I can’t live without concealer. I’m not the sort of person that can’t go out the door without makeup. I’ve lived without makeup for most of my life but just adding concealer makes a massive difference to my appearance. That’s actually how I started looking into makeup because I wanted to hide my horrendous dark circles. It took me a lot of trial and error to find a combination that really works for me. I have a very pigmented under eye situation with all sorts of colours running through. I also have very deep set eyes so there’s a shadow that forms around my eyes which is always there. I’ll end my rant here but this is basically to just let you know how crazy the situation is.
I really can’t make concealers look natural without a corrector. So my favourite combo thus far has been the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach + Mac Select Moisturecover in NW35. I’ve bought a concealer after a long time. Everyone was just raving about this one so I decided to give it a go. I have here the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger which is a yellow toned medium shade. It’s definitely lighter than my skintone which I don’t mind since I can blend it with my foundation. One shade up, Biscuit was pink toned and the next one, Caramel could have been darker so I decided to play it safe and get Ginger instead. The shade Ginger, I’d say is around NC30-35. My skintone is between NC35-40 so it’s not too light for me.
You can see how it works in the before/after comparison below, I really like the finished look. It’s very natural, it stays on for most of the day and doesn’t crease. You do need to powder it, as is the case with most concealers. Overall, I do really like it but it’s not my absolute favourite. Also, in the comparison photo I haven’t used a corrector so it does look a bit ashy in some areas. It’s not really a problem with the concealer, that happens with all yellow based ones on my skin but I thought I should mention it anyway.
The consistency of this is like a mix of a cream and a gel. It’s very lightweight but it just looks really thick. I initially had a hard time using this. I’m so used to the Mac Select Moisture cover which is a thin liquid and very easy to blend. With the Nars one I feel like it takes a bit more work and time to get it blended properly. I also at first tried applying this with my fingers and it was a completely mess. The concealer was shifting rather than blending. The same thing happened with smaller concealer brush that I tried. I finally used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush which is basically a very dense, slightly domed round brush and that is what eventually worked well for me.
It gives you medium to full coverage. You can layer this on to build it up if you have a lot of pigmentation and it will still look very natural and not powdery. I have dry skin and it sits comfortably in my under eye area, it never feels dry. I’ve mentioned it before but it lasts an entire office day and when I’m back home the concealer is still intact albeit a bit faded. I’d say it wears well on me for 8-9 hours.
I think I still prefer my Mac concealer though. It’s also easier to get hold off for me. I do like this concealer but it’s just not as easy to use as the Mac one. But I do like using this on my forehead, cheekbone and in general when I’m doing a bit of brightening as it’s a lighter colour.
I also like the packaging and the doe foot applicator, very convenient. You get about 6ml of product for $28 or £22. It’s expensive but with the Mac price rise in India I feel like they are similar now.
Image Above : One swipe on the left, blended on the right
Image Above : Before with bare face, After with Nars concealer and one layer of Mac Face & Body Foundation. No corrector has been used.