Justification. I have learnt the simple importance of this word since my makeup obsession has taken a life of it’s own. There have been many jusitfications over the years. Each time the doorbell strikes, my heart skips a beat with excitement. My husband, however, reacts quite differently. With every new wrinkle and grey hair that appears, he becomes increasingly worried about my never ending online purchases.
So what are my justifications? Well there’s the ever popular blogger’s fable of “but I need it for research” and of course the classic “this will make me so happy”. I’ve used these excuses so many times that even I struggle to believe them. Then YouTube happened. The land of powerful advertising and obsessive hoarding. One tutorial and I was hooked! I found myself powerless against the influence and before I knew it, I was uttering the words “YouTube made me buy it”. With my husband fully aware of YouTube’s powerful influences over my bank account, I wasted no time in succumbing to my tried and trusted justification when I was on the look-out for a new concealer. However, in this instance, YouTube actually made me buy it!
Tutorial, haul or makeup collection, with each video watched it was hard not to notice the inclusion of two particular products. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are certainly the top dogs in the blogging world; which gave me no doubt in my mind that I needed to get my hands on them. However, at an average of £20 per product, non makeup hoarders in this world will want to know which is the better investment.
Let’s start with the most obvious comparison, the price. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer retails at £22.50 whereas the Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer comes in at £17.50. A slight, but insignificant price difference considering that neither claim to be an affordable option like the LA Girl concealers we all know and love.
Both are encased in glass tubes with doe-foot applicators. Nars gives you 6ml of product, whereas Urban Decay only supplies 5ml; which again proves another instance of similarity between the two. The NARS concealer certainly looks more expensive, but that is to be expected with most NARS products. I do, however, much prefer the applicator on the Urban Decay concealer by a mile. The wand appears to be significantly more flexible and easier to adapt to the curves of your face. The ingenious sponge-like applicator also picks up a lot more product than the NARS concealer, therefore reducing the need to dip the applicator in the product more than once. I rarely use more than one application of the Urban Decay concealer for my entire face, wheres the NARS concealer generally needs a couple of dips in the pot. This seems to be the general consensus with the Urban Decay concealer for most consumers, making it a slightly more economical option in the long run.
The colour options seem to be on par with one another. Urban Decay offer a selection of 11 different shades, whereas Nars offer 10. Both brands cater for the fairest to the darkest of complexions and have many shades in between that offer solutions for women who are neither here nor there. I picked up the shade Ginger in the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the shade Medium Neutral in the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Both shades appear to be extremely popular and work out quite well with my complexion.
In terms of consistency and coverage, my heart slightly leans towards Urban Decay. However, not for every occasion. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer should have the word hydration in the title, because that is exactly what this concealer offers. I’ve yet to find a concealer that rivals this when it comes to adding moisture to my parched skin. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, however, doesn’t offer the same hydration and dries to a natural matte finish almost instantly upon contact making it less of a dream to blend out. As you can imagine, the coverage reflects the consistency of the concealers. Whilst, I love the feel of the Urban Decay concealer, I feel as though it is more suitable for day-time wear as the formula is quite transparent. The NARS concealer offers full and opaque coverage; which is perfect for full glam events.
Without colour-correction beforehand, your panda eyes will almost certainly show through the Urban Decay concealer by the end of the night. Not to say that the NARS concealer is the superior option here, but you most definitely need a helping hand in making the Urban Decay concealer last. Both offer creaseless and non-cakey texture; which is perfect for my fellow over 30s women. The lasting power is significantly higher with the NARS concealer making it more suitable for oily skin types and for covering scars and blemishes. This also goes hand in hand with the consistency of both, as the Urban Decay option seems more suitable for highlighting rather than actual coverage.
If you have the budget for both options I would certainly get the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for coverage and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer for highlighting. However, for those who are not in a position to justify both purchases, I would suggest identifying your makeup needs and making your decision based upon what your skin requires.
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