Recently, I posted a tutorial on concealing undereye circles. While there’s nothing wrong with Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, I’m a bit of a concealaholic and love having options.
I caved. Between the extra break-outs I’ve had recently, and my love of the NARS spring releases, I bought Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium 1 Custard. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is an excellent addition to my collection. There are ten shades. TEN, people! What I love most is that the shades represent a wide variety of undertones. So many brands focus on only peach or pink tones for undereye circles. NARS, however, offers something for every skin tone.
When choosing a shade, my biggest suggestion is this: Look for undertones, not sequential order. Many early reviews are showing that bloggers needed to go a couple shades darker to find their match. This led me to believe that I needed the shade Ginger which has a “golden undertone for medium complexion.” When I swatched it, Ginger looked way too orange for my needs.
So I went one shade “lighter” and tried Custard for a “yellow tone for light to medium complexion.” Custard is p.e.r.f.e.c.t. for my current NC37 skin. It is also a match on Cafe Makeup for NC 15/20 skin. Another thing to note is that Custard is labeled as “Medium 1” and I use a “Medium 4” foundation shade. Both are perfect matches. See what I’m saying? Go by undertone.
Here is a quick comparison swatch of NARS Foundation in Barcelona, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Benefit Boi-ing 02, and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless in Medium. The NARS and Tarte formulas are both brightening and both medium to full coverage. The difference in consistency is that NARS has a more airy texture.
My face currently has a few healing blemishes (between my brows, on my forehead, side of my chin) a new blemish (jaw line at left of screen), redness around my nose, and my usual dark undereye circles.
My first concern is always how concealer performs on my undereye area. I need full coverage, I want a close skin tone match, and a brightening effect is always appreciated.
Fairly impressive, yes? I concealed under the eye on the right side of the screen and all my criteria are met. If I did the other side, I could leave the house….without foundation! What?! Let’s see if Radiant Concealer is just as radiant over blemishes.
After covering both undereyes, any redness and blemishes, the concealer is invisible and my skin looks almost flawless.
Well done, NARS! On its own (without primer or powder), Radiant Creamy Concealer sets and lasts 6 hours before fading. With my usual makeup routine of primer, foundation, concealer, and powder, the NARS Radiant Concealer has real staying power, lasting 10+ hours. This makes for one happy mama.
Share your favorite concealer in the comments below…do you look for coverage on undereye circles, blemishes, or both?
Price: $28.00 each
Availability: NARS, Sephora, Nordstrom
Summary: For deep dark undereye circles, look no further. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer brightens as it conceals and works best on well-moisturized eyes.
10am Beauty Approved?: Yes – Highly Recommended
Disclaimer: I purchased this item with my own money.