Feb 222013

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer3a

Earlier this week, I posted my swatches of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is now available for $28 on Nars website. These just appeared on the Nordstrom.com website and will be released to all other stores after March 1, 2013.

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 Since Monday, I’ve been testing the colors in my skin color range. Note that I’ve been applying the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer over an undereye moisturizer and serum. I am usually the lightest shade in any concealer range, except for Lancome Effernances. For Nars, I found that Honey and Custard were the best colors for my NC15/20 skin. I found that Honey worked best to neutralize the blue tone under my eye, so I’ve been using that one the most. Chantilly is very, very light. I found Vanilla too cool, and it gave me a ghosty look under my eyes. (I took seriously the advice that one shouldn’t wear concealers that are too light for one’s skin tone).

Nars Honey

I know what you are thinking, Gorgeous–Honey looks too dark in the tube for someone as fair as NC15/20. I say, well, when I apply it, and tilt my head up so that the light is absolutely even on my face, it looks like a good match and covers my dark circles. It looks natural, like real skin.

Nars honey and custard

Although in theory, Custard might seem to match with my skin tone, I found that Custard honestly didn’t cancel out the blue under my eyes quite as well as Honey. Although I’d want to do more testing on this point, perhaps I’d need to use a peach corrector if I was stuck on using Custard. So, after this week, Honey was the win for me–it looked the most natural with the best coverage for the final effect.

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I have high standards for concealers. In my mind, even companies that include Chanel don’t make a concealer that I find satisfying. I’ve used so many concealers that I couldn’t even begin to count them. Here are some additional thoughts:

  • Nars Radiant Creamy concealers are quite pigmented. I didn’t need much (a few light dots) to get full coverage. Use much less than a full doe-foot’s worth.
  • After the first day, I stopped using a corrector underneath. I found that the Bobbi Brown Corrector that I had used was interfering with the longevity of the Nars Radiant Creamy, and the coverage of the Nars Honey was fine without it.
  • Fading was really minimal, even compared to some of the longer lasting concealers that I’ve used (including Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Cle de Peau, and others).
  • Because the pigment can be applied in a very thin layer, I found these less dry-looking and aging compared to any other concealer that I’ve used. Even my beloved Burberry and Cle de Peau seem to look a bit aging on my worst, driest-skin days.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers are more pigmented than the Armani Maestro Concealers that I’ve tried.
  • The Nars works well on imperfections on the face (I use this under my foundation). I doesn’t have the shiny look that some concealers do that can emphasize problems.

Bottom line:  Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a truly great concealer.

Now available on Nars website, Nordstrom.com and everywhere else after March 1st.

Nars Cosmetics provided the Radiant Creamy Concealer to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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  31 Responses to “Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Update”

  1. I really want to try these. I’m very fair {“Siberia” in the Nars Sheer Glow foundation} and had assumed that I would need to pick up “Chantilly” or “Vanilla”, now I’m rethinking that. Would you suggest I pick up two different colors if I want to use it on my face as well as my undereyes?

  2. I 100% agree! I’m also a fair-skinned girl. I assumed Vanilla would be my go-to, but it was too white under the eyes. Honey was a perfect match and actually made the dark circles disappear.

  3. Thank you so much for this review it is really helpful! I am also NC15/20 but since I have dark bluish under eye circles I use NW20 for under my eyes. I was debating between Vanilla and Honey and could not make decision based on swatches. After your review I am sure I will order Honey.

  4. Hi Amy,

    Thank you so much for posting this— I’ve been looking forward to this all week! It sounds like the pigmentation and multi-purpose usage are what I was hoping for. I’ve been agonizing between shades and your discussion was so helpful. I have Vanilla and Custard in the regular concealer line; I like the idea of something in between, however Honey’s peachiness scared me off in the past. I think I might give Honey a try this time; the blue-cancelling effects sound like something that would come in handy 🙂

  5. Thanks for your review of these. I’ve been looking for a well pigmented, stay-put concealer for my very fair skin. (NC15 and fairer). I don’t have a lot of blue under my eyes and am mostly looking for something to cover red marks from my rosacea. These sound wonderful and I can’t wait to try them in person.

  6. I use BB Light Bisque and Porcelain Bisque Correctors. Which two colors would you say correspond to the Nars?

  7. Thanks for the review! I’m around NC25-30 and I use NARS stick concealer in Custard. I find it a great match, but if it doesn’t cancel the blue too well I might have to experiment with a different shade as well. Glad to hear this works so well in general!

  8. I’m so intrigued by this. I could use a very moisturizing, pigmented concealer for blemishes, and this looks like it might fit the bill, if I can get a shade match (which I’m very unsure about). I’ll definitely be swatching these once they hit Sephora!

  9. EXCELLENT update. I too would probably go with Custard, but I also have serious shiners going on, so I think Honey might be where I go as well. I debated both and considered “layering”.

