May 20, 2013

Review: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer



Hi everyone!
What the heck!? Another concealer!? I know, I know..

I have resigned myself to the fact that I am the kind who needs to blend/layer my concealers to get the coverage I need.. so just a heads up - this is one of those 'layers'. HOWEVER, something tells me I might've gotten the wrong shade, because I've seen some bloggers who actually use this to cover their dark circles completely with just one shade! 

Oh well.. anyway let's continue.

Background Information


Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.
  • Long wearing and crease-proof.
  • Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non comedogenic.

*information taken from NARS official website*

Packaging


I love the packaging. It is so sleek and classy - very minimalistic. Just a black screw-on top (material is slightly rubberish/plasticky similar to the blusher packaging) with a slim and long plastic base. It looks a little bit like a lip gloss, and has a doe-foot applicator as well.

Nothing too complicated about the design really, just twist off the wand and dab it on!

Texture and Color



Yes, I mentioned earlier that I got my color wrong.. maybe I should've done more research before purchasing. It was just all done on impulse and I was so excited so I didn't actually try all the shades out and just got whatever the SA (Sales Assistant) told me to get.

I got mine in Honey, which is very orangey. (If you notice, in the photo above, it's actually darker and more orangey than my hand.) The reason for this is because I was obsessed with the Giorgio Armani Corrector Shade 2 which I never got, and I thought this would be a good replacement. Which is what it turned out to be, fortunately! :) The orange-ness actually covers up dark rings better and works as a corrector/base to even out your dark rings before you put your concealer on. So no worries, it looks orange in the photo but works out perfectly well under the eye.

The texture is impeccable. It really really is creamy and soft, which makes it beautiful to blend. It is easy to layer with minimal creasing and dries fast! Which is definitely a plus for those of us who need to rush out of the house! Moreover, this is up to personal preference, it doesn't require a loose powder on top (if you're just using one shade alone) because it's not dewy like most creamy concealers can be, so just apply it and you're done! If you feel safer with a loose powder on top, then just go ahead and put it anyway. :)

Methods of Application

I do not use this alone, as mentioned. I have played with it a bit deciding whether to wear it alone or below or on top, and I will show you the different effects. Just so you know, I do use a Beauty Blender for easier and smoother application! 

As recommended, I dot 3 dots below my eyes and then I blend it all in. 

• When used alone, it looks too dark on me.. Yes it covers to a certain extent but not completely.

• When used below another concealer , the coverage is definitely tons better but the additional concealer on top can be thicker or sticky which can lead to creasing. It wil also almost definitely require a loose powder.

• When used on top, I find that it covers my dark areas better and also allows me to leave my house without waiting for my concealer to set - it dries without creasing and looks natural as well!
    (I do apologize for the difference in lighting, I did try to balance it out on photoshop to make all more equal but this was the best I could get. In honesty, The results for the concealer on top and as a base is pretty similar - the only difference is that I do not need a loose powder when I use the concealer on top.)

    Overall Thoughts



    So here I am wearing the concealer! I love it, I look so awake! :)

    I am so sad I got the wrong color, and honestly I'm done with buying concealers for now. My makeup cabinet is LITERALLY bursting with them! I have like 10 concealers, 1 foundation, 2 blushers, and 5 lipsticks. Haha, I am a concealer junkie. If I did get the right color which would solve my problems, I think I'd be in love. I'd even give this a 9.5/10.. but oh well.

    I love the consistency and I love the look. It softens my eye area up, makes me look awake, and even creases less than the FakeUp Concealer by Benefit (I know right?). I think it's a worthy investment on the whole. You can even use it on pimples and scars because the it blends very well and can be layered without any issue!

    Recommended For

    Anyone, really. If you want to invest in a good concealer, this is for you.

    Would I Repurchase

    Yes, definitely. I have worn concealer since I was 15, and this is the only one which has made me feel safe enough to use without putting loose powder or anything else on top. Looks so natural and feels weightless.

    Also, Makeup Alley has rated this a whopping 4.3 stars out of 5, and in my books that's all the reason to get it.

    Stockists: Tangs

    Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10 


    I'm accidentally in love!
    (  )
    Sam



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    7 comments

    1. I do need a good concealer! Just pinned to buy:))
      ust dropping in from The Google Friend Connect hop to thank you for co-hosting and to follow via GFC:))

      Hugs
      Evelyn
      @ My Turn for us
      http://www.myturnforus.com/

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      1. Hi evelyn!

        Will definitely check out your blog after I'm done with work! Thanks for following us! :) I hope you'll like this concealer for yourself :)

        xx
        Sam

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    2. new follower from the friend connect hop!

      www.violetlulu.blogspot.com

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      1. Hi Hanna,

        will check out your blog soon too :)

        xx

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    3. what shade would/should you have gotten instead?

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      1. I'm not too sure what shade would've fit me for sure, but I would've tested a few here and there before settling as quickly as I did this time!

        xx

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    4. Thanks for the recommendation, I need a good concealer :)
      xo,
      ~Pauline @ Nars Philippines

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