REVIEW: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla”

While the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer isn’t a newly released item, I finally allowed myself to buy it after finishing my Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer and the MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15. Currently, the only concealer I have in my arsenal is the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, which I believe is worth the hype.

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Described as “a creamy concealer with hydrating, multiaction skincare benefits and light diffusing technology,” this concealer has been raved about since its release by beauty bloggers and makeup artists. So, of course, I was intrigued and my expectations were high. Supposedly, this concealer has the ability to “instantly obscure imperfections, blur the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hide dark circles and signs of fatigue.” Some big claims, eh?

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I’d say that this is a great concealer because of its buildable medium-to-full coverage and a natural luminous finish. That’s hard to come by — a concealer that can do both. Also, it’s very smooth and hydrating — making it ideal for those who want to use this as an undereye concealer as well. The light, fluffy texture of this concealer allows the product to layer should you need additional coverage. I can’t speak for the “multiactive botanical blend [that] hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture,” but I can say that it feels good and there seems to be SOME benefits (although not life changing) — like hydration. The product also contains “mineral tone balancing powder [that] works to optically correct, not mask, imperfections to keep skin looking flawless.” This — I can attest to because the concealer does a really good job at blurring imperfections seamlessly. Application is fairly standard — either I use my finger and pat the product in, or I use a small buffing brush to blend. Either way, the concealer does its job well.

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On lazy, barely-no-makeup days, all I need is this concealer to fake it ’till I make it. For me, layering this on top of foundation isn’t necessary, but I’m glad I have that option that I know is reliable — should I come across a horribly bad skin day in the future. Another important aspect of this concealer is that a little goes a long way. Just a few dabs here and there is best, because it can be obviously obvious when you’ve applied too much of this. I’ve also noticed I don’t have to “set” this with powder because it can stand on its own fairly well. Shade light 2 “vanilla” is the second lightest shade in the range and is described as a tone with a “tiny cast of pink for fair complexions.” It blends wells, stays well, and performs well so I’d definitely recommend.

0.22 oz.
Retails for $28.00 USD.

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