Remember when dark circles were something that only happened to other people? Back when you had no clue that you yourself would someday be visited by those evil purple half-moon monsters at the crack of dawn?
Yup. Good times…
If you get as nostalgic as I do for those days of yore, let me get straight to the point. Dark circles are a serious business, and we have no time to waste. The new NARS Radiant Cream Concealers ($28) will cover those bad boys brilliantly.
Like a knight’s vorpal sword, they’re designed to vanquish! — only in their case, they vanquish the darkest of dark circles, as opposed to more traditional enemies.
The new line of under-eye concealers has a thick mousse formula that dries to a satin finish, and NARS says these will disguise imperfections all day long, without creasing, by diffusing light and applying a soft focus filter to fine lines.
The shades from lightest to darkest, according to the official PR:
- Chantilly: A true ivory for the fairest complexions
- Vanilla: A slight pink cast for fair complexions
- Honey: A warm peach tone for light and medium complexions
- Ginger: A golden undertone for medium complexions
- Biscuit: A medium dark shade with a natural balance of pink and yellow undertones
- Caramel: A medium dark yellow with golden undertones
- Amande: A medium dark shade with golden undertones
- Cafe: A dark shade with warm red undertones
- Cacao: A dark shade with deep golden brown undertones
One swipe — just one, because a little goes a long way — of Ginger with the doe-foot applicator, followed by some brief blending with a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, and my under-eye area appears noticeably brighter, which in turn makes me feel considerably better/less grumpy.
Sh*t covers EVERYTHING! — yet still looks like real skin. Not heavy or cakey, even with multiple layers. Plus, it stays put and photographs well.
You can use it anywhere on your face, too, like for blemishes and skin discolorations, but it really excels under eyes.
Um…I think it’s kind of amazing, really, and when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror with it on, I’m like, “Who’s that!?” That girl looks almost like the 23-year-old Karen who stayed up all night before graduation and took pics the following day without any under-eye concealer.
Ah, those were the days…
Of course, there is one catch (isn’t there always?).
After 5-6 hours, the full-coverage formula starts to break apart, ever so slightly, along my fine lines (fault lines?). I like to keep my blending brush close to quickly buff and smooth things out, but patting down the product with my fingers also works…
I just think a brush head creates a more natural-looking, airbrushed finish.
For really long or grueling days, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is still my number one crush, but Radiant Creamy runs a close second. It’s an easy everyday concealer capable of covering everything, but it takes a little babying if you have fine lines.
AVAILABILITY: Coming February 20 to NARS counters, boutiques and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Tuesdays that feel like Mondays…
Shoot. I desperately wanted to make it to Trader Joe’s tonight to get more of these new Coconut Chips I’m straight-up addicted to, but it didn’t work out.
I bought a bag last weekend and thoroughly intended to take a picture of it for you, but then I started watching Locked Up Abroad on Netflix (yes, it’s real show!). Next thing I knew, the bag was empty, and I was thinking, “Remind me not to try to smuggle gold bars from Hong Kong to Nepal.”
Hope you had a nice Tuesday.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,