We all know there’s a lot of hype around these 3 high end concealers, there seems to be a divide with some loving the Nars offering, a fair few preferring that from Urban Decay, and a couple raving about Too Faced. Being the makeup addict I am, I wanted to test all 3 and see how they compared…
Starting with the first I tried which was the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer (£17.50). After just one use I fell head over heels for this, a little goes a long way and used with a damp beauty blender under my eyes, it covers a lot. This feels hydrating and comfortable – like all of the concealers I use I set this with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, in combination with this it lasts around 6 hours with no creasing/ loss of coverage.
For under the eyes it is incredibly brightening, long lasting and hydrating, making it a good option for all skin types, but especially dry skin as it sits well without clinging to any dry patches. The shade “fair neutral” is very light so perfect for highlighting, this is also slightly more yellow toned rather than pink, helping to counteract any blue/ dark bags.
1) Urban Decay 2) Too Faced 3) Nars
On a whim in the Oxford Street Debenhams I decided to pick up the Too Faced “Born this Way” Concealer (£18), the assistant was really unhelpful making the experience pretty hectic – but that’s a story for another day! I ended up going for the shade “Very Fair” which isn’t actually that fair at all, but it does have a yellow undertone which works well for covering dark circles. This concealer is definetly best suited to someone with dry skin who doesn’t need much coverage, it is very hydrating but for me it creased far too much. The formulation is incredibly watery and it lacks the coverage I need for the 6am starts. This didn’t last too well on me either, I looked tired and as if I hadn’t even applied concealer by mid day.
Lastly, having tried the other two I knew I needed to pick up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.50) spoiler alert, I’ve saved the best till last. You thought the Urban Decay concealer sounded good? For me this just ticks all the boxes as it is long lasting, covers dark circles and doesn’t crease!
I find the name of Nars products to be really deceiving, when I think of “radiant” I expect a light weight, light/ medium coverage concealer, but this stuff is industrial! The formulation is much thicker than the other two concealers (which I think you can see from the swatches) but it doesn’t feel heavy. Again using the Laura Mercier powder this just doesn’t budge. I have the shade Vanilla, from the swatches you can see that it isn’t the lightest shade, but it has that yellow undertone so it does work for me.
In terms of spot concealing, I think it depends on your skin type. I wouldn’t recommend the Too Faced concealer as it doesn’t have the greatest coverage and doesn’t last long on the skin. The Urban Decay concealer is great as it doesn’t cling to dry patches, but if you have oily/ normal skin and want maximum coverage then the Nars concealer is perfect!
So, the Urban Decay and Nars concealer do come close, if you have dry skin I would 100% go for the Urban Decay as the creamy texture of the Nars concealer may cling to dry patches and be a little too heavy – but for oily/ normal skin girls, it’s Nars all the way, the extra coverage it provides just can’t be beaten. I’m going to purchase the lightest shade and mix it with Vanilla for the perfect match.
What is your all time favourite high end concealer?