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Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer vs Radiant Creamy Concealer. Which one to choose?

Hello lovely people! This is Eleni still reporting from Greece :D. And I will be doing so till the end of the month, which is fab! I’m preparing a couple of travel posts for you as well, but not saying much more; it’s a surprise! Just stay tuned! For now, let’s stick to the skin and beauty themes. Have you tried the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer that launched not too long ago? Being quite a fan of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I really wanted to give it a shot, so I got myself one just as it became available in the UK. Here’s a review of it and a comparison to its predecessor.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer packaging

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in a small jar (as opposed to the Radiant Creamy concealer which, as we all know, comes in tube with an applicator). Personally, I have to be quite careful not to dip my fingers in there and try to use either a small cosmetic spatula or a concealer brush. You see, there is always the temptation of dipping my finger in and then applying straight onto my face! In any case, the product has a relatively thick, but soft, mousse texture and that’s exactly how it feels upon application.

Nars Soft Matte Concealer open package

Nars Soft Matte Concealer


Nars promises that the Soft Matte Complete Concealer offers long-wearing, high coverage while looking completely natural and feeling light on the skin. This is an oil-free product, but one that’s non drying and offers long-term skincare benefits. It contains hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins C and E to moisturise the skin and leave it feeling and looking plumped.

The product comes in 16 shades for all skin tones. I was matched to Macadamia which is a perfect shade for me. For reference, I use Custard or Ginger in the Creamy Radiant Concealer, so Macademia made sense as a match as it’s a shade in between.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer Macadamia shade swatches and comparison to Ginger and Custard Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer

Macadamia Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (left)/ Custard Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer (middle)/ Ginger Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer (right)

how i use this product/ skin concerns

When I purchased the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the make-up artist at my local Nars counter advised me not to use it underneath my eyes because it can feel a bit drying. She went on to explain that it’s an excellent concealer for blemishes and would recommended it for extra coverage, not in the eye area though. The Creamy Radiant Concealer would be a better option for there, as it also contains some highlighter and would offer a brightening, as opposed to a matte, effect.

Having followed all of the hype about this product on Youtube and the web in general, I thought I’d try it everywhere and see how it performs. Many bloggers love it underneath their eyes, others indeed think it’s drying. Having used the Creamy Radiant Concealer in the past, I also wanted to see how it compared. Thus, I tested this product underneath my eyes, on my spots (which tend to be bumpy and dry because of the products I use to fight them) and on a couple of areas on my face where I felt some redness was showing through my foundation, namely the tip of my nose (Rudolf, the red nosed reindeer, la la la *sings*) and centre of my chin (tend to be a bit dry there too). As you know, my main concerns are 1) spots 2) dark circles (especially when I’m tired!!).

I don’t normally require super high coverage from my concealer. However, what I need is a long lasting product for my under eye area and one that will not crease either around my expression lines or my dry spots. Most concealers tend to crease though. And sometimes even cake up. I really don’t like this look, so I use as little concealer as I can get away with! I normally apply it with my fingers (patting on the skin to basically warm the product first) and then buff the edges away with a concealer blending brush. Sometimes I powder, sometimes I don’t.

HOw THE Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer PERFORMED ON ME

I will be 100% honest. I love Nars and I spend on Nars more than I spend on other brands because I like it so much. They do some of the better skin products/concealers out there, in my view. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer performed well, possibly better than the Creamy Radiant one, which is great news. However, it still creased underneath my eyes and looked dry around my spots, around the four hour wear mark (and that’s over primer).

Saying that, I’m finding it hard to find an under eye concealer that I absolutely love. Most concealers start looking beautiful and end up looking dry or they crease. Some even disappear! Considering that very rarely am I satisfied with a concealer, this one didn’t do badly. It’s just, I don’t think you should expect miracles, unless your skin is flawless and has no texture issues. In which case why would you need a concealer?