    • I went and played with the original stick concealers today to check the colors again on myself. I think I am going to do Honey for my undereyes and Custard for my face. Honey is a LITTLE darker or orangey on me in the stick but I think in liquid will be better. Vanilla was not bad but I think without layering Custard over it might be WAY light, it wasn’t as pink as I think I need for concealing the blue/purple. I may do the Honey first to cancel the blue and then Custard over top for “evening out” as well.

      The guy at Nordstrom near my house said they have them in the store, and was playing kind of coy about it being there, not that I thought I was prying about it, just asking if it would be available for sale that day as expected so I could go right from work. The counter manager overheard us and said that they just got a nasty email forwarded to them from Nars the other day bec some of the counters were selling it when they received it and, which they showed me, it said and quite clearly that any store’s counter caught selling this product prior to March 1, 2013, may be removed from the store without warning for violation of brand standards and any employee caught selling it will be immediately terminated. It is a website and flagship exclusive until that date, no exceptions.

      I must have be a little too excited about the concealer?

      • No such thing as too excited about new makeup ame! Yes, I think orange/peach tones are good for canceling blue in undereyes and sometimes also acne scars or melasma can go blue as well under colors that are too light or too pink. I hope that you find a good match! 🙂

        • Thanks!!! I am going to head over Friday (it comes out Friday I think?) and play. The more I wore that Honey yesterday the more it oxidized on my skin. Mind you, it was the stick, so maybe the liquid won’t be so bad. I think I might to Vanilla and Custard. Not sure. Ill play when I am there. I might bring my current stuff that isn’t AS coverage as I need just in good colors, and see what I think.

  10. Yay! I just ordered mine last night and now I can’t wait to get it. Thanks for the review.

  11. Hi, have you ever tried Chanel Long Lasting Concealer? How does it compare to Nars?

  12. Do you prefer it to the Armani? What under eye cream and serum do you use?

  13. hi amy!!! i’ve been needing to purchase a concealer but, postponed it until it reaches counters march 1st. i do not like chanel’s at all. especially the one in the wand, the fragrance bothers me. thankyou for the wonderful review! i was going to order burberry’s but, i’m going to wait thanks to your expert advice. the only other concealers i was going to try were bare escentuals new one with an spf and clinique’s all about eyes. i’m pale as well but, i’m thinking i’ll need a darker shade too. i also noticed nars.com has listed the makeup stella is wearing in this campaign. so, i think i’ll make an appointment to try everything and have them match me up instead of guessing. happy weekend to you!! xo.

  14. I need to check out honey and custard if they are at the makeup show next week! I need a new concealer.

  15. Thank you Amy for this wonderfully comprehensive review! I will definitely need to play with the colors when they hit the stores. Could you please let us know what you use as a serum and eye cream under this concealer? Thank you!

  16. I really need a new concealer and these sound lovely. Great review 🙂

  17. First off, thank you for the comprehensive review! Second, wow, Ginger looks so much darker in the tube than it does swatched.

    I really like the look of these, but hearing that I might have to pick up two shades in order to get dark circle coverage may make me pass it up. I’m lucky to have good skin, so blemishes aren’t generally a problem. It’s the eye area for me that really needs brightening. I’ll have to swatch them in stores. 🙂

  18. I, too, have been waiting to buy these concealers as I love anything NARS. I wear Siberia in the foundation and Finland in the Tinted Moisturizer. When I went to Sephora (in JC Penny) tonight to pick up some lip liners they had the concealers on display!! I was so excited I didn’t have to wait until March 1st or later. If anyone has a Sephora close buy they may have them in stock already. I bought both Chantilly & Vanilla but now I think I will have to try the Honey when I take Chantilly back. It was way too light. I looked like a ghost. Thank you so much for this review, I have a hard time finding reviews from women that are fair skinned like me 🙂

  19. I was having a hard time deciding between Custard and Honey. I’m about a NC15 also and I like the idea of Honey helping with the blueness of my undereye circles. I currently use Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach but it is a tad too dark and a bit difficult to blend. However, the peach tone in it really helps counteract the blue color of my circles. Your review was really helpful.

  20. Hmmm…I ordered Vanilla, but I may have to look at Honey. Thanks for the review!

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  22. In my opinion, this is the best review on the new NARS Concealer to date. Thanks for including your shade-selection process. I’ve been thinking Honey or Custard may be a good match for my NC20/25 complexion, but after your comments I suspect I may have to go darker. Hmm…

  23. Have you tried MUFE’s lift concealer? Currently I am using it but If Nars one is better, I will switch to it. thanks

    • I used one up a few years ago. I liked it, but the Nars has more pigment so I’m getting better coverage with it (especially with Honey)

  24. Yeah, I’m somewhere between Vanilla, Honey and Custard. Jesus, take the wheel on that color selection, lol. I’m excited to give all 3 a go, though. 😀

  25. How would you compare this with Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer? The packaging looks so similar. I am thinking to gwt the Nars concealer if it is different from Chanel 🙂

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