You have to give it to NARS when it comes to packaging as it is always top notch. The concealer comes in a sturdy tube (feels like a hard plastic or maybe glass) and it has a doe foot applicator which is perfect for applying this creamy concealer. The lid is sleek black (matte) one and I just really like it as it is easy to use and travel-friendly. I chose the shade Amande which is described as Medium Dark 3. I was actually matched to Caramel and I may just pick it up when there is some form of discount as I think would be perfect for under eye concealing.
As the name implies, it has a light creamy texture which comes out easily from the tube with the help of the doe foot. I really like the doe foot applicator because it gets the right amount of product and you do not have to keep dipping it in and out (unless it is on its last legs) As a blemish concealer, it applies lightly on the blemishes but it offers good coverage which I really like.
I use the doe foot applicator to apply it directly on my blemishes after my foundation and I blend it in with my Real Techniques Setting Brush in a tapping (almost buffing) in motion rather than a sweeping motion so it stays in place better and longer. I also wait a little bit for it to set before going over with a powder to set it in place. I have even tried using it over powder (after foundation) and I found that it applied and lasted even better. I would classify it as a medium coverage concealer which can hide blemishes really well although if you have really dark blemishes you may want to build it up a little bit. I have only used it once or twice as an under eye concealer and I really liked the texture and overall feel but it’s a little too dark for under my eyes which is why I may purchase Caramel soon. If you have dry skin, you may get away with just using the concealer without having to set it with a powder but for we combo/oily skin girls, I think setting this with a powder is a must, at least for me.
I had very high hopes for this concealer and I am happy to say I was not disappointed, however, you need to know what method works best for your skin. For me, using it after my foundation and setting with a powder works well. I already mentioned that using it over my powder works even better as it seems to have a longer lasting power. I really think it works best as an under eye concealer much more than for blemishes but that’s just really based on my experience. It’s possible this may be due to how light it is and its creamy texture which may make it slide off or lose its staying power if you have oily skin. It is amazing when you pair it with the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and I think they make the perfect duo.
I think this is probably one of the most expensive concealers I have tried with it sitting at £22.00 from Space NK. It’s about the same price range as the Estee Lauder High Coverage Concealer. Also, I am not sure how long this concealer will last as it only contains 6 ml of product which I feel is very minute if you want to use this as a blemish concealer (and have a lot to cover).
1. It is an expensive concealer and I struggle to accept that it only contains 6 ml (call me petty)
2. If you have oily skin and blemishes, it may have a limited lasting power compared to other pasty textured concealers.
I really like this concealer but I am not sure I am completely wowed or bowled over. I love the packaging, its texture and coverage despite being really light on application. As mentioned earlier, it works brilliantly for my under eye circles even though it was not the right colour. As a blemish concealer, I think my skin is better or best suited for more pasty concealers like the Estee Lauder High Coverage Concealer, MAC Studio Finish Concealer or any other similar kind of texture but that’s mainly because my skin is combo/oily. If I were to repurchase, it will definitely be Caramel (mainly for my under eye circle) but then my Revlon Color Stay Concealer is doing an amazing job at a fraction of the price. That’s it folks!! What are your thoughts on the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? See you in my next post....xx