Soft Matte Complete Concealer
If you're a fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and wondering if Soft Matte Complete Concealer is just as good, we'll cut to the chase: No. It's not that Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a bad option, but it isn't on par with the best of the best from NARS and other brands.
This cream pot concealer has a solid yet almost mousse-like consistency. We found it worked best when applied with a concealer brush, but fingertips also work in a pinch. The formula is easy to build up to full coverage to disguise targeted imperfections.
The downside is that the texture produces a slight drag upon application—not enough to be a total deal-breaker, but it isn't ideal for the eye area (tugging at delicate eye area skin can lead to more wrinkles). The soft matte (almost powdery) finish clings to dry patches and slightly emphasizes fine lines. That's another reason we hesitate to recommend this concealer under the eye area, despite NARS' suggestion to use it for dark circles.
Out of the wide gamut of shades (there are 16 total!), we found it surprisingly difficult to find a neutral match for lighter skin tones (the lighter options have mostly pink or peach undertones) but medium to deep complexions fare better with flattering options.
In a nutshell, Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a decent, fragrance-free option, but it isn't as all-encompassing for all kinds imperfections as NARS claims. See our list of Best Concealers for better results.
- Cream, mousse-like texture works well to conceal targeted imperfections.
- Wide range of flattering options for medium to deep skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- Produces slight tugging effect, which is not ideal for the eye area.
- Soft matte (almost powdery) finish clings to dry patches and emphasizes fine lines.
- Tricky to find a neutral match for lighter skin tones.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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