I've previously tried various MAC concealers that weren't quite right for my skin and felt so annoyed afterwards as they aren't the cheapest thing! I've done the same thing with foundations too, but that's another story for another day. Last year, was the year I decided I need to get myself a concealer that I was super happy with.
I had heard a lot about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22), so that was my first stop. a tip from me, whenever you go to a store to colour match your concealer, don't buy the same day. Ask them to apply where you need it, then go out in daylight to see if the shade is still good for your skin, and wait until the end of day to see if it creases/oxidises etc. I had to go back three times to get colour matched with the right shade, Selfridges NARS staff are not good at colour matching FYI, at least not the one I went to. I found Space NK staff to be much more helpful and patient. Finally I left with the shade Ginger and I haven't looked back!
The formula of this concealer is very light and this makes it easy to blend. I tend to dot it where I need it with the wand and then blend with my fingers. It blends in really well into my skin and is almost undetectable. The colour match is perfection, this is perfect to conceal my acne scars and brighten slightly under my eyes. I posted about my under eye brightening trick here. Coverage wise, it's very buildable. I apply a couple of layers on scars that need it and it doesn't look cakey at all. I've repurchased this already and is definitely what I call my Holy Grail concealer (so far!)!
Newest citizen of my concealer city is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50). I think my NARS concealer has competition! The name is long but describes this concealer down to a tee! It's very light, I mean all the others are too, but this is completely, well, weightless. It has the same kind of coverage of the NARS concealer and the really nice iluminating properties of the Smashbox concealer but you cannot feel it on your skin. I love the applicator, as it is flat and is slightly longer than the NARS one. You feel the benefit when you apply concealer to larger areas of face i.e. under eyes, nose etc. I have the shade Medium Dark Warm which is great for covering scars, but I wish I had gone for Medium Light Neutral, as that would've been better for doing both under eyes and scars. That's what you get for guessing your shade online for concealer...!
I have a lot of for all three concealers and I do think I'd repurchase all three without any regrets. If you're thinking of investing in a high end concealer, I highly recommend you check these out!
What's your favourite concealer? Have you tried any of these before? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.