Out of all the wonderful makeup goodies out there in the world today, I find concealer to be one of the more difficult products for brands to get perfect. Now, to be fair, this is usually due to the various skin tones and types that we expect concealer to cater to, so when the whole world starts talking about one particular product, you know it’s something to check out.
Like the oh so famous Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, the launch of the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer came with a wave of rave reviews. But when put to the test does the product exceed expectations, or fall flat? To know the answer, keep on reading…
As always when it comes to foundation/concealer reviews, I’m going to start off by giving you a quick rundown on mah face:
- Very Pale (I almost always purchase the fairest foundation shade in a collection)
- Extremely dry in the Winter, but combination in the Summer
- If I ever get oily, it is around my nose
- Hyperpigmentation from previous acne scars
- Occasional pimples, usually on the chin area
Now that you have a general idea of what I’m working with while wearing this concealer, lets move on to the actual claims of the product itself:
- 16 shades available
- Conceals dark circles, redness, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and acne with a light-diffusing effect that blurs and smooths
- An oil-free, ultra-lightweight cream formula that blurs imperfections as it conceals, smoothing the look of skin with a soft-matte, natural-looking finish
- The formula delivers all-day wear and high coverage that’s non-cakey and won’t settle into fine lines and pores
So, before I get into the product itself I have a quick gripe regarding the claims. That being, how different ways can you describe a product as being blurring and smoothing? I totally understand that those are the two key features they are trying to promote for this concealer, but I found the description/claims to be incredibly repetitive and actually quite void of any relevant information.
Now for the product itself:
First off let’s talk color selection. As per usual, NARS pretty much slayed the shade range. With 16 options that vary from the fairest of fair to the deepest of deep, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer features a shade range that I believe would suit just about anybody. Like always, I use the lightest shade in this concealer (Chantilly) which is perfectly neutral in tone and works both under my eyes and on spots if necessary.
In terms of the consistency, the Soft Matte Complete Concealer is indeed a pot concealer, which I’ll be honest- I don’t usually gravitate towards. However, unlike most pot concealers I’ve tried, the NARS concealer isn’t at all heavy on the skin, nor does it turn greasy throughout the day. Like the claims state, the texture is incredibly lightweight and virtually undetectable. As the consistency is rather creamy to the touch, with almost a whipped consistency, I prefer using either my fingers or a brush to apply this concealer. It is possible to get away with a sponge if need be, but I found that when I used a sponge to apply this product it took away a bit of coverage and caused the slightest amount of separation.
Because of it’s lightweight texture and natural to matte finish, I have actually found that one of my favorite ways to wear this is alone, sans foundation. Whenever I’m feeling lazy, or am going for a fresh and natural makeup look, I just pop this on over any blemishes and under my eyes and it really does give a flawless and airbrushed look to the skin. Of course, with that being said, the concealer works perfectly fine on top of makeup as well, but I find it takes a little more work blending.
Now let’s talk about a few issues I have had with the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. While this does straight up say that this is a matte concealer, I found that if my skin wasn’t excessively moisturized before application, it did (quite substantially) cling onto dry patches along my nose. Of course, I have learned how to avoid this by over-moisturizing beforehand if I know I am going to be using this concealer, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to think about the extra step. Along with this, like I mentioned above- I don’t love the way this product applies with a sponge. Of course, this isn’t a huge issue but it would be nice if it worked as well with both forms of application.
Overall, I really do enjoy this product. More than anything, I love how it is truly a high medium to full coverage concealer while still managing to feel like nothing on the skin. The one issue I have with the Tarte Shape Tape is that it can feel incredibly heavy very easily. While this is probably a product more suited for normal/oily skin, me and my dry skin have managed to find a way to work with this concealer to get pretty killer results. SO- if you’re willing to pick up your moisturizer and a brush, I give the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer my seal of approval.
I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer! If you’ve tried it out yourself, I would love to hear your thoughts down below 🙂 As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.