this concealer really drops its rating for me. For a fantastic budget option, I highly recommend the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser concealer. Edited to add: many reviews compare Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer as a cheaper dupe to the Nars and I say NOPE! Fit Me provides way less coverage and does not last all day like the Nars does. The only similarities I see are: both are creamy, easy to apply, and have similar packaging. That’s it. [I’ve added the Maybelline Fit Me in the tables above]
The Nars website lists their bestsellers, and the concealer is ranked #5 – after Orgasm blush, Laguna bronzer, VIP Red Semi Matte lipstick, Dominique Audacious lipstick. Although, I don’t really count the 2 lipsticks because one is limited edition and the other is an online only exclusive – so actually, let’s call the concealer #3, after Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer. That is impressive considering that this concealer isn’t even that old in Nars’ line-up, it was only launched in 2013! Surely, Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer have to be at least 10 years old? [I just checked, Orgasm blush was lunched in 1999 and I couldn’t find a definitive year for the bronzer] Anyway… all I’m saying is, this concealer is popular, and I can understand why. Have you tried this concealer?