Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer vs Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

When it comes to high end concealers there seems to be a fair few on everyone's radar. Concealer is a product that I don't mind splurging on, disguising imperfections is one of the main aims of my makeup routine so finding a concealer that ticks all the boxes is important to me. I thought I would compare the two most hyped about Nars concealers to save you the hassle of picking up both...
SHADE RANGE
I use the shade Vanilla in both concealers. It's the 2nd lightest shade and has a fairly neutral tone, it matches my face well. I just wish there was a shade in-between Chantilly (the lightest shade) and Vanilla so it would be more brightening for under the eyes. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes out slightly darker when swatched on the skin, but once blended I found the two concealers to be pretty much identical in shade. There are 16 shades in total for both concealers, a plus compared to more affordable brands that usually have anything between 3-6 shades.

COVERAGE & FINISH
The Radiant Creamy concealer provides a full coverage with a matte finish. Although it does provide a good coverage I have pretty bad dark blue around my eyes so I could do with a little more coverage once it has been blended. I find it to make the skin look quite flat rather than illuminated, possibly using a lighter shade that would change?! The Soft Matte Complete concealer is almost how I expected the radiant creamy concealer to look in the first place, it's brightening and super full coverage without looking cakey. The lightweight, creamy texture blends in with the skin seamlessly creating a flawless finish. I've found using my finger then a damp Beauty Blender the best way to blend both of these concealers.

In terms of the coverage and finish I much prefer the Soft Matte Complete concealer, although matte it doesn't look cakey and it's incredibly pigmented so it covers really well. It's surprising because I like it for both concealing blemishes and around the eyes, it works really well for both.

LONGEVITY 
Both concealers do last well on me, after an 8 hour shift in work the concealer around my eyes will still be there for both, however the Radiant Creamy concealer definitely doesn't look radiant, after a while it starts to look quite dry around my under eyes which I don't experience with the soft matte complete concealer. Even though I use the same shade for both the soft matte complete concealer seems to look brighter around the eyes.

VALUE FOR MONEY
Both of the concealers are £23, so they are on the pricey side. I know of a couple of people that agree with me that the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer seems to run out really quick, which isn't surprisingly when the tube only contains 6ml. I'm hoping the Soft Matte concealer will last longer, a little goes a long way compared to the Radiant Creamy so fingers crossed.


I thought that the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer was always going to be a holy grail *must repurchase* product for me, but the Soft Matte concealer has quickly taken its place!

What's your favourite high end concealer?

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37 comments

  1. I've actually thought about buying the Radiant Creamy concealer, due to all the rave about it from bloggers and YouTubers. Maybe I'll have to try the Soft Matte instead! :)

    http://thatsellen.blogspot.com

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    1. Maybe go into store and try both and see what you think? I know the radiant creamy is popular with a lot of people but for me the soft matte is just a total game changer. Some how it manages to cover imperfections whilst still look natural and non cakey!

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  2. I personally love the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer (not heavy at all, even when you might think that by the name) :)

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    1. Oo I really should have tried that considering just how much I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundations!

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  3. I love both of these concealers but I think my favourite is the Soft Matte!
    It just makes my skin look really soft and perfected!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. It's beautiful isn't it, I haven't used anything else since!

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  4. I've wanted to try the creamy concealer for years but never have and now I think I need the soft matte instead! Decisions! xx

    Alice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

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    1. Ahh yes the soft matte is soooo good! I've never tried a concealer like it x

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  5. I really want to try the soft matte one! I've been hearing everyone talking about it for ages xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/05/what-to-wear-when-you-dont-know-what-to.html

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  6. Such a good review - I wouldn't have thought to buy the Soft Matte concealer because I love the Radiant Creamy concealer so much but reading this has made me think twice!!! Beautiful pictures as always xx

    Laura | www.mylauralife.co.uk

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    1. Ahh I do still like the radiant creamy, but the soft matte just wins for me, it's like nothing I've tried! You'll love the soft matte complete concealer x

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  7. I personally don't like the Radiant Creamy Concealer, but I'm really tempted to try the Nars Soft Matte Concealer, which is funny because considering the names, the Radiant Creamy Concealer would have been more up my street, just because I don't expect a brightening effect from a matte concealer! But I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist, thank you for sharing :)

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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    1. Exactly, almost as if the names should swap isn't it! Really hope you love it if you end up getting it, I haven't used another concealer since having it in my collection!

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  8. I picked up the Radiant Concealer a couple of years back and absolutely loved it, but I haven't picked it up since due to how quick I went through it. Reading this has made me realise the Soft Matte Concealer is what I need to try instead.

    Kristy | The Violet Blonde

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    1. Yeah it runs out so fast! I don't think I'll ever repurchase the radiant creamy, I just love the soft matte complete x

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  9. Totally want to try out the Soft Matte concealer now! This is such a good review girl!! Thanks for sharing an honest review!

    Brooks | Live. Laugh. Love & Make Up

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  10. I've always used the radiant concealer and I do love it, but it totally runs out quickly. I actually tried a new under eye concealer from Becca recently and was amazed at the results. It completely concealed dark circles, better than anything I'd used previously x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty 

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    1. It's ridiculous isn't it! Oo I've only ever tried a couple of things from Becca so I need to look into the brand more x

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  11. I purchased the Soft Matte today and I'm so excited to see how it goes, the Radiant Creamy is my current holy grail so I have high expectations.

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  12. I was actually thinking about purchasing both?! Hmm I will see but this was really helpful! I think I will try soft matte concealer first! Have a nice day
    Kiki x www.kikibeingkiki.com

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    1. Ahh I really don't think the radiant creamy is worth it now having tried the soft matte, but a lot of people do really enjoy both! x

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  13. I honestly think I love both, the Radiant Creamy sounds great for the under eyes and the Soft Matte sounds perfect for highlighting and blemishes. Both seem worth it to me, although they are expensive. Thank you for sharing xxx


    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. True, I think the soft matte layered over the radiant creamy would work well. They are pricey, but worth it! x

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  14. Such a useful post for me Jodie as, as you know, I recently got the soft matte concealer and I love it. I was thinking of trying out the creamy concealer as I've still never tried that but now I don't think I'll bother!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. The soft matte complete concealer was definitely the right choice! The Maybelline fit Me concealer is a really good dupe except it has slightly more coverage and is more hydrating in my opinion, so if not even better :)

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  15. I've wanted to try the radiant creamy concealer for ages, and since the new soft matte who was released, I've wanted to try that as well well, both on my wish list!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. I wish I lived near a counter because it would definitely make the decision easier considering how expensive they are!

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  16. I need to try the Soft Matte concealer, it sounds really good! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. It's quickly become my holy grail concealer, I'm so impressed! x

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  17. The concealer looks gorgeous, love the swatch! I just wish it was a little cheaper. I go through so much concealer I really don't like spending lots on it! Damn student budget.

    Lauren x Huggled

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  18. I still haven't tried any Nars concealer, that has to change. Thanks for sharing!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  19. Okay, you're selling me on the Soft Matte! It sounds perfect!

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

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  20. You've sold me on the soft matte concealer! I love the creamy concealer but it did run out in record breaking time (and I haven't repurchased because of the price) so I'm definitely going to give soft matte a go once my current concealer runs out :) xx

    www.fridayfaye.com

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  21. I feel similarly on this! When I first tried the Radiant Creamy, there weren't that many options out but now I'm a bit cooler on it. Soft Matte has knocked my socks off and my pot is still going strong after ages, so I do agree it's probably better value too. I already have a backup... haha

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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