Product Review | Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Product Review | Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Ginger ($30, Sephora)
Product Details (from Sephora's website): A full-coverage concealer in an oil-free, ultra-lightweight cream formula that blurs imperfections as it conceals, smoothing the look of skin with a soft-matte, natural-looking finish. Get high-performance correction with soft-focus blurring. Soft Matte Complete Concealer instantly conceals dark circles, redness, discoloration, hyper-pigmentation, blemishes, and acne with a light-diffusing effect that blurs and smooths.
The Soft-Focus Smoothing Complex contains Optimal Diffusion Powder that transforms the look of skin by blurring imperfections with light-diffusing spheres. The formula delivers all-day wear and high coverage that’s non-cakey and won’t settle into fine lines and pores. Enriched with skin caring ingredients, like collagen-boosting peptides and hyaluronic acid, they reduce the appearances of wrinkles and pores by helping skin look plump over time. A cocktail of antioxidants, such as Vitamins A, C, and E deliver daily defense.
Review: I first heard about this product from Lizzy Guttierez of "What Would Lizzy Do" on YouTube. I have never tried the Nars Radiant Concealer so it took me a minute to try this product but Sephora's April VIB Sale was the final push. Plus, I was really loving my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and my Urban Decay Weightless Concealer. This comes in a typical Nars packaging: black box with white typography and the classic Nars rubberized casing, in this case, the jar cap. It contains 6.2 grams of product which is decent for a concealer. Most liquid concealer contains less. The shade Ginger matches my skin but it is still light enough to brighten the under eyes (Caramel is probably my exact match).
Honestly, I was skeptical about this product due to the fact that it is a cream concealer. I have only used liquid concealers. Plus, nothing about the word "matte" was comforting to me. To top it all - it is called soft matte - kinda contradicting but now that I know how this product works, you can call this concealer anything you want and I will buy it. It is creamy but surprisingly not a thick goopy texture and consistency. It is actually lightweight but you can probably build it up to a full coverage, as needed. It is easy to apply and it surprisingly, it also blends easily. I use the Morphe E57 Concealer brush to even out the application and then use a Beauty Blender (or any other sponge) to blend and push the product on the skin seamlessly. I have used this concealer with a setting powder (I use the Laura Mercier Setting Powder and/or Cover FX Setting Powder) and it does not crease. Lately, I have been doing a lot of natural makeup without foundation due to the hot summer weather and I have not been setting it with a powder to achieve that natural skin look and this concealer rocks it like no other. I have not used my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer since.
Would I repurchase? It is already on my birthday list.