For someone like me who suffers from huge dark circles under my eyes, a good concealer is one of the most important parts of my makeup routine - which means picking one that does the job properly is essential. After hearing so many positive stories around the NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER, I decided to take the plunge and order it online amongst a few other bits. I chose the shade 'Vanilla' which is number 2 in the light category - I tend to use a really light shade under my eyes as I personally feel that it covers better. As much as I adore NARS foundations along with most of their other makeup products, I must admit, and it pains me to say this but I just can't see what they hype is all about with this product in particular. I find that the coverage isn't as 'flawless' as been described by others which is disappointing for me, especially when it comes to the high price tag (£22).
If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that I'm in a long-term and loyal relationship with the COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER, which is honestly everything I could ask for when it comes to covering those dark circles and unwanted blemishes of mine. I just feel that it does everything that the NARS concealer should do for a quarter of the price (£4.19) and is also the main reason why I'm not as convinced as I'd like to be. With that being said, I thought I'd do a little comparison of the two so you can understand just why I won't be giving up my Collection concealer any time soon...
- COVERAGE: both brands offer a build-able and full coverage. The Collection concealer completely covers up any darkness under my eyes, whereas the NARS creamy concealer covers well but I can still see a small amount of darkness. When applying the NARS concealer, I tend to need more of the product to create my desired look.
- TEXTURE: both concealers have a really creamy texture which is something I tend to look for. I find that Collection tends to be more pigmented and a lot easier to blend, whereas NARS tends to stick to any dry patches and doesn't blend as smoothly.
- STAYING POWER: the Collection concealer has been proven to last up to 16 hours which I haven't put to the test yet, but it definitely lasts all day without the need of an extra application at any point. The NARS concealer looks amazing for the first few hours, but as the day goes on it tends to fade and needs to be reapplied.
- FINISH: the Collection concealer gives a smooth, glowy look to the skin with a semi-matte finish. The NARS concealer tends to look a lot more matte but clings to any dry patches. This can be fixed with a moisturising product underneath but I haven't always got time for that.
- PACKAGING: one thing I will say is that I prefer the look of the NARS packaging as a whole which is due to the fact that it's a high end brand and they've put a lot more effort into making it look classy. Despite the fact of it having that annoying rubberised texture that NARS cover every product with, it just looks so much more luxurious than the Collection concealer which tends to have no writing on it whatsoever within a few weeks. I'm one of those people who gets annoyed with rubbish packaging.
Overall, as much as I want to love the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, I just didn't feel that it lived up to its standards and unfortunately just wasn't the one for me. Maybe I'll try a darker shade next time as part of it could be down to my colour choice, but I was just expecting so much more from such a high end brand. It feels weird not being part of such a big hype this time, but I think I'll stick to the cheaper option for once.
Have you tried both of these concealers before? Which one did you prefer?