Nars is a brand absolutely killing it with their base products, it’s what I tend to shop from their most and see others rave about too. On the whole, concealer is a product that I don’t mind splurging on. Trying to cover up the occasional spot and dodgey blue tones I get around my eyes is an essential part of my morning routine, and finding a concealer that ticks all the boxes is important to me. As a beauty enthusiast I got sucked into the hype of the new Soft Matte Complete Concealer, and I was intrigued to see how it compared to my trusty Radiant Creamy Concealer (and hopefully it saves you £24 and the need to only pick one up…)
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 as someone with a relatively neutral undertone. I have to admit, I do wish there was a shade in-between Chantilly (the lightest shade) and Vanilla so it would be more brightening for under the eyes, but both concealers are blendable making this less of a concern, potentially just something to note. 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 do prefer even more colour correction/ coverage once it has been blended. I find this concealer can make my skin look quite flat rather than illuminated as you would expect from the name. 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 doesn’t crease and does the job without looking unnatural.
I have combination skin and 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. One thing I have noticed however is the Radiant Creamy concealer starts to look quite dry around my under eyes. I don’t experience this 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 £24, 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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