Kitty Blackadder

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Let's just get this out the way before we go any further, this is a £22 concealer. I mean, let's face it, there's a myriad of options at the drugstore, including the much beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which costs less than 20% of what the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer will set you back - is there any need to spend this much on such a utilitarian item of makeup?

I wanted this concealer for the longest time, I think if you're someone who watches any number of YouTubers it would be hard not to, all the 'big YouTubers' seem to have had a love affair with this at one point or another. But, I could never bring myself to splash out on it - not when there are far more 'exciting' items of makeup to be splurged on, is it just me that feels less interested in base products and way more motivated by bright, colourful stuff?.... No? Just me and the eight year olds...?

In the end my little sister kindly bought me this as a birthday gift, and, six months later, I'm almost finished the tube. Initially, as with all more expensive makeup purchases, I was tempted to save it for special occasions, but for me, my social life is not exciting enough to get through a whole tube of this before it goes off! 

So first of all, colour match. I have the palest shade Chantilly - I was going to add in a snarky shockingly enough there, but then remembered when we went in to buy the concealer, the sales assistant was adamant I might be the darker shade and insisted on trying both under my eyes. Needless to say, Chantilly  was a great match, the next one up looked like I had a black eye healing. Chantilly is legitimately a good match though; sometimes I pick up the palest shade of a range and just assume it'll be pale enough for me when in fact they are still much too dark (*cough* Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer *cough*). I have very cool toned, ruddy skin and I feel the NARS Concealer is definitely a little more warm toned, but in a flattering, healthy glow giving way, rather than a jaundice type look.

 I've swatched it here for you. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly on the left, and on the right there's the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair.

 The same swatches as above but rubbed in a bit to show the fish and match a little better.

In terms of application, I've loved working with this concealer. It's creamy and smooth, it blends easily without streaks (even in the areas where my skin is very dry) and it sets to a great, non tacky finish. This concealer blends so well with not just the tone of my skin, but with the texture and finish too - so much so that more often than not I've just applied this liberally and gone without foundation. 

Excuse the utterly bizarre photo here please, just wanted to show where I would apply this to just wear it on its own. It may look a lot, but each line I've drawn is really just the tiniest amount of product.


And here we have the worlds least flattering before and after shots. Photo on the left, absolutely nothing on my face (let's just not even ask about the pose, OK!?!) and on the left, we have just the concealer on my face (in retrospect I should also have done some brows and lips, but oh well...) 

As far as wear time goes, I'd say this does well - or at the very least, when it does decide to leave, it leaves quietly. As I said, I've worn this by itself more often than not and while yes, part of that is that I think it's enough for my skin - especially if I'm just going to work for the day - the other reason is that my work has been incredibly hot throughout Summer (as in 30c room temp, and that's not even over by the ovens that we're using all day!), so, as unladylike as it is, I've been sweating at work. It is seriously, freaking unpleasant, but there's not a lot I can do about it. For this reason, I'd struggle to say exactly how long or how well the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer lasts - I mean, nothing would be perfectly intact on my skin after nine hours in that work environment, but, at the end of each day I was still happy with what I saw in the mirror; no settling in lines, no streaking, no patches. I'm counting that as a win. 

So to come back to the original question; can I justify spending, or recommend others spending for that matter, £22 on a concealer? Well yes, sort of. This concealer was a life saver for me this Summer; I felt confident wearing it, and it helped my skin just look a bit healthier, and don't get me wrong, as I finish the tube now I am gutted to see it go - but I stille won't be repurchasing it any time soon. Gradually weaning myself back onto my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I can see now that it is a chalkier, drier finish and that, while the wear time is undeniably good on it, it really doesn't do anything for my skin other than to act as a sort of facial Tippex. But, in winter, when I won't be sweating every day at work, and when I like to wear those bolder, berry lips, I'll go back to wearing foundation most days to give me that 'flawless' even base for the strong lips. And so, you see, I think the NARS Concealer would be a bit wasted in this routine - I'm not going for glowy, I'm not going to kid myself that I can get away with just concealer and a red lip (not with my suuuuper red cheeks and nose!). Sure, if money was no object I would repurchase this for the forseeable future, but alas, this isn't Sims and there is no motherlode command - things need to be prioritised and for me, in winter, the NARS Concealer wouldn't get to show off it's full potential. That being said, next Spring I think I would totall repurchase it again for the Summer months - I mean, if you think about it, I'm wearing this instead of foundation as well, so really... it's probably saving me money.....right? ;)


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