It's important to go in flashback with concealers. Let's go back to what I was using before this religiously. None other than MAC's Studio Finish Concealer. I still like it but the amount of creasing it did on my under eyes was worth seeing. Now I don't know about you but for convenience I like to use the same concealer under the eyes and on the rest of the face for uneven skintone or blemishes for instance. Perhaps that makes my hunt for the perfect concealer a tad bit difficult but oh well, I've luckily found a gem and I'm not planning to let go of it any time soon.
It's surprisingly a product from NARS which is not my natural choice of concealers but I am happy I chose this as it's bloody brilliant. I believe it released a few months ago and started doing blog rounds as usual but it didn't really catch my eye then. Recently when I started my online hunt for my next concealer purchase, this one seemed to pop up everywhere as the best under eye concealer people had tried. It seriously had the least bad reviews online, look it up yourself. Unanimous opinions on concealers is a rarity these days. I had to give in just for that.
Now, the shade I have is 'Ginger'. I know they do a large variety of shades which are mostly warm toned, peachy, golden and include darker skin tones as well which is always a bonus. Who'd have thought NARS of all people would make good concealers eh?
Ginger looks like a dark shade in the tube but it's a little misleading as it's pretty close to MAC's NC30 concealer in its colouring. Yes I wear NC concealers under my eyes and always will. It's not natural to have pink, grey under eyes you see. If it works for you, well and good. On me however, I cannot stand pink under eye concealers. Peach is the way to go!
So this particular shade has a yellow-golden undertone to it, with a dash of peach shot through it making it sit perfectly on the border between a concealer and a corrector. It's not orangey in any manner so I can wear it alone without a balancing concealer of my skin tone on top.
I was on the hunt for a new under eye concealer because MAC's Studio Finish was making the area around my eyes dry up even in the summer, to the point that my crows feet and fine lines looked so exaggerated. I have always loved liquid concealers for dark circles and won't ever go back to cream concealers ever. You heard me right MAC.
Naturally, the name 'Radiant Creamy Concealer' by NARS caught my eye. It is extremely hydrating under the eyes and does not dry up anything at all. Having said that, it doesn't move around like Bobbi Brown's Correctors because it's a liquid formula and dries up to a demi-matte finish and sets. No budging, no shifting. Only staying power.
Whilst I was reading about this online prior to purchasing it, I read some people saying that this is very low coverage. What absolute bull crap! This is medium to high coverage for every day wear. It's not industrial strength but wouldn't we all look stupid wearing industrial strength concealers in daylight to work? It is as natural as a full coverage concealer can be.
Don't believe me? I did a little demo under my eyes to prove my point.
I like how NARS have made the concealer with a clever formula that you can see is trying hard not to seep into lines. The texture is a little thick and tapping it patiently is the best way to apply it. Although it's pretty much fool proof application with this. But if you rub or do a windshield wiper motion, that never really works with any concealers you see. You're just taking off what you applied.
Can you see how it makes the area brighter, covers quite well and lends a nice dewy sheen as if I've had a good nights sleep. I haven't. Since days. It's just this little tube of magic.
I also murdered a little pimple on my chin which I know is bad. So then I dried it out with Effaclar Duo and it left a weird dark brown scar which will take weeks to fade now. Although I wouldn't say this is the best for blemishes, it's not bad at all is it? Covers, doesn't dry out and stays put.
It retails for £21 I believe and I got mine from Selfridges. Not cheap but I would scrimp on a blush and get this instead if I had to.