NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer Review, Photos, Swatches

I love love love almost everything that NARS makes. I think the formulations for his base products (foundations, concealers, powders) are top notch. See previous rave reviews here, here, and here. Basically Francois Nars can’t do any wrong with face products, right?

I have to be honest. My friends had rave reviews for this product, but for me it’s not love for the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($37)*. I received this as a sample and I’ve been using this for the past month now and I have put it through its paces.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Custard, Macadamia, Ginger

I have the shades:

  • Medium 1 – Custard – yellow tone for light to medium complexion
  • Medium 1.5 – Macadamia – medium with a peachy undertone
  • Medium 2 – Ginger – golden undertone for medium complexion

Upon application, this concealer ticks off all the boxes beautifully. It blurs pores and lines. It’s lightweight yet opaque. The shade range is so on point, with 16 shades in total to choose from. My closest shade match is Macadamia. It’s a peachy shade that’s great under my eyes but also close enough to my skin tone that I can use it for brightening dark spots, pimples, and broken capillaries. I hope you can tell the dreamy thin texture and smoothing qualities of this concealer from these swatches:

L-to-R: NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Custard, Macadamia, Ginger

I don’t wear liquid foundation on a regular basis, so in my testing, I applied this on bare, moisturized skin with my fingers, then blend out with my fingers or a foundation brush. Or I use a tiny lip brush to conceal zits. I found a Beauty Blender weirdly thins it out too much that I have to apply it in 2-3 layers before I’m happy with the coverage. I set it with my trusty NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder. Most days I’ll up the coverage a bit with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder.

Where it fails for me though is in its longevity. It just doesn’t last 9-to-5 for me. It doesn’t crease, but it fades significantly past 5 hours. Performance is definitely something that I’d expect for a high end concealer at this price point. It doesn’t look great over dry skin either. I have more dry patches and dried up pimples than usual right now (thanks, winter!) and it looks more obvious over those areas as well.

If you’ve tried this concealer and had the same issues as me, I would strongly recommend you try the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer range instead. Personally, I think that one outperforms the Soft Matte Complete Concealer.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer is now available at all NARS retailers (Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Murale) and