NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has a cult following; most people rave about it and some claim it hasn’t lived up to the hype surrounding it.

Says NARS:

Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.

  • Long wearing and crease-proof

  • Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non comedogenic

I have this concealer in the shade Custard, which I will review and compare with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 20 Sand Sable (review here).

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  • Custard  is described as having a yellow tone for light to medium complexions. I am an NC25/30, and this shade is perfect for me. It is a tad brighter than my skin tone, making it perfect for concealing while highlighting just a bit.
  • Coverage-wise, this concealer is THE BOMB. It is full coverage and conceals well my very dark dark circles as well as pigmented areas, spots, and blemishes. Allow me to say I am in love.
  • While, for very dark or extensive blemishes you will need to apply more, a small amount is enough to cover areas that need concealing (on my face, at least).
  • The finish is, to me, a demi-matte of sorts. It conceals while looking bright, but not glowy, if you get my drift. It is a luminous matte of sorts.
  • Staying power in very humid weather with setting powder and setting spray is around 4 – 5 hours. Since the weather here is shit at the moment, I can list that as a pro because this concealer is a trooper for surviving it.
  • The texture is lovely and creamy, easy to blend and pat into the skin. It is a very smooth, easily applicable product.
  • It doesn’t crease, unless you apply too much and don’t set it with loose powder.
  • On good skin days, this is really all I need with a dusting of loose powder to achieve healthy-looking, even-toned skin.
  • Versatile shades which suit all complexions are available in this range.
  • The applicator is soft and helps dot the product on the face with ease.
  • The packaging is lovely. So chic and high-end.

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  • The price. Honestly, $29 for 6 ml is too much. (Didn’t stop me from buying a second one though. Sigh.)
  • It is easy to go overboard with this. Start with a small amount, I say, and build up coverage if you need more.
  • The packaging, while lovely, is prone to being covered with smudges and fingerprints (the cap, in particular).
  • This is a really, really good concealer. But it isn’t an excellent concealer. Maybe it is the price that makes me feel like that. But for almost $30, I expected a miracle, perhaps.

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I dot a small amount of this onto my blemishes and dark circles, and pat it in with my fingers or a damp BeautyBlender.

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The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has often been hailed as a drugstore dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I’ll compare the two for you using basic points of comparison. I have the NARS concealer in Custard  and the Fit Me concealer in 20, Sand Sable.

  1. Coverage: Fit Me offers buildable medium coverage while NARS is full coverage. That said, if I lightly layer Fit Me, it covers my blemishes almost as well as the NARS counterpart.
  2. Finish: The NARS concealer has a luminous matte finish, like I said, while the Fit Me is glowy and visibly highlights. So if you want a highlighting concealer, go for Fit Me, I’d say.
  3. Texture: NARS – creamy. Maybelline – more like a liquid.
  4. Creasing: When used sparingly, applied carefully, and set with powder, neither of these two concealers show signs of creasing. Note: I can apply the NARS with my fingers with ease, while the Maybelline tends to crease a bit when applied that way.
  5. Lasting power: NARS lasts a bit longer (around an hour or so more) than Maybelline, perhaps due to the creamy texture and less glowy finish.
  6. Shade: The Maybelline concealer looks more yellow on the face while the NARS one looks more neutral. That said, Fit Me does not look unnatural by any means.
  7. Price/Quantity: $29 for 6 ml with NARS and $4.11 for 6.8 ml with Maybeline. Yep.
  8. Packaging: The NARS one is much, much better in this regard; the Maybelline one became all faded and not-so-nice-looking quickly.
  9. Interesting tidbit: I applied NARS around my right eye, and Maybelline around my left. The Maybelline concealer slid into my eye a bit while the NARS concealer didn’t. It didn’t sting, mind you, but I could feel that it happened.

VERDICT: I would give the NARS concealer an 8.5/10 and the Maybelline a 7.5/10 were I to rate them. If you want a full coverage concealer that  you can use under powder and skip foundation, go for NARS I would say. If you have a multi-step routine and want a highlighting concealer, try Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. (For the price and benefits though, I’d say try Maybelline Fit Me anyway!)

 


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Like I said, on good skin days, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and setting powder are all I need. So I ordered a second tube of this concealer. If you can spend $29 on this concealer, go to your local Sephora and try it out, if you are interested. If that amount of money is too much for you, (and I totally get it if it is) then the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and L.A. Girl concealer (which is full coverage, btw) are great alternatives among many others.

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Available online at NARS and Sephora for $29.

 


 

12 thoughts on “NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

    1. I can completely see why someone might not find it worth the price. I don’t have the problem of caking, but I do find it slides off my face after around 4 hours. Perhaps its because of the humid weather, but it is a let down! xx

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      1. Oh I really want to try that! Which shade do you use? And is it full coverage? And does it crease? Sorry for the multiple questions 😁 I’m just eager to try it!

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      2. You’re fine! I have the lightest shade. It’s called Bavarian Cream. It’s pretty full coverage, but my dark circles aren’t that bad. It’s very lightweight, but I still set it with powder. If you set it, you will be good all day. I love it!

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