I am so lucky I got the right shade!
I had always been curious about Nars foundations and concealers, having never tried them out and stuck to MAC products, but a relative of mine was going to the US and of course I had to ask them to pick me some stuff up from Sephora while they were there. Anyway, when I finally got it I immediately tried it on and knew I found the perfect concealer.
I got the shade 'Custard' and ever since I got it i've been wearing it.
At first, I would wear it with foundation as I was obsessed with obtaining a porcelain look but quickly wizened up and used it by itself with a dusting of powder to set. The outcome is a lot more natural and feels much lighter.
It's a product I use every day and I will definitely re-purchase!
I love this concealer soooo much because it's fits my skin shade perfectly which I sometimes have a problem with that but it's just a lil bit too dark but it's okay because I use this for covering my pimples. After a few hours, the concealer looks dry on my skin and there's some crack on top of that.
For reference, I'm nc 15-20 and use Custard.
Vanilla is a good color for my NC 15-20 winter skin. Mostly use for under my eyes and it doesn't sink into my fine lines. Great longevity with a luminous look. Medium coverage so I don't know if it would work for very dark under eyes. Vanilla is suppose to lean pink but seems pretty neutral to me.
There are so many positive things I can say about this concealer. The match is perfect, it stays all day, doesn't crease, has good coverage. But the one thing that will keep me from buying it again is that it is way too drying. I switch my products so much I hadn't notice, but I recently kept with only this concealer for 2 weeks and noticed MAJOR drying in the areas under my eyes and my hyperpigmentation on my chin. I have never needed an eye cream, but after those two weeks I was searching for something because it was horrible. I'm gonna have to stay away from this.
I am 45 and have never written a review for a product! I just had to write about this concealer so save many of you the search for an awesome product...
I have had dark circles since my early 20's and over the years tried many different concealers. This has to be hands down the best under eye concealer I have ever used... A little goes a long way and goes on smoothly, does not settle in fine lines, stays put all day with out drying out my eyes. It has good buildable coverage as well as slightly brighening the eye area.... I brought the Light 3 Honey which has a peachy tone, perfect for under eye colour correction. I am usually about a NC30-NC35.
This is my HG under eye Concealer...
I freaking love this stuff! Creamy, opaque, erases darkness, doesn't accentuate fine lines, just awesome! I find that there's two main categories of people. Those who prefer creamier concealers for undereyes and those that prefer thinner ones. For instance, I can't stand Mac Pro long wear concealer or the maybelline instant age rewind dark circle eraser, but I LOVE Nars radiant creamy concealer, Bobbi brown corrector, benefit erase paste, and tarte maracuja concealer. If you like the one's I just mentioned, you may love this. This concealer isn't quite as creamy and hydrating as the others I just mentioned and seems to dry to a more Demi matte finish, but I don't find it drying either. I still set with a light dusting of powder, but can get away with not setting it whereas the others really need to be set with powder. LOVE this stuff ;-)
Very nice texture and coverage but no shades at all for me. Vanilla is too light, Honey and Custard just wrong. So far Shiseido in 2B (with powder and liquid foundations) and Lancome in Clair II (with liquid) are better matches for undereye area. I would even have forgiven the wand applicator for the right shade match. If you can find a color match for sure worth a try.
I really hate going against the grain on this one. I had heard amazing things about this concealer, watched videos and just generally stalked this product before purchasing. In Sephora I had an employee color match me (Custard). It is a creamy but thinish liquid that is very opaque and pigmented. I don't know that I'd actually call it a radiant concealer. When applied it seems to set pretty quickly and it doesn't really budge. My problems with it were that it seemed to oxidize and become obvious after only an hour or two and it actually did crease under my eyes. Not acceptable with such a pricey product. I could have probably tried a different color and tweaked the application process but that's just too much work.
This concealer is pretty amazing if you can find a color match..I have to mix Chantilly which is the lightest color with Vanilla which is the second lightest...which makes me wish the price wasn't so steep at $28 a piece. The first time I tried it I got just the Vanilla because I knew Chantilly would make me look ghostly because I use this as an undereye and spot concealer so basically I blend it into my whole face for an even look. Unfortunately Vanilla had too much of a pink undertone to it and I need more of a neutral or yellowy/beige tone for my skin. Needless to say I went back and purchased Chantilly to mix with the Vanilla hoping it'd lighten and neutralize the pink. I can't say its a spot on match but it's pretty great. I even got a sample of Custard to mix with the Chantilly and it was a bit too dark, I probably need about a 3:1 ratio with Chantilly being the majority but I'm still experimenting. It took me a couple tries to find the right brush to apply this concealer with. I really do not like doe foot applicators because they spread bacteria plus I always feel concealers that come in that style packaging are a waste because you can never get all of the product out in the end. I really wish this was in a squeeze tube but oh well.
Anyways I use my Sonia Kashuk flat top brush and dot the concealer directly onto the brush (since i mix the 2 colors I put them side by side or one on top of the other directly on the brush) then tap it onto the skin to blend in. I even use that method for undereyes...sometimes very light buffing. This method takes a lot longer than simply swiping the concealer directly onto skin with the doe foot applicator but the finish comes out beautifully and it gives me full coverage, no foundation needed. This stuff covers everything (active acne, acne scars, undereye circles, sun damage) and it doesn't take much!! If I'm in a rush I have from time to time just swiped the concealer right on and used my fingers to pat and blend it in but I found it looked really thick this way. Using a brush made the finish a bit more natural looking in my opinion because I use less product this way. Also I do recommend using a setting powder because it tends to separate or pool into the pores as the day goes on but nothing that a little blot can't help.
I will say my skin is very sensitive to any products i put on it. I'm super clog prone and I've never found a makeup product that has not clogged me. This concealer is no exception. I've been using this concealer daily since June and I do feel I've gotten more clogged pores from it due to the many types of dimethicones in it but no major cystic breakouts or rashes which a lot of other products cause for me. Its mostly my fault since I wear makeup daily but I'm more comfortable that way.
The first time I used this product, I absolutely hated it. It creased, made my under eye area look dry and was just not pleasant. I slowly reduced the amount I was using every day until I found the right balance and now I absolutely LOVE this concealer. I have seen people on YouTube and everywhere just slathering this stuff on and that is WAY too much. This is extremely pigmented. I use one dot under my eyes, one dot on either side of my nose and one dot on either side of my mouth. I blend those all in then go back and do one more dot under each eye, lower down, sort of at the bottom of my orbital bone as it helps hide my bags and also helps highlight my cheeks a bit. It does a very good job of brightening up my skin and covering what I need it to cover. The price on this is fairly high but after using it and seeing how little is needed, it will last a very long time which makes it worthwhile. I am NW20 and got the color Vanilla which is an excellent match.