Certainly my most used, and probably most loved, concealers are the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. They also seem to be two of the most discussed and loved concealers around these days. They’re both great, but there are definitely differences between the two. I thought today we’d go through a comparison of these 2 much-loved concealers in the hopes that maybe you can determine which would be better for you!
Let’s start with coverage. I would say that both concealers offer a great deal of coverage. I’m not sure I would call it maximum coverage, but it’s certainly a solid full coverage. If there’s an issue on your face that you’re trying to hide, both of them are probably up to disguising the situation. I do tend to use a peach corrector for extra help under my eyes with both the NARS and the Urban Decay, but I could probably do without it just as well. If you find many other concealers are just not cutting it for you, either of these will probably do!
As for staying power, I also find that both are very good. However, there is a difference between the two. The NARS requires setting with powder to enhance its lasting abilities, while the Urban Decay will set by itself after a few minutes – no powder required. I actually prefer the Urban Decay a bit more for this reason, but I always set the concealer no matter what anyway. I just feel that it’s less inclined to transfer. As far as creasing goes, I haven’t had issues with either product, but I have seen some reviews of the NARS that complain about creasing. I tend to pat the concealer to remove any excess before setting it with powder and it’s just fine, but I’m also not prone to creasing in the first place. I don’t feel I’ve had more issues with the concealer moving when using the NARS, but something about its creamy consistency makes me less trusting. Having said that, there is also a drawback to the powder-free Urban Decay concealer….
One reason I sometimes favor the NARS concealer is that it seems a bit less inclined to accentuate pores and lines. That’s not to say that it doesn’t at all because it does, but since the consistency is so creamy and easily blended, I don’t find that it settles into texture as much as the Urban Decay. Something about the liquid-y texture of the Urban Decay seems more prone to find the texture and then settle in a bit as it sets. Therefore, if you’re dealing with more lines and wrinkles or pores and scars, I would typically recommend the NARS, but if you’re still young enough that wrinkles and texture are not an issue, you may want to grab the Urban Decay.
As I just eluded to, the consistency of each concealer is also different. The NARS is a rich, thick, creamy texture that works fine on my combo/oily skin, but would be much better suited than the Urban Decay for drier areas. That said, it does require setting and if you have drier skin which you try to avoid powdering, you may still want to go with the Urban Decay. The Urban Decay texture is very thin and liquidy. I don’t find that it’s drying, but it’s also not hydrating so if you already have dryness you may find that it’s accented by the Urban Decay. I would say that any skin type can use either concealer, but one may be preferable to the other.
The difference between the two concealers is kind of a fine line. They’re both raved about and with good reason, but I do feel like one may work better for some people than others. Whether that is the NARS or the Urban Decay will depend on the individual. I honestly couldn’t tell you which I like better, though lately I’ve been favoring the NARS because it does less to accentuate my pores. I also feel like the shades blend into my skin tone a bit better, though I do end up using two different shades. That brings us to the final difference between the two concealers….
The next to last difference has to do with the weight and the shade range. Each product has a doe foot wand applicator that makes it easy to apply, but the amount contained in the NARS concealer is 0.22oz, while the Urban Decay contains 0.16oz. Not an enormous difference, but it is a difference. The NARS Creamy Concealer is available in 12 shades that range from quite fair to pretty deep. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer also has a decent shade range, but there are 13 options available for relatively fair to deep. Personally I find that neither really matches my skin perfectly, but both can be blended in to my skin tone without too much trouble. I will add that when choosing a shade specifically from Urban Decay, I had a lot of difficulty. The undertones and depth of shades just never quite matched properly. The NARS is the same, but I find they seem a bit easier to blend in despite being more yellow-toned. Obviously what works for you will vary depending on your skin tone, but both are just slightly off in terms of matching my skin tone.
The final difference is a very minor one as well and that’s the price. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $29, while the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer retails for $28. Both are rather pricey in my eyes, but well worth it as I haven’t found another concealer that works as well both under my eyes or on the face.
So there you have my thoughts regarding the difference between two of the most hyped concealers around these days! I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite because the differences are so minor. That’s not to say they’re insignificant, but the better choice for you will all come down to your skin type and skin tone. Between the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, I think you’re bound to end up with a great concealer that works wonderfully for all of your needs! 🙂
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