Concealer is, in my opinion, the most frustrating make up product. I have tried so many over the years and I must be pretty hard to please as I have hated the majority. My go-to for years has been MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer in NC25 (I used to wear NC30 but decided at the beginning of this year it was a bit too tanned for my skin tone). It’s good, it’s always worked fine for me but as it’s never wowed me, I’ve experimented with others along the way too.
For me, low priced concealers just don’t suit my skin. I appreciate I haven’t tried them all but I have tried a fair few and they sit on my skin rather than blending in. I remember trying a LA Girl Pro Conceal HD High Definition Concealer last year and hating it! It was just under £5 so I thought I may as well give it a go, but after an hour or so of wear it seemed to separate on my skin and looked out of place. I’d also chosen the wrong shade (too dark) which didn’t help, but I can’t remember which one I picked. Safe to say that didn’t stay in my make up bag for long. Another I tried and persevered with for quite a while was Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Light Warm. I loved the texture and that it lasted, but the coverage wasn’t enough for me. I felt I needed to put a lot on to feel like it did the job and repurchasing frequently frustrated me.
Fast forward to this year and I discovered the wonder of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer*. At this point I was pretty fed up of trying out new brands, but I thought I’d give it one last try. This product isn’t cheap, at £23 it’s one of the more pricey concealers I’ve tried, but I can see why. I decided on the shade ‘Custard’ originally, which was fine but a little dark. The consistency was amazing and it’s full coverage, which for me is what I was searching for. I don’t wear foundation and use face powders instead for lighter/breathable coverage, so concealer is the closest I get to hiding any acne outbursts or dark circles. I have since repurchased this product numerous times (I personally don’t feel like it lasts very long) and changed my shade to ‘Macadamia’ from my second purchase onwards. It’s a bit lighter than ‘Custard’ and more ‘my shade’. I also have another in a much lighter shade, ‘Vanilla’, which I keep for those times where I want more of a brightening effect – or if I haven’t fake tanned!
I found my dream product, so why did I go on to purchase Nars Soft Matte Concealer* around a week ago? If I’m being honest, purely because I feel like the packaging of the Creamy Concealer means you waste product. I find it difficult to use it all up because I can’t get the applicator to reach the edges of the container. I’d heard a few other people mention this and they recommended trying the Matte Concealer, so next time I needed to re purchase I gave it a go! I decided on my now usual shade, ‘Macadamia’ (as I didn’t want to risk a new shade in case I made a mistake). Again, it’s priced at £23, but as its in a pot I was hoping I could at least get to all of the product, in theory making it more cost effective. I am wearing both concealers in the photos in this post (labelled), along with the rest of my make up and appearance wise I would say there isn’t much difference between the two. That’s not really a bad thing though as I liked the Creamy concealer anyway.
I suppose time will tell as I continue to use the Matte concealer, whether it lasts any longer than the Creamy version. But so far, so good and at this moment in time I think I’d be more inclined to re purchase the Matte version over the Creamy. The only thing I have noticed is the Matte version seems a little darker (even though it’s the same shade name), so I might go for a lighter shade next time. For the moment though, I really am loving both!
Whats your favourite concealer? Have you ever tried any of the products mentioned above? I would love to read your comments.
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