NEW Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer REVIEW

I'm sure regular readers know by now that I'm a huge fan of Nars. When I saw that the brand was launching a new concealer, I was so excited! 

At first glance, I fell in love with the packaging. I am a sucker for the sleek, matte black Nars logo lid.  It's actually a lot bigger than I expected it to be, for reference it's around the size of a £2 coin. The pot is glass, so it feels heavy and sturdy, which I really like.  

At first I was a little hesitant because - as it's name suggests - it has a matte finish. I was worried it would not suit my already dry skin, and more specifically, the sensitive dryness prone under eye area.  It is matte, but it's a comfortable matte; it's mattifying in the sense it doesn't create any dewy-ness, rather than being drying. If you have oily skin, you'll love this. 

It's also mega full coverage, but at the same time reasonably light weight. I'd even go as far to say it's more of a fuller coverage than Tarte's Shape Tape (review here)... 
Where it's a cream concealer with a thick consistency as opposed to the typical liquid, it is a little heavier. It started to sink noticeably into the fine lines around my eyes, but this was easy to pat out. Moreover, once it's set with powder, it really doesn't move. So as long as I've patted out all the creases before I set this bad boy, I'm good to go. I mean it, it lasts a really long time without budging! I'm seriously impressed.
Despite being obviously thicker than your average liquid concealer (although lighter than other pot concealers I've tried), it blends really well. It's very easy to smooth it out across the eye area and up towards the temple. However, I've only found it works when using my finger. I'm guessing it's something to do with how the cream reacts with my body warmth. Either way, it does not like my beauty blender. I prefer not to touch my face if I don't have to, so I did try applying this to my face using a brush, and then blending it out with either a beauty blender or another brush. I found that both just picked up the product rather than blend. I thought perhaps my sponge was too wet, or I was using to much pressure, but this happened on more than one occasion... so looks like fingers it is. 

There are only a couple of things that I outright do not like about the formula of concealer, and they're trivial and easily overcome. First of all, I'm just not a fan of pot concealers because I think dipping your fingers in products is really unhygienic (no, I'm not suggesting I don't wash my hands before using it..). Similarly, the fact I can't really find a way to apply it effectively other than with my hands bothers me for the same reason. I'm very cautious about touching my face because I don't want to transfer bacteria and end up with a break out! That being said, it doesn't bother me enough that I won't use it because of it, it's a little annoying at best. 

After trying this, I feel quite comfortable say that Nars just does concealers really, really well. Have you tried this yet?

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  1. I've heard mixed reviews about this concealer. Not sure if I'm going to pick it up, though x

    Erin x |

  2. I've been using this concealer recently and I'm liking it so far! Much better than what I expected from a pot concealer. It does its job and I use it for both my under eyes and face :)