To be more specific, the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer creased underneath my eyes after two hours of wear when I powdered. It creased sooner when I didn’t powder. It didn’t pass the working day test unfortunately, as it looked cakey after 7 hours and I felt that I looked older underneath my eyes, as my fine lines were more pronounced. Please bear in mind, I’m not full of wrinkles. I’m 32 years old and have some expression lines.

However, this concealer covered my spots really well! So, thumbs up for that. It’s also impressive how effortlessly it blended with the rest of my make-up. And it lasted well enough, around four hours. After that it would emphasise any dryness I have on my face, including around spots. As such, you can safely consider high coverage and blendability to be its strong points.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Me without any concealer or any other products apart from a thin layer of foundation (not underneath the eyes)

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer on face and underneath the eyes

Me with the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer underneath the eye and on the a couple of spots around my mouth

Comparison to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer

It felt like the Nars make-up artist had a point when she said this is not the best under eye concealer. I, however, find that it performed very similarly to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, which also creases and looks dry one me after four hours… Only the Soft Matte Complete Concealer covers way better.

If I were to compare the two for the purposes of this review, I would say that the differences are more around texture and coverage. The Creamy Radiant Concealer, as the name suggests, is more creamy and gives a luminous effect while it covers well. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer is more concentrated and mousse-like. It’s comparatively more matte, almost velvety. And it offers more coverage. After the four hour mark though, both concealers look very similar on me. I can’t say they don’t crease or dry out, with or without powder. Have a look at the photo below and you’ll see how the coverage and light reflection is different:

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer compared to Creamy Radiant Concealer in the under eye area on face

Me wearing the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Macadamia (left eye area as you face the screen) and the Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard (right eye area as you face the screen)

As far as my under eye area is concerned, I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail product. I quite like MAC concealers and might give Pro Longwear another shot? Haven’t used it for years now. The Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher is a good product. It creases but doesn’t look cakey. Probably, that’s the one I currently use the most. As far as my spots are concerned, then the Marc Jacobs or the Makeup For Ever concealers perform better than the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. The main difference is that they don’t dry up around my spots. So, I find them more long-lasting.

I hope you found this review helpful. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer retails for £23 in the UK and can be purchased online or at your local Nars counter. You can have a look at all shades and their swatches over at Make-up and Beauty Blog by Karen.

Skin concerns and skin in general are so personal and opinions vary. Have you tried the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer? What do you think? Which concealer is your favourite and could you recommend an under eye concealer you love?

Have a great day and speak to you again soon!




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  1. Astrid February 16, 2017

    Hi Eleni,
    Thanks so much for this review! I was super curious on how it performed under the eyes myself. Unfortunately I haven’t tried it out since there’s no NARS counter in Germany. I’ve the same problem with creasing with the creamy concealer and I thought from the promise of soft matte ones, it will somehow not do that :/. I have an Armani concealer that performs better in terms of not creasing (but still creased), but the color is not the best match.
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    • rougenapples February 16, 2017 — Post Author

      Hi Astrid! Thank you for your lovely feedback :). It’s really difficult with concealer products to a) find the right colour match and 2) get them to look natural without creasing eventually. For me the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher works better (without being perfect though), have you checked this one out? Haven’t tried any Armani concealers but have heard good things in general, so once I’m back in London I’ll have a look 🙂 x

  2. fannyanddailybeauty February 16, 2017

    Thank you so much for this post, I really wanted to try this one yet, since the Radiant Creamy Concealer is already a little bit too dry for my liking, I don’t believe I will love this one either! Great review!
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    • rougenapples February 16, 2017 — Post Author

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for your lovely feedback :). Everyone is so different with skin products… I’ve read lots of reviews of bloggers raving about how these concealers don’t crease but on me they did. If you found the Radiant Creamy Concealer dry though, the Soft Matte ones will be drier for sure. xx

  3. Ashley March 11, 2017

    I think I really want to try the soft matte concealer! xo Ashley

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