June 16, 2016

Yay or Nay: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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NARS concealer yay nay

I fear for my life posting that I don’t like NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Everyone I know loves this formula but I simply don’t get the love! It’s funny because the formula is perfect. Creamy, hydrating, super easy to blend. What more could a girl or guy want?

Well, there’s one problem…

So, yeah, when NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer launched in 2013 (has it really been that long!?) I was very excited! I read the details on NARS, I read a few reviews, I was primed, prepped, and ready to give it a try out for myself. I felt very confident this would be my next HG (holy grail) concealer for sure!

To this day, the formula has a massive cult following. And I can understand that following. It’s an excellently formulated concealer. It’s very creamy, it’s quite hydrating, and it blends very easily. If you have drier eyes or finely lined ones this formula is definitely user friendly! I can’t rave the texture and consistency enough. My problem with it would be the fact it sheers out so much during application. I can build, build, and build with this but it sheers soooooo much that the coverage is lacking for me.


I really wanted to love it.

What about you?

Is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer a yay or a nay for you?

Do share!


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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kris

    Every concealer I have ever tried makes my fine under eye liners look worse. I need concealer for my dark circles but hate how my lines are more noticeable. Any help Muse?

    • Isabella Muse

      I like the creamy, hydrating coverage of Em the Great Cover Up!

    • danadoo

      Benefit Boiiing concealer obliterates my very dark under eye circles! Well People makes a good one too and I believe the ingredients are organic, if that matters to you. Anyways, these 2 are definitely HG status for me, and my dark circles are major.

    • Sara

      Hi! I have fine lines and dark under eye veins I need to cover. The IT Bye Bye Undereye is definitely my HG! Have you tried it?

  • Alys

    If it’s anything like the Sheer Glow Foundation a huge NAY for me. I tried that foundation and within 12 hours had a nasty rash. I did a little research and it seems that one of the ingredients is “formaldehyde releasing” whatever that means, but I know it’s a common allergen and also not really something I’d expect or want in cosmetics. And especially not at this price! I’ve been hesitant to try anything else NARS since. Everyone seems to rave about it though!

  • Kimmwc03

    I like it but it’s not HG for me. I prefer UD and La Mer, depending on the type of coverage and where I need it. I also like stick concealers for my face.

  • Jennifer

    Revlon makes a good one. Inexpensive too. Around 10.00 or so.

  • Lauren

    Yaaaaaay! This concealer is basically my everything. To be fair though, I like it for blemishes on my combination skin and I don’t use it for under my eyes.

  • Astha

    I like the loreal true match concealer more. This one is nice for a regular use though !

  • Jay

    Yay! Love this concealor and the shade range! It can crease depending on the setting powder I use, but with the right combo it’s beautiful. And even when it creases, if I just pat slightly moist fingers over the area it goes back to looking good. I like the Maybelline better skin concealor *almost* as much but the deeper shade is just too light to wear alone. Same with the Fit Me concealor. Boo!

  • Susan

    This is a BIG FAT NAY! I have purchased it THREE different times from Sephora . I am in a quest to find the perfect under eye concealer, and believe the salesperson that the Nars is all that, even though have tried it before and know it IS NOT! When will I learn…..

    • Isabella Muse

      haha likewise. I got some press samples, hated it. Proceeded to buy it at Sephora because I thought, “eh maybe I was wrong about it!” Nope, same results lol! and I’ve even been tempted to try it a third time but no, not going there haha!

  • hayley

    This concealer is my absolute Holy Grail concealer for my under eyes, and usually every acne scar and zit. I’ve tried other, but I always end up going back to this. I can’t remember when I started using it, but it covers up my dark circles like nothing else. It’s weird that you have the sheering out problem; I find it to have amazing full coverage over my dark circles! I am curious to try the too faced born this way one though

  • Dora

    I know we’ve talked about this before, but I’ll chime in! I also bought it because everyone raved about it, and while the shade selection is great, it is definitely not for me. It’s fine for acne or redness (for me, anyway) but my main concealer need is for under my eyes and it does not work for me there. But interesting — not because it sheers out too much (like you found) but because on me it’s way cakey. But man, every beauty YouTuber on the planet raves about that stuff . . .

  • Heather

    It works amazingly well on my dry, super-dark undereye circles, but I realized that I don’t feel like myself when I cover the dark circles up!

    (The Sephora MUA who applied it was so confused when I told her why I didn’t like it, haha.)

