If there’s one brand that knows how to do base products, it’s Nars. On the whole, concealer is a product that I don’t mind splurging on. It’s the one product I don’t usually skip, 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…).
The shade is hugely important when it comes to concealer, and one of the many benefits of choosing a premium brand like Nars is the amount of shades they have! I use the shade Vanilla in both concealers. It’s the 2nd lightest shade and has a fairly neutral tone. 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.
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. I don’t find either to oxidise on the skin either, so I can be safe in the knowledge it’s not going to change colour after I’ve applied it.
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. Having said that, it does a good job of concealing blemishes without making them look dry or cakey.
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. I tend to use this for larger areas to conceal and when my skin is particularly oily this tends to work well.
In terms of the coverage and finish, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the soft matte complete concealer wins for me. I have combination skin, so although it’s matte it doesn’t look cakey. It’s incredibly pigmented so it covers really well with the smallest amount, and it leaves my skin looking naturally flawless. 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 the concealer around my eyes will still be there for both. One thing I have noticed however is the soft matte complete concealer can start to look a little dry around my eyes, especially during the winter months. The soft matte complete is better for any oily areas of my skin, and the radiant creamy concealer works better for dry.
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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