I would like to introduce my newest blog segment which I call Battle of the Brands. Here, I will be comparing some very popular items which are somewhat alike to see which one outshines the other. For today’s post, the two products that will be battling it out are the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer are some of the two most hyped up products in the past year. Both are well loved by the beauty community – and for good reason. Both are great concealers which provide good coverage, however, which one reigns supreme?
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I picked this up concealer for $36 CAD for 0.22 oz from Sephora in the shade Ginger. The shade is described as a “golden undertone for medium complexion”. This concealer is given this description on the Sephora website:
Ideal for all skin types, Radiant Creamy Concealer is a multiaction formula that instantly obscures imperfections, blurs the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. Hydrating and luxuriously smooth, it layers lightly for buildable medium-to-full coverage and a natural luminous finish. The multiactive botanical blend hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the skin by helping its barrier retain vital moisture. It also delivers antioxidant protection to protect the skin against damaging free radicals. Skin becomes visibly smooth, soft, and more even-toned. Mineral tone balancing powder works to optically correct, not mask, imperfections to keep skin looking flawless. A single stroke of Radiant Creamy Concealer keeps the complexion looking fresh and creaseless. It goes on smoothly, blends easily, and stays in place all day. Comfortable and hydrated, skin glows with new radiance over or under foundation and looks beautiful—even when bare.
This shade matches my skin tone perfectly during the transition from spring to summer and is just slightly lighter when my skin is more tan (I would typically be an NC42). When I first tried this concealer, I was blown away by the coverage and by the texture of the product. As described, it is very creamy in texture but it wasn’t as hydrating as I thought it would be. It didn’t have a dewy finish but instead dried down fairly matte while still looking natural and skin-like. It is very full coverage without feeling too heavy or looking too cakey. I would mainly use it under my eyes and it covered any darkness and redness very well. I wouldn’t say that this product was crease-proof because I definitely did have to set it with a little bit of powder, but it seriously makes your skin look flawless and smooth.
As for the claims on its antioxidant properties, I’m calling bs. Even if it did have any ingredients remotely related to protection against free radicals, I highly doubt that any person would be slathering this liberally all over their face and I also doubt that these ingredients are concentrated enough to obtain any significant results.
I loved this concealer up until the weather started to cool down. My skin began to get a little more dry and my under eye dryness was exacerbated by this concealer – it made my skin look very flaky and crepey, and setting the concealer made it look significantly worse. However, as soon as I started to use a more rich under eye cream, the problem was solved. This concealer is definitely not made for all skin types. If anything, I would suggest trying this out if you’re anywhere between normal to very oily as it can look and feel quite drying. Overall, this concealer is basically my HG, but I wanted to try a different concealer that was meant for dryer skin types, which lead me to pick up the following…
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
To start, that is one hell of a name. It’s so damn long to type out so I’m just going to call it UDNS. I purchased this concealer during Sephora’s VIB Rouge sale and I got it 20% off, making that around $27 for 0.16 oz in the shade Medium Neutral. It was given this description on the Sephora website:
This concealer from Urban Decay lets you cover imperfections without looking covered up. It’s easily blendable and buildable, giving you even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. Ultra-lightweight, this high-tech liquid formula never settles into fine lines, and it melds on for a no makeup look while full coverage in an instant. This concealer is enriched with Matrixyl 3000, which contains peptides to support the skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity, and Japanese green tea revitalizes and helps reduce the look of fine lines. It’s infused with Litchiderm™—derived from lychee fruit—which protects against dehydration, while sodium hyaluronate helps the skin attract and retain moisture, resulting in a brighter-looking complexion.
I will say that the shade selection for this concealer is pretty shitty. I don’t understand why UD couldn’t have came out with a Medium Warm shade, but that’s just me being picky. The shade I picked ended up being a good match for my NC40 skin with it being just a tad bit lighter to brighten up my skin. As for the formula, it is very lightweight, blendable, and slightly dewy. Because of its finish, it definitely settles into fine lines and absolutely needs to be set with a powder. This concealer claims to be buildable and full coverage, and while it is buildable without looking cakey, it isn’t completely full coverage. It takes some effort and quite a bit of product to get to a point where it covers mostly everything you want covered. As for the ingredients and their claims to reduce fine lines, support the skin’s youthful appearance and elasticity and bla bla bla, I’m also calling bs. Like I said about the NARS RCC, these ingredients probably aren’t concentrated enough to produce any significant results or live up to said claims.
Before: Bare Skin (NC40)
Just a quick little demonstration comparing the two concealers. The image above shows the extent of my under eye darkness on a regular morning. It really isn’t that bad, but there is still some slight darkness and some weird blue and purple hues to conceal. I applied the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado just to moisturize my eyes a bit.
These concealers are very similar, however I believe that the NARS RCC conceals much better than UDNS. It’s definitely more full coverage and it also requires much less product. It’s a little hard to tell in this picture as well, but it also seems as if UDNS is a little more patchy than the NARS RCC, which is strange because it is significantly more dewy and I’m also wearing a very thick eye cream underneath both concealers.
So which one won this battle? Personally, I think the NARS RCC takes the cake. The main reasons being that it is very full coverage and that the shade selections are significantly better. I thought that the UDNS would be a better fit for me, especially in the winter, however it just didn’t live up to my expectations for it. In addition, you also get more product with the NARS RCC, which is definitely something to consider given that neither of these concealers are moderately priced. So with that, NARS RCC definitely reigns supreme.