Why hello, loves,
I picked up the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer several months ago upon hearing the rave review from Estée Lalonde, EssieButton, on YouTube. My experience with NARS has been somewhat limited compared to my experience with other brands. But my interest was piqued and to Sephora I trounced.
Let me begin by saying that this concealer is a little pricey. At $30.00, it isn’t exactly cheap, but certainly isn’t terrible by high-end beauty price standards. You also get a fair amount of product, and NARS released a range of 16 shades. This isn’t an extraordinary color selection (as can be seen by MAKE UP FOR EVER or Fenty Beauty lines), but it’s not bad either, but individuals with darker skin tones may struggle to find a good color match. I picked up the shade ‘Chantilly’, which is the lightest in the range, for my very fair skin.
The concealer is packaged in a little glass pot with the classic matte black NARS lid, which is contemporary, convenient, no-nonsense, and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, I’ve dropped it a few times, and it hasn’t been damaged or broken, which is always a bonus!
The product has a smooth, soft, creamy texture, but it is a far cry from liquid-y, like some creams can be. At first, I’ll admit I was underwhelmed. I had really disliked the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer because it always looked cake-y and didn’t blend into my skin, and I thought that this product had the same problem. It wasn’t until I started to experiment and apply it with my fingers that I started to like it. A brush makes it difficult to press and melt this concealer into your skin, though it’s good for targeting the application. You really need the heat of your fingers to blend this.
The coverage of this concealer is pretty good, but not extremely full (Dermablend, Benefit Boing, Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, or Physician’s Formula Conceal RX are super full coverage and cover absolutely anything). It works really well for a few spots, redness, or unevenness. If you have a lot of stubborn acne or need heavy-duty coverage, this concealer can only do so much, and you may want to opt for one of the aforementioned options instead.
My skin is pretty dry, but it isn’t exacerbated by this concealer like I anticipated may happen. However, I do find that this product can be a little thick and a little drying for my under-eye area. I prefer it for blemishes and unevenness. It takes on a very skin-like texture and lasts really well throughout the day, but you may need to touch up on a difficult blemish or distinct redness during the day to keep the coverage perfect.
Overall, this is a good concealer, but it can be a little drying and it’s thick and creamy texture, while providing pretty good coverage, can be a little much for delicate under-eye areas. Nonetheless, I use it most days and am glad I bought it!