Every now and then a product comes along that is just so good, it becomes one of those I can’t live without it products. That’s exactly how I and many other women feel about the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Well, after hearing such amazing things about the new Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, I thought I would compare them for ya!
NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER FACTS:
This concealer has been on must-have lists basically since it came out. It is available in 22 shades (four of which are available also in travel size) and is medium-full coverage, but I’d call it full coverage. It retails for $36CAD for 0.22oz/6mL. This concealer is a long wear product, meaning for the most part, it’s going to be one and done- just apply and go! It is especially good for under the eyes and hiding dark circles.
This is a very pigmented product and although I love it, if I combine it with a full-coverage foundation it can look a little heavy on the skin. For full-glam nights who cares, it’s dark anyway…For day to day use, I tend to use a medium coverage foundation or tinted moisturizer so this concealer is perfect. Do note: this concealer creases under the eyes if you don’t set it.
One thing I really love about Nars complexion products is they have honestly perfected yellow tones. It’s hard for me to find the right foundation/concealer shades sometimes because they are either too pink, too neutral and flat, or too orange. I have fair skin, but I really turn golden olive when I tan and I need something with good yellow tones to match me.
Shades I own: Custard (yellow toned for light/medium skin, for when I’m more fair), Cafe Con Leche*** (my newest obsession, light with yellow undertones), and Macadamia (medium w/ peach undertones, for when I’m really tan)
LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS FUSION CONCEALER FACTS:
This promises to hydrate, perfect and blur with a 12-hour wear. It is available in 12 shades and retails for $37CAD for 0.23oz/7mL. I will say one thing that stood out to me is this range didn’t have any yellow tones, but I bought the shade 2N (light with neutral undertones) and it works for me. It has a flat applicator but I honestly prefer doe-foot applicators.
The Flawless Fusion Concealer promises not to crease, although I still have creasy under eyes so I have to set this no matter what. The only concealer I’ve ever gotten away with not setting and not looking like a hot mess is the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (see my review). This concealer also does well over top of full-coverage foundations and doesn’t look too heavy.
I honestly find this concealer so so so similiar to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. If you applied this and told me it was Nars, I’d believe you. The formula is equally pigmented and blendable while giving a high level of coverage. I honestly have no complaints about this concealer whatsoever.
WHICH CONCEALER DO I PREFER??
Well, although I love Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion and think its a great product, it really is just so similar to Nars. I find the shade range of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealers are more complimentary to my skin tone, and I can confidently buy several shades knowing they will suit my yellow undertones. I also prefer the traditional Nars doe-foot applicator.
I typically wear products like the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, It Cosmetics CC Cream, Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation and the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation, all medium coverage products. If you are a full-on full coverage foundation wearer, I would maybe try the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer as it tends to look a tad less heavy on already heavy makeup. I love both products but I love Nars just a little more.