I think at this stage, most of us have tried the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or at least heard a lot about it. If you haven’t, it’s a pretty great little buy and continues to be one of the best selling concealers out there, so a new concealer release from NARS was always going to be big news. And here it is – the new NARS Soft Matte Concealer. There was a blast of fanfare when this came out initially but it seemed to die down a little quickly which I feel may be down to the fact that the word ‘matte’ may have potentially stopped more girls jumping in with both feet than with the original. So if you’ve been intrigued by either but not sure which, if any, to plump for, maybe this post can nudge you in the right direction.
You probably know the deal with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s brightening, it works well under the eyes and on the rest of the face and gives good coverage that still manages to look natural. Oh and the shade selection is excellent. The new Soft Matte Concealer isn’t a sister, but more of a cousin to the original. It’s a different finish, a thinner formulation and is aimed more at higher coverage concealing.
Packaging wise, the Radiant Creamy Concealer is in a clear plastic tube with a decent sized doe applicator. You can get pretty much every drop out of this without too much hassle and it feels hygenic and compact. The Soft Matte Concealer comes in a small jar which immediately presents itself as being slightly more of a pain in the ass. You either dip in a clean finger or you use a brush or beauty blender. You also get 5g of product for around €30 compared to 6g of the creamy concealer for the same price.
Firstly, I tried Vanilla in both and I have to say, the shade match isn’t spot on so be careful if you’re taking a punt and ordering online. Vanilla in the Soft Matte version is definitely darker, not by miles, but enough to count if you were looking for a perfect match and are on the pale side. For the record, there are 16 shades in both concealers and this is the second lightest in both so very pale girls will find the Radiant Creamy Concealer good but may struggle with the matte version colour wise.
Both are also a completely different formula as was evident to begin with. The creamy concealer is, you guessed it, lovely and creamy and feels great under the eyes but still opaque enough to work well elsewhere. The coverage with this is nice, natural but a solid medium and I’ve used it with zero qualms all over my face. Under my eyes I need to be a little careful so it lasts without creasing but it does look nice and my bridal makeup artist used this along with MAC Pro Longwear on my wedding day.
The Soft Matte concealer seemed as if it would be horrific under my eyes but I have to say, this is a damn fine concealer and really surprised me. It has excellent, satin matte coverage that looks incredibly polished on and manages to blur whilst it covers pretty much everything imaginable (within reason). Under the eyes it melts into my skin and lasts really well. It doesn’t have the radiance of its counterpart but it has its own charms that I fell in love with, namely its concealing power. On the face, I actually ended up wearing this pretty much alone on my skin a few times as the concealing power is exceptionally good and has a beautiful finish. You really don’t need a lot to get a wonderful finish and applying it with the Beauty Blender was a cinch. It didn’t tug, it didn’t feel dry, it just kind of sank into my skin. If I over-applied it, it will highlight the texture of my skin which is worth noting, but I can do that with pretty much any product. If you’re applying it for the first time, keep in mind a little goes a long way and build up from there. My only big, fat bugbear with this was that it seemed to get oily around my t-zone far quicker than the regular concealer. After 3-4 hours it went really oily on me and only lasted really well on the under eye area. I wear strong primers and a good spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter on top so it wasn’t like I didn’t help it out and my skin isn’t even that oily to begin with. I’ve seen quite a few girls say the same thing so it seems to be that despite what you might think, the Radiant Concealer is longer lasting than the matte version. It would seem then that the Soft Matte Concealer will work best on mature and dry skin and the Creamy Radiant Concealer is for all the rest. If you’re very oily, neither will probably work but, for everyone else, one or the other would do the trick.
Well, it depends what you want. As an all rounder, the Radiant Creamy Concealer wins because I think it has better packaging, the shade match is superior and the finish and longevity pips its newest family member. That’s not to say the Soft Matte Concealer doesn’t have considerable charms, I just wish the effect lasted longer before it got so damn oily. It will still be fantastic for small spots and under the eyes, just be wary of bigger patches, especially if you have an oily t-zone. Both have their charms but the Radiant Creamy Concealer will work better for most and has the added longevity the Soft Matte version struggles to offer.
*This review contains samples but no b******t
So girls have you tried either?