I am a NARS addict, so I was eager to try this when it came out. I initially tried 'cacao' was a dead on match for my foundation shade (Sheer Glow Tortuga) so I opted to go one shade lighter and bought 'cafe'.
I really like the formula, and find that one applicator full of product is more than enough to highlight my under eye area. I did not experience any sort of creasing, it is truly opaque, and it blends beautifully with my foundation. I found that it's not too dense nor too light, and has full-day longevity. I will say that it dries fairly quickly, so work fast. I like blending with a moist stippling brush, and set with powder.
The product is housed in a clear tube, with a black rubberized top, and has a doe foot applicator. I am not a fan of the applicator.
The only other liquid concealer I have to compare this to is MAC's Select Cover-Up, and that creases like a crumpled up piece of paper. This far out performed that.
I like this alright. The color match for my pale skin is very good. But, the coverage is more sheer than I thought it would be, and you really need to do a few layers to blur out dark imperfections. I like to use this on pimples or acne scars because once you get the level of coverage you want, it stays put pretty well. The downside to this little goodie is that it doesn't look so hot as an under eye concealer. When I use it under my eyes, it cakes up and settles into fine lines. Ick. My YSL Touche Eclat is still the king of the mountain for that area. However, I like this and will probably get it again when I run out of it since it doesn't appear to break out my sensitive skin.
I have found my HG concealer. I have tried them all! I am Mediterranean with dark circles since I was born, I promise. The problem with getting old is to find a compromise between cover and fine lines. And this is what Nars offers. Don't look for a full coverage, but expect medium without creasing. After 10 hours it stays in place without a single line. I don't powder as this technic doesn't work for me. No need with Nars. If you have been trying with MAC studio fix only getting disasters or you are tired of concealers that last one hour, this is yours. I love it!
I like this concealer. I am, however, unsure as to whether I like it better than the MAC Prolongwear concealer I have been using to help with dark circles under my eyes. Both work well to minimize the appearance of darkness and help highlight the area. Neither seem to overly settle into fine (or not so "fine") lines. The MAC is less expensive but I don't like the way it is dispensed as much as the Nars (pump vs doe foot applicator) but I think I like the color match of the MAC fluid more. Bottom line for me is that both are very good concealers. Both are probably worth the expense considering the length of time they last and quality of the product.
I think I like this product, but it is a little soon to tell. I just bought this from Sephora and was color matched to the lightest shade, which is too light. I went back and got the Vanilla, which is the 2nd lightest, and is a much better match for me.
This covers ok, I think it would be better for my under eye circles if it was just a little thicker. I mix this with a little bit of moisturizer since my under eye area is dry right now. I apply it with a concealer brush, and then if necessary, dab it with my ring finger. My circles are dark, purple, and are hereditary. This does not completely cover them without looking cakey for me, but I think I need to mess with it a little more. I do use an under eye primer, either mally or smashbox specifically for eyes.
This is by far the best high end concealer I've ever tried. I am an nc 30, nars Punjab and I got the concealer in custard. I've tried many high end concealers like Laura mercier, Bobbi brown, Mac, I like his creamy they are but they always crease on me. I don't have wrinkles but when I smile and when the weather is humid, the concealer always settles on the lines. This is creamy, easy to blend and yet dries quickly and sets all day. What I like about it as well is that I an use it for concealing my acne scars. It does a pretty good job with that as well.
However, it's just a tad better than my maybelline instant age rewind. It has been my HG for a while. Nars is a tad bit more pigmented because the nars is a bit thicker. I'm also not crazy about the packaging, with a doe foot applicator I'm wondering if I would have a hard time digging for the remaining product after a few months whereas the maybelline, you can see and use every bit of product. I would have to wait till I finish the whole product to see if I can see pass this problem before I repurchase.
But overall, I really think nars has got itself a winner because it is by far the best high end concealer I've tried for my oily combo skin.
Highly recommend this concealer. I have Chantilly, the lightest shade, and Vanilla, the next darker shade. I find I can usually get by with using these two on under eye circles and redness around my nose. Use some loose powder and I find this application lasts all day with maybe a blot halfway through. I apply it in dots and then blend with a small brush (MAC 224?). The coverage is very good. It is expensive, but a little is all I need so hope it will last awhile. I have combination skin, oily T-zone.
I love this concealer...it is seriously the best! For the past two months, I've had a cystic acne bump on my left cheek from a reaction to another product I used(Philosophy's MicroDelivery Peel). It is starting to go away, but it is still discolored. I've tried a couple of concealers since then, and none of them work as well as Nars. I am so glad that I found this! Just a little bit covers everything, it blends so well, and when you consider how little you need-it will last forever. For reference, I am Makeup Forever HD #118 and I have this in Custard and it matches me perfectly.
*UPDATE 4/29/13 I've found that this does settle into fine lines under my eyes. I've started just using it for blemishes (for which it is perfect!) until I can figure out how to apply this so that it doesn't settle into lines.
*UPDATE 5/3/13 I've been trying this using different application methods, and I've found if a damp sponge is best for under my eyes. I dot the concealer around my eyes (and down the bridge of my nose) and bounce the damp sponge over the area until it blends. This works perfect for me! Even 4 hours later it still looks great:)
Reviewers on the Sephora website were raving about this stuff, so being a concealer junkie, I had to get some. It is thick and creamy with a lot of pigment, blends easily and has very little creasing. I set it with a light powder but it is satin finish and not greasy, oily, or shiny, like some creamy concealers. I prefer to get concealers in a tube since wands dry out, but you can't have everything. The medium to med/dark shades are color correcting : Honey, Custard, and Ginger. Honey is a salmon color, Custard - a yellow peach, Ginger, a darker peach. The lighter shades don't have enough pigment to color correct. Vanilla has a pink tone in a pale beige and the lightest color, Chantilly, looks white. Nars has come up with a very good formula but they should have made the honey and the custard a little bit lighter.They need a few more shades in the light/medium range. Because of this, and the exorbitant price, I took off one star.
For skin ref, I am a NW 20-25 and I have a combination/oily (t-zone) skin.
Here's the thing. I am still in high school, soon to be in college this upcoming fall. I stay up pretty late studying and doing homework, so dark circles has been a pretty common thing for me for years. I've tried probably all the possible concealers I could use for my dark circles - from Sonia Kashuk, Maybelline, Lancome, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Dior, and many others. THEY ALL CREASED ON ME LIKE CRAZY and/or just didn't look natural at all.
Behold, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer comes into my life. Actually Wayne Goss on youtube raved about this (and I trust him and Lisa Eldridge compared to others) and I wanted to try this out.
I have this concealer in Custard. It's a tad bit dark at the moment for me to use this for my spots since I haven't really tanned yet for the season. But this is really really great for under my eyes. It's SUPER durable and at the end of the day (we're talking like after 12+ hours since I get up at 6am) it doesn't fade away. I LOVE THIS.
The only cons I would have to say about this is that it's pretty expensive (I got it for $28 at my local Sephora). It would be really nice if there was more of the lighter colored concealers so I can use it for my spots because Custard is a little too yellow for it. But what can I say, we can't always get what we want.