Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review -- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

I am a total concealer junkie.

There, I admitted it.

(Though, really, in all honesty, I'm a junkie of pretty much every makeup item under the sun. But concealers seem to pull me in more than others. Well, concealers and foundations.  And eye shadow palettes. And nude lipsticks. And highlighters. And peachy blushes. I should probably stop now...)

So I am always ready to try the latest and greatest offering in the concealer in arena.

For the most part, I only really use concealer under my eyes. Every so often, I'll dab some on a breakout or some other discoloration, but on a daily basis, it's my dark circles that I'm trying to cover up.

That means I want a concealer that's a little bit brightening and creamy and moisturizing enough to blend nicely under the eyes without creasing up a storm. My dark circles aren't that bad, so light to medium coverage is all I really need.

Now, that doesn't seem like such a tall order, but those kind of concealers are actually hard to find.

When NARS introduced their Radiant Creamy Concealer about a year ago, I was definitely intrigued because it seemed to fit my perfect concealer bill -- NARS refers to it as having lightweight medium to high buildable coverage and touts its hydrating, multiaction skincare benefits.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
Its luminous finish and light diffusing technology was probably what totally sold on the concealer, though.

And honestly, I feel like it lives up its name and NARS' claims.

It has a very creamy consistency, so it's easy to blend into the skin and doesn't really crease if I set it with powder. The coverage is definitely medium, though you can easily build it. (I've done that on my face, not under my eyes. I suspect that you might get some creasing if you really packed it on under the eyes, but I don't know for sure.)

I don't really know if the claims of skincare benefits are true because I don't use the concealer regularly enough to really see any results. But it is fairly hydrating so it's a nice fit for under the eyes.

However, I do use it on the rest of my face too and I haven't had any issues with it on blemishes or discolorations.

Of course, I chose the lightest shade available, Chantilly (Light 1). It is a good match for my fair skin and appears to be neutral, without any noticeable yellow, pink or peach undertones.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
When you have extremely pale skin, finding a concealer that can brighten up under the eyes is usually impossible because it's hard enough just to find one that's light enough to match your skin tone. This one definitely has a nice brightening effect -- but you don't get that reverse raccoon eye look with it. It's nice and subtle, so it works well for everyday wear.

The Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator, which I like because it makes it easy to precisely dot the concealer where you need it. I usually blend it in with a fluffy type concealer brush, but fingers work well too.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
The concealer retails for $29 on the NARS website, at Sephora, and anywhere else you can find NARS products.

It is a really nice concealer for under the eyes, but it works just as well on the rest of the face. It's definitely a little pricey, but if you've been having trouble finding a moisturizing concealer that helps brighten and diffuse light, this one is definitely worth a try.

Have you tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? Are you a fan?

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