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Perfecting my complexion with Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation & Radiant Creamy Concealer

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BEAUTY, Featured | by — February 8, 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Custard

Since slowing things down with Beauty Swatch, I have bought fewer beauty products (eyeshadow, lip products, skincare) and retreated to my obsession with finding the ultimate concealer and waterproof eyeliner.  After one stressful day at work, when another unsuccessful eyeliner had smudged and emphasised my already dark circles, and my angry blemishes had surfaced from beneath the concealer, I found myself gravitating to the Mecca Cosmetica counter to try the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (for under eyes) and Nars Concealer (for blemishes), which have been the talk of the town on youtube and countless beauty blogs.

Whilst the reviews of Nars Concealer were more promising, the reviews I’d heard about the Radiant Creamy Concealer were mixed – ranging from glowing reviews from Paris B to word on the street that the coverage is not that great. Being the concealer junkie I am, I bought it anyway to reach my own verdict.  I bought shade Custard for both concealer formulas which was an exact match for my NC20 skin tone.

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, the Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue. Long wearing and crease-proof for the perfect cover.

My experience

  • Coverage: Against my very dark circles, I get around 90% coverage upon immediate application, but it lapses back to around 80% coverage by the end of the day which is the norm for me with most creamy concealers.  Whilst it’s not a highlighter, it does add a brightened effect making it ideal for highlighting the nose bridge.  It leaves the concealed area with a smooth diffused finish.  As for blemishes, it works well on acne scars that are pretty much fully recovered, whereas active blemishes are better suited to the waxier formula in the stick version.
  • Texture: What I love most about this concealer is the dense cream texture (not to be confused with slippery) that feels surprisingly lightweight and blends like a dream without sliding around, creasing or caking.  The wand applicator also makes it easy to dot it on precisely where you need it, making it versatile and convenient for touch ups.
  • Longevity: If my holy grail concealers like Vichy Dermafinish Foundation and RMK Concealer are a 10/10, then I’d rate this as an 8/10.

NARS Concealer

Brilliantly obscures imperfections and dark spots with a creamy, vitamin-rich formula that nourishes the skin for all-day wear. Crease-proof and easily blendable for a flawless finish.

My experience

  • Coverage: I tested the coverage mainly on blemishes, and it gives medium coverage buildable to full without looking cakey once blended.   Best for small to medium blemishes aren’t too angry looking.  The concealer fades ever so slightly by the end of the day even when I powder it.
  • Texture: It’s slightly waxy but not overly so when compared with the likes of Shu Uemura or RMK.  Blends easily into skin (if you’ve moisturised well) thanks to the vitamin enriched formula.  I especially love the stick packaging making it easy to dot on concealer directly on the blemish in neat circles, avoiding the need for concealer brushes.
  • Longevity: Using the same rating system above, I’d rate this as 8.5/10.

I wear Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer on its own (by applying a few dots) on days I wear minimal makeup.  For heavier coverage, I apply a small dot of Nars as a brightening concealer layered over a slightly darker and waxier formula.  As for the Nars Concealer stick, I recommend combining it with a medium coverage foundation for best results.

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NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

I recently was given the opportunity to try Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in shade Barcelona, a shade that reminded me of bronzer.  It turned out to be the perfect shade for contouring my face using the triangular contouring method popular in Korea,  where an exact match foundation is used for areas in an inverted triangle shape centered on the face, and a darker foundation outside the triangle.

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation brilliantly evens skin with a lightweight, luminous finish. Combining the supple feel of a cream foundation with the sleek ease of a portable compact. The weightless formula blends seamlessly into the skin with a buildable medium coverage, it may be applied wet or dry for artistic versatility. Skin feels soft and comfortable with moisture levels boosted by up to 80% after 12 hours, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhancing skin’s radiance. Includes a Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Sponge.


NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation - Medium 4 Barcelona 1

Nars’ matte rubber packacing always looks slick when new but attracts finger prints like no other.  I do however love how the refill has an internal lid (no mess!) and clicks easily both in and out of the compact making the refill process a breeze.

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My experience

  • Coverage: Medium coverage with a skin-like dewy finish.  It concealed my blemishes by around 70%.
  • Texture: It’s so creamy that you can scoop it out like chocolate mousse.  Use a light hand!  Blends easily into skin & feels moisturising leaving a soft sheen.
  • Longevity: I tested this as a contour product, and the it remained fresh and dewy throughout the day despite my skin being dry and prone to absorbing my makeup.

Overall I love it as a contour product, and I love it even more than Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate as it’s more pigmented whilst looking natural, longer lasting, and the contoured effect is much more noticeable with minimal product needed.

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You can see the soft shading on my cheeks below.


Australian price & stockist info

Available in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica

The foundation was provided for consideration.  Both concealers were purchased by me.

One Response to “Perfecting my complexion with Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation & Radiant Creamy Concealer”

  1. Paris B says:

    Thanks for the mention Yishan! Glad you like the Cramy concealer too. I personally love it to death 😀

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