A few weeks ago NARS did something a bit unexpected. They launched the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Amande – Am I the only one who didn’t see that coming??! I’m definitely a big fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and have a backup for my backup – because I don’t like to be caught unaware – but for some strange reason I never thought that NARS would ever think to bring out another concealer.
If it’s not broken, why fix it?
Personally I prefer using a liquid concealer vs. a cream concealer as I feel that it is easier to achieve radiant, glowy skin using a product like the NARS Amande Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes and on the T-Zone BUT if you happen to have oily or combination skin and don’t get along with liquid products, I can see why NARS would like to have a denser option in their range.
The NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer – £23 via John Lewis – comes in 16 shades and is a high coverage, oil-free concealer that aims to ‘blur, concealer and smooth’ imperfections with a soft-focus effect. The Soft Matte Concealer is formulated with collagen-boosting peptides, hyaluronic acid and the NARS Optimal Diffusion Powder, which helps to maximise light diffusion using spherical surface powders designed to absorb and refract light for soft-focus perfection.
Colour-wise,the NARS Amande Soft Matte Concealer and the NARS Amande Radiant Creamy Concealer are the same shade – though the Soft Matte Concealer does look a bit darker in its container (DON’T BE DECEIVED!!!) and because it has different consistency.
I patted the NARS Amande Soft Matte Concealer underneath my eyes using my finger to blend it out and this concealer is quite impressive. It feel quite creamy and I feel like it gave my under eye area a perky little eye-lift . . . a very heavy eye-lift. As I don’t suffer from discolouration or lines around my eyes – I found the Fountain of Youth sometime in my teens – I don’t know how well this concealer would be at covering problem areas but I feel like it should do a pretty good job
If I’m going to be quite frank, I think that both these concealers are as good as each other but if I had to choose which one is my favourite, the Radiant Creamy Concealer would win hands down.
I’m not a fan of pots – think they are messy & a tad bit unhygienic – the radiant creamy concealer leaves a better effect on the skin and is easier to use PLUS the horrible matte, velvet packaging that NARS insists on putting on almost all their products will make the NARS Soft Matte Concealer look so grubby after a few uses which is a deal breaker for me. Also – not a big deal but have to point it out – if you happen to use cream concealers to clean up and highlight your eyebrows, the NARS Amande Soft Matte Concealer is not suitable as it is to thick and does not blend very easily.
What did you think? Can you see yourself switching your liquid concealer for a cream one? If not, let me know why?