  • Cheryl

    I have tried quite a few full coverage concealers for my under eye circles. For me, full coverage tends to translate to heavy product, which doesn’t play well with aging, dry under eyes. I have had success with the Nars creamy radiance concealer, Tarte Maracuja concealer, and It Cosmetics bye bye Undereye, but these formulas require a decent amount of setting powder and a lot of work in order to obtain a flawless, cake free result. It’s time-consuming and too much for 6 AM pre-work make up application. Lately, I have been using a peachy corrector (either Benefit Erase Paste or the Pixi peach corrector), applied sparingly with a small stippling brush just on my dark circles, and then just applying my usual cc cream or foundation on the entire undereye. After blending with fingers or a damp sponge, and a light dusting of powder, I get a reasonable result in a short period of time. Although I have yet to find a good all purpose concealer that will cover the darkness without emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles in the remaining under eye area, I have been able to achieve pretty decent results by using a combination of products. Whether it is a corrector with my base product, or two different concealers, this combo of light and heavy coverage seems to work the best for me.

  • kellly

    I am a concealer junkie, but since I got the Onomie concealer, I’m reluctant to try anything else. I don’t have a problem with it settling into fine lines under my eyes during the day, it’s got good coverage, it lasts just about forever b/c just a tiny dot is enough. I sound like a commercial for this stuff, but it’s probably as close to a HG concealer as I’ve found. It’s good enough to keep me from being tempted to try every single other concealer out there, which for me is pretty good!

  • Tina

    I’ve used this concealer for years. It’s amazing (best, imo) at covering redness and breakouts. But it creases immediately when I use it on my under eyes. Like within blinking time. It’s one of the worst I’ve ever used for creasing but it’s one of the best for using elsewhere on my face. Pro/con? I’ve got the super dry under eye sitch as well, so maybe that has something to do with it.

  • Gayla

    I tried so many concealers until I finally found Nars. It works very well for me, most of all, it doesn’t settle in my fine line. I wouldn’t trade it 🙂

  • Dawn

    I love Nars RCC, and it would be my HG, except for the color choices. Custard is a little too light, Ginger is a little too dark, and Honey is orange! I have tried mixing colors, which works, but I don’t want to pay 29 bucks a pop for that kind of inconvenience. Otherwise – I really like this product – excellent FULL coverage (for me) that lasts all day & never looks creasy or greasy. On a side note – I now use Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage – jeez, what a mouthful! -in Med/Light Neutral and I love that as well, plus it’s a perfect color match. Also – sometimes I think liquidy concealers can get really sheer, with body heat & blending, so what I do is dab or swipe it on where I want it, and then let it sit for a full minute or so before blending. This has really helped keep concealer more opaque for me – give it a try.

    • Souhaila El-Souki

      Yes thanks for the tip as well! I was going to try, just to compare, the UD Naked Concealer, but unfortunately I’m fair light, but their fair light is too dark on me, a lot of people have had that problem! A little bit pricier of course but one I plan on trying is Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer, I know all the ladies at Beautylish a little too well-and you can wear it alone, under foundation, or use foundation and use it as a concealer on top-for the undereye and the whole face. Chantecaille Bio Lift is a splurge concealer that I’d love to try and compare as well. Texture wise, not a wand but a cream concealer that I like texture wise when I tried samples is Cover FX’s Cream Concealer

  • Jean Milan

    MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation is what I use as my concealer, and it works perfectly and doesn’t crease. Found out afterwards that it was actually formulated to be a concealer at first…

    I use NW15 under my eyes and NW20 to disguise redness on the sides of the nose, around the mouth and between the brows. A little dusting of NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder on top, and it lasts through most of the day in humid Miami, FL.

    Though I don’t use a primer, I do start off with a very sheer layer of Dr. Jart 45 SPF BB. It is Miami, after all, and the sun doesn’t quit.

  • Souhaila El-Souki

    Hey Isabella! I am SO glad that you posted this, I haven’t posted it, but I’ve told so many people-I love and continue to stick with the original Immaculate Concealer from NARS, which has been my go to for years-I tried the Radiant, any wand type liquid concealer-even though, how can you go wrong with NARS I’m about the biggest NARS fan on the planet-so yes those type of concealers have always been to liquidy/and they crease, so even though yes, if you love that type of concealer this is THE best one, but for the texture of my undereyes, (you also have to think about your skin texture right below because you’re going to blend it) I just love the Immaculate so much more, I actually find that on my skin it’s more creamy, it’s more dense, and you don’t need a lot of product-apply with the stick and do the “grail” method the upside down triangle-when I first started learning more about beauty a long while back that was magic, I blend it with a slightly damp sponge-even with my undereyes being a little bit drier-I think that’s just normal as you get older(I’m 34) but I do PRIME my undereye first(which I think is the real trick-I use Cover FX’s Anti-Aging Primer (not on my eyes, you can, but for my undereye, and you don’t wait too long, and then you apply your concealer, that’s the perfect moisture balance and really keeps you concealer in place-but that makes it easy to go in with the Immaculate Stick(the product twists up) and it’s in a triangle shape which makes it easy. And then of course you want to set your underye/whole face with powder. NARS Velvet Loose Powder is my favorite, it color corrects, is great for combo to oily skin but really any skin type-or you can go with NARS Light Reflecting for setting concealer it’s also really great! My site is almost ready to go live, that was my last step after doing all the social media and instagram. I always enjoy your posts!