Base makeup is something you definitely want to spend a little bit more cash on to guarantee you are getting good quality products that won’t irritate your skin or break you out. But when it comes to high-end, there is just so many brands to choose from and you can’t risk spending your cash on a concealer that won’t work. This is why product reviews make it so much easier for you to choose. I picked up two of the most popular high-end concealers out there: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer and put them to the test: so how did that turn out?
Before we get into my opinion, let us just get one thing out-of-the-way: Base makeup is the most subjective part of makeup. Makeup in general is subjective, but personal preference and need affect the way we like foundations, concealers, etc.. because these products react differently to every person’s skin type, undertones, etc…That being said, my under-eye area is relatively dry, with some texture, and I do not suffer from extreme dark circles, therefore, my expectations from a concealer is for it to be hydrating, dewy/luminous with some coverage. Now let us get to the good part:
The Too Faced Born This Way concealer formula is more liquid in consistency than the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, which is more of a cream formula. Born This Way applies more runny while the Radiant Creamy applies a bit more dry I find. The NARS one definitely has more coverage than the Too Faced one.
Given the respective formulas, Born This Way has a more luminous finish, while the Radiant Creamy, despite the name, ironically, has a more matte finish. Born This Way has really helped with my under-eye dryness, as it is very hydrating, smooths out the under-eye skin and does not leave any texture showing. However, because it is so liquid in consistency, it settles in fine lines more quickly and creases more quickly. The NARS one extenuates my under-eye texture a lot, leaves my under-eye looking a bit ashy and is quite dry. However, because it dries down pretty matte, it does not crease as much as the Born This Way. I will say, if you are looking for more coverage, the NARS concealer gives you FULL coverage, and I mean FULL to the extent it covered up my dark circles during finals week.YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT. While the Too Faced offers medium coverage but a beautiful radiant natural finish.
I find that because the Radiant Creamy Concealer is so matte, it lasts a pretty long time and its coverage does not fade out during the day. It stays nice and bright. On the other hand, the Born This Way loses some of its coverage during the day but not the luminosity. You can see some dark circles peeking through but it still looks radiant. So whenever I know I’m going for a long night out. I opt for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and add some of the Born This Way for long-lasting coverage but with some luminosity since I do not prefer such a matte finish under my eyes.
Now I would not say I hated the NARS concealer, you cannot hate a concealer with this much coverage. But, I would prefer using the Too Faced Born This Way concealer on an everyday basis and opt for the NARS concealer for the times I am doing a full-on glam look. Another better usage for the NARS concealer is using it to spot correct blemishes instead of under-eye concealer, since it has so much coverage and is matte. All in all, they are both great concealers, neither of them broke me out and for me, both have a usage. Whether to buy one or the other is up to your need and what kind of usage you are looking for from concealers. If you have dark circles, bags, blemishes and don’t have an issue with texture, go for the NARS concealer. But if you have dry under-eyes, texture and don’t have an issue with dark circles, go for the Too Faced concealer. Or do like me and use them both because I am so high maintenance with my make-